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noise isolating headphones comparison help and advise?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hello, im searching for headphones for a really long time now and i thought i should ask for your advise.I need noise isolating headphones since i work in a room with other people usually talking. I listen most to classical music and some ambient so i need somehow good sound quality too. And finally the price has to be under 100$ :/. 

 

 

So i need something

1.noise isolating

2.good sound quality

3.price under 100$

 

Offcourse as good as it gets with under 100$. I know it cant be completely noise isolating and the best quality but i need your lights for what is best for this price.

 

I listen mostly to classical music and ambient.

 

After some research i came down to these models

 

Audio-Technica ΑΤH-M35

 

Sennheiser HD-280 PRO

 

SENNHEISER HD-380 PRO

 

Logitech Ultimate Ears UE6000

 

I dont have the knowledge and experience in order to decide so it would be of great help if you know :)

 

Thank you very much


Edited by penelope94 - 12/27/13 at 5:06pm
post #2 of 10

Hi. I didn't find HD280 to be sufficiently isolating, but the model was in poor condition. If M35 is similar to M50, it will have too much bass for your genres and thin, metallic treble. I am not so familiar with some of the cheaper models, but you should certainly read about Shure SRH440. There might be a used model on the For Sale board. If so, you'll be able to afford SRH840's more comfortable replacement pads to go with it. 

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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

i have etymotic mc 5 so im thinking for something better, is any of the above better than these?

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by penelope94 View Post

i have etymotic mc 5 so im thinking for something better, is any of the above better than these?

I haven't heard MC5, but I know the Etymotic house sound. I used to own ER4PT and still own HF5. According to the most reliable review I found, MC5 shares that sound. For your genres, MC5 is a better choice than the headphones I've heard on your list (and the others based on reliable reviews).

Besides the Shures (SRH440), if you're willing to do some modding, consider one of the Fostex RP series.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

what about noise isolation? are the headphones better on that?

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

maybe i need a better source?my cheap mp3 maybe doesnt let etymotic do their best :/

post #8 of 10
I've read posts contending that IEMs are more isolating that headphones, but I've found closed over ear models to be more isolating. I think I'm in the minority.

If you're looking for a player, Sansa Clip+ measures well and is cheap. I bought one on "Black Friday," but I haven't used it yet, so I don't know how it sounds, &c.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you :) i was thinking about buying one too. please let me know when you use it :)

post #10 of 10
It depends on the IEMs and the tips. I find the Westone, Etymotic and Shure IEMS, with good fitting tips, to be more isolating than closed headphones. YMMV...
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