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$300 Over ear sealed headphones

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

 

New member here. I am in the market for some sealed over the ear headphones. Main uses are music and lecture recordings for school. I already have a pair of Sennheiser HD595s (very happy with sound quality) but due to the open design it leaks too much noise and does not provide adequate sound isolation, and the cord is really bulky for travel.

 

I will be using these headphones at home, in the library, and on airplanes. So sound isolation from the environment is important as is minimizing sound leakage so I do not disturb others.

 

Music preferences:

Alternative rock and R&B/hip hop

Example of bands: Rise against, red hot chilli peppers, red jumpsuit apparatus, etc.

 

So far I have been looking at V-moda's m100 and the NAD Hp50.

Are there any other options I should be looking at? 

And, any recommendations based on my listening habits, listening environments, etc on which cans would fit the bill best?

 

I obviously don't want to take a step back in sound quality from my current cans, but I need a sealed design.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 9
I would look at the Mr. Speakers Mad Dog. However, they need an amp and they are heavy (but very comfortable).
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Those headphones look nice, but the amp is a deal breaker from the portability aspect.

post #4 of 9
Yeah - I thought it might be. How about the Sennheiser Momentum over-ears? I really liked them - and I think they might tick all your boxes. Other choices I have not heard:

- AKG K550/K551
- Sony MDR-1R
- Denon D600
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'll take a look at all these options. Thanks for the feedback.
Just curious how tall are your ears. My ears are right at 70mm tall so some headphones can feel tight. Although my HD595s fit fine.

Those mad dogs look like they might be an upgrade over my sennheisers. The only thing is the amp issue. Does an iphone not have enough output to power them?
post #6 of 9

Audio Technica ATH-A1000X?

post #7 of 9
The Mad Dogs take some power to sound good - I've never heard them without an amp - but I don't think an iphone is going to get the job done. It's not the impedance, they aren't that high - I think it's the efficiency loss of closing and mass-loading the cups of the T50RP. The guys at Mr. Speakers are great - if you contact them they'll tell you straight whether they recommend it or not. I know when they demo their headphones, it's always from an amp.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Rhamnetin View Post

Audio Technica ATH-A1000X?
Are those really appreciably better than the 900X? Just curious.

Also, Sennheiser Urbanite XL comes to mind for serious isolation and comfort at the same time. The HP50 is an extremely neutral and very highly regarded closed can but I don't know much about isolation on that one. If you're really going to take something on a plane you might even want to consider a Bose. The QuietComfort 3 were the best of the Bose cans I've heard but obviously not quite in the same league as something like a NAD.
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Originally Posted by metal571 View Post


Are those really appreciably better than the 900X? Just curious.

 

Reviews and impressions in other threads indicate yes, at least if the A1000X is properly amped with a good source.  I think PurpleAngel has both.

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