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Best Closed Headphone around $300

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hello Everyone!

 

I am looking for a good closed headphone around the $300 mark. I would like to stay below this but am flexible. I will be wearing these for long periods of time in an office environment and need them to not leak sound if at all possible. I listen to rock, classical, dubstep, and some metal. These will be running un-amped straight from my laptop. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

 

Current list:

PSB M4U 1

SRH 940

 

Thanks!!!


Edited by cntclass1 - 8/11/13 at 5:15pm
post #2 of 10

I would say Mr. Speakers Mad Dog but I think if you're going unamped, the Sennheiser Momentum is your best bet.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

The Sennheiser Momentum has on the ear and over the ear sets. I'm assuming you are talking about the over the ear ones? Have you been able to listen to both the Sennheiser and the PSB? Those are the two I'm most interested in right now.

post #4 of 10
Hello!

Here's my opinion:
PSB M4U1 vs Sennheiser Momentum (over-ears)

In terms of build quality, the Sennheiser Momentum definitely have much luxury build with no plastic material and it's build of are made out of stainless steel and real leather. While the PSB M4U1 are mostly glossy plastic with the hinge made of stainless steel. Both comes with a hard carrying case! If you baby sit your headphones, the PSB M4U1 is what you are looking for but if you still prefer to "play safe", the Sennheiser Momentum in my opinion, will be stronger.

Comfort here maybe different from one another. Even the Sennheiser Momentum over-ear being an "over-ear" headphones, I still find it more like an on-ear headphones but still, the clamping force is not that bad and the earpads are really soft and pretty comfortable. The PSB M4U1 are much, much more comfortable to me! The PSB sits over my ears comfortably and also isolates better.

The most importantly, the sound quality. They are a little bit different to compare but why not compare it? XD starting from the lows, the Momentum have slightly more quantity and also extends deeper but the PSB M4U1 wins in quality very much. Both have very natural sound, both are clear sounding but the PSB M4U1 have better details, soundstage, instrumental separation and most importantly, imaging. If you like bass more, the Momentum are definitely better whole the PSB M4U1 are more neutral. Again, both are very natural and the movie vocals sound a lot better, other than the AKG K550, I can hardly think of any better headphone with such natural sound quality at least under $300 headphones xD

Price vs performance, the PSB M4U1 definitely wins! You are paying more for the build quality and the design for Sennheiser Momentum while the PSB M4U1 are bang for buck when it comes to sound quality and to me, better comfort!

Hope it helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Billson,

 

Thanks for the great reply! It sounds like out of the two; the PSB would be a slightly better fit since these won't be moved around much at all. You mentioned the AKG K550. Would you recommend this headset over the PSB?
 

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Originally Posted by cntclass1 View Post

Billson,

Thanks for the great reply! It sounds like out of the two; the PSB would be a slightly better fit since these won't be moved around much at all. You mentioned the AKG K550. Would you recommend this headset over the PSB?

 

I actually like both xD they have their very own unique site! The AKG K550 will have wider soundstage although the PSB does not lack much here! The AKG K550 will also have much deeper bass if you can achieve good seal. The K550 is on the huge side so you might want to test it before buying just to see if you can achieve good seal. While the K550 wins in soundstage and sub-bass, the PSB have better imaging. Both are great sounding headphone with little to no sibilants, K550 is some of the clearest sounding headphone I have ever tested and the PSB as well!

Billson biggrin.gif
post #7 of 10

No offense or anything but there are about a bajilion threads just like this one.  Id say to get either the kef m500 or psb m4u.

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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

No offense or anything but there are about a bajilion threads just like this one.  

True but most of the time, they are asking different things and some maybe outdated :)

post #9 of 10

someboy thinking of the

SoundMAGIC HP100

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by cntclass1 View Post

Billson,

Thanks for the great reply! It sounds like out of the two; the PSB would be a slightly better fit since these won't be moved around much at all. You mentioned the AKG K550. Would you recommend this headset over the PSB?

Have you checked out the Audio Technica ATH-A900X.

currently selling for $155, plus tax & shipping

 

Enough leftover cash for a an external DAC/amp for the laptop.

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