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Looking for closed-back, velour-cup headphones for office use.

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I am currently using a pair of Senn HD439s as my office cans - I'm looking to step up, but everything I know in terms of better headphones is open-back stuff. I work in a cubicle style office, so open-backs are completely out.

 

Velour around-the-ear cup format is essential for me, as in-ear monitors cause me all sorts of problems, rubber cups make my head sweat, and on-ear aren't comfortable enough for all day use. 

 

The HD439s are pretty close to perfect in that they're of very respectable fidelity and have around the ear velour cups - I have no issues with sound leakage, and no issues with comfort. Thing is, I'm used to listening to my HD580s and the like, so as nice as the 439s are, I want to step up. I'm running an M+M stack, so driving is no issue.

 

I'm looking to spend at least $200, and preferably below $300 - I want to be stepping up a tier here, but I don't want to be spending HD650s money on this. As far as I can tell, Sennheiser has nothing to offer me here, and since I'm a long time Sennheiser brand loyalist, I don't exactly know where to look.

 

For the sound profile, I want pleasureable listening, not an ultra flat output - subtle enjoyable coloration is fine. I want detail, to hear the performers breathe as I do with my HD580s, and a good soundstage much as is possible with closed cans - I'm far more concerned with the soundstage and the detail than the coloration.

 

Range: $200-300~

Mandatory: Around-the-ear, breathable/velour cups

 

Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 4

Heya,

 

Look into:

 

Beyer DT770 premium 250ohm~600ohm (discontinued, find it used) (velour)

Beyer T70 (velour)

Shure SRH940 (velour)

AudioTechnica A900X (replace pads with Beyer velours, or AudioTechnica velours)

AKG K271 MK II (comes with velour pads and leather)

AKG K272 HD (velour)

SoundMAGIC HP100 (replaced with velour pads from Beyer)

 

Very best,


Edited by MalVeauX - 7/31/13 at 5:15am
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Seconded on the Beyerdynamic recommendations.

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

Look into:

 

Beyer DT770 premium 250ohm~600ohm (discontinued, find it used) (velour)

Beyer T70 (velour)

Shure SRH940 (velour)

AudioTechnica A900X (replace pads with Beyer velours, or AudioTechnica velours)

AKG K271 MK II (comes with velour pads and leather)

AKG K272 HD (velour)

SoundMAGIC HP100 (replaced with velour pads from Beyer)

 

Very best,

 

In looking into these, I really like what I see of the Beyer T70 in particular, with exception of everyone saying it has no bass. The graphs say it does, and there's a difference between "it does not play bass frequencies" and "it does not pack a bass punch" that some people often mistake, so I'm not sure what to make of that.

 

I listen to a lot of hip hop, especially hyphy/mobb music/yay area stuff, as well as a lot of drum'n'bass/dubstep, so a tight bass response is important to me. While hip hop is far more forgiving of whumpy, "flabby" bass, drum'n'bass in particular is often simultaneously playing complex, tightly detailed bass sounds and sparkling, airy melodies in the highs and upper mids - and dubstep is all about the texture of the bass. Much of the type of hip hop I listen to also tends to venture into that same fast or textured bass territory. 

 

My conundrum here is that, going by review consensus, I have to make a serious trade off - If I get the DT770, I get "flabby" bass and lose the low-end detail my EDM demands, but if I get the T70, I get the rest of the detail I want in all kinds of music, but no bass of any description.

 

My 580s and my 439s both have a clear, distinct, tight bass through the very low frequencies. It's not head-thumpingly potent, but it is rendering those frequencies in the detail I want, and enough so to make hip hop and bass EDM satisying. Are the people who say the T70 has no bass simply mistaking the phenomenon I just described as "no bass", and I'll actually be fine, or is it actually a problem (and could it just be they're all speaking before burn-in, and after a burn-in the T70 packs a punch?)

 

I know insufficient juice will suck the bass right out of good cans, so bear in mind I'd be running these off a Magni at the least, and most likely a Valhalla, rendering that not a concern. 

 

I want the t70 to be the set for me, bad, but there's just so much out there saying it utterly fails at the low-end I can't help but worry

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