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post #1 of 14
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The first thing I need to say, at the risk of offending everyone, is that I am not an audiophile and sound quality is not my top concern (not saying I can't appreciate it, it's just not the reason for this post.) I mostly use my headphones connected to my laptop to listen to recorded lectures, youtube videos, and mp3s, and sometimes I just put them on without anything playing through them, just to block out the noise around me. I have incredibly sensitive ears, and they might be a bit large as well. I'm looking for comfortable headphones that won't have me writhing in pain after an hour of use. 

 

I've read many of the posts here and it's clear that y'all know your stuff, so I'd love to hear what you all consider the most comfortable headphones, without considering any other qualities. A few things I've noticed is that many people love the HD800s and the DT770s. The HD800s are way out of my price range (so I guess I am considering the price factor) and the DT770s confuse the heck out of me because of all the different resistances. I won't be using an amp, so it seems like they might be overkill for my purposes. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 14

Sony MA900 is probably the ultimate comfortable phones, but from what you wrote, you may need some sound isolation then you choose closed headphones.

 

Typically higher resistance, harder to use the headphones using typical equipment, which means they need amps. Try find those with less than 80ohm.

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Originally Posted by jane42 View Post
 

The first thing I need to say, at the risk of offending everyone, is that I am not an audiophile and sound quality is not my top concern (not saying I can't appreciate it, it's just not the reason for this post.) I mostly use my headphones connected to my laptop to listen to recorded lectures, you tube videos, and mp3s, and sometimes I just put them on without anything playing through them, just to block out the noise around me.

Will you be traveling around with the laptop, or is it more for home use?

post #4 of 14
Hello!

To block out noise and comfortable, the Ultimate Ears UE6000 will be my top choice for you assuming your budget is less than $200?

For open headphone(not sure what type of headphone you wanted), I will go for the Sennheiser HD558/598. They isolate no sound and leak sound as well

Hope it helps!
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post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by wnmnkh View Post
 

Sony MA900 is probably the ultimate comfortable phones, but from what you wrote, you may need some sound isolation then you choose closed headphones.

 

Typically higher resistance, harder to use the headphones using typical equipment, which means they need amps. Try find those with less than 80ohm.

 

Thanks! I'll check those out. Great info about resistance! I really appreciate that! I'm not too sure about open vs closed headphones, but I'm leaning towards closed just because I have ADHD and I get really distracted by outside noises, so it would be nice to have the isolation from that. 

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Will you be traveling around with the laptop, or is it more for home use?

 

I think it's more a matter of whether or not I'll be lugging my headphones with me when I go to campus. I'm not sure yet! I have a cheapo pair in my backpack now and I use them every day and they are pretty much what motivated my hunt for something comfortable. Considering how much it looks like I'll be paying for a decent set, I probably won't be too inclined to throw them in my backpack. Maybe I need to look at getting a cheap & portable pair for school and a nicer pair that will stay at home?

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Hello!

To block out noise and comfortable, the Ultimate Ears UE6000 will be my top choice for you assuming your budget is less than $200?

For open headphone(not sure what type of headphone you wanted), I will go for the Sennheiser HD558/598. They isolate no sound and leak sound as well

Hope it helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif

 

Thanks! I'm going to check those out now! I really appreciate all the replies! :)

post #8 of 14

AKG K550 is pretty comfortable, decent isolation, good sound. UE6000 is another one I own. I wish the earcups were a little bigger on it. it's not what I would call uncomfortable though. AKG K701 is very easy to wear but you'd need something like an O2 amp for it. My favorite phone for sound is Yamaha Pro 400. It clamps harder than the K550 or UE6000 by a good margin though. I used to wear a sony mdr v600 for hours on end. did that for about 8 years til the pads wore out. You could also try a grado sr-60. I prefer mine with the flat pads sold by todd the vinyl junkie. that's real easy to wear.

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Originally Posted by fateicon View Post
 

AKG K550 is pretty comfortable, decent isolation, good sound. UE6000 is another one I own. I wish the earcups were a little bigger on it. it's not what I would call uncomfortable though. AKG K701 is very easy to wear but you'd need something like an O2 amp for it. My favorite phone for sound is Yamaha Pro 400. It clamps harder than the K550 or UE6000 by a good margin though. I used to wear a sony mdr v600 for hours on end. did that for about 8 years til the pads wore out. You could also try a grado sr-60. I prefer mine with the flat pads sold by todd the vinyl junkie. that's real easy to wear.

 

Thank you for all the great suggestions! I'm still researching, so it will probably take me a while to decide. I tried on a couple of sets at Best Buy today and by far the most comfortable, at least for the few minutes I wore them, were the HD380 pros. None of the other brands completely surrounded my ears and left them without anything else touching them. I really like that. 

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by jane42 View Post
 

 

Thank you for all the great suggestions! I'm still researching, so it will probably take me a while to decide. I tried on a couple of sets at Best Buy today and by far the most comfortable, at least for the few minutes I wore them, were the HD380 pros. None of the other brands completely surrounded my ears and left them without anything else touching them. I really like that.

 

There are many headphones that sound better than the HD380's.  Sennheiser themselves make several models that are better, IMHO, and are just as large around the ears - HD650, HD600, HD598, etc., etc.

post #11 of 14

a $70 jaycar clone of the Brainwavz HM5 will do the job just fine.

post #12 of 14
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There are many headphones that sound better than the HD380's.  Sennheiser themselves make several models that are better, IMHO, and are just as large around the ears - HD650, HD600, HD598, etc., etc.

 

Great info! Thank you! I have lots of reading to do! I wish there was a brick-and-mortar place to go and try them all out.

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by greyhamster View Post
 

a $70 jaycar clone of the Brainwavz HM5 will do the job just fine.

 

Really good price! Thanks! I will check those out too! 

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by tomb View Post
 

 

There are many headphones that sound better than the HD380's.  Sennheiser themselves make several models that are better, IMHO, and are just as large around the ears - HD650, HD600, HD598, etc., etc.

Thanks for all the suggestions, but do you have any for closed-back versions? I'm pretty sure that's what I need, since I'd like to block out external sounds. 

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