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post #1 of 9
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Hello all,

I am a new member here, I would like to have an advice from a professional about the proper headphone I would like to buy. (don't be afraid of saying technical terms, I am an engineer :biggrin:.

 

First: I need to confirm something, I have read at many websites that Active noise cancellation is not as efficient as it is expected to be, and it is only effective against continuous noise (such as several types of engines), it is not effective against normal discreet noises such as people talking. Bose claims otherwise regarding their QC15. so does it deserve the money?

 

Second: I know I will have to go for the closed (for isolation) around ear (on ear usually hurts my ear) choice If I will choose to go to the passive noise isolation, what is the best choice within a budget of 200$ to 300$? my highest priority is the quality of sound and durability, knowing that I don't have a favorite genre, I usually listen to everything from classical music, jazz, blues to electronic, rock and metal.

 

Any advice will be welcomed

post #2 of 9

Noise cancellation (NC) is generally a rough and ready technology with a few drawbacks - there is the frequency issue where higher frequencies cannot be predicted and effectively cancelled. Also if the noise to be cancelled is on one side of the wearer only, a lot (if not all) of NC headphones will attempt to cancel the sound on both sides, effectively creating another unwanted 'phantom' noise on the other side.

 

It seems Bose's reputation is quite good when it comes to NC, but there may be confusion between the isolation and cancelling aspects. Further up in the frequency spectrum, sound gets affected more easily by physical barriers and this may be described wrongly as NC.

 

Besides, if sound quality is your priority the Bose may not cut it.

 

What are you listening from? Just a phone, or a full size hifi at home?

post #3 of 9
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Thanks steve,

I usually use my macbook for music, but I sometimes use my iphone. (Mainly portable devices), having a high end Hi-Fi is not in my near future plans :)

post #4 of 9
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while reading some reviews, I have just red that the NAD VISO HP50 is a great choice when it comes to balancing isolation with sound quality specially because it doesn't emphasis on one side of the frequency spectrum on the account of the other side. (this is what I have red).

post #5 of 9

I only ask as the power available to drive the headphones is relevant.

 

If plugging straight into a phone then, you'll likely be wanting something at around 32 ohms with sensitivity over 105dB. The Sennheiser Momentum might be worth looking at, it's comfy with good isolation. These have a warm sound - not too bright.

 

The Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro are very nicely put together but these are below your price point. These are fairly good all-rounders.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by electrondevil View Post
 

while reading some reviews, I have just red that the NAD VISO HP50 is a great choice when it comes to balancing isolation with sound quality specially because it doesn't emphasis on one side of the frequency spectrum on the account of the other side. (this is what I have red).

Sorry I don't understand - is this the 'Roomfeel' technology they're mentioning on their site?

 

NAD has a great name with hi-fi going back years; alas I have not tried this particular model.

post #7 of 9
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Thanks steve for your response,

by numbers, the Momentum is very good choice (with 110dB and 18ohms), however, yes it's the room feel they are talking about :), this was mentioned on innerfidelity review

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/i-love-these-headphonesthe-nad-viso-hp50

post #8 of 9

Innerfidelity has a lot of weight around here, and not without good reason.

 

I'm interested in trying them too! Ultrasone is another brand who have been trying to emulate the 'speakers in a room' sound with their S-Logic, so this may be where the technology is going.

 

I wonder - if the headphone had been the first popular mass transducer years ago, whether they'd be trying to design speakers which sound more like headphones? :basshead:

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Originally Posted by SteveHiFi View Post
 

Innerfidelity has a lot of weight around here, and not without good reason.

 

I'm interested in trying them too! Ultrasone is another brand who have been trying to emulate the 'speakers in a room' sound with their S-Logic, so this may be where the technology is going.

 

I wonder - if the headphone had been the first popular mass transducer years ago, whether they'd be trying to design speakers which sound more like headphones? :basshead:

lol, yes, may be in a parallel universe :atsmile:

Now I have ended up comparing the V-Moda Crossfade M100 and the NAD VISO HP50, who's winning in your opinion?

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