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post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by ostewart View Post

[...] my main go to portable headphones are German Maestro GMP 8.35 D, excellent isolation and sound, also the industrial look doesn't make people want to steal them and they are indestructible smily_headphones1.gif

 

You're right: they look like s---. :p But they really are indestructible. I saw the video of the guy who ran them over with his car. They looked fine. I wouldn't try that with HD600. Are they comfortable?

post #17 of 34
I have a pair of velour pads on them so they are very comfortable yes. And light.
post #18 of 34
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Originally Posted by ostewart View Post

I have a pair of velour pads on them so they are very comfortable yes. And light.

 

Great idea. I like velours too. Thanks.

post #19 of 34
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
 

I live in Japan, so it's probably not a fair comparison, but I go out with a pair of ~$700 FitEar Parterres. Given the loss in sound quality from ambient noise though, It is easier to just use a pair of Sony XBAs most of the time.

 

I live in Australia, which makes it an even more unfair comparison! Where things are 10 years ahead in Japan, they are 10 years behind here.

 

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

 

Great idea. I like velours too. Thanks.

 

The velour pads on the Sennheiser HD650 are quite lovely, but I'd never take them out with me. They're definitely not a target for theft, but all the wind that it catches can't be good for the diaphragms. Plus I usually hear more wind than music anyway!

post #20 of 34

I walk around with my W1000x on my head, soon to get a D2k Cocobolo wood back as well.

 

Our area is relativily crim reduced. there are bad parts of town... stay away from those. Otherwise, when I'm PHYSICALLY walking I don't listen to music. I work on PCS so I REALISH the time I can get away from the electronics and actually walk and listen to nature... or traffic. Non the less, at school and at work it's Wood Closed backs all day long

 

I have a moderatly big ish bag I carry them in. A Soft case, in a soft case, in a soft case with a strap. Goes around my shoulder 

post #21 of 34
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Originally Posted by soundparticle View Post
 

I live in Chicago so usually when I need to get somewhere I just hop on a train or bus, or occasionally just walk myself if it isn't *too* far. When I go out, I usually just wear my cheapo Sony workout earbuds rather than my actual good set of headphones (Q701, they're good enough for me). While I'd *rather* have good headphones on longer rides, I don't take them for two reasons: I don't want to risk them getting damaged, and I don't want to look like a douchbag with big headphones on.

 

So I thought I'd ask you all here (anyone, but especially those of you who take public transportation a lot), do you travel with your favorite set? Or do you just use cheap consumer grade buds/cans when on the go? Or maybe you have a 'beater' set of good cans? Or something else?

 

Just something I was thinking about.

 

Admittedly I don't take public transport a whole lot (small city - no real need to), but I do walk a lot, and I also fly (short and long-haul) reasonably regularly.

 

  1. In your case - the Q701 would be hopeless for out in public (I used to own them) - the're open, so you'd get too much ambient noise and end up turning them up so loud you'd eventually deafen yourself (or at least cause serious damage).
  2. I'd suggest either going small portable - or do what I do - IEM's.  I'll either use my SE535 Ltd Eds, or Dunu DN1000's.
  3. If I can't have isolation - then I generally use a good set of ear-buds.

 

My full sized cans mainly stay at home - although I will take the RS1's with me if I'm going to be away for an extended period.

post #22 of 34

One other thing that's putting me off IEMs; the cable noise and uber-isolation. I've noticed that whenever I'm moving around while using IEMs, I pretty much hear the sound of the cable knocking around every time it does. And yes, IEMs do isolate external noise very well, but that also makes me feel like I'm less aware of my surroundings. It seems somewhat dangerous to me to walk on a busy street with my ears plugged.

post #23 of 34
I use my vmoda m100 when i go out. They are very portable. And lucky i got matte black so not so flashy biggrin.gif
post #24 of 34
I bring only my IE8s and use my phone, sometimes my clip+. The sound signature is enjoyable (boosted bass really helps with street noise too) and they let in enough ambient noise to keep me aware of my surroundings. The cable is detachable and very nice too. I'm really not a fan of wearing full-size headphones in public, and small on-ears aren't as comfortable to me.
post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by JuzModa View Post

I use my vmoda m100 when i go out. They are very portable. And lucky i got matte black so not so flashy biggrin.gif

 

The M100s are surprisingly compact for an over-ear. And although not being flashy, it also looks very nice; especially because it has an interchangeable metal shield. 

 

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Originally Posted by earthpeople View Post
 

 

I'm not a big fan of on-ears either. The only on-ear headphone that I've found to be noteworthy to me was (brace yourselves Head-Fi) the Beats Solo HD. Although it's just a children's toy, I found it to passively block out ambient noise surprisingly well. I'm also rather impressed with the dual-driver design in such a small headphone. I don't have a set, but the most memorable thing of the Solo HDs was (expectedly) the overwhelming bass. It was so overpowering that it felt like putting a woofer on each ear, and the bass made the whole thing vibrate like crazy. It made me laugh whenever it did this.

 

All in all, it's a fun headphone to play around with when listening to heavy bass stuff, but I'd never get one for personal use.

post #26 of 34
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

I don't even listen to music in public places, because I'm too concerned about crime. I don't take anything valuable or valuable-looking into town, except an older iPod which I might replace with a Sansa Clip+. Likewise, at the library where I work, I don't want to attract attention so no one decides to follow me to my car. My romantic partner (female) worries a little because my PX200-II has the brand name on the headband, but I don't think the cheaper Sennheisers are so desirable. So, yeah, there's a world of difference between my daytime music listening and the sound quality I enjoy at home.

 

I agree with you about crime, for the most part. I could not help but notice your location. I am so happy I live in The Great State of Florida. More than just a nice portable HeadFi rig might be on board and believe you me, the thugs know that!!!! More to your point possibly, however, I am always seated with my back up against a wall, with only approachable traffic from my direct, frontal view, when using headphones. You did give me an idea about starting a HP safety thread. Thanks!

post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

You're right: they look like s---. tongue.gif  But they really are indestructible. I saw the video of the guy who ran them over with his car. They looked fine. I wouldn't try that with HD600. Are they comfortable?

Wow. I wonder what would happen if you tried to nuke it. :P
post #28 of 34
They would probably survive wink.gif they definitely win the award most rugged headphones
post #29 of 34
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Originally Posted by ostewart View Post

[...] my main go to portable headphones are German Maestro GMP 8.35 D, [...] the industrial look doesn't make people want to steal them

 

Later that night, I spent some time reading about them, and I realized that they remind me of H.R. Giger's work (Alien).

post #30 of 34

I'm not afraid to take the bus everyday and walk in school with my UE900.  I would not take any over ear headphones with me outside thought because they bring to much attention on the user.  But in regards of iems unless you have something like awesome custom iem and you can't hide them with an hat or something I don't see anything wrong in wearing any decent pair.  Isolation is good, it cuts off ambient sounds nicely plus i don't think those are really the kinds a stealer would want to put his hands on.

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