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Need recomendations for over the ear phones in large open office environment

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

The company I work for has encouraged it's employees to work from home for years. Well they are doing a complete 180 and requiring everyone to work in the office. I recently saw a demo of the proposed new "work spaces" at my office and lets just say it's going to be very close quarters!

 

So I am on a hunt for some nice headphones to help drown out some office noise and provide some privacy while listening to music. I will just be plugging them into my laptop to stream music online or playing my own mp3 library. I do listen to a lot of music that has lots of bass so that will be important. It shouldn't be over powering though. I just hate listening to songs with nice basslines and barely hearing them in certain headphones.

 

Criteria in order with the most important first

 

1) Must be comfortable to wear for 5+ hours

2) Able to drown out some of the typical office noises. I don't know if this means I will be in the noise cancelling category or not

3) Decent sound quality with bass present.

4) $150 or less

5) I don't plan on listening to them with high volumes but it shouldn't leak much so I don't disturb my co-workers

 

I really don't have a preference on size or style just as long as it fits comfortable for hours.

With $150 max I know I am not going to get the best in even 1 category. But there must be something out there that comes close to this. At least I hope :) 

post #2 of 10

If you can, try to find a good deal on a Beyerdynamic DT770 (32 ohm .. although 250 ohm should also be OK out of a laptop if you don't need to listen at high volumes)

 

If you can't find one for around $150, then have a look at Audio Technica ATH-M50.

 

Both are closed-back headphones that fit around your ears, so both of these tick the bass, comfort and isolation boxes.

post #3 of 10

You might be able to find some Soundmagic HP100 for $150 or less..

 

Beyerdynamic DT770 32 ohm

 

Audio Technica ATH-M50

 

Audio Technica ATH-A500X

post #4 of 10
To address #2 and #5, you probably just want a sealed pair of headphones for isolation. Noise cancelling can do better at silencing the world around you, but it doesn't seem necessary for your case. The seal will also prevent leakage.

For #1, I recommend that you take periodic breaks regardless of what you choose. My ATH-M50's are comfortable, but the seal makes my ears warm during extended listening. A short break lets my ears cool off and go back to listening.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by superjawes View Post

To address #2 and #5, you probably just want a sealed pair of headphones for isolation. Noise cancelling can do better at silencing the world around you, but it doesn't seem necessary for your case. The seal will also prevent leakage.

+1 to this. Look into the UE6000 as well. IMO they are better than ATH-M50 and have the bass goes deep and pretty punchy as well. There is the active noise cancellation if at all needed

 

Hope it helps

Billson 

post #6 of 10

+1 to UE6000.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone! I really didn't expect this much feedback in such a sort time.

 

I liked what I see for the Beyerdynamic DT770. I also think If I was going to spend that much I would just go a little more and get the 250 ohm. But I worry since I won't be using an amp. Maybe I can buy a usb sound card for my laptop.

 

I also like the price point on the UE6000 and the ability to turn on ANC if I wanted. I am glad it gets decent reviews on sound quality even with the ANC off.

 

I assume the DT770 250 ohm is probably more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. If this is a wrong assumption feel free to correct me.

But if they are, I guess it comes down to if they so much more comfortable to warrant the close to $200 price difference.

post #8 of 10

Based solely on the assumption that Beyer velour pads are more comfortable than the pleather pads on the M50, they should be more comfortable.

I wear my DT990's at work sometimes for hours and have never had any problems with comfort. 

 

Never wore an M50 long enough to find out either way.

post #9 of 10
+1 on the HP100. I use them at the office and they are very comfortable and sound great.
post #10 of 10
The UE6000 are comfortable HD doesn't need an amp but I am not sure how they fair against a DT770 though smily_headphones1.gif
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