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Help on Choosing Full-Size Closed-Back Over-Ear Cans for Commute and the Office and Advice on Audio Player purchase

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hello Audiophiles!

I'd like to request for your help on finding the headphone that will personally suit my taste. I would also need a new music player as well to match this headphone with.

Keep in mind though that this will be my first "real" headphones as all of my life I've only used stock earphones, haha! However, having said that, I'd like a pair of headphones with good build and quality.

Primary use during commute and office work.
I am annoyed by people humming in trains or in the bus as well as colleagues who sing oh-so-loudly when you're trying to concentrate on work. I am particularly sensitive to noise and everyday I'm almost always pissed off. Maxing out the volume on my songs ain't an option as it would only destroy my ears.

I have a cheap pair of on-ear headphones but after an hour my ears tend to hurt and it has, at best, a below-average noise isolation.

Current List of To-Try/Consider Cans:
  • Sony MDR-1R
  • Sennheiser Momentum (Currently on sale in a local store)
  • Sennheiser HD 449
  • Sennheiser HD 439
  • Sennheiser HD 419
  • Sony mdr7506
  • AT M50 - less in sound
  • Creative Aurvana Live! - bassy
  • Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear


However, there might be others out there that might fit my needs more. I am also going to audition these cans for the next few weeks in a local dedicated headphone store (Egghead, in Robinsons Galeria, in the Philippines if anyone is curious/interested).

Anyway my requirements in a nutshell are:

* Good Noise isolation - blocks out almost all ambient noise and people talking/humming/singing
* Comfort and Lightweight - I will wear them for long periods of time, so this is really important. It's okay if it's vulnerable to sweating, as I particularly move about in air-conditioned areas anyway.
* Portable Full-size closed-back headphones. Also, I have a big head, so it'd be nice if it's a perfect fit
* Build - should last long and endure being taken off and hidden during commute
* Soundstage? It might be helpful when I'm gaming, but it's not a primary concern, really.
* Highs? Mids? Lows? Bass? I'm not very particular on this, so a pair of balanced cans could work nicely.
* Budget of $150 - 250 or less. I could go a bit higher I suppose... But less is good
* Because I will use it on a portable device(still thinking of which to buy, see below), I'd appreciate it if it doesn't need a hi-fi DAP or an amp. If it would need an amp though, a cheap kind of amp should suffice(FiiO Amp will do the trick I guess). I know that if I aim for a headphones that work without an amp nicely, it should have an impedance of between 16 to 64 ohms.

My music library includes:
* 10 gb worth of mp3's (and higher if I also include my brother's J-Pop collection)
* Mostly J-Pop (with Female Vocals), Video Game Soundtracks, Classical/Instrumental, Upbeat
* Some Mainstream covers (converted from Youtube) and a few techno tracks
* No hip-hop
* Bitrates vary from 128 kbps to 320

-SOURCE-

My cellphone sucks as a source. I tried plugging other headphones to it, but all of them keeps on making a thumping sound. So I decided to buy a dedicated music player instead.

For the music/audio player, I'm thinking of getting either an iPod or Sansa Zip Clip/Clip+. Thoughts on this? Or other suggestions?
Also I'm not sure if there's any locally available for the Sansa, I don't plan on ordering via Amazon since I don't have a Paypal account or something similar.
Can you also recommend other similarly priced audio players similarly priced with Sansa Clip+? Just in case I fail to find one.
If I go for Ipod or FiiO X3, I think 'phones having $50-100 or lower will be better, since my budget's kinda thinned out. xD

Your advice is much appreciated! Multiple suggestions are welcome!
Edited by Vyere - 9/28/13 at 1:56am
post #2 of 36

I'm confused.

You're looking at things like the Sennheiser Momentum, but only have a budget of $20?

 

Going by your budget, I would strongly suggest the Panasonic RP-HTX7 - superb isolation for the price.

post #3 of 36
Thread Starter 
Ah! I missed a number. Sorry, will go back to editing it!
post #4 of 36

For budget of $20 or less, and you are looking for a over the ear headphones, and you do not want headphones sound incredibly bad, your only viable option is Koss headphones

 

Sennheiser HD201 is also a option, but they can be a bit uncomfortable and outside of your budget. 

 

My recommendation among Koss headphones is UR29. You can get it about 19 bucks from Amazon, and unlike many others, they sound ok (well, incredible regarding the price range.)

post #5 of 36
Thread Starter 
I meant $250. Dmn, that 5 didn't get in.
Also, it seems my work PC won't let me submit my edited post, when I get back home I'll edit this.

Sorry for the confusion!

Thanks everybody, will look at your suggestions. smily_headphones1.gif
post #6 of 36
Hello!

I personally think the Sansa Clip + Ultimate Ears UE6000 or Sennheiser HD439 will really suit you! Momentum feels rather on ear be it the original model or the new colorful version. The CAL! Is getting replaced by CAL!2 soon the CAL! Also has a rather bassy sound to it. ATH-M50 do not have wide soundstage. The Grados are excellent in sound but the comfort and isolation spoilt it redface.gif

Hope it helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 36

Why not consider IEMs?

If it's just headphones, I would recommend the Sansa Clip+ and a Sont MDR-1R. I was quite impressed when I heard them in the shops and liked them more than the Momentums which cost more. 

post #8 of 36
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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post

Why not consider IEMs?
If it's just headphones, I would recommend the Sansa Clip+ and a Sont MDR-1R. I was quite impressed when I heard them in the shops and liked them more than the Momentums which cost more. 

IEMs are not suitable for gaming and yep! I second MDR-1R! I take it over UE6000 (apologize, totally forgot to mention Sony)

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 36
Thread Starter 

I find myself preferring full-size cans than IEM's, since I like the sound coming outside my ears and not inside. 

 

MDR-1R looks promising! Good suggestion, lin! Thanks. 

 

Thanks a lot for your inputs Billson! I guess I'll update my list. 


Edited by Vyere - 9/27/13 at 10:16am
post #10 of 36
Thread Starter 

Any alternatives to Sansa Clip? I'm not sure if there are any shops locally that are selling them, so I'd appreciate it if there are other suggestions. Thanks :) 

post #11 of 36
Any Sansa DAP is good.
post #12 of 36
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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post

Any Sansa DAP is good.

 

Indeed! What phone is yours? maybe you can  get an amp :)

post #13 of 36
Thread Starter 

I'm afraid there might be no Sansa DAP's in my place, I checked out a local community site and they said it was relatively hard to find a shop selling those :(

 

I guess I'll try an amp first for my phone, before buying a Sansa I guess. 
My phone is a rebranded i-mobile IQ6.  

post #14 of 36
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Originally Posted by Vyere View Post

I'm afraid there might be no Sansa DAP's in my place, I checked out a local community site and they said it was relatively hard to find a shop selling those frown.gif

I guess I'll try an amp first for my phone, before buying a Sansa I guess. 

My phone is a rebranded i-mobile IQ6.  

This is going to be a little hard. I would suggest you to go for FiiO X3 but it's $199.99 lowest, otherwise, you can look into Sony Walkman. They are pretty good! You can go for the 32GB version smily_headphones1.gif
post #15 of 36
Thread Starter 

Ah. After seeing the prices, reviews/opinions, I think I would like the Sansa better. Gah. D: 

Thanks for the additional inputs! 

Though I guess if I buy the X3 (Which is available locally, actually I'm also considering that DAP as well), I think I might go for a cheaper set of 'phones. 


Edited by Vyere - 9/28/13 at 1:49am
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