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Help choosing programming headphones/iems

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Hey everyone,

 

For the past three years I've been using a pair of ATH-M50S. They've been great, but they're starting to feel uncomfortable after extended periods of use and I've decided that I'm ready for an upgrade. I listen to music for over 12 hours each day, so comfort is definitely a major concern. Below I have listed the qualities, in order of importance, of what I'm looking for.

 

1. Comfort

2. Sound quality

3. Price

 

I primarily listen to indie rock, classic rock, dubstep, and trance. I go to a lot of noisy programming events and regularly listen to music with others in the room, so I'd like something portable with decent passive noise cancellation. I've been eyeing the Sennheiser IE8's. I'd like to keep it under $500. Any suggestions?

post #2 of 3
The most comfortable pair of headphones I've ever used extensively (Disclaimer: I have only ever owned 5-6 full-size phones) are the AKG K240.

Their ability to isolate you from the world leaves a bit (quite a bit, to be honest) to be desired, but the comfort is second to none; the pad pressure is just enough to keep them firmly in place, and the headband is wide and firm enough to take the weight off your ears.

On occasion I've used mine under the same circumstances you describe - I can easily wear them for a full day without getting fatigued.
As for cost, you'd probably get five or six pairs for $500. :-)

- Odd Erling
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I ended up going with the IE8s. I'll let you know how it goes!

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