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I'm new -- I need headphones!

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Hello, all. I'm in the market for a pair of closed, reasonably portable, and comfortable headphones for under $400 (with or without a portable amp). I primarily listen to guitar-driven music -- a lot of metal, progressive rock, and fusion -- so natural mids are a plus. Durability and noise isolation are important to me, so I bought a pair of V-Moda Crossfade M-100s in the hopes that I'd be able to forgive the bass-heavy profile. I can't, and I find them to be extremely uncomfortable. They kind of squish the entrance to my ear canal...

 

I've been using Bose AE2s for a long time. They don't sound great (obviously), but I love how roomy the cups are. A fit like that would be best.

 

Amazon has had a lot of good deals lately, so I'll seriously consider any suggestion around the top end of my price range. So far, I've been considering Denon AH-D600s, Beyerdynamic DT770s, and some other similar builds.

 

Thanks in advance!


Edited by thesmurfslayer - 11/8/13 at 12:44pm
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Add the B&W P7 to your list. They're like a more detailed and dynamic version of the Momentum with a bit less bass. If your ears didn't fit the M-100 you would probably have problems with the Momentum too, otherwise I'd recommend that as well.

 

Apparently the new NAD VISO HP50 are amazing, though I haven't heard them myself yet: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/i-love-these-headphonesthe-nad-viso-hp50

 

I love the D600 and they're very comfortable, but you might find them too bassy. They have just slightly less bass than the M-100.

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Thanks for the quick response! B&W is now under watch.

 

I suppose I could clarify a little about my dislike for the M100s. The biggest problem was the depth of the cup, not the width. The cans clamped my ear-flaps against my head. And I don't hate bass, either, but the V-Moda mega bass masked the mids quite a lot.

 

I'll take a look at that NAD pair, too.

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I've seen a lot of praise for the Beyerdynamic COP and they're currently sitting under $200... they look comfortable. Any reason not to go for those, with or without an amp?

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