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In search of a portable, large soundstage, unamped pair of closed headphones

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The title speaks mostly for itself. I'm looking for a pair of headphones that I won't need to buy an expensive amp to power and most importantly has an excellent soundstage. My first pair of audiophile headphones came from the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 which were open air and leaked a lot of sound,which was probably why its soundstage was superb for me. However, now I'm in college and I have to purchase a pair of headphones that are closed so I won't disturb others at the library and in quiet places around me. Portability is also a factor here as I will be lugging the headphones around with me around campus so they'll probably be around my neck or in my bag if I'm not listening to them. If an amp is necessary, I will settle for a cheap one. I have read plenty of reviews on the several great soundstage headphones such as the Beyerdynamics 770/990 and AKG K550, K701 or the Sennheiser 558s, HD 25 iis and several others. I narrowed it down to the Beyer 770s but I took one glance at the headphone size and cable length and immediately realized I'd be hauling around a giant fat piece of audio equipment everywhere and it wouldn't just look ridiculous but the task itself would be impractical as well. I have a budget of no more than 250$ but without a doubt would definitely consider anything below 200$ pretty easily. 

post #2 of 9
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And also comfort is a big huge deal to me! As with many other audiophiles, I'm sure that they enjoy listening to their music/games/movies for hours on end and require this one key feature in their audio source.

post #3 of 9
AKG K550 has one of the largest soundstages for a closed headphone.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

I've heard many raving reviews about their soundstage but are they portable? From some videos and pictures it looks like I'd be carrying around a lot. Also is an amp necessary to get decent/good sound from them?

post #5 of 9
No. They don't need an amp.

But if you want big soundstage in closed headphones, then you are likely going to have to go big headphones smily_headphones1.gif

You might try the K545. But the soundstage is supposedly not as big (I haven't heard them).
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Ah okay. I've been looking into the AKG 550's again and the K240/K240 MKIIs as well. Which do you think would be most suitable for me? Without an assistance of an amp of course. I've noticed that the price of the 240s are stellar on amazon at only 80 dollars a pop. The 550's on the other hand seem a tad more on amazon but on ebay it's not too shabby around 160ish.

post #7 of 9
FYI, you can get the K550 factory reconditioned straight from Harmon-Kardon for $130 and free S&H.


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NAD HP50.    

post #9 of 9
The AKG 240s are semi open, right? I have not heard them, but for library use, you should go for closed.
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