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Help me choose portable, sturdy, over-ear headphones for $80 - $150 to Replace Bose AE2 headphones

post #1 of 12
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Hi,

 

I am in the market for new headphones, and I have very little experience. I currently have Bose AE2 over ear headphones from 2011. I've also had an older model of those. I'm curious if there is anything else out there that is better. My max budget is $150, but I would prefer to stay near $100 if I can. The headphones need to be able to withstand moving around a lot as I wear my headphones while walking around and on the bus, and I store them in my backpack a lot. Minimal Audio leakage (is that the right term?) would be nice, so I can wear them in a quiet room. I mostly listen to indie (like St. Vincent or Spoon), rock (like Arctic Monkeys or Sleater-Kinney), electronic, and rap/hip-hop. Also, I do not really care about bulkiness that much as long as they don't put too much pressure on my head, but ear cushion comfort is important (soft/pleather ear cushions).

 

 

Update: I now have some specific models in mind, but I have no idea how to choose. I'm looking at Denon DN-HP700, Shure SRH440, AKG K240 (and AKG K240 MKII), Sony MDR-7510, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, and Sennheiser - HD360 Pro. If there is something better that is not on my list, let me know.


Edited by mermac - 3/4/14 at 2:38pm
post #2 of 12

A fellow Arctic Monkeys fan!

 

I'm gonna recommend a staple here, the ATH-M50. The only problem is that they might be really uncomfortable after the AE2's, due to them (IMO) being a top-tier benchmark for comfyness.

post #3 of 12
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Bump. (added new info)

post #4 of 12

I own the Shure SRH440s and I use them on the bus, walking around, in school, and I also store them in my backpack. I've only had them for over a month now and they still look brand new. Out of your list, I've heard the ATH-M50s (and SRH440s obviously) and I think the M50s are a bit better than the SRH440s, but also cost around $50-60 more. I got my SRH40s at Guitar Center for $99 + $20 for a two year warranty, which I'd recommend if you're bringing them on the bus. From what I can tell, both the M50s and the SRH440s are very durable and will last. For the Shures, the comfort can be improved by buying the SRH840 pads, which are only $15 on Amazon. The M50s are alright with comfort, but I've heard many say that it's not comfortable after a long period of time. The M50s are more bassy, while the Shures are more neutral. I'd also recommend the M50x for travel, as it has a removable cable and the box includes a shorter straight cable. I believe the M50x on Amazon is about $170 right now, but I would send the extra $10-20 for the convenience. If you would like to save more and like neutral headphones, go with the Shures. If you like bass and can spend the extra $50-70, go with the M50x. I can't say anything about the other headphones you listed, but these two are both popular headphones (the M50s especially) here on Head-Fi from what I've seen.


Edited by TRapz - 3/4/14 at 3:01pm
post #5 of 12

The 440s should be more comfortable on your ears than M50, which tends to get hot quickly because of its smaller earcups. Neither headband will be all that comfortable.

 

I really like the build of M50 and wanted to like the sound but the treble is thin and metallic, making it less versatile. And if you want more bass on the 440, there are bass mods.

post #6 of 12
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Update: I bought the Shures because the audio plug on the m50s wouldn't fit into my phone, but I am having to return them because they were so heavy, they gave me a headache within 10 minutes of listening to them. Anyone have any lightweight suggestions that still sound amazing?

post #7 of 12
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Update: I bought the Shures because the audio plug on the m50s wouldn't fit into my phone, but I am having to return them because they were so heavy, they gave me a headache within 10 minutes of listening to them. Anyone have any lightweight suggestions that still sound amazing?

 

You know you can mod them to lose the weight?

post #8 of 12
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You know you can mod them to lose the weight?
No, didn't know that. I'm assuming there is a guide somewhere?
post #9 of 12

The AE2 is the most comfortable and bomb proof durable headphone I own.  Its just so small and only touches hard bone structure, and not cartilage or soft flesh.  I have fallen asleep ON mine countless times, only to wake in the middle of the night ontop of them.  FWIW I am 200+ pounds.

 

The cable gets a bad rap, for being thin.  But I have never busted mine, and if I do it is detachable and easily replaced.

 

 I don't think you can beat the durability or comfort aspects of the AE2 at any price.

post #10 of 12
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No, didn't know that. I'm assuming there is a guide somewhere?

 

Here are some. I've seen some others too. The mod is similar on both 440 and 840.

 

1. http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/679752/modified-shure-srh440/

 

2a. http://www.head-fi.org/t/484116/my-shure-840-mod-warning-lots-of-pictures

2b. http://www.head-fi.org/t/485381/shure-840-frankstein-headband-mod-mission-complete

 

3. http://www.head-fi.org/t/697873/yashm-yet-another-shure-srh840-headband-mod

 

The foam used is a Sennheiser headband interior. I find the HD650 foam more comfortable than HD600.

post #11 of 12
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Ok, another update.

I returned the Shures because I didn't feel like fooling with the mods. Bought the V-Moda LPs despite the bad reviews about bass. Wishful thinking I guess. Well, the vocals and treble are super muddy sounding on these, like some people said. I'm going to try to burn them in, but I feel like I should go with Audio Technicas.

 

So now my question is...can I go with the M40x and still get better quality sound than the Bose AE2s?? and should I buy a mini amplifier or an extender for when I'm listening with my phone?

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