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Need help finding over-the-ear headphones to be used mostly for Pink Floyd

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

Let me begin by thanking in advance anyone who takes the time to assist me. After finding my Shure SRH240a headphones to be severely lacking in comfort, I have decided to sell them and buy my second pair of high-end headphones. The following lists summarize completely what my needs are:

 

What I'm looking for in headphones

  • have to be over-the-ear, "circumaural"
  • I use headphones on the bus occasionally, so a closed design is a necessity
  • comfortable. I will often use headphones for an hour or two at a time.
  • removable cable. While not a "make it or break it" factor, I do appreciate how easy it is to repair broken cables with this function

 

Music Taste

  • Pink Floyd, lots and lots of Pink Floyd
  • The Who
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Any other classic or progressive rock band

 

My music is played either from an iPod Touch 5th Generation, or my HP laptop. I do not own nor have I ever owned any other high-end audio equipment such as a portable amplifier. While I would be open to trying this, I would rather just stick to my normal method of powering the headphones directly from the player.

 

I live in a very rural area, so active noise cancellation does not appeal to me. However, I tried a pair of headphones at the music department in my school once (Audio Technica, I believe) that fit so comfortably that I could barely hear anyone else in the room. This did appeal to me. 

 

I'd REALLY like to stay below $150 US in total for all equipment purchased, but that amount could be changed if need be.

 

Thanks again to anyone who takes the time to help me out.

post #2 of 6

The UE 6000 for under $100 is a very good place to start your search.  It has active noise cancellation for the times you want it and even better sound when it is not switched on.

post #3 of 6
There was a time on head-fi when closed + $150 = Audio-Technica ATH-M50. That was, and probably still is, the standard recommendation. Personally, I've never been in love with the ATH-M50, but many people do like them. Other options at around that price point include the Sennheiser HD380 Pro, Shure SRH440, Sony MDR-7506, AKG K272, Brainwavz HM5 & Sony MDR10.
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Thread Starter 

I've decided that I am not interested in buying any more Shure products. Don't get me wrong, they sound amazing, but I have been unimpressed by their comfort and build quality. I will definitely look into the Audio Technica headphones. Has anyone here tested them? I've heard that they lack the soundstage needed for Pink Floyd. As for the other headphones listed, I have no way to test them out, so any stories of personal experiences would be much appreciated.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

I just learned that Audio Technica is or will soon be selling a new version of the popular ATH M50. Does anyone know if these are available yet or have any reviews on them?

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Originally Posted by CollinWalker View Post
 

I've decided that I am not interested in buying any more Shure products. Don't get me wrong, they sound amazing, but I have been unimpressed by their comfort and build quality. I will definitely look into the Audio Technica headphones. Has anyone here tested them? I've heard that they lack the soundstage needed for Pink Floyd. As for the other headphones listed, I have no way to test them out, so any stories of personal experiences would be much appreciated.


The open AD series have a large sound stage.

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