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Best isolation headphones for around $200

post #1 of 4
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Hey all,
I recently got a DX50 and am loving it. Sometime in the next couple months, I’d like a new set of headphones to go with my spiffy new DAP.

Here’s what im looking for in order of priority:

-Over ear headphones (NO IEM’s - No matter what. NO IEM's)

-Good sound deadening/closed can (passive noise canceling as opposed to active. This is my number 1 ‘must have’ feature because I work in a noisy machine shop with around 60-70 dB ambient background noise, so the more isolation, the better…Im even willing so sacrifice a little SQ to get better isolation)

-I listen to almost every type of music except country and death metal. Having good, but not overpowering bass is important to me. (example playlist includes NIN, Tool, Shpongle, Crystal method, DJ tiesto, Aloe black, beatles, Mason jennings, dave matthews, random rap/pop, bob marley, Incubus, Mars volta, Ratatat, Clutchy Hopkins, James blake, Phillip Glass...I can add more if it helps.)

-Less than $300 usd, preferably under $200.



Its also great (but not necessary) if they…
-are durable
-have a detachable chord
-speakers do Not rotate 180* like a DJ headphone

My co-worker who got me to buy the DX50 suggested I look at the Vmoda M100’s…any thoughts on how those fit into my criteria?

I currently have O’Neill Stretch headphones and am pretty happy with them, but more isolation and better SQ would be nice to really let the DX50 shine. I got the Brainwavz R3’s free with the DX50, but they don’t fit my ear at all (as most IEM’s don’t. I have a piece of cartilage that interferes with most IEM’s, thus why I require an over ear phone) the R3’s sound great to me other than lacking in the low bass department if that helps refine my sound preference.

Thanks!

(again, NO IEM’s - No matter what. NO IEM's)
post #2 of 4

The UE6000 has the best isolation from the cans I've heard.

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Ill try to give them a listen...I think my friend still has a pair, but I wont see him for a couple weeks. Do they work that well with just the passive deadening?

Someone want to convince me to get the m100's? or other thoughts?
Edited by MCImes - 12/10/13 at 2:40pm
post #4 of 4
I only use passive. Fantastic.
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