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Grad Student in need!

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Hello everyone,


I am in the market for some new headphones as my old sennheisers recently broke. So to get straight to the point, here is what I'm looking for.



 Priced at or bellow $130 (could go up to $150).

- Must be closed-back headphones.

- As little sound leakage as possible since I will be listening to them in the library so I don't want to bother others.

- COMFORT!!!! This could be a deal-breaker for me even if the sound is good.

- I will almost entirely be using them on my laptop, so not looking for ones that need an amp.

- Decent build quality so they can withstand being put in a backpack and tossed around a little.

- Good portability.

- Want as close to flat sound my price range allows, but willing to have some base.


Looking around the website, I have found the ATH M50s and Logitech UE6000 to fit my criteria, but can't decide between the two. Can anyone help me with this decision or offer up any other good recommendations?



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I am a fan of V-Moda's HP's...


Here is a good buy...

post #3 of 3

Well, I have to say that I have indeed tried a couple of headphones and might recommend a few that are "neutral-ish" but comfort is a very personal thing. For example I could tell you to look into:

Shure SRH440 (I find them comfortable and great sounding for the price. It has removable cables, earpads, etc.)

Shure SRH840 (Similar design, better pads, can be found for less than $150 used or in sale specials)
Audio Technica ATH-A900X (Didn't like the earpads personally but some people like them as they are)
Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro80 (Very bassy, but closed, comfortable and looks to withstand abuse a bit)
V-MODA M-80 (these are on-ear, but again, neutral-ish signature and a lot of people find them comfortable for them being on-ear)
KRK 8400 (a bit brighter than all on this list, bass shy)

M-Audio Q40 (these are basshead cans but produce pleasant sound throughout the whole spectrum. Ear pads suck but you can get replacements which are better and more comfortable. These clamp more than any of this list above).


If you can audition any of these close to where you live, maybe you could make a better decision.

But these are my recommendations to you.

All of these should suppress sound leakage UNLESS you listen to WAY HIGH volumes.


Good luck! ;-)

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