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Need help choosing an over-ear headphone

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I own Beats Solo right now. They are perfect for listening electronic music and house songs with heavy bass but for other stuff... Meh. I actually need a headphone to use with my digital piano. Beats sounds too mellow when playing piano. I'll use that headphone for mostly non-electronic instrumental music. I'm thinking of buying Sennheiser HD558 but not sure. I wanted to ask it here to get some detailed info. My budget is about 200$.

Also how noisy are those open back headphones? I'll use it at home but don't want to disturb family members. Thanks in advance.
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Try Beyerdynamic, the DT770 for closed or the DT880 for open - 80 or 250 ohms should be fine with the piano. The Sennheiser might still be on the mellow side but that's more to do with your tastes. They're brighter but not too much - they'll bring out the piano's harmonics where the beats do not.

 

Unless your family sleep right next to you on the piano stool, they will not be disturbed by open headphones.

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I made a quick research about DT880 pro and it looks really good. But there is a question in my mind. Should I go with 250 ohms or 32 ohms versions? I won't be using an amplifier. I heard that headphones with higher impedance are more equipment dependent. Also what are the benefits of using headphones with high impedance? Bear with me please, I don't know much about this stuff.
Edited by HardTouch - 7/30/14 at 1:36pm
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If you want more versatility, then go for the 32ohm version - this can be powered by portable devices, and larger amps too to a certain extent.

 

The higher impedance headphones require greater voltage swing to work properly, and require larger amps. I'd say the benefit of higher impedance headphones is better matching with larger amps and studio gear - these have an output impedance which is higher than portable gear. Generally it's recommended that the amp's output impedance is no more than an eighth the impedance of the headphones, for a good sound.

 

Maybe check the output impedance of your piano and go from there.

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Also how noisy are those open back headphones? I'll use it at home but don't want to disturb family members. Thanks in advance.

If you take your Beats off when listening to them and lay them down with the music playing, are they producing too much sound for your family? Open headphones shouldn't be any noiser than that.
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