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New to the forum! Help me pick my new headphones/earbuds please :)

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Hi guys. So I've been browsing the forum for a while because it's absolutely fantastic when I need to buy new headphones. However, this time, I seem to have struck a roadblock.

 

So, I need to buy new headphones/earbuds (No IEMs) but I need them to fit a specific set of conditions.

 

1. At least decent sound (I listen to a lot of Alt Rock/Indie Rock and female vocals if that helps pick a headphone. Also trip-hop/electronic, and indie pop/pop)

2. Soundproofing (As in, people can't hear what I'm listening to if I have the volume up)

3. Nice design (For example, I really like the AKG Q460, Sennheiser HD 229s and V-Moda M-80 design and colors)

4. Highly portable/compact design.

 

I have around $200 to spend, but feel free to mention higher priced headphones (i.e $300 or so) because a lot of the times they might be on sale for me. 

 

I was thinking about the Sennheiser HD 25-1 but I really don't like their design and that's one of the biggest things I'm looking for. Even if the sound is worse, if it has a better design I'd rather have it instead because when I'm on the move I don't pay attention to sound much.

 

So, what would you guys recommend? I already have some ideas in mind. I really like the V-Moda Crossfade M-80 and I think that's my primary choice for now. Secondary choice is probably Beyerdynamic DT1350. 

 

EDIT: And also, I much prefer earbuds to on-ear headphones, so bonus points for earbuds, but not necessary! Keep in mind I do wear glasses so I'd need headphones that are comfortable even while wearing glasses, however,  both types work :)


Edited by Yopyop - 2/24/14 at 9:18am
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There's an interesting variation in taste, lol. I avoided the moda m80s cause the hexagonal design didn't do it for me. I really like the partially metal build going for the DT1350. In any circumstance, I've had the m80s recommended to me many times, so take from that what you will.
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Originally Posted by Kettz View Post

There's an interesting variation in taste, lol. I avoided the moda m80s cause the hexagonal design didn't do it for me. I really like the partially metal build going for the DT1350. In any circumstance, I've had the m80s recommended to me many times, so take from that what you will.
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Oh, my taste gets even weirder haha ;-)

I really like the DT1350 because they seem tiny, and I do have a tiny head and tiny ears [lol :(], so it seems to be perfect for me, though I'm not so sure about the design. I'm not sure how the V-Modas would fit my head in comparison. But they do look better in my opinion, I don't mind the hexagonal design at all.

 

Thanks for your input!

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Originally Posted by Kettz View Post

There's an interesting variation in taste, lol. I avoided the moda m80s cause the hexagonal design didn't do it for me. I really like the partially metal build going for the DT1350. In any circumstance, I've had the m80s recommended to me many times, so take from that what you will.
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If you are looking for on ear, m80s and DT1350 will leave you very pleased. My personal favorite on ear is the Sennheiser Amperior and infinitely recommend it.

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Thread Starter 

Thank you for your input! Do you know anything about earbuds? And I'll check the Sennheiser Amperiors out, thanks :)

 

Two more things: Do you know how comfortable the M80/DT1350/Amperiors are in terms of people who wear glasses? Would I start getting uncomfortable after wearing them for 1hour/2hour/3hours?

 

And also, what about the Sennheiser HD 598s? I've heard amazing things about them. Are they portable at all or are they simply too big compared to the other products mentioned here?

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Also, I forgot to add, the HD-25-1-ii look about identical to the amperior except the aluminum replaces the plastic. So, if you dislike the design of the HD25 then the amperiors aren't going to do you much justice.

 

Lachlan Likes A Thing has a review on the M80s and he wears glasses but I can't remember off the top of my head whether he addresses that or not. Link -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mNOhwb29J0

 

The 598s are going to be about as portable as a pair of Beats Studios, but the senns will sound a lot better :D 


Edited by Insayn - 2/24/14 at 9:29am
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Also, 598s are open back I believe, so sound will leak in and out significantly more than others

post #8 of 10
Well those are pretty complicated desires for just one pair of headphones to make lol. It sounds like you really need bass as well as treble with at least good mids, high portability, and if you want a good design with that, dang lol. I know a pair that fits that for $400, but if your not willing to pay for that extra $100-$200 (mostly for brand name) then I guess I could recommend either some lower end sennheiser ones or possibly the Audio Technica ATH-M50, although I wouldn't say those are the most portable and the design is sub-par.
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Well those are pretty complicated desires for just one pair of headphones to make lol. It sounds like you really need bass as well as treble with at least good mids, high portability, and if you want a good design with that, dang lol. I know a pair that fits that for $400, but if your not willing to pay for that extra $100-$200 (mostly for brand name) then I guess I could recommend either some lower end sennheiser ones or possibly the Audio Technica ATH-M50, although I wouldn't say those are the most portable and the design is sub-par.

Indeed! Very complicated haha, I'm a very tough person to please. Lemme guess, for the $400 you were thinking Bose QuietComfort? Are they really that much better to warrant the huge price spike?  And yeah, I read up on the Audio Technica M50s and didn't really like them that much. I was thinking of just buying a pair of Sennheiser HD 229 or the AKG Q460s, because they're both rather cheap and very portable, but I'm not sure if they have some major disadvantages I'm missing. Obviously you guys know way more so I figured I'd ask here. 

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Originally Posted by Insayn View Post
 

Also, I forgot to add, the HD-25-1-ii look about identical to the amperior except the aluminum replaces the plastic. So, if you dislike the design of the HD25 then the amperiors aren't going to do you much justice.

 

Lachlan Likes A Thing has a review on the M80s and he wears glasses but I can't remember off the top of my head whether he addresses that or not. Link -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mNOhwb29J0

 

The 598s are going to be about as portable as a pair of Beats Studios, but the senns will sound a lot better :D 

Thanks! He did touch on the clamping a bit, so it sort of answered that. And yeah I saw they looked a bit identical. I don't mind how the Amperiors look though, so they're not that bad an option.

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Originally Posted by Yopyop View Post

Indeed! Very complicated haha, I'm a very tough person to please. Lemme guess, for the $400 you were thinking Bose QuietComfort? Are they really that much better to warrant the huge price spike?  And yeah, I read up on the Audio Technica M50s and didn't really like them that much. I was thinking of just buying a pair of Sennheiser HD 229 or the AKG Q460s, because they're both rather cheap and very portable, but I'm not sure if they have some major disadvantages I'm missing. Obviously you guys know way more so I figured I'd ask here. 
Thanks! He did touch on the clamping a bit, so it sort of answered that. And yeah I saw they looked a bit identical. I don't mind how the Amperiors look though, so they're not that bad an option.
Actually I was talking about the Beats Pro, which I do own and can say they do have a pretty interesting sound stage that I like. Of course they are $400 and over priced by a lot, but the portability, looks, and overall sound you need are all there, and if your ears are smaller they will be comfortable as well.
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