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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hello all, please direct me if this is in the incorrect spot. I will soon be traveling long hours on planes so I am thinking of picking up a closed back headphone. Comfort is a big factor here.
I am currently looking at Mr Speakers Mad Dog and will drive it with an e11. Any suggestions otherwise? Thanks
post #2 of 20

long answer : http://www.head-fi.org/t/433318/shootout-108-portable-headphones-reviewed-denon-dn-hp1000-added-09-07-13

 

My personal short answer: I have the h251-ii and its so very comfortable with the velour. I bought it specifically for 10+ hour overseas flights. 

 

also I just got a bunch of comply t400 foam tips, and it gives incredible isolation to my brainwavz M1 in ears. 

post #3 of 20

Mad Dogs aren't even closed, so you won't get the isolation you'll need on a plane. HD25 are very good with isolation but to me they're the antithesis of comfortable, so YMMV.

 

Check out this thread for more ideas: http://www.head-fi.org/t/672743/comparisons-psb-m4u2-momentum-mdr-1r-qc15-beats-executive-dt1350-ue9000-beats-studio-2013-kef-m500-and-skullcandy-aviators

post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by JohnDG View Post

Hello all, please direct me if this is in the incorrect spot. I will soon be traveling long hours on planes so I am thinking of picking up a closed back headphone. Comfort is a big factor here.
I am currently looking at Mr Speakers Mad Dog and will drive it with an e11. Any suggestions otherwise? Thanks
I bought headphones for just this purpose. There's only one truly great headphone for in flight use. The great Bose QC15. Faultless performance from UK to South Africa. Very discrete and robust to transport. Need I say more?
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by deafanddumb View Post

I bought headphones for just this purpose. There's only one truly great headphone for in flight use. The great Bose QC15. Faultless performance from UK to South Africa. Very discrete and robust to transport. Need I say more?
Ps they'll only sound better than the mad dogs on the plane. Not at home. C'est la vie.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
I will also be listening to these at home and while away. I would like a nice sounding headphone that will also be useful on a plane. Thank you all for the ideas, keep them coming
post #7 of 20

Yes, many companies have tried to beat Bose at active noise cancelling but as far as I know none have succeeded. In terms of sound quality alone Bose is not even worth considering, but that ANC is incredible.

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
I'm not really looking for an ANC headphone, just a closed back.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post

Mad Dogs aren't even closed, so you won't get the isolation you'll need on a plane. HD25 are very good with isolation but to me they're the antithesis of comfortable, so YMMV.

Check out this thread for more ideas: http://www.head-fi.org/t/672743/comparisons-psb-m4u2-momentum-mdr-1r-qc15-beats-executive-dt1350-ue9000-beats-studio-2013-kef-m500-and-skullcandy-aviators
I thought the mad dogs were a closed back?
post #10 of 20

Mad Dogs are based on the Fostex T50RP, which are semi open. There are some mods that turn it into a closed headphone, like Thunderpants, but I don't think Mad Dog is one of them.

 

As for closed headphones, some of my recommendations would be KEF M500 (most neutral), AKG K550, PSB M2U/M4U, Sennheiser Momentum, Denon D2000/D600, and V-Moda M-100 (most bassy).

post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for your help. I'll look into those
post #12 of 20
The AKG K550s may be a good option, if you can get a good fit. Personally I think they are comfortable. In terms of good passive isolation, the UE6000 is excellent. I have used it passively on several flights. At home it is a decent headphone, with a strong midbass and good clarity, if a little closed-in sounding. The Denon D2000 is a great sounding headphone, but doesn't actually provide much isolation (I have all 3).
post #13 of 20

Right, I forgot about the D2000's mediocre isolation. D600 is better in that regard. IMO the D600 is an amazing deal used but not worth their retail price.

 

K550's are comfortable and have a very light clamp, which is often the cause of poor fit/seal, especially if you have a small head. If you get a good seal, the bass extension is very good. If you don't, they will sound bass light.

post #14 of 20
I agree, depending on the fit, the K550 can sound bass light, particularly in a noisy environment. The engine rumble tends to overwhelm bass, so I think that is partly why active noise canceling circuits tend to boost bass a lot. Anyway, the K550 headband can be bent slightly if fit is a little loose. The K550 is not an especially warm sounding headphone, but I enjoy its balanced sound, deep bass extension, and clarity. It is pretty easy to travel with as it folds flat, although the cable is a bit long. I haven't tried any of Denon's current line.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post

Mad Dogs are based on the Fostex T50RP, which are semi open. There are some mods that turn it into a closed headphone, like Thunderpants, but I don't think Mad Dog is one of them.

As for closed headphones, some of my recommendations would be KEF M500 (most neutral), AKG K550, PSB M2U/M4U, Sennheiser Momentum, Denon D2000/D600, and V-Moda M-100 (most bassy).
actually the mad dog was in receipt of the fully closed treatment.
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