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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Going to a new school next year outside of my town and I want new headphones. 

I was pretty sure I wanted the Audio Technica ATH-m50 but someone (who by chance learns there and was in my situation) had them and said they had great sound but no noise canceling and weren't always comfortable.

So here are my requests (sorted by importance):

 

* Very good with noise reduction (mostly for the bus) 

* Very good sound quality

* Reasonably priced

* Comfortable
(Good looking would be nice too but it's not a deal breaker)

 

I listen to Rock and Jazz if that helps.

 

Hope there's something that answers the requests, maybe the ATH-m50s do but the no-NC is a deal breaker.

 

Thanks for the help! :)

post #2 of 9

The UE 6000 is being closed out and is currently very difficult to beat at or near its price.  It sounds best without active noise cancellation, but has it if you need it.  See:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/surprisingly-good-logitec-ue6000-and-ue9000

 

Once again I’ll mention that headphone comfort is a very individual thing.  Everyone has a different head size and shape, as well as different sensitivities and levels of sensitivity.  We can point you to headphones that are generally considered to be comfortable and mention others that have garnered complaints for being uncomfortable.  However, the only way to know for sure is to wear them yourself for a time equivalent to your longest listening session.  I find the UE 6000 to be comfortable.  Your mileage may vary.

post #3 of 9
I agree. UE6000 seems your best bet for active noise cancellation.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Okay, they seem pretty good.

But everyone are saying that they are very Bass-y and are good for Hip Hop, House, Trance, etc.

Do they play Classic Rock and Jazz well? Because much bass can be a downside in those genres.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by ymfarhi View Post
 

Okay, they seem pretty good.

But everyone are saying that they are very Bass-y and are good for Hip Hop, House, Trance, etc.

Do they play Classic Rock and Jazz well? Because much bass can be a downside in those genres.


Everyone isn't saying that--especially with the active noise cancellation turned off.  In fact if it was true, I would have no interest in them.  Read the review I posted.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

And where is that?

And I actually do want them to sound good for those genres with the NC on.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by ymfarhi View Post
 

And where is that?

And I actually do want them to sound good for those genres with the NC on.

 

This from page 2 of the review:

 

"These are warm sounding cans, with a modest bass-heavy tilt. Low notes are rendered with good texture and are well extended into the lowest octaves. Bass tightness is good, but not great, and sometimes delivers a bit of confusion in the bass-to-mid transitions. The mid-range, while slightly lower in level than the bass, remains very nicely proportioned, and vocals are rendered with a natural balance. Mid-to-treble transition is quite good, bringing well balanced presence to vocals and strings. A slight emphasis in the mid-treble coupled with a mild rolled off top octave means they won't deliver a sense of air that a really great headphone does. Imaging and dynamics are surprisingly good for a sealed headphone, but again fall somewhat short of the best headphones available.

 

Please note the number of times I used the words: small; modest; slightly; a bit; mild; etc. I've reviewed a lot of headphones that do much well, but fail in one way or another only to deliver a frustrating listening experience. Not so the UE9000 and UE6000 in wired, passive mode. These cans simply deliver a full-bodied and nicely controlled listening experience across the board. I'd call it very good mid-fi, and if they only did a couple more things really well they'd click over to audiophile grade right quick."

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Okay, that sounds good. But does it apply to when the Noise Cancellation is on?

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by ymfarhi View Post
 

Okay, that sounds good. But does it apply to when the Noise Cancellation is on?


Please read the review.  That's why I provided the link.

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