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Newbie looking for a kick ass pair of closed-back reference 'phones!

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

So I figure I should provide a bit of backstory here, first time poster, and I also just made my first real audiophile-level headphone purchase: a kick ass pair of HD650s.

I saved up and finally decided to spend the money for a good pair of headphones after gradually increasing the quality of my earbuds (iPod phones to Klipsch S7 to earPods etc...). I've always been around great speakers, but I wanted the cans to match. 

A primary purpose for these is to use in college, that is to say in close quarters and without disturbing others, but trying not to sacrifice sound quality.

I know it won't be a perfect situation, but I figured I go to you experts for help.

First, the HD650s:

I gotta be honest,  I freakin' love these. They sound beautifully open but also punchy enough to play games with, and overall really well rounded.

My only problem (and in my situation, returning headphones is not an issue) is that I underestimated the 'openness' of the open-backs... That is to say, wow, everyone can hear me and I can hear everyone!

Needless to say, this is a bit of an issue, especially in a dorm environment.

I'm thus in the market for a similarly-priced pair of headphones that deliver about similar sound quality (with an emphasis on full body and full mids... I'm not much of a bass-head and like a certain well-rounded warmth to my sound, hence the 650s).

And the catch: closed back.

Can you guys help me?

 

TL;DR - Looking for a pair of closed back reference headphones for high quality music+gaming, as close as possible to HD650 sound quality, comfort, and price. Basically the closed-back equivalent of the 650s.

post #2 of 6

If you can find a pair of Denon AH-D2000s on the trade forum (They're discontinued) then you should be pretty happy.

 

post #3 of 6

If you're able to provide it with a good amplifier, the mad dog's would be ideal. 

post #4 of 6

Heya,

 

Mr Speaker Mad Dogs with Alpha Pads

AKG K550

Shure SRH940

Beyer T70P

AudioTechnica A1000X

 

Very best,

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Huh, never even heard of the Mad Dogs, thanks for letting me know!

The AKG K550s were up with the Sony MDR 7520s as a couple interests... Thing is the amp is not certain, so just to be safe I'm looking for a pair that'll deliver (as much as it can) without it.

Thanks for the advice!

post #6 of 6

If you think you won't get an amp, then I'd recommend the k550 over the mad dogs. With a proper desktop amp, the mad dogs are superior.

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