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Help finding really comfortable good sounding over ear headphones...

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Newbie here, but have lurked for a while just reading. Anyways I am looking to buy a pair of over the ear headphones. I am not convinced that I need noise cancelling, but at least sound isolating is a must. I want light, comfortable headphones and although I am not an audiophile I want good sound quality. I have tried the Bose QC15's in store and they feel really comfortable. I have also read that if buying noise cancelling, they cannot be beat. However my research has also told me the sound quality is not that great on them, nor do I like the fact that if the battery in them dies, you cannot use them until you replace it. There are other brands and models of headphones I am interested in trying, but I am having a hard time finding stores that stock headphones other than the QC15's, Bose other lesser headphones like the TrueSound, Dr. Dre headphones, Monster, and maybe a Sony pair.

From what I have read comparable headphones in comfort are the Audio Technica ATH-ANC9's, and they apparently have much better sound than Bose. Also by AT, the ATH-ANC7B's have better sound but are not as good for sound isolation. It does not look like I will be able to test out either pair of the Audio Technica's unless I can find a store willing to order them in for me, with me being obligated to buy them. Other than that, I am not sure what other headphones to be looking at. I am hoping someone can help me out with this!!

My list of qualities wanted in a pair of headphones:

-comfort
-good sound
-at least noise isolation
-if getting noise cancellation would prefer ones that still work without battery
-cans not too huge (I am a medium boned female with relatively smallish ears)
-non fixed cable wire so that if it breaks I can replace
-prefer if cable has a mic for phone calls if using my phone for listening
-will not be using an amp of any type



Thanks.
Edited by cate1898 - 5/13/14 at 4:26am
post #2 of 7
Thread Starter 

Rather than start a new thread, I completely revised this one hoping for some replies.  I have also been looking at the Head Fi WiKi Headphone Buying Guide which is somewhat helpful to me.  

 

Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.  I am willing to spend upwards of $300 give or take, but of course prefer to spend less.  

post #3 of 7

Just out of curiosity have you looked at Wireless?

 

Your post is similar to mine I just made, but I'm looking at wireless for work.  In addition to what you posted here, I need ones that are capable of being used for Internet Phone Calls.

 

What do you think of Turtle Beach, Astro or Steel Series?

post #4 of 7

If you don't mind boosted bass and some peaky treble, then the DT770 pro sound like a good match. They are closed ear, and do a VERY good job of isolating noise. You won't even hear someone speaking into your ear when you are listening at a decent volume. But unless you absolutely need the noise isolation, open ears are supposed to be alot better in terms of soundstage.

post #5 of 7

I think you might add VMODA to your list.  Here's a nice review (with pictures!) of the Vmoda M100s:  http://www.head-fi.org/products/v-moda-crossfade-m-100/reviews/7604.  Also the appreciation thread is here:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/623154/v-moda-m-100-vtf-100-appreciation-thread-images-impressions-reviews

 

These are circumaural -- at least for most ears.  Like the Beyer DT770, these are strong in the bass, but the Vmoda have a much more portable design: foldable, relatively light weight, thin cable, etc.

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Thread Starter 
Well I managed to try lots of different headphones in stores butsome I really wanted to try like the Audio Technica ATH-ANC9'S and ATH-ANC7b's I could not find in stock at any stores. None of the ones any of you posted about were in store either. I did get a chance to see and try the PSB's. They are really too big.
So...I ended up buying the Bose QC15's. Soooo comfortable and they sound good to me.
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Well I managed to try lots of different headphones in stores butsome I really wanted to try like the Audio Technica ATH-ANC9'S and ATH-ANC7b's I could not find in stock at any stores. None of the ones any of you posted about were in store either. I did get a chance to see and try the PSB's. They are really too big.
So...I ended up buying the Bose QC15's. Soooo comfortable and they sound good to me.

Terrific!  The QC15s are indeed very comfortable and I know people who wear them all day at work.  

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