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Headphone decisions

Poll Results: Which is best?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% of voters (0)
    more 449s
  • 60% of voters (3)
    ATH M50x
  • 20% of voters (1)
    SRH 840
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Momentum
  • 20% of voters (1)
    NONE OF THESE YOU HAVE TERRIBLE TASTE
5 Total Votes  
post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I have had a pair of Sennheiser HD449s for around 2 years. I broke my first pair and without a receipt Sennheiser replaced them for 34$ (can't complain). That was about 8 months ago, I just broke them again. The cable isn't the strongest, nor am I the most careful, so when the cable or jack move around the sound cuts out from the left speaker. They are the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn, all I want is a removable cable and better bass. I figure after breaking my 2nd pair its time to change. (Is there a way to custom wire my 449s? It did not end well the last time I tried.)

 

Ive been looking around a lot but can't decide.

My requirement:

Closed back (a lot of nice sennheisers are open back :/)

Over Ear

Detachable cable

1/8" jack preferably

Durable

Hopefully as comfy as 449s, they are like my ears getting a hug

100-250$ range

 

I use them multiple hours a day, probably ~1400 hours a year, rarely do I take them outside the house, looks or portability aren't an issue. I use them mostly for listening to music from and iPod, or sometimes a stereo. I also use them for listening to podcasts, or gaming.

 

Right now the best options Ive found:

Keep replacing 449s every time they break

Audio Technica ATH M50x (releasing end of February. M50 with detachable cable)

Shure SRH 840

Sennheiser Momentum around ear (I really dont wan't to spend this much unless it's really worth it.)

 

 

Any recommendations or input is appreciated.

Thanks

 

 

Edit: I also play Team Fortress 2 so I want headphones with decent soundstage for locating players by sound. I have Razer surround software, not sure if it really does anything.


Edited by Luneth - 2/2/14 at 9:31am
post #2 of 9

What kind of music?

 

Out of those though, the 840's are a very good choice.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

I listen to mostly rock-ish/alternative stuff such as: the National, the Frames, Shins, Grizzly Bear. I also listen to mellow electronic like Ratatat, little people, and Jim Guthrie's Indie Game OST. And of course Dave Brubeck. Nothing with massive bass like dubstep.

 

Also on my PC I have a Creative Soundblaster Z soundcard, but I still want something that can be powered by an iPod.

post #4 of 9

If they're not going to be used outside do they have to be closed?

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Honestly I don't know. As I've never used open headphones before. I often use them when my family is listening to other music on a stereo or news on the radio, or if I don't want to talk to people (which is almost always). For gaming I have a omni-directional modmic attached  idk how much open headphones leak sound and if that would get picked up by the mic.

post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Luneth View Post
 

Honestly I don't know. As I've never used open headphones before. I often use them when my family is listening to other music on a stereo or news on the radio, or if I don't want to talk to people (which is almost always). For gaming I have a omni-directional modmic attached  idk how much open headphones leak sound and if that would get picked up by the mic.


It depends. If people are talking and playing music in the same room then you'd want closed. Unless you had your headphones very loud or turned the mic up a lot I dbout it would pick up much sound from the headphones.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

bumpity bump still want some help

post #8 of 9

I'm also stuck on deciding what I want to get for a nice pair of cans. The M50x look tempting, but I don't know if they can live up to their hype. Well anyways, sorry for not offering much help haha. Free bump anyways.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

TO me they look like they aren't as comfy as 449s which are so comfortable and make them wearable for hours at a time. I wich Sennheiser would just update them with a detachable cord, or at least make a cord that is durable.

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