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Looking for closed headphones for digital piano

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I'm looking to buy new headphones for my digital piano, which is used to play classical piano music.

Budget is around $100-$200.

The headphones should be closed.  I don't want the sound leaking from the headphones too much.

For classical piano the sound should be fairly neutral, with low, mid and high frequencies played accurately.

I will be using them for several hours in a row, and they should stay comfortable during that time. I'm used to some clamping force, and I can wear my current headphones  that have a moderate clamp for 4+ hours without noticeable discomfort.

 

Several headphones I have noticed being suggested in similar threads:

 

Shure SRH840

Sony MDR-V6

Audio-Technica ATH-M50

 

I'm open for any suggestions and comments. Please ask if you have any questions.

 

Thanks in advance.

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For classical piano, consider AKG K271 or K272HD. Or Beyerdynamic DT250 80ohm (not 250 ohm, which will require decent equipment or a headphone amp required)

They are very neutral bass-shy headphones they do not screw up tones of piano.

 

If you think you are not going to like bass-shy nature of those headphones, next best bet is SRH840 with excellent mid. Notice SRH840 is more bass heavy and more clamping force than those AKGs mentioned above.

 

V6 and M50... I consider them below 840 and AKGs in every aspects except portability.

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Originally Posted by wnmnkh View Post
 

For classical piano, consider AKG K271 or K272HD. Or Beyerdynamic DT250 80ohm (not 250 ohm, which will require decent equipment or a headphone amp required)

They are very neutral bass-shy headphones they do not screw up tones of piano.

 

If you think you are not going to like bass-shy nature of those headphones, next best bet is SRH840 with excellent mid. Notice SRH840 is more bass heavy and more clamping force than those AKGs mentioned above.

 

V6 and M50... I consider them below 840 and AKGs in every aspects except portability.

 

Thank you for for recommendations. How is the isolation or clamping force between the models mentioned (specifically  K271, K272HD,  DT250 80ohm and SRH840)? What about the treble?

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Treble is a bit hot on DT250, but still far less aggressive than quite many other ultra treble headphones. K271's treble is... well, like quite a lot of studio-purpose headphones, starts strong but then rolled off at certain point to prevent ear damage from extend exposure of high freq sound (no worries, it still covers all of piano freq). My memory is a bit fuzzy with K272... It's been really long time since I heard it, but from my memory, they were very neutral. SRH840's more like typical all-around headphones with better bass and balanced overall sound.

 

All of them isolate well, and other than SRH840 being rather heavy and DT250's clamping force is rather strong, there aren't much comfortable issues among the headphones. K272 and DT250 have velour pads, and I personally find them far more comfortable than SRH840 and K271's pleather pads.

 

 

Now, if this is your first serious headphones (over 100 bucks ones). You probably want to grab SRH840. It's a very versatile closed headphone and can be used for other stuffs while still does not screw up tones too badly.

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