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Seeking closed circumaural headpones, ~$100, must be comfortable with large cups

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi

I have searched the forums and read through previous threads seeking large circumaural headphones, though didn't find too many suitable recommendations.

I need a pair of closed headphones for working in the library for extended periods of time. I have fairly large but also protruding ears, i find most circumaural headphones press on my ears and cause me discomfort. I need a comfortable pair that are truly 'over ear' with fairly large/deep cups

I will also be mostly using them with a phone or a laptop (mac book) and no headphone amp, and so low impedance would be preferable, although I gather 64ohms would not be the end of the world, particularly as I will be mostly in a quiet environment.

Another plus would be a detachable cable, though this is not essential. My budget is £60-£70 (UK, around $100), though obviously am happy to pay lower.


I am currently considering ordering and trying out:

Sennheiser Hd 215 - cups appear to be big but not enormous


Lindy HF-100 (= Fischer Audio Fa-003 = Brainwavz HM5 = Jay Car Pro Monitor)

These appear a great size for me, however are 64ohm and are reportedly light on the the bass - i'm not a total bass head but do enjoy good bass and listen to a lot of electronic music.


Questions:
1) Does anybody have any other recommendations? 
2) Does anybody have any comments on the bass of the Lindy HF-100, or on using 64ohm headphones with a phone/laptop?

(I asked about the 64ohm thing in 'sound science', however the responses were helpful but weren't totally conclusive as to whether it's a bad idea or not)


Thanks!
Rich


 


Edited by richbrown - 10/28/13 at 5:15pm
post #2 of 7

Just wondering, why not in-ears? They should fit regardless of your ear size and as you already know there's not that many budget headphones with extra large earcups.

post #3 of 7

Low Ohm headphones are easier to drive. As in, you don't need an amp to feel it's power. They are built to be heard straight out of a DAP or other music player, amp not absolutely necessary.

 

Higher Ohm headphones require more juice to power through them. An amp is ideal in this situation, to tap into the full potential.

 

For standard walk around use, I'd suggest the lower Ohm varieties. 

 

Just found this thread, not much, but something:

 http://www.head-fi.org/t/646946/beyerdynamic-990-dt-250-ohm-vs-v-moda-m-100s 

(Headfi is a sea full of knowledge waiting to be tapped by us)

 

 

 

 

Ah, since your going to have these on your head for hours at a time... make sure you make comfort a priority too. I love my M100's, but they hurt (so good) after a while. ;) ... Also Closed, not Open


Edited by LublinHeist - 10/28/13 at 12:55pm
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by viralcow View Post
 

Just wondering, why not in-ears? They should fit regardless of your ear size and as you already know there's not that many budget headphones with extra large earcups.

 

Hmm, to be honest I've had a reasonable amount of discomfort with in ears in the past too. I think I just prefer the idea of being able to whip them off easily whenever I need, not getting wax on them and not having something in my ear canal to be honest. I was also under the assumption that money spent on out of ear phones would get you better sound than the same amount spent on in ears, though this may well be incorrect.

I won't rule them out, but think I want to try some circumaurals first to check there's nothing that will do.

I'm aware that sticking to 'budget' (or 'not ludicrously expensive') headphones limits my choice, however there are loads out there and my ears aren't massive just bigger than usual - I think there will be a largeish comfy pair out there, it's just difficult to tell looking on the web (there are very few hi fi shops near where I live).

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LublinHeist View Post
 

Low Ohm headphones are easier to drive. As in, you don't need an amp to feel it's power. They are built to be heard straight out of a DAP or other music player, amp not absolutely necessary.

 

Higher Ohm headphones require more juice to power through them. An amp is ideal in this situation, to tap into the full potential.

 

For standard walk around use, I'd suggest the lower Ohm varieties. 

 

Just found this thread, not much, but something:

 http://www.head-fi.org/t/646946/beyerdynamic-990-dt-250-ohm-vs-v-moda-m-100s 

(Headfi is a sea full of knowledge waiting to be tapped by us)

 

 

 

 

Ah, since your going to have these on your head for hours at a time... make sure you make comfort a priority too. I love my M100's, but they hurt (so good) after a while. ;) ... Also Closed, not Open


Thanks yes, i'm aware of the theoretical role of ohms/impedance and amplifiers - what I am unsure of is how much difference (practically) 32ohms will make over 64ohms when played from a phone/laptop - I need to offset this difference against size/comfort, as the largest and comfiest looking pair I have found within my budget are 64ohms.

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by richbrown View Post
 

 

Hmm, to be honest I've had a reasonable amount of discomfort with in ears in the past too. I think I just prefer the idea of being able to whip them off easily whenever I need, not getting wax on them and not having something in my ear canal to be honest. I was also under the assumption that money spent on out of ear phones would get you better sound than the same amount spent on in ears, though this may well be incorrect.

I won't rule them out, but think I want to try some circumaurals first to check there's nothing that will do.

I'm aware that sticking to 'budget' (or 'not ludicrously expensive') headphones limits my choice, however there are loads out there and my ears aren't massive just bigger than usual - I think there will be a largeish comfy pair out there, it's just difficult to tell looking on the web (there are very few hi fi shops near where I live).

 

Look into the Citiscape Uptowns. The cups are larger than the ATH-M50s by a good margin.

post #7 of 7

Slightly off topic, but here's a small discussion on the Momentums, HD800's with some amp talk as well: pg 58

http://www.head-fi.org/t/627587/sennheiser-momentum-review/855

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