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Comfortable closed cans with clean sound for rock and classical music with $120 budget?

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Second time asking for recommendation. I just returned the Koss DJ100 cans as they were not comfortable for a long period of time (30+ mins). Basically, the earcups did not extend down enough and pushed my ears up. So I need something that's comfortable and also offers clean sound. I am not a basshead and do not like cans that are too colored. What I am looking for is a clean and detailed sound (i.e.: I would like to be able to hear the pluck striking the guitar strings). Preferably with earcups that are oval shaped unless they are as big as the AKG K240s which I have and like for their comfort. They are going to be used at home with either Luxman amp or a dedicated tube headphone amplifier.

 

I have also upped my budget from $70 to $120.

 

Your recommendations?

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Used SRH840 with the HD6x0 pad headband mod. I've seen it used for $130. It's well on the warm side of neutral but doesn't sound especially bassy because it's a well-integrated V-shape. It's clear and has an accurate soundstage. It worked with everything I threw at it--and I tested it with every conceivable classical subgenre + classic rock and metal.

 

Durability and isolation are above average. The only problem is the hard headband, so you replace the rubber piece with an HD6x0 headband pad as several others have done.

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Thread Starter 

Any other recommendations? I would prefer not to mod and buy new vs used. It is easy to go over a budget when you have to factor shipping for the replacement parts like ear cushions or headbands.

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Originally Posted by drabina View Post
 

Second time asking for recommendation. I just returned the Koss DJ100 cans as they were not comfortable for a long period of time (30+ mins). Basically, the earcups did not extend down enough and pushed my ears up. So I need something that's comfortable and also offers clean sound. I am not a basshead and do not like cans that are too colored. What I am looking for is a clean and detailed sound (i.e.: I would like to be able to hear the pluck striking the guitar strings). Preferably with earcups that are oval shaped unless they are as big as the AKG K240s which I have and like for their comfort. They are going to be used at home with either Luxman amp or a dedicated tube headphone amplifier.

 

I have also upped my budget from $70 to $120.

 

Your recommendations?


In your price range there are just a few options that will give you what you are after, comfort and sound wise.

This is a good option for a nice balanced sound, great extras as well

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NVX-XPT100-Studio-Over-Ear-Headphones-w-ComfortMax-Earpads-MSRP-179-99-/360866023058?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item54054a8692

 

You could also look into Shure's as well, these are the 440's and fit into your range. You don't have to do the headband mod as mentioned above but I do recommend buying a set of Shure 840 ear pads, they are much better made from memory foam..And around $20  so that would be your budget.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shure-SRH440-Studio-Headphones-/360863244851?pt=US_DJ_Monitoring_Headphones&hash=item5405202233

Pads

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ear-cushions-Genuine-SHURE-HPAEC840-Ear-pads-fit-SHURE-SRH840-SRH440-Headphones-/190702709217?pt=US_Replacement_Parts_Tools&hash=item2c66c469e1

 

If I were you I'd actually save up a little more and go directly to the Beyer DT770, which will be just what you are after, sound and top comfort.  You already have great amps.  The Beyers are NOT bass heavy as most say.  They are actually pretty balanced.. I think they have actually been retuned in the last few years.

 

You can shop around and find them cheap.  I know Best Buy online sells them for $150 for the 250 ohm model.

I got mine off Ebay for the same price, but the 80ohm version.

Here's a good place to get a 250ohm version

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BeyerDynamic-DT770-DT-770-Pro-250-OHMS-Headphones-/290934085837?pt=US_DJ_Monitoring_Headphones&hash=item43bd05d8cd


Edited by Magicman74 - 3/5/14 at 9:22am
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Originally Posted by Magicman74 View Post


In your price range there are just a few options that will give you what you are after, comfort and sound wise.
This is a good option for a nice balanced sound, great extras as well
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NVX-XPT100-Studio-Over-Ear-Headphones-w-ComfortMax-Earpads-MSRP-179-99-/360866023058?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item54054a8692

+1

These would be my recomendation. They are the same cups and drivers as the Brainwavz HM5 and Fischer Audio FA-003 and will sound essentially the same. Well known for comfort. Lots of discussion of the other two:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/491632/review-fischer-audio-fa-003-a-neutral-champ
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585281/review-brainwavz-hm5-a-new-neutral-champ/1545

Keep in mind in reading those reviews that people were often paying $120-$150. The NVXs are only $80. smily_headphones1.gif
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Thread Starter 

Thanks for recommendations.

 

I have checked the recommended cans and I do like the NVX XPT100 headphones but the Beyers DT 770 also look good. Actually Beyers look more comfy (on the picture). So that brings me to another question: are the DT 770 250 Ohm worth double the price of XPT100?

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Both of those headphones have different sound signatures. One neutral; the other with bass emphasis and a little treble emphasis. So you might like one or the other based on those differences alone.

Otherwise, someone else typically can't tell if one headphone is worth "double the price" of the other for you. That's very much a personal value decision that involves both money and one's personal listening preferences regarding the two headphones.

That being said, the Brainwavz and Fischer Audio versions of that headphone are felt to compete well in the <$150 price class. So at $80 for the NVX, I think it's a better price performance value.
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I just got the Brainwavz HM5s and they're awesome. They are neutral headphones; the bass is very controlled and the mids are smooth. The treble lacks a bit of extension but it's not bothersome.

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