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Headphones for Travel and frustration with Sennheiser 219

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello,

I've been stalking these forums on and off for a while now and I'm in desperate need of advice.

For the past year I had been using a wonderful pair of Sennheiser 201 HDs that were wonderfully warm in terms of bass. Unfortunately they have a wiring issue and need to be replaced.

So I did research and bought the remarkably cheap Senn 219s, and while I'm picking up highs and mids that the 201s flat out missed the bass is virtually non-existent to a level that shocks me. I did a number of music tests. I tried a Lana Del Ray song, and it was like a concert. During a Rick Ross song it was...for me, awful in terms of bass. It might as well have not been there. Furthermore the earpads are making my ears sweat and that feels weird.

 

In another two months I'm going to be traveling Europe, and I need something light weight and portable with some kind of isolation. With a nice dark bass(hence my preference for sennheiser) and general good quality. If I could take the mids and highs of the 219 and combine them with the 201s bass it would be a dream, but unfortunately I just can't seem to find anything that fits that bill. I'd prefer something closed, but I am open to anything.

The kicker is also it has to be below 45 bucks, preferably lower than that.

 

Suggestions?

 

Update:

Now the 219s are actually crackling. I thought I had the volume up way too loud, but when I looked it was only half volume, and even when  I turned it down further it continued.

 

I was debating getting a pair of Koss portapros, but the problem is they'd probably pull out my hair. (I had past experience with metal headphones doing that even before I started rockin a a 'fro. Should I just keep the 219s despite everything?


Edited by darlarosa - 4/22/14 at 1:44pm
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

Sorry to double post, but

 Does anyone know how the 219s compare to Sony MDRZX300 or the Sennheiser HD 419?

 

The 419s seem so bulky though I am not sure they'll be good for overseas travel.

post #3 of 12

Well you could get a refurbished logitech ue6000 in that price range. It has noise cancelling too


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104852
Edited by zunehdrocks - 4/23/14 at 5:32am
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by zunehdrocks View Post
 

Well you could get a refurbished logitech ue6000 in that price range. It has noise cancelling too

I should have mentioned this before, but I find in ear phones really uncomfortable. I've also heard they're more volume than sound quality driven, which worries me because of potential loudness damage (because on certain songs I ref up the volume way too loud). Do these not have those kind of issues too badly?

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by darlarosa View Post

I should have mentioned this before, but I find in ear phones really uncomfortable. I've also heard they're more volume than sound quality driven, which worries me because of potential loudness damage (because on certain songs I ref up the volume way too loud). Do these not have those kind of issues too badly?
The ue6000 is an over ear headphone.
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post #7 of 12
Sennheiser PX100II. Poor isolation but fits the bill on every other count. They're the best value headphones I've ever owned.
post #8 of 12

Check out the Don Scorpio Dolphin's. Isolation is at least on pair with the UE6000's (the ACTIVE noise cancelling feature on the 6000's really doesN't do anything) and they sound way better. You should be able to get them for $99 shipped.

 

Edit: My bad, didn't notice the $45 limit. If you can get the UE6000 at that price they'd be great value!


Edited by peter123 - 4/23/14 at 4:18am
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Zorrofox View Post

Sennheiser PX100II. Poor isolation but fits the bill on every other count. They're the best value headphones I've ever owned.

I've only heard good things about them, but because I'm traveling isolation has become very important. I do plan on buying a pair of PX100ii later on this year though.

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Originally Posted by zunehdrocks View Post


The ue6000 is an over ear headphone.

Thanks, I goggled them and the one you linked did not come up just some in ears.

 

Edit: I can't seem to find the Ue6000 for under $60 bucks, and at this moment I don't have that kind of money, but the UE 4000s are about $30,are they kind of similar? I was also considered refurbed Sennheiser HD428 for about $34

 

Also been using my Senn 219s all evening...and they are not comfortable long term. I have this dull slow building ache near my temples and its annoying.


Edited by darlarosa - 4/23/14 at 10:24pm
post #10 of 12

Honestly I think the original PX100 sounds much better than the PX100ii. Someone's selling it now for $50 on the trades forum, but sometimes you can get them for $30-$40 on ebay.

post #11 of 12
There's always the PX200 as an option but I've never heard them myself. They are closed though so should isolate to some extent.
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