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Thread Starter 

Long story short I am a music major in college (tuba) and I need to get some good headphones so i can hear the different instruments in the orchestra. (my laptop is horrible) but mainly hear between the tuba and upright basses. I want to buy a good set of headphones to do all this listening (about 2-3 hours a day) that must be comfortable and true to the sound of an orchestra.


I am new to this so please forgive any ignorance!


Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 9
What are you going to be plugging the headphones into - your laptop? Do you need the headphones to provide isolation from outside noise and/or not leak the sound you are hearing to those sitting near you?

What is your price range?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
My price range is preferably under $200. But of course cheaper is better w/o sacrificing quality too much. I will be plugging them into either my laptop, s3(android), or note 10.1(android tablet).

I don't want noise cancelling but I will need to be able to listen to them at school and apt (with roommates possibly sleeping). I don't care if they are wireless, and size won't be an issue.

I cannot stress how much I need to be comfortable with them. Ex. I don't listen to in-ear buds much because they make my ears sweat and regular buds give me a headache. (Even if quiet.)

Thankyou for bringing that up. I didn't even think of these things..

tubas..... tubas everywhere....
post #4 of 9
OK, so in head-fi speak you need: Closed, comfortable headphones that can isolate well, with a flat, natural sound signature that can be driven easily directly from mobile devices such as phones and tablets, max price $200.

Hmm - while I'm thinking about this one, hopefully someone else can make a suggestion. I think the typical suggestion for this might be the Audio-Technica ATH-M50, but I thinking maybe the Sennheiser HD449. I'm just not sure either of them is comfortable enough or neutral enough for this application. Maybe the Shure SRH840? Out of those three, I have only heard the ATH-M50 - it's not really my cup of tea, but I'm not looking for the same things you are.
post #5 of 9
Here's another option - I have not heard these:

head-fi thread is here, Mike (HiFiGuy528) is a very respected head-fier (at least by me), and if he is impressed, I have no doubt they are nice:
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot. I will look at these. The biggest problem i have is that I live in no where Idaho, and cannot try them so i have to rely on what i hear from other people.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

So i just looked at the sony headphones and i have a question about active noise cancelling. Does it cause pressure or a simmilar feeling?

post #8 of 9
Sony MDRV6. Been around forever, sound great, less than a hundred bucks:
post #9 of 9
Originally Posted by theatomizer90 View Post

So i just looked at the sony headphones and i have a question about active noise cancelling. Does it cause pressure or a simmilar feeling?

The Sony MDR-10R is available with and without active noise cancellation,and even on the units with ANC, you can simply turn it off.

But, to answer your question, ANC uses a microphone to sense the ambient noise outside the headphone. A circuit then attempts to create an equivalent sound that is 180 degrees out of phase with the ambient noise. This cancels the noise sound waves before they hit your eardrum. Of course, the cancellation isn't perfect, and this will cause a low hiss to be heard in the headphones when the music is not playing. Depending on the details of the ANC circuit, it can also change the character of the music your hear. In theory, since sound is simply a pressure change detected by your eardrum, then if the ANC means you hear less noise, that also means there is *less* pressure change being detected by your eardrum.
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