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Large ears, looking for comfortable, over the ear, noise canceling/isolating headphones

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Hello all,

I recently moved offices into an area with a somewhat open floor plan. I'm a network admin at a call center, and my new location has a lot of foot traffic by the door, and the walls end a few feet before the ceiling. I'm sitting right next to the sales department and a short walk from the call floor, so needless to say there is a lot of noise distraction, and I moved from a place that was practically dead silent.

I purchased the V-Moda Crossfade LPs thinking they would be comfortable enough. After wearing them for less than an hour my ears started to hurt on the top all the way to the back of the cartilage. After discussing it with some friends, they not so gently reminded me I have big ears. They are above average size AND poke out further then most.

So I'm looking for in headphones most of all is a large over the ear cup that are noise canceling/isolating. I've tried in ear buds, and those irritate my ears even more. Sound quality is also important to me, but I am a newbie audiophile and would put sound quality below comfort and noise cancelation in importance.

Anyone out there in a similar situation that has found a good solution? One thing I am considering is just buying the XL memory phone cushions V-Moda sells for the Crossfades. Is that a good idea, or do they not add any extra room inside the cup?

Also note I will be wearing these 5 days a week for at least half of a 8-12 hour workday. Im willing to spend much more then the $130 I spent on the LPs if it will be a certain solution to my problem.

Love the site, thanks for all the help!
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Hello all,

I recently moved offices into an area with a somewhat open floor plan. I'm a network admin at a call center, and my new location has a lot of foot traffic by the door, and the walls end a few feet before the ceiling. I'm sitting right next to the sales department and a short walk from the call floor, so needless to say there is a lot of noise distraction, and I moved from a place that was practically dead silent.

I purchased the V-Moda Crossfade LPs thinking they would be comfortable enough. After wearing them for less than an hour my ears started to hurt on the top all the way to the back of the cartilage. After discussing it with some friends, they not so gently reminded me I have big ears. They are above average size AND poke out further then most.

So I'm looking for in headphones most of all is a large over the ear cup that are noise canceling/isolating. I've tried in ear buds, and those irritate my ears even more. Sound quality is also important to me, but I am a newbie audiophile and would put sound quality below comfort and noise cancelation in importance.

Anyone out there in a similar situation that has found a good solution? One thing I am considering is just buying the XL memory phone cushions V-Moda sells for the Crossfades. Is that a good idea, or do they not add any extra room inside the cup?

Also note I will be wearing these 5 days a week for at least half of a 8-12 hour workday. Im willing to spend much more then the $130 I spent on the LPs if it will be a certain solution to my problem.

Love the site, thanks for all the help!

What kind of sound are you looking for? Did you like the crossfade lp's sound?

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
I like the bass a little heavy, otherwise I'm not picky (yet, I hope to become picky as I learn and listen more). I really enjoy the sound in the LPs, but I can't wear them for long enough to enjoy them.

Thanks again
post #4 of 7

Logitech UE's offer good isolation with a warm sound. Not expensive, around $80 on Amazon these days. They have a built in bass boost circuit they call noise cancelling, but its really just a small amp. I have large ears, big guy around 6'-4" with a XL head and the UE's are a comfy fit, not tight at all but they stay on my head OK.

 

I like using them while working with an Ipod with the boost switched on. Reminds me of level 2 high gain on a FiiO E11. They don't leak much, when amped they will thump a good bit. Good all round warm phone with moderate to thick bass depending on how you drive them.

 

Well worth the price currently if you like a warm bass heavy sound when your in the mood because you can also run them passive and they are fairly middle of the road all rounders with decent isolation so they won't disturb others.

post #5 of 7
Donscorpio dolphin not sure if this will fit you
See pics ( sub bass boost with bright highs)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2657356

Akg k550 (good neutral all rounder with uneven treble according to reviews... These are huge and need a bigger head to sound better without mods)
http://www.head-fi.org/products/akg-k-550

Nad viso hp50(bass boosted fun headphones... Most expensive one i listed)
post #6 of 7
There is also the beyerdynamic dt150 (these may need an amp depending on source)
post #7 of 7

for bass you need to consider the Denon ADH1100, super comfortable, circumaural and plenty of bass. Perfect for you. And they are quite cheap

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