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post #1 of 11
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I currently own a pair of Sony MDR V6 and MDR – 1R and I find that listening to either pair for a long period of time creates fatigue for my ears.

I have tried Denon AH-D2k’s before, I am just a little shaky on the build quality (the joint seems a little fragile). I am also considering AKG- k550 and Beyerdynamic One Pro’s.

 

Any advice is appreciated! 

post #2 of 11

What do you mean by "fatigue"?  Does it pertain to the sound, the comfort of the headphones, or something else?

What is your budget?

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound and don't isolate well)?

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

post #3 of 11

Hopefully it isn't comfort - It'll be hard to get more comfortable than the mdr 1r with full size headphones!

post #4 of 11
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The tops of my ears start to hurt with the V6's and mdr 1r after prolonged period of time. I will admit that I can wear the mdr 1r longer than the V6's. My ears are also kinda large , which is where the comfort issue comes into play for me. 

My budget is $300 and I plan on keeping this next set of cans at home. Both sets of heads phones are powered by my ipod touch 4th generation currently and I recently ordered a CMOY amp to supplement my ipod. ( I might get an adapter to get past the dac in the ipod for the amp...)   I keep a flat EQ on my ipod for simplicity sake and I try  to get a warm even sound. I think once I have the amp I am going to play around with the EQ to fine tune the sound quality. I have been experimenting with an app called Audio Xciter to see if the sound quality can be improved.  

In all honesty I listen to a wide variety of music from instrumental sound tracks to hard rock to audio recordings of books. ( I walk around and listen to books for hours at a time sometimes)

post #5 of 11

Headphone comfort is a very individual thing.  Sizing and sensitivities are unique to each person.  We can point you to headphones that are generally considered to be comfortable and mention others that have garnered complaints for being uncomfortable.  However, the only way to know for sure is to wear them yourself for a time equivalent to your longest listening session.  No one else can tell you what will be comfortable for you.

 

For me (but no guarantee for you) the ATH-AD900x, Q701 (and great 701, 702 & 712 family), SRH 940 and HD 598 are among the most comfortable in the $200 to $300 range.
 

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The tops of my ears start to hurt with the V6's and mdr 1r after prolonged period of time. I will admit that I can wear the mdr 1r longer than the V6's. My ears are also kinda large , which is where the comfort issue comes into play for me. 

My budget is $300 and I plan on keeping this next set of cans at home. Both sets of heads phones are powered by my ipod touch 4th generation currently and I recently ordered a CMOY amp to supplement my ipod. ( I might get an adapter to get past the dac in the ipod for the amp...)   I keep a flat EQ on my ipod for simplicity sake and I try  to get a warm even sound. I think once I have the amp I am going to play around with the EQ to fine tune the sound quality. I have been experimenting with an app called Audio Xciter to see if the sound quality can be improved.  

In all honesty I listen to a wide variety of music from instrumental sound tracks to hard rock to audio recordings of books. ( I walk around and listen to books for hours at a time sometimes)

The Beyerdynamic DT 880 is widely considered to be very comfortable, although I have seen at least one person on this site who disagrees.  It is also considered to be a good all-around headphone.  I am not sure exactly what type of hard rock you listen to, but I like how the DT 880 sounds with Metallica, Def Leppard, Avenged Sevenfold, Led Zeppelin, and Guns N' Roses.

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Originally Posted by Fishman22 View Post
 

The tops of my ears start to hurt with the V6's and mdr 1r after prolonged period of time. I will admit that I can wear the mdr 1r longer than the V6's. My ears are also kinda large , which is where the comfort issue comes into play for me. 

My budget is $300 and I plan on keeping this next set of cans at home. Both sets of heads phones are powered by my ipod touch 4th generation currently and I recently ordered a CMOY amp to supplement my ipod. ( I might get an adapter to get past the dac in the ipod for the amp...)   I keep a flat EQ on my ipod for simplicity sake and I try  to get a warm even sound. I think once I have the amp I am going to play around with the EQ to fine tune the sound quality. I have been experimenting with an app called Audio Xciter to see if the sound quality can be improved.  

In all honesty I listen to a wide variety of music from instrumental sound tracks to hard rock to audio recordings of books. ( I walk around and listen to books for hours at a time sometimes)

The Beyerdynamic DT 880 is widely considered to be very comfortable, although I have seen at least one person on this site who disagrees.  It is also considered to be a good all-around headphone.  I am not sure exactly what type of hard rock you listen to, but I like how the DT 880 sounds with Metallica, Def Leppard, Avenged Sevenfold, Led Zeppelin, and Guns N' Roses.


I find the excellent DT 880 to be comfortable as well.  However, if my ears were just a bit bigger, I don't think that I would.

post #8 of 11

Also, the only other decent headphone I have owned was the Shure SRH840.  It was pretty comfortable, but became uncomfortable and fatiguing after 1.5-2 straight hours of use.  It had a much tighter clamping force than the DT 880.  I imagine the SRH940 would be similar to the 840 in terms of comfort.

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I find the excellent DT 880 to be comfortable as well.  However, if my ears were just a bit bigger, I don't think that I would.

I actually agree with this, although I have pretty big ears.  There are times when I have to slightly adjust the position of the headphones because I feel a small part of my ear starting to become irritated.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by bigbenrfan99 View Post
 

Also, the only other decent headphone I have owned was the Shure SRH840.  It was pretty comfortable, but became uncomfortable and fatiguing after 1.5-2 straight hours of use.  It had a much tighter clamping force than the DT 880.  I imagine the SRH940 would be similar to the 840 in terms of comfort.


The 940 is more comfortable than the 840.  At least that's true for me.

post #11 of 11

You need a warm sounding headphone with ear space, pads, definitively larger than the mdr 1r. 

 

Closed or open? If open then something like the beyer dt880/990 or similar variants would be a good choice. 

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