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QC15 Rivals for my taste?

post #1 of 10
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Budget - 300 TOPS before Tax

Location-United States but I also shop on eBay

Source - iPhone 5S, Macbook Pro.

Isolation - None-Very Little (Home and quiet environments)

Preferred Type of Headphone - Over Ear Cups (Beats by Dre)

Preferred tonal balance - Overall balance

Past headphones - Beats by Dre studio and pros, MIE2i

Preferred Music - Avicii, EDM, Trance, Rap, Eminem, Piano, Violin, Orchestra

Thinking about the QuietComfort 15 Slate, NOT looking for Beats by Dre, just a vert modest looking, non standing out colors, ie. bose QC, with superior sound quality, and technologically advanced to I can talk into a piece and change volume on. Thanks!

 

I want something small and discrete and look alike the qc15 slate edition 

post #2 of 10

If you are using them at home, I don't suggest the QC15's. The main reason they are good is because of their top-of-the-line noise isolation. But if that is not an issue, you can get better sound quiality for the price. Then again, if you are only using them at home, you'd get the most out of an open back headphone. 

 

Alright, now for some suggestions. 

If you do get an open back, I'd suggest the Philips Fidelio X1. They are fast, clear, easy to drive, maybe a little dark to some. And if you do want to stick with some closed back's, I recommend the AKG K550's. They can be used outdoors as well, if need be. 

 

Feel free to ask question's,

-halfinfinity.

post #3 of 10
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I would need a closed back. Anything smaller in size? Whats the best sound quality and loudness (max volume). I have looked at reviews of the AKG 550's online and they seem grew. New 150-200$. Anything in the same price range, I really don't care about base, I need a tiny bit. Sound cancelation dosent matter at all. Just want something a tiny bit more sleeker looking and executive looking, qc15 slate or bose executive style. Also they really shouldn't weigh a lot, feel like a feather on my head, and when there on for a while they won't hurt or anything. I see they came out in 2011, but maybe something newer, this is just a non relevant factor, but i figure 2013 headphones would be better quality technology wise than 2013. hopefully you can find maybe 5 or 6 options to look at so I can narrow down my search. Going to buy this week. 

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Originally Posted by halfinfinity View Post
 

If you are using them at home, I don't suggest the QC15's. The main reason they are good is because of their top-of-the-line noise isolation. But if that is not an issue, you can get better sound quiality for the price. Then again, if you are only using them at home, you'd get the most out of an open back headphone. 

 

Alright, now for some suggestions. 

If you do get an open back, I'd suggest the Philips Fidelio X1. They are fast, clear, easy to drive, maybe a little dark to some. And if you do want to stick with some closed back's, I recommend the AKG K550's. They can be used outdoors as well, if need be. 

 

Feel free to ask question's,

-halfinfinity.

I would need a closed back. Anything smaller in size? Whats the best sound quality and loudness (max volume). I have looked at reviews of the AKG 550's online and they seem grew. New 150-200$. Anything in the same price range, I really don't care about base, I need a tiny bit. Sound cancelation dosent matter at all. Just want something a tiny bit more sleeker looking and executive looking, qc15 slate or bose executive style. Also they really shouldn't weigh a lot, feel like a feather on my head, and when there on for a while they won't hurt or anything. I see they came out in 2011, but maybe something newer, this is just a non relevant factor, but i figure 2013 headphones would be better quality technology wise than 2013. hopefully you can find maybe 5 or 6 options to look at so I can narrow down my search. Going to buy this week. 

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by halfinfinity View Post
 

If you are using them at home, I don't suggest the QC15's. The main reason they are good is because of their top-of-the-line noise isolation. But if that is not an issue, you can get better sound quiality for the price. Then again, if you are only using them at home, you'd get the most out of an open back headphone. 

 

Alright, now for some suggestions. 

If you do get an open back, I'd suggest the  They are fast, clear, easy to drive, maybe a little dark to some. And if you do want to stick with some closed back's, I recommend thThey can be used outdoors as well, if need be. 

 

Feel free to ask question's,

-halfinfinity.

I would need a closed back. Anything smaller in size? Whats the best sound quality and loudness (max volume). I have looked at reviews of the AKG 550's online and they seem grew. New 150-200$. Anything in the same price range, I really don't care about base, I need a tiny bit. Sound cancelation dosent matter at all. Just want something a tiny bit more sleeker looking and executive looking, qc15 slate or bose executive style. Also they really shouldn't weigh a lot, feel like a feather on my head, and when there on for a while they won't hurt or anything. I see they came out in 2011, but maybe something newer, this is just a non relevant factor, but i figure 2013 headphones would be better quality technology wise than 2013. hopefully you can find maybe 5 or 6 options to look at so I can narrow down my search. Going to buy this week. 

post #6 of 10

Ok.

 

IMO, these are the best headphones for what you are looking for.

 

Sennheiser Momentum

 

KEF M500

 

V-Moda M100

 

Sony MDR 1R

 

Now to compare them all. First off, the KEF's and theare on ear, which I know you aren't looking for, But they are easily as comfortable as the over ears I mentioned. I added them, not only because they rank with the other in terms of sound quality, but they also look extremely executive. For electric, dance, rap, the V-Moda's are the most punchy. But they are not very balanced. A little heavy on the bass for my taste. Senheiser's have good rich bass. KEF's play the music exactly the way it is, with a slight bass emphasis. Comfort wise, It's the Sony's or the KEF's (They are that comfortable). Reason for that being the others have small earcups. For the V-Moda's however, you can get XL pads. But I'm talking stock. They will all have no problem being driven by your computer or phone. I'd personally get the KEF's or the Momentum's. But it's your call.

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Ok.

 

IMO, these are the best headphones for what you are looking for.

 

 

 

Now to compare them all. First off, the KEF's and theare on ear, which I know you aren't looking for, But they are easily as comfortable as the over ears I mentioned. I added them, not only because they rank with the other in terms of sound quality, but they also look extremely executive. For electric, dance, rap, the V-Moda's are the most punchy. But they are not very balanced. A little heavy on the bass for my taste. Senheiser's have good rich bass. KEF's play the music exactly the way it is, with a slight bass emphasis. Comfort wise, It's the Sony's or the KEF's (They are that comfortable). Reason for that being the others have small earcups. For the V-Moda's however, you can get XL pads. But I'm talking stock. They will all have no problem being driven by your computer or phone. I'd personally get the KEF's or the Momentum's. But it's your call.

Is there anywhere you think I may be able to try these headphones on? BH Photo (Cant get there for a few weeks)

 

Also weight wise, I See the VModa are a tiny bit heavier than the momentums, can you really tell once on the head?

 

Everyone I'm reading on is stressing on how the bass is so much stronger than the momentum, I don't really like bass, but I do not want no bass, so do you think this will be a factor? 

 

How do you feel about warranty? I see one has a lifetime 50% off etc.

 

I also see I can get the momentums for 140-170 NEW and the VMODA are still 250-300, is the price difference worth it? exc. and also for that Price I would really go with the SONY, only because Bluetooth would be a positive factor. So ignore the M500 I know you may like them, unfortunately I'm not the on ear type of guy but I thank you! Any last picks you may choose in my top comparison? Any new 2014/13 models coming/have out soon? VMODA vs MOMENTUM vs ???XX???XX??? The more the merrier, want to see all possibilities. 

 

Obviously it would be much easier if I could just go out and try them on for myself and compare but not sure where to do it, in school right now. If push came to shove I could buy them on amazon or best buy return them and blah blah I have no problem with that, just whatever, but lol. Also where do you recommend I buy these? Ebay premium seller brand new? certified refurbished? I do not think I will buy them used for more reasons than one.

 

Thanks!

post #8 of 10

I'm not entirely sure where you are getting your info. The Sony's are not bluetooth. If you are finding the Momentum for $140 it's probably the on ear version. 

 

Yes, the V-Moda's are slightly heavier, but the way it is distributed on you head, you won't feel a difference. If you are not crazy about bass, avoid the M100's. The warranty is obviously a plus, but treat any headphones half decent and they will hold up nicely. 

 

May I ask why you dislike on ear designs? If it's a matter of comfort, or staying on the head, you won't have these problems with the M500's.


Edited by halfinfinity - 4/1/14 at 10:42pm
post #9 of 10
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I'm not entirely sure where you are getting your info. The Sony's are not bluetooth. If you are finding the Momentum for $140 it's probably the on ear version. 

 

If you are not crazy about bass, avoid the M100's. The warranty is obviously a plus, but treat them half decent and they will hold up nicely. 

 

May I ask why you dislike on ear designs? If it's a matter of comfort, or staying on the head, you won't have these problems with the M500's.

I meant the MDR1RBT for the price range.

 

I have always liked the big cups, just felt comfortable and natural to me.

 

Oh wow, you are 100% correct. That is the On-Ear version. So the Momentum prices at the same as the VMODA. Any last picks besides them? Preferably not "loud looking" or bright colored. 

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by shemt0b View Post
 

I meant the MDR1RBT for the price range.

 

I have always liked the big cups, just felt comfortable and natural to me.

 

Oh wow, you are 100% correct. That is the On-Ear version. So the Momentum prices at the same as the VMODA. Any last picks besides them? Preferably not "loud looking" or bright colored. 

 

No, nothing else comes to mind.

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