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Looking for a pair of good closed over-ear headphones for around US $300 - $400

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I'm looking for a pair of good headphones for use both on the go with my iPhone 5s/iPad 2 without amping and at work on my PC via a Fiio E10 Olympus USB DAC & headphone amplifier.


I currently have a pair of Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Adidas Originals which I love, (used mainly with my iPad) and I use some Sennheiser CX 400 earphones with the Fiio in the office.  I want a pair of headphones that sound great without requiring any EQ, and preferably has iDevice compatibility (mic and remote) for when I'm OTG.  Something with a little less clamping force than my Senns would be great too.

 

I listen to a wide variety of music - mainly in the pop, rock, R&B, hip hop and electronic genres (think iTunes 'Song of the Week').  I'm not a bass head, but I do like a bit.  I had a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo HD on-ear headphones, but they didn't hang around for long as I thought they sounded muddy.

 

I've read a lot of reviews here, and I've a preference for closed over-ear headphones, as I already have a good pair of on-ears.  From the reviews I've read, I'm leaning towards the Sennheiser MOMENTUM over-ear headphones, PSB M4U 2 - and I've liked the AIAIAI x Carhartt TMA-1 since I first saw them...  I know they're not over-ear and probably don't have the sound I'm looking for, but they're just so cool!


I don't think I want to spend quite as much as the B&W P7s.

 

I'd appreciate any recommendations.

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PSB M4U 1, NAD VISO HP50, Focal Spirit Pro or Sony MDR 7520.  See:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/two-strike-zone-focal-spirit-professional-and-spirit-classic 

 

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


Edited by KG Jag - 7/2/14 at 12:09am
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Thanks very much for the suggestions. Is it fair to say the PSB M4U 1, PSB M4U 2 and the NAD VISO HP50 will sound pretty similar?
Is there a disadvantage to the PSB M4U 2 over the 1 (I have a shop selling them at the same price). I would not use the ANC often, but the internal amp might be fun, and assist when using iDevices.

The Focal Spirit Professionals are nice and review well... the only issue could be durability? Decisions!
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Thanks very much for the suggestions. Is it fair to say the PSB M4U 1, PSB M4U 2 and the NAD VISO HP50 will sound pretty similar?
Is there a disadvantage to the PSB M4U 2 over the 1 (I have a shop selling them at the same price). I would not use the ANC often, but the internal amp might be fun, and assist when using iDevices.

The Focal Spirit Professionals are nice and review well... the only issue could be durability? Decisions!

 

Similar--yes in a general sense.  However, the HP 50 is a bit darker than the M4U 1.  I have not yet heard the M4U 2, but people who I trust have reported that it is not as good as the M4U 1--and unless you need active noise cancellation, the 1 is the better and cheaper choice between the two.

 

All are well built, but time and use is the ultimate test.  Folding cans in general are a bit less sturdy, just as they are more convenient.

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