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Looking for a new set of headphones for my commute.  I have been using Sennheiser M-450x phones that I bought for travel, but I want something with better build quality.  I've also found the noise cancelling to be AWESOME on planes, but not as much use to me on the train where what I want to block out is mostly other people talking.

 

I have a pair of AT A900s which I have also used, but they are too big and crazy to commute with, and I don't trust that they'll survive my bag.  I'd like something a little punchier too.  I've also had various clip ons and IEMs (Westone 3, the wood AT clip ons, KSC 75, etc), but I want over ear.

 

I had narrowed it down to the Sennheiser Momentums and the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros.  On vacation last week I had a chance to audition the Momentums.  The first track I put on was Lorde and my eyes bulged out of my head.  Awesome.  Then I threw on Queen of Hearts by ******** Up and the smile disappeared from my face.  Great bass, absolutely horrible mids.  Someone in one of the threads here mentioned that fast layered tracks get muddy with the Momentums and I couldn't agree more.

 

Honestly, I want the Custom One Pros.  I like the looks, its a brand I haven't tried yet, pretty good reviews, etc.  However people say the sound is V shaped like the momentums and I guess I am nervous that the Beyers will be super muddy on mid-heavy tracks.  I don't think I can find a place to audition them here.  I looked at the Brainwavs HM5s too after seeing a lot of reviews on here.  I don't love the looks but most seem to think they sound very good.

 

Are there any other phones I should be considering?  Budget is under $300.  Music style is kind of all over the place.  Mostly it's been electropop and hardcore lately...I realize that those are two pretty divergent genres.


Edited by endus - 6/16/14 at 10:33am
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Momentums over the COPs. Also, the ATH M50s. 

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Originally Posted by JoeDoe View Post
 

Momentums over the COPs. Also, the ATH M50s. 

Thanks!  I hadn't looked at those ATs...I will check those out.

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I have not heard these but they are often recommended SoundMAGIC HP100 should work with wide genre of music. Slightly on the warmer side are NAD VISO HP50 (fairly neutral). There is alternative to the Brainwavz HM5, its the NVX XPT100 all black and slightly cheaper but the same headphone.

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I have not heard these but they are often recommended SoundMAGIC HP100 should work with wide genre of music. Slightly on the warmer side are NAD VISO HP50 (fairly neutral). There is alternative to the Brainwavz HM5, its the NVX XPT100 all black and slightly cheaper but the same headphone.

Yea, I like the look of the NVXes better, I was considering those.

 

I hadn't looked at the SoundMAGIC ones yet...I have some searching to do now...thanks!

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