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TLDR; I want a very portable circumaural pair of headphones that I can travel with and that will be comfortable for incredibly long listening sessions, and that provides very solid audio quality while not being too analytical. Emphasis on the mids would be nice, noise isolation a plus. I'm leaning towards the MDR 1R, which I can get for 190 bucks. My price bracket would be from roughly 200-400 USD.

Hi everyone, this is my first post and thread to Head-Fi. After lurking for a few weeks I've found the vast majority of this forum to be full of really nice people, which is nice to see.

Anyway, the reason I've made this thread is because at the moment I have two candidates for my next set of cans. One is the Sony MDR 1R, the other is the NAD Viso HP50.

I currently own the ATH-M50s, and despite loving them as much as most people here do, they aren't the most portable and not the most comfortable. The cable is lengthy and cumbersome, plus I don't enjoy the coil (I ordered the straight version and got the coiled one anyway, liked em so much that I didn't care). The cans themselves clamp a little too much, and even though they are still really comfortable, after about 4 hours of wearing them my ears start to get sore.

I've tried the Sony MDR 1R and quite frankly, I love them. I had them for a day and they were the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. The earpads were incredibly soft and actually surrounded my ears completely, and the clamping force was just right. I'm certain I could wear them for 10 hours straight and not be fatigued at all. I love the forward sounding midrange that everyone mentions, as I absolutely love mids. The bass was somewhat loose but I've read many times that after adequate burn in it tightens up quite nicely. Rolled of treble didn't bother me at all. Only problem was the materials; very plasticky as many have mentioned. Still, I think that lends to their comfort, as a lightweight design is almost always more comfortable than something made out of metal materials. So far I'm really leaning towards them, as I can get them for 190 bucks on Amazon. I've also seen that they aren't always great at noise isolation; I didn't get to test them for this while I had them. While it would be nice if they blocked out at least some jet engine noise, since they meet most if not all of my other requirements, I can probably let this go.

The HP50s really sound enticing to me. Better build and better materials, a flatter response, and generally good reviews across the board have me interested in getting them. I have heard the comfort is picky which will be a deal breaker for me; my next headphones absolutely must be comfortable for extremely long periods of wear. However I've heard they lack in musicality, which seems to go hand in hand with a very flat, audiophilic frequency response. I'm getting this next pair to enjoy my music, and definitely not to pick it apart or listen to its subtlest of nuisances.

So altogether, I want a very portable circumaural pair of headphones that I can travel with and that will be comfortable for incredibly long listening sessions, and that provides very solid audio quality while not being too analytical. Emphasis on the mids would be nice. I'm leaning towards the MDR 1R which I can get for 190 bucks. I'll spend up to about 400 dollars.
Edited by ClashActual - 1/6/14 at 7:28pm