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Which closed headphones should I opt for in the $300~ range?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi friends!


I'm looking for a great pair of closed headphones, since I am sharing my living room with other people. I currently own a pair of Sennheiser HD 598, but since they are completely open, it gets annoying in the long run in these circumstances. 


I've had a look at the http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide - but I'm still puzzled. Since the Sennheiser HD 598 is quite low on the bass, I would like to try something new. I listen to a lot of different genres, mostly rock though. Namedropping just a few: Alter Bridge, D-A-D, Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, Ellie Goulding etc! 


Sony MDR-XB1000 caught my eyes since I could get them fairly cheap, but then I read reviews claiming that they were mostly suited for electronic (which I do listen to though) and hip hip (which I rarely listen to). 


Anyways, I'm looking for high comfortability (since I'll be wearing them for extended sessions, lets say 10 hours+), slightly bass heavy (mostly for rock) and of course a great soundstage. 


I do not currently have an amp, so I prefer if it's not requirement. But I might be open to buy one as well, since I can use it for my HD 598 as well. 


That's all.


Thanks a lot in advance! :)

post #2 of 6

MrSpeakers Mad Dog - Powerful bass, Clean mid range and decent treble. Very fun listen but also very detailed and versatile. They are a legue above the HD598 so you will end up using them more I think. 

post #3 of 6

The XB1000s have a great emphasis on sub-bass, can be EQed to XB500 mid-bass levels, have a huge soundstage, and are semi-open.  There are large air ports on both the top and the bottom of the drivers, and as a result they leak more than the XB500/700s.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

MrSpeakers Mad Dog looks pretty interesting. Seems like they are available in EU here: http://www.soundconsult.nl/pagina_item.php?page=3&naam=Products&id=38&categorienaam=Headphones


350 euros / 470$ is a bit steep though. I'll definitely look more into them though and consider em. Thanks :)

Edited by Kowaqt - 10/1/13 at 4:10am
post #5 of 6

It's cheaper to buy from Mrspeakers for $300, You won't be disappointed!  

Edited by Primetime86 - 10/1/13 at 4:52am
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

If I order them through that website, I'm pretty sure I have to pay customs duty, which can potentially increase the cost quite substantially. I would prefer ones that are easier to come by in EU, even though they definitely seem like a nice pair of headphones. 

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