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post #1 of 18
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Hi,

I recently purchased the SteelSeries Siberia V2 and was very disappointed with them. Mainly because I found them to be uncomfortable after 30 minutes of use. They sat awkwardly on my head, pinched my earlobes and the top of my ears would press against the speaker. 
So now I’m looking to buy a new pair of headphones in the 60$ range. I’m not an audiophile and I don’t need a headset (learning from mistakes). I want to use my headphones for several hours at a time (usually for movies and gaming) so comfort is the most important thing. I tried on the Skullcandy Crushers, they seemed very comfortable, and they fit my ears very well (but they are out of my price range). It would also be nice if they isolated outside noise well (other functions would be welcome as well). 
I did do a little research and I wanted to know which of these headphones (or others) would be the best for what I’m looking for: 
Photive BTH3, Photive X-Bass PH-BTX6, Sennheiser HD 419, Sennheiser HD 429S or Razer Kraken (not pro).
Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 18

Hi,

 

Pioneer Se A1000 would be a very good pick for movies and gaming, and the general consensus is that they are comfortable (I find them comfortable). They provide a wide soundstage and pretty natural sound signature. Being open back headphones they don't provide isolation.

 

Open back headphones are better for gaming because they provide better sense of space. Closed back headphones on the other side aren't as good in that regard but they provide better isolation.

post #3 of 18
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Thanks for the suggestion, but they seem to similar to the Siberia v2. I care more about isolation than gaming. They also seem a bit big and I would prefer something that I can wear on the bus inconspicuously.
Are there any other headphones that you would recommend?
post #4 of 18
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Thanks for the suggestion, but they seem to similar to the Siberia v2. I care more about isolation than gaming. They also seem a bit big and I would prefer something that I can wear on the bus inconspicuously.
Are there any other headphones that you would recommend?


At 74 dollars you can get Takstar Pro 80, they definitely worth the extra money, unmatched in terms of sound and build quality at their price point.

 

I've read good things about JVC S500 but I can't talk too much about them.

post #5 of 18
The AKG K240 Studio actually has quite a decent soundstage for its price. There's definitely more room in the earcups than the Siberia and I agree the Siberia sounds like garbage and is overpriced, like most steelseries products... but anyway. Also of note is the much cheaper Superlux HD681 EVO but the AKG is the real thing that Superlux is trying to copy here. Even steelseries copied the headband design idea from the 240.
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The AKG K240 Studio actually has quite a decent soundstage for its price. There's definitely more room in the earcups than the Siberia and I agree the Siberia sounds like garbage and is overpriced, like most steelseries products... but anyway. Also of note is the much cheaper Superlux HD681 EVO but the AKG is the real thing that Superlux is trying to copy here. Even steelseries copied the headband design idea from the 240.

I'm sure K240s are nice headphones, but being semi open I guess they don't provide the isolation that nsirote is looking for.
post #7 of 18
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I'm sure K240s are nice headphones, but being semi open I guess they don't provide the isolation that nsirote is looking for.
The Superlux headphones are also semi-opens. I don't know of anything in that price range with any kind of isolation that also has a soundstage useful for gaming unfortunately...
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The Superlux headphones are also semi-opens. I don't know of anything in that price range with any kind of isolation that also has a soundstage useful for gaming unfortunately...

 


One of the things that I didn't like about the steelseries is actually the headband, I found it too clunky.
Iisolation is very important to me and it's ok if they are not perfect for gaming if they isolate outside noise well.
Edited by nsirote - 6/9/14 at 1:58am
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The Superlux headphones are also semi-opens. I don't know of anything in that price range with any kind of isolation that also has a soundstage useful for gaming unfortunately...

 


One of the things that I didn't like about the steelseries is actually the headband, I found it too clunky.
Iisolation is very important to me and it's ok if they are not perfect for gaming if they isolate outside noise well.

Let's see...closed back, not too big for portability, man I honestly don't know, especially at that price range. Wait a minute. Maybe the CAL!? (Creative Aurvana Live)

post #10 of 18
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Let's see...closed back, not too big for portability, man I honestly don't know, especially at that price range. Wait a minute. Maybe the CAL!? (Creative Aurvana Live)

I was looking on amazon and they say that the ear pads height is 5cm and my ears are 7cm so I don't think they would be comfortable.

post #11 of 18
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At 74 dollars you can get Takstar Pro 80, they definitely worth the extra money, unmatched in terms of sound and build quality at their price point.

 

I've read good things about JVC S500 but I can't talk too much about them.

Do you know what is the length and width and depth of the opening in the Takstar Pro 80 ear pads?

post #12 of 18
No exactly, sorry. I don't even have my HI-2050 here right now.
Big and comfortable but also small and portable headphones don't really exist.
Most of the times open back headphones with velour earpads tend to be more comfortable but are only intended for indoor use.

Pro 80 earpads are not as big definitely. Some may call them semi-over the ear headphones. Anyway they provide higher levels of comfort that the one you might expect simply measuring and saying my ears are bigger.

You can also upgrade their earpads (with HM5) to improve comfort.

Here you have some pictures:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585356/the-takstar-technical-pro-gemini-greathon-thread/600

Best Luck!
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post

No exactly, sorry. I don't even have my HI-2050 here right now.
Big and comfortable but also small and portable headphones don't really exist.
Most of the times open back headphones with velour earpads tend to be more comfortable but are only intended for indoor use.

Pro 80 earpads are not as big definitely. Some may call them semi-over the ear headphones. Anyway they provide higher levels of comfort that the one you might expect simply measuring and saying my ears are bigger.

You can also upgrade their earpads (with HM5) to improve comfort.

Here you have some pictures:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585356/the-takstar-technical-pro-gemini-greathon-thread/600

Best Luck!

 

So what other closed back big and comfortable but NOT necessarily small and portable headphones can you recommend?

 

What really bothered me about the steelseries headband was that it was too large and self adjusting. I am ok with something big but with an adjustable head band.

post #14 of 18

I guess maybe ATH-M20x or ATH-M40fs could be another possibility

post #15 of 18
If you are looking for one of the most comfortable closed back headphones that provide some isolation you should strongly consider Philips Uptowns (the black and brown version looks great).
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