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Headphone for home theater

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I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question. I am new to all of this.

I have a Yamaha YHT-S401 soundbar and pair it with a Polk Audio F/X Wireless Surround unit. It's sounds pretty darn good in my small space. For blowing out an action movie, I need to use headphones in my apartment. The soundbar has a speaker jack which is rare and I am using HDMI to connect the audio source to the soundbar to get full advantage of it's multi-channel decoding abilities.

This is the choice I'm debating:

1) Get a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50S headphones and plug them into the soundbar. According to Yamaha's website, "The headphone jack lets you plug in your own headphones and enjoy virtual 7.1-channel sound in private."

2) Or get a wireless surround headphone like the Sony MDR-HW700DS that has a base unit with it's own decoding.

Any idea which will sound better - what's the closest to "surround sound" in a headphone that I can get?  Is the surround sound quality of the wireless demonstrably better? Are open-backed phones better for movie sound?  What about the Sony MDR MA900's?

 

And the wireless / corded feature is not a concern.

 

I know it's all in the ear of the beholder but if anyone has any advice / opinion, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks

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In my opinion using a headphone with the ability to adjust the volume allows the bass to enter when the phone is open backed. The brand is at you pleasure!

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