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Best headphones for excellent noise-isolation and good comfort, sound quality not that important, under $200

post #1 of 4
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Hi Everyone,

 

This is my first thread here, although I have been snooping around for a while.

 

I've owned a pair of Sennheiser HD212Pro for the last 6-7 years and have been quite please with them. But they are worn out, to say the least.

 

I'm looking for a new pair of headphones where noise-isolation is most important, followed by comfort and then sound quality. I will be using these with my laptop, at work and I need them to isolate me as much as possible from co-workers who might occasionally be on conference calls. The reason sound quality is not very important is because I have a bit of a hearing problem from childhood some nerve damage where I have a harder time hearing higher pitch sounds (I could be outside and not hear crickets or birds chirping) and have a bit of tinnitus going on so, yeah, sound quality is not top of the list. This is not to say, however, that I can't appreciate good quality sound. I do, I can tell the difference between a crappy and a good sound system but I prefer my music a tad bit louder than your average Joe. I typically listen to chill out music, dance/electronic music, and a bit of alternative and pop.

 

The budget should be around $200, if under even better. I'd prefer over-the-ear and not IEMs. I found IEMs uncomfortable (well at least the cheapy ones I tried.) if worn for long hours...  

 

So far I've been looking at older threads, the Shootout: 100+ Portable (full-size) Headphones Compared link and this is what I've come up with so far, in no particular order:

 

- SoundMAGIC HP100 Premium $180

- Sennheiser HD25-1 II $200
- AKG K181DJ - $90
- UE6000 - $109

 

These sure have great reviews but not entriely convinced they're worth the extra $ for me.
- NAD Electronics VISO HP50 - $250
- Sennheiser Momentum - $270

 

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.

post #2 of 4

I can surely recommend AKG K181DJ, for this price the sound is excellent (i think the best), many far better than those costing twice us much. The noise cancellation is very good -  they tend to put a big pressure on your head (in my case a bit to much, but you can feel it only after few hours of listening non stop). Sound is vast, spacey, bass is strong (for some it may be too strong), less detail but plenty of sound.

 

I still have those, but upgraded them with AKG 451K, smaller but with detachable cable. Sound is better also. I tend to break cable very often, it drives me crazy, but with this model you can easily buy a new one.

 

O love AKG, I think they are a great company

post #3 of 4

And also one of the users tested it:

 

"Only 1 big issue: the headband of the K518 is hurting the top of my head 

Maybe a 2nd issue: it's like having a subwoofer on your head! It challenges my SVS PB12/2 when low freq parametric eq'ing is applied to the K518"

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/477809/akg-k81-dj-vs-akg-518-dj-limited-ed


Edited by wiatrufka - 11/26/14 at 1:00am
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendations. I have had the chance to try out the QC25 and they felt very confortable. The price and the active noise cancelling thing are not very appealing... I've also tried the Momentum headphones and they sounded great but the size of the cup was at the limit for the size of my ears (the qc25 felt cavernous by comparison). Last I tried a pair of v-moda headphones (not sure which model) but they didn't feel particularly comfy. Didn't have the chance to try any AKGs the best buy I visited didn't have them but your comments about how they feel concern me a bit.

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