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Recommendations for Headphones While Sitting in Office

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello Everyone,


I'm looking to pay between $200-$300 for a set of headphones to listen to while at work. While my job doesn't have constant communication with people around me/phone conversations, there are still a few interruptions in an hour. I'm therefore looking for something that can slip off one ear easily. Also, I don't want too strong noise cancellation because A) it's quiet around me B) I'd like to be able to hear if someone is calling me, on the phone or from the office beside mine, while listening to music.


At work I listen to quieter things like lounge music, classical and basically music to zone out to. But ideally these will be used outside of the office from time to time and therefore my louder electronic, rock and indie will be heard.

 

My source is temporary at the moment. Both my ipods died at the same time recently so I've been using my Sony S2 G-Protection discman and getting back to the discs. That will likely be another topic explored on a forum here; what sort of source would go well with the decent headphones I have.

I should mention that a portable headphone amp won't be out of the question, but I have never used one nor do I have one.

 

One option I've seen that is at least aesthetically pleasing is the B&W P5.

Your input is appreciated.

Peter

post #2 of 7

The P5 is a great headphone with looks to boot.  I think they would be great, but they do seal a bit more for some offices.  Perhaps a Grado SR-80i?

post #3 of 7
Id recommend the Sony mdr ma900 and Phillips Fidelio x1.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys for your quick replies. I'm open to all suggestions except I think the Philips may be a bit out of my price range (especially where I'm in Canada).
As for the Sony and Grado (and even B&W), would one want to use an amp on top of the source?

Thanks

post #5 of 7

The b&w p5 will isolate too much.  Neither the sony, grado, or philips need an amp by any means.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

The b&w p5 will isolate too much.  Neither the sony, grado, or philips need an amp by any means.

Forgive my greenness, but what is isolation?

post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by Gilftronic View Post

Forgive my greenness, but what is isolation?


Isolation is the ability of an object to shield itself from something else in this case your ears from outside noise.  Closed headphones typically isolate better than open headphones.

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