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I'm hardly an audiophile but need some help finding a good pair of headphones—either IEM or full-sized headphones for under $200.

 

Basically, I want something comfortable for the office (copywriter) that blocks out external noise. Here's my experience:

 

 - Own Ultimate Ears Pro 10 (Custom) and love them, but I feel uncomfortable having something that expensive at work (even though I bought them in 2007), they're tough to get out quickly to respond to someone, and they can be uncomfortable for long periods of time

 - Own Sennheiser HD 570s and like their sound, fantastic comfort—not an option as they're open, leak sound and can't block outside noise

 - Received the Sennheiser HD 380s Thursday and they're already about to head back to Amazon—like a death grip on my head (worse with my glasses that I use for the computer), too much ambient noise coming in (biggest problem), sound didn't do much for me either (didn't burn in)

 

I know I'm not going to get anything close to the UE-10s in terms of sound, but I am a fan of my 570s in comfort and sound.

 

Comfort and blocking ambient noise is most important. Any ideas?

 

Thanks!

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Bump.
Edited by BrianN - 4/12/14 at 1:20pm
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Have the Brainwavz HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones on my list and leaning towards closed headphones. Would love to hear opinions.

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You can get the NVX Audio XPT100, which is the same headphone as the Brainwavz HM5, only a different headband and extra set of different pads, for $80 from Amazon. That would leave you enough for a DAC/amp like the Audioquest Dragonfly to go with them smily_headphones1.gif
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I'm hardly an audiophile but need some help finding a good pair of headphones—either IEM or full-sized headphones for under $200.

Basically, I want something comfortable for the office (copywriter) that blocks out external noise. Here's my experience:

 - Own Ultimate Ears Pro 10 (Custom) and love them, but I feel uncomfortable having something that expensive at work (even though I bought them in 2007), they're tough to get out quickly to respond to someone, and they can be uncomfortable for long periods of time
 - Own Sennheiser HD 570s and like their sound, fantastic comfort—not an option as they're open, leak sound and can't block outside noise
 - Received the Sennheiser HD 380s Thursday and they're already about to head back to Amazon—like a death grip on my head (worse with my glasses that I use for the computer), too much ambient noise coming in (biggest problem), sound didn't do much for me either (didn't burn in)

I know I'm not going to get anything close to the UE-10s in terms of sound, but I am a fan of my 570s in comfort and sound.

Comfort and blocking ambient noise is most important. Any ideas?

Thanks!
Well since you didn't like the 380 pros, i will assume you want some more bass. I would go for the shure se 215 or shure se 215 special edition (supposedly more bass and overall more refined sound)
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The shures have a ton of isolation with their foam tips
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