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Best headphones for comfort, durability, and listening in a noisy environment, like a plane.

post #1 of 6
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I travel a lot on planes. I also happen to record lectures for a living, so I spend a lot of time with headphones on.

 

My biggest complaint has always been comfort. Over, on, or in the ear, every headphone I have used hurts in some way after an hour or two.

 

My next biggest complaint is sound blocking. While trying to watch a movie on a plane, I end up holding the phones against my ears with my hands to block out the noise. That gets old pretty quick.

 

Now I have noticed that the community here is pretty anti beats by dre, but I have to say that the pro pair I tried on recently felt very comfortable and the construction was very solid. I also noticed that the noise around me disappeared entirely. Also, they are built like a tank; I bet they could stop a bullet.

 

However, I see a lot of people saying to go for the ATH-M50 instead. I'm interested. They seem better in every way except construction (molded cable and all plastic parts).

 

So, I'm hesitant about the beats for only a few reasons. First is that they are bass heavy (would you really expect something different from a rap/hip-hop artist). I am going to be spending most of my time watching movies and editing lectures. Bass heavy mixing is not a good thing for either situation. The next reason is their iconic nature. Just like Apple products, they are more likely to be stolen.

 

I'm hesitant about the M50 because I have not tried it and have read conflicting reviews on their comfort. I mean, the beats really fit quite naturally on my head. Also, I have some experience with audio technica stuff and was not impressed (granted, it was a completely different thing, a wireless mic and receiver).

 

So I want evenly distributed audio, comfort for hours of wearing, durability, and noise blocking (not cancellation because that takes batteries and produces an audible hiss which is very annoying during the serious and quiet dialogue of a movie).

 

Price point: I have a bunch of mileage points on United and I can buy gift cards in $100 increments from various stores, including amazon. I can also by the beats pro outright and the conversion from points to dollars makes them about $311; quite cheaper than I see anywhere else. The other brands available are Skullcandy, bose, Tumi by monster, sony premium, and Klipsch image one II. So pretty much any thing $400 or less on amazon, I'm interested in. I see the ATH-M50 is only $135 new on amazon.

post #2 of 6

Most around here lump in Bose with brands like Beats as being horribly overpriced, but for active noise cancelling and comfort, you really can't beat Bose. The QC15's might fit the bill, and actually review quite well. Another option is PSB's M4U 2, I recently recommended them to a friend who is a musician that travels occasionally and wanted a noise cancelling option. The sound is reviewed as being better with NC turned off... its the same as the M4U 1 at that point. The ATH-M50's don't have active noise cancelling, but do a pretty good job of isolation nonetheless.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/category/noise-canceling and http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-noise-canceling or http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparative-review-high-end-noise-canceling-headphones-page-3 are good references


Edited by jodgey4 - 3/31/14 at 9:39am
post #3 of 6
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Most around here lump in Bose with brands like Beats as being horribly overpriced, but for active noise cancelling and comfort, you really can't beat Bose. The QC15's might fit the bill, and actually review quite well. Another option is PSB's M4U 2, I recently recommended them to a friend who is a musician that travels occasionally and wanted a noise cancelling option. The sound is reviewed as being better with NC turned off... its the same as the M4U 1 at that point. The ATH-M50's don't have active noise cancelling, but do a pretty good job of isolation nonetheless.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/category/noise-canceling and http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-noise-canceling or http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparative-review-high-end-noise-canceling-headphones-page-3 are good references

+1 for Bose QC15. Great comfort and superb active noise cancelling.

post #4 of 6

Agree with what was posted above.

Check out the innerfidelity links provided by jodgey, I'm pretty sure they will help you out in your search!

 

 

Good luck!

post #5 of 6
Closed "passive isolation" has never worked for me in flight, so I too recommend noise canceling.

Tyll's would be the place to look. I was chatting with the main headphone guy at B&H and he happened to mention that he was impressed with the AKGs (K490/495).
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the suggestions. I am going to go with the Bose QC 15. I tried them on at Best Buy, and found them very comfortable. The noise cancellation was effective as well. Using my points, I'll be able to get them for about $220, which is about $80 cheaper than Amazon.

 

Only complaint: They are not too durable. I take good care of my stuff, but I would rather have a tank like feel like the beats pro, but the for comfort and blocking out plane noise, the QC 15's win by a good margin. They are cheaper too.

 

If I come into some money, I think I'll get a second pair for non-plane listening. Probably the the Sennheiser HD600. Twice the price as the QC 15's, but nothing but rave reviews everywhere. No good for plane listening though, being open can.

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