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
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