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Need Help Choosing Closed-Back Circumaural for vocal jazz (and everything else)

post #1 of 4
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Hello Head-Fi.

 

I've been following the site for a while but I am a new member. 

 

Looking for some recommendations on closed back circumaural headphones.  I want them to match well with my "study playlist" which is mostly Madeleine Peyroux, Miles Davis, Dave Brubek, Norah Jones, (vocal jazz), etc.  That said, I listed to everything (rock to classical), and I would like them to be solid performers all around.  I'm all over the place studying from my laptop with headphones (I'm a grad-student), but I also study at night a lot and I don't want to make a lot of noise, or hear much, so closed back is a must.  If this weren't an issue I think I'd just buy some HD650s as I have tried those and they are great.

 

Right now I use my Etymotic ER4-S (w/ ACS Custom tips) right out of the laptop or with a little amp, though I am considering a JDS Labs C5D or similar (or I may wait for the Schiit mobile solution later this year).  I have a home DAC and amp already, but I don't use it much because the Etys don't benefit from it enough to make it worthwhile.  I tried some mobile DACs but they were so inferior to my home setup it seemed un-worth it.

 

Currently very interested in the Mr. Speakers Alpha Dog, though its a tad pricey.  Headphones must sound as good, or better than the Etys (like the HD650s did w/ decent amp) or its not worth it to me.

 

Please help me veteran hi-fiers!

 

P.S. Please do a meet in South Texas so I can try all your stuff :)

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 4

Hi!

 

You should also consider Shure SRH-1540 and Focal Spirit Proffesional.

 

Best Luck!

post #3 of 4

Phiaton MS500 will surprise you.

post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thank you both.  I will check those out.

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