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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi there!

 

I tried to put as much info as I could in the thread title... I'm looking for a pair of headphones in the price range up to $170 (if you have a recommendation that costs a few quid more... please shoot! Price isn't the absolute deal maker or breaker). I have a rather small and narrow head, and besides that, my ears are just a bit bigger than average :)

 

Checking some other threads here for folks with a smaller-than-average head, I stumbled upon:

 

V-Moda M-100

V-Moda M-80

JVC HA-S500 (which do look waaaay too big according to this pic : http://cdn.head-fi.org/9/92/350x700px-LL-92fdb15d_IMG_0053.jpeg)

Koss Porta Pro (I have to confess I don't like the design all too much)

Sennheiser HD439 (maybe as big as the JVC as mentioned above?)

 

 

My specs:

 

- headphones will be used 90% of the time for listening while working on a PC/MacBook. Co-worker is located at 3-4 feet, so preferably well isolated headphones. I don't want to bother other people with my music.

- I don't plan on listening on max volume (see above, co-worker..)

- I probably won't listen/wear headphones more than 2 hours (max) straight

- my musical taste covers the whole spectrum from classical over rock and folk to all kinds of electronic

- I'm not all too familiar with all sorts and types of headphones, and the appropriate lingo for them, but I do like a relatively slim fit, which is likely referred to as 'portable', right? I have no plans on producing the next Neil Young album in a studio, if that helps.

 

On a sidenote: I do like a well balanced sound, i.e. nice on low-mid-high, and not the kind of headphones with an all too overpowered, wobbly fluffy bass that dominates all the rest. But I do like bass, so no flat sound either :)

 

 

What would you recommend? I highly appreciate all your suggestions!

 

Thanks in advance,

Dread


Edited by Dreadzone - 10/3/13 at 3:02pm
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by Dreadzone View Post
 

Hi there!

 

I tried to put as much info as I could in the thread title... I'm looking for a pair of headphones in the price range up to $170 (if you have a recommendation that costs a few quid more... please shoot! Price isn't the absolute deal maker or breaker). I have a rather small and narrow head, and besides that, my ears are just a bit bigger than average :)

 

JVC HA-S500 (which do look waaaay too big according to this pic : http://cdn.head-fi.org/9/92/350x700px-LL-92fdb15d_IMG_0053.jpeg)

The person in this picture has an extra set of ears pads on, along with the regular HA-S500 ear pads.

Making the HA-S500 appear bigger then they really are.

My JVC HA-S500-Z (Gunmetal gray) headphones are what I like to use when outside my apartment.

Like hanging out at Starbucks.

post #3 of 12

M80 doesn't isolate too well.

 

Id recommend:

 

Focal Spirit One

ATH WS99

 

 

Don't stress yourself on the opinions of all the people who have these headphones too much.  It's uneccesary and you won't really be that much happier if you bought another headphone in the end. 

post #4 of 12

Sennheiser momentum, perhaps?

post #5 of 12
The momentum is $350.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the tips so far! And yeah, the Momentum might be a little out of my league for now :)

post #7 of 12
Ohh i thought about the on ears
post #8 of 12
Dont worry, the momentum isnt better than either of the headphones ive listed.
post #9 of 12

Technically, props not but they (momentums) sound pretty darn nice! Whatever...

post #10 of 12
It does, its about even in quality.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Little update: I coincidentally passed a store yesterday and 5 minutes later I went out with a pair of Audio Technica ATH-ES55 :)

They didn't have most of your suggestions in stock.

 

First thougths, although they still have to burn in I guess: well built, comfortable to wear, sound is nicely balanced, clear and transparent. The only thing that bothers me so far is the isolation: they leak quite a bit, even on lower volumes.

So I might consider buying an extra, more isolated pair. I can't stand it when I'm forced to enjoy other people's music on a train or bus, and I don't want to do it to others myself.

 

@Trunks159, if you're still reading this, is the WS99 isolated better?

post #12 of 12
I haven't used the esw55, but the WS99 doesn't leak (unless you're in a really quiet room.
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