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Any recommendations for travel headphones around $300

post #1 of 21
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Hello,

 

I am new to head-fi and high end headphones so please excuse my ignorance. I am looking for a pair of good headphones for travel for around $300. 

      Currently I have a Shure e3c which I have had for a few years. When I get a good seal they sound very good but alas the seal often gets broken. I am getting Comply tips soon to see if they help. But the other problem is that eventually my ears get tired from having the IEMs stuck in there for a long time ( I frequently fly long trans-oceanic flights). I tried a friend's Bose QC15 but do not like the slight hiss from the noise canceling and like the sound even less. Moreover, I find they make my ears very hot. So I am in a quandary - for isolation, I either need a circumaural closed (which I fear will make my ears very hot) or IEMs (which can be uncomfortable). Any suggestions on what I could buy?

 

My musical tastes are jazz (especially vocal), light rock and folk. To give you an idea about the sound I like - I prefer electrostatic speakers (Magnepan) with airy treble and well defined bass. I do have a Benchmark dad which has an headphone amp for home use but do not have a portable head amp.


Edited by usp1 - 7/1/14 at 8:50am
post #2 of 21

SoundMagic HP100, Sennheiser Momentum might suit you well

post #3 of 21
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Thanks! The Soundmagic look very interesting. 

post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by appsmarsterx View Post
 

SoundMagic HP100, Sennheiser Momentum might suit you well

Would the Dt770 be a good choice? I stumbled across them while researching the hp100.

post #5 of 21
Theres the polk audio ultrafocus 8000 if you want noise cancelling
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparative-review-high-end-noise-canceling-headphones-page-3
post #6 of 21
Some other cans:
yamaha mt220
beyerdynamic dt 150 (this will need an amp)
nad viso hp50
Shure srh 940
Edited by zunehdrocks - 7/1/14 at 6:17pm
post #7 of 21

V-moda M100 if you like more bass or NAD VISO HP 50 for more neutral sound

post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by usp1 View Post
 

Would the Dt770 be a good choice? I stumbled across them while researching the hp100.

 

 

if you considering dt770, go with 80ohm version, 250ohm version and above needs an amp to drive them properly.  I think hp100 would be the  better choice since it's the better all rounder.  you can also consider akg k550 too, but they need to have a good seal to sound good.  

post #9 of 21

KEF M500 unless isolation is super important.

 

Don't need AMPed, foldable, great sound good for many genres.


Edited by adisib - 7/1/14 at 9:04pm
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by adisib View Post
 

KEF M500 unless isolation is super important.

 

Don't need AMPed, foldable, great sound good for many genres.

Because I need this for travel isolation is important. At least enough to reduce airplane engine noise.

post #11 of 21
No closed circumaural headphone (unless maybe if it's noise canceling) can offer high enough isolation for airplane use. You are better off with IEMs like Etymotic or other ones that require deep insertion, but that might be uncomfortable.
post #12 of 21
Maybe the Etymotic w/ the custom fit tips? Ety HF5 + custom tips should be right around 200 depending on if there's a audiologist around that participates in Ety's program.
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by MrEleventy View Post

Maybe the Etymotic w/ the custom fit tips? Ety HF5 + custom tips should be right around 200 depending on if there's a audiologist around that participates in Ety's program.

Very interesting thought. But the closest participating audiologist is over 100 miles away. 

post #14 of 21
You can use an audiologist, it's just cheaper to go with a participating one. Much like health insurance. biggrin.gif Might still be under 300. I'm tempted to rebuy the HF5 and get custom tips myself now that I own a house and have a yard to mow. x_x The isolation would be nice.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by MrEleventy View Post

You can use an audiologist, it's just cheaper to go with a participating one. Much like health insurance. biggrin.gif Might still be under 300. I'm tempted to rebuy the HF5 and get custom tips myself now that I own a house and have a yard to mow. x_x The isolation would be nice.

Are the ER-4 much better? I know they are higher priced but worth the extra?

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