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Looking for OVER ear cans for mostly jazz.

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Budget is flexible but would like to stay between 200-300. I live on the tenth floor of a building on a busy corner in a city so I don't think open would work for me. It never gets that loud, but loud enough during busy hours It might be a problem. I would prefer open back, so if there is a hybrid or open back that doesn't suck in as much that might work. and would be great Mostly for listening at home so bothering anyone isn't going to happen. 

 

However, what I'm likely going to be stuck getting is a closed back, so what would be good options for closed back for jazz? I've spent a lot of time on the forums researching and looking things up and I see a lot of recommendations for allessandro ms1 or 2 for jazz, however those are on ear, and not over ear if I'm not mistaken. Not looking for reference exactly, some bass would be nice. Honestly I've likely seen or read something about suggestions, just would like to know if someone has experience specifically listening to jazz with a set of closed back. 

 

Likely going to get modi/magni along with whatever pair of cans I get. 

 

Thanks


Edited by jaybird123 - 3/6/14 at 8:43pm
post #2 of 11

Open: HE400

 

Thick planar sound; overall impression is kinetic; shimmering treble

 

Semi-closed: ZMF v1

 

Very balanced with a black background that provides focus for everything else; clean, extended highs

 

Closed: SRH840

 

Warm sounding and quite clear with impressive soundstage accuracy

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Open: HE400

 

Thick planar sound; overall impression is kinetic; shimmering treble

 

Semi-closed: ZMF v1

 

Very balanced with a black background that provides focus for everything else; clean, extended highs

 

Closed: SRH840

 

Warm sounding and quite clear with impressive soundstage accuracy

 

Thanks for the suggestions, the ZMF v1 has been on my radar, as well as the SRH840. On the fence about the HE400, mostly because I am worried about getting a completely open back pair. I forgot to mention I'll likely get a modi/magni to power whatever I get. 

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Originally Posted by jaybird123 View Post

Thanks for the suggestions, the ZMF v1 has been on my radar, as well as the SRH840. On the fence about the HE400, mostly because I am worried about getting a completely open back pair. I forgot to mention I'll likely get a modi/magni to power whatever I get. 

Be aware that you might find the SRH840 headband insufficiently padded. If so, you can mod it with the foam insert from HD6x0 as some others have. Other than that, isolation and build quality as well as other aspects of comfort (earcup depth and warmth) are above average.
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Thats good to know, thanks.  

post #6 of 11
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Is it foolish to rule out open back because of some street noise? I was looking at the he-400 pretty seriously before I thought about that. 

post #7 of 11
I live relatively close to a highway so there is always some traffic noise but I find my open back headphones much more pleasant to listen to than my closed back. So personally I would go open back in your situation.
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Originally Posted by julzd View Post

I live relatively close to a highway so there is always some traffic noise but I find my open back headphones much more pleasant to listen to than my closed back. So personally I would go open back in your situation.

 

Thanks for responding. Back to considering open back then. 

post #9 of 11
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What about the AKG k545 or 550? 

post #10 of 11
I prefer the HE-400 to the K550. Better detail resolution and more bass emphasis. But the K550 are very good. Nice thing about the K550 is that they can work well with portable devices without an amp.

I would also suggest that you consider the Soundmagic HP100 if you decide you want to go with a closed headphone. Considered comparable to the K550 by many, but does not have the finicky fit issues of the K550.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I prefer the HE-400 to the K550. Better detail resolution and more bass emphasis. But the K550 are very good. Nice thing about the K550 is that they can work well with portable devices without an amp.

I would also suggest that you consider the Soundmagic HP100 if you decide you want to go with a closed headphone. Considered comparable to the K550 by many, but does not have the finicky fit issues of the K550.

 

Thanks, I'm still leaning towards a closed headphone at this point so I will check out the soundmagic HP100. 

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