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Hi everyone!

I'm looking for a good pair of over the ear closed headphones that create a create a great seal and don't let in outside noise. My budget is ~$150 (I know, pretty low), and I want to make sure I explore all my options before I pull the trigger on a pair. 

I don't own any over the ear heaphones, but I currently own a pair of Shure SE215s and have had them since they were released. They have been a great pair of in-ear for me and are what I currently use while I study and listen to music.

I've been researching quite a bit over the last week looking into headphones in my budget and have come across a few headphones:
For noise-canceling, I have looked into bose and they seem to be out of the budget and I hear the audio quality isn't necessarily the best. A buddy of mine uses the ATH-ANC7b and I have tried them out and decided I don't care too much for the audio quality and the noise cancelling wasn't that great. I've also looked at the Logitech UE line 6000 and 9000 (apparently I've missed a few deals on them over the last couple of weeks though) and they looked promising from the reviews I've read.

Without noise cancelling: I've looked at the ATH-M50s, of course, and they don't seem like a bad buy, but they do seem over-hyped. I've also looked into the v-moda m-80s (and m-100s, but those are a little too high in price for me) and they seem okay but from what I read they look like they allow outside noise to enter. I've also ventured into a few other headphone models, but they're names escape me right now. 

Basically, I am looking for a something that supplies a great listening experience and that doesn't allow noise from the outside world in (to an extent) and also aren't loud so others can hear them around me. Style, comfort, and portability are also factors too, but I am open to all suggestions. 

EDIT: I should also add that my musical preferences varies but I do enjoy RHCP, rock, hip hop, acoustic, and funk/electroswing (so a wide range)

If anyone can give me some input it would be greatly appreciated,

Thanks!


Edited by stin - 12/22/13 at 8:37pm
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Sennheiser HD 380

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Sennheiser HD 380

Thanks! Researching them now

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+1 on the UE6000. don't think you can do much better for sub-$100 w/ NC.

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+1 on the UE6000. don't think you can do much better for sub-$100 w/ NC.

Do you find them to be too big? They look like they jut out a little more than i'd like. Any other concerns? I'd really like to hear your comments about them.

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Do you find them to be too big? They look like they jut out a little more than i'd like. Any other concerns? I'd really like to hear your comments about them.

nope. they are over-ear tho. so you can probably get on-ears that are slimmer, but you won't have the nice isolation of over-ears. i prefer over-ears too b/c of comfort.

 

at $100 or less, I have no concerns. When I was thinking of buyin em, they were $200. the white ones look gorgeous in person. got alotta compliments from da ladies ;)

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nope. they are over-ear tho. so you can probably get on-ears that are slimmer, but you won't have the nice isolation of over-ears. i prefer over-ears too b/c of comfort.

 

at $100 or less, I have no concerns. When I was thinking of buyin em, they were $200. the white ones look gorgeous in person. got alotta compliments from da ladies ;)

Can you compare them to the ATH-M50 or anything else? I was about to buy those but with the UE6000 being so cheap I was leaning that way too (I could get the UE6000 and UE4000 for almost the same price as the m50). I'm just not sold on anything yet, but the more I read/hear about the 6000s I like them.

Too many choices!

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hahaah the ue6000 should be betta than the ue4000. keep in mind the ath-m50 while a classic is a really old pair of headphones, been out for a while. in my personal opinion, there are alotta betta new headphones out nowadays.

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Just picked up the UE6000 in white, thanks to your help.  I really couldn't pass up the deal I was getting on them.

At TigerDirect right now you can purchase them for $79.99, but they have some rebates going on right now too.
If you spend over $100 you get $20 MIR, there is also an item (a useless computer case, but whatever) that you can make $40 after MIR
So, I just ended up purchasing the headphones and case for ~$140 - MIR (~$110 total) for a total of $30. 

Granted I do have to deal with some mail-in-rebates, but if everything works out $30 for these headphones ain't too bad of a deal!

Thanks again for your help!

(P.S. if anyone wants to get the same deal as me (I'm in the U.S.) let me know and I'll link you to the deals or you can look on slickdeals) 


Edited by stin - 12/24/13 at 12:19am
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