I'm looking for a new headphone and wish to aquire some expertise and experience from the esteemed community.
The headphone will be used mostly in the office but also at home (and possibly mobile) w. all kinds of music.
It should be capable to deliver decent bass. The audio source will mostly be 192-320kbits mp3 online music stream.
I'm currently using a superlux HD661. I was impressed by it's sound quality and punch, especially for the price.
I'm looking for a nice headphone with the following specs:
- price: max 250€ (I would be more comfortable going in the 150€ sector),great value! good bang for buck ratio
- none or not much noise spill even on a fairly loud volume (office environment w. people not 2 meters away), so I assume closed is the only option? [even my closed superlux 661 has too much spill]
- detachable standard cable, so no special custom cable from the manufacturer (but they should not come apart too easily - my superlux use a small clip for that)
- very, very comfortable for prolonged sessions of wearing (e.g. a workday of 9hrs)
- big full sized headphone, over ear - no on-ear or iem or other mobile stuff
- very well built, durable: no headphones that break easily or have a flimsy construction! - it should easily survive several drops of 1 meter table height to a hard floor
- I'm planning to use them for 7+ years
- easy to drive (main sources:mp3 player, notebook, pc) -> so no amp or high ohm stuff if possible
- alternatively: I'm willing to consider amped-only headphones but only when it's a major improvement to un-amped and someone can recommend a decent cheapish mobile amp (<40€ used or new)
- good sound quality - a step up compared to the Superlux
- replaceable ear pads
- should be available in Germany (online)
- no Sony's - I don't like Sony :)
- 2 socket jacks is a plus, in case one breaks
I'm not really into modding. So the only thing I'm willing and capable to do is to replace ear pads (so please also recommend headphones + ear pad replacements) but not anything substantial.
I'm looking for recommendations that fit the above criteria.
I'm also looking for comments of the mentioned headphones (regarding to what extend they match my requirements), general comments and comparison statements.
The goal here is first to compile a list of possible headphones, rate and rank them so at the end I have a smaller list of a couple of headphones which I go test or order and test.
updated list of headpones still in the race (+/- no of recommendations/oppositions)
++NAD VISO HP 50 - 265€ : 2 sockets
+++V-MODA Crossfade M-100 - 260€ (216€) : 2 sockets
Ultrasone PRO 750 - 250€ : 5yrs manufacturer's warranty
AKG K 545 - 200€ (175)
Superlux HD330 + amp - 25€ + amp
sorted out so far:
Focal Spirit Classic - 300€ (200€) :no replaceable ear pads, ear pads too small, Update 1
Sennheiser Momentum - 230€ (200) : custom cable? too small ear cups
+Audio Technica ATH-M50x - 160€ : see Update 1
Shure seems to have some kind of proprietary cabling or cable
*Shure SRH840 - 150€
Shure SRH750DJ - 110€ : looks flimsy
Shure SRH440 - 100€
KRK KNS 8400 - 130€ : see Update 1
Onkyo ES-HF300 - 170€ : on-ear
Brainwavz HM5 - didn't find them in Germany
M-Audio Q40 - not available in Germany?
p.s. If there's an uber-headphone for 50€ over my budget, don't hesitate to mention it
Today I've tried a couple of headphones on the list in a store. (Crappy store so I couldn't really test how they sound)
Here are the results:
Focal Sprit Classic - ear pads too small - rejected
KRK KNS 8400 - feels like it would break easily, not too comfortable - rejected
Audio Technica ATH-M50x - ear pads not deep enough, not as comfortable as others - rejected
Ultrasone 550 - more comfortable that M50 but feels a little heavy -> pressure on top of the head, screw thread at the cable, ugly cheapish gray - whoever designed this must be blind
Ultrasone 750 - same as 550, but more comfortable ear pads and better looking
Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro - light, comfortable, a tad too much pressure on the sides but still alright. I worry about the little cables each sides, though
(Beyerdynamic Dt 770 as comparison in comfortableness) - light, even more comfortable than the custom one pro
I also tried the Shure's, while comfort was alright, I didn't like the small cables on the sides, they also felt a tad flimsy
-> so still a couple of headpones to go, especially the first, most recommended, two.
Edited by invaderzim - 3/7/14 at 12:18pm