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Portable, closed over-/on-ear phones for mostly metal?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hey folks, I'm a headphone beginner looking for a new pair of phones.

 

Their primary use will be on the move (commuting, walking etc) played from a Sansa Clip Zip (so mostly mp3's of various quality). They will also serve as my work phones in a larger office. 

Both commuting and at work requires decent isolation both ways so I assume that would mean a closed design?

 

As they will travel a bit it is good if they are foldable and not too heavy.

Design isn't very important but it's a bonus if they're not huge. Good isolation is more important than size, though.

A relatively short, straight cable is preferred. A replaceable one would be great (eg changing to a coiled cable at the office) but is not a deal breaker. 

 

I listen to a lot of different styles (some blues, a small bit of jazz, classic rock and so on) and would like a good overall performance but a lot of it is more or less extreme metal so that is where the priority is at.

 

My budget is probably peaking around $150 or maybe a little higher if there is something out there that ticks all the boxes. I'm also thinking about getting something a little cheaper as portable phones and then maybe getting a better pair for more stationary use (work and home). 

 

I have no plans on using an amp.

 

 

A few months ago I got a pair of Audio Technica ES7 which I was very happy with (maybe because it was my first take on a pair of really decent headphones). Unfortunately I was in a hurry and the cable got stuck on a chair... Since they are discontinued they are not easy to find anymore and the ones I have found are white :/ I looked at the replacements ES700 but they cost about 3 times what I paid for the ES7:s

 

 

Some of the headphones I have looked at now are

 

Audio Technica M50x - really liked them last time but the cable options didn't work for me. With the new x-version that has changed...

 

AKG K451/2 - cheap, fits most of my wishes but reviews vary a lot it seems. Tried them last time but thought them a little too bass heavy. Perhaps some EQ tweaking could fix some of that

 

Sennheiser Momentum On-ear - seems good but reviews mention not so good isolation

 

 

I've also checked out most of what's mentioned here http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-ear-pad-sealed as well as a lot of posts here and I'm more confused than ever...

 

Can you help me find what I want? 

post #2 of 6

Hello and welcome to head-fi!

 

You can probably take a look at this epic thread to start your adventure:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/672743/comparisons-13-of-the-top-closed-portable-headphones-around

 

Though most go above your budget, it is still a good read.

 

For your budget, I'd probably look into:

 

Shure SRH840 (removable cables, replaceable pads)

M-Audio Q40s

V-Moda M80

 

Thing is that all of them vary (with regards to isolation, leakage control) but at least you could start with those.

 

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 6
+1 on SRH840 and you might want to mod the headband with foam to make it softer.

Besides that, ZMF v1 will play your genres well but isolation isn't 100% and it cost a little more.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input!

 

I have looked a bit at SRH840 but two things are making me doubtful - they seem a little bigger than I would prefer, and I will need to exchange the cable and can't find any info if it's easily done.

 

As for ZMF v1 and M-Audio Q40s I can't either for sale anywhere that would be an alternative. I live in Sweden and prefer to do my shopping within the EU due to taxes and customs and such.

Also V-Moda M80 seems hard to find anywhere in Europe. :/

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by Sentient6 View Post
 

Thanks for the input!

 

I have looked a bit at SRH840 but two things are making me doubtful - they seem a little bigger than I would prefer, and I will need to exchange the cable and can't find any info if it's easily done.

 

As for ZMF v1 and M-Audio Q40s I can't either for sale anywhere that would be an alternative. I live in Sweden and prefer to do my shopping within the EU due to taxes and customs and such.

Also V-Moda M80 seems hard to find anywhere in Europe. :/

 

I'm supposing you mean you want a straight cable. Shure sells replacement cables, but I don't think their straight cable (HPASCA1) will be short. You can always buy it and mod it.

 

Maybe your best choice is to find someone who'll fix the cable on the ES7 for you. That's something a competent DIYer can definitely handle.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Yes exactly - a shorter, straight cable is what I want.

 

Perhaps trying to fix the cable is a good idea. I don't think that it is that simple though, it is one of the "arms" in the Y that has been ripped loose. I'm no experienced DIY'er and my soldering skills aren't that impressive but my guess is that that would be one of the trickier parts of the cable to fix.

 

 

As for new phones I'm more and more thinking of getting something cheaper, smaller and foldable for using on the move now and then get something more serious (bigger, better, more expensive etc) for more stationary uses (work, longer trips) later on.

 

 

In the first category I'm currently thinking mostly about

 

Soundmagic P30 

Audio Technica ATH SJ55

Sony MDR-V55

 

They all seem to have good reviews overall but I wonder if anyone can say anything about if either is better for my preferences (portability, isolation/leakage, musical taste) ?

Or any similar suggestions?

 

Thanks,

Sentient6

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