Hello guys, this is my first post on head-fi. I'm just getting interested in audio gears and it's lucky to find such a forum. I've ordered a sennheiser hd 598 from amazon with a huge discount, but I still need a closed headphone for go-out use. Anyone have suggestions for a closed, smaller sized(over-ear is ok though) and easy-to-drive headphone around $200-$300? Besides that, maybe I'll need a better player like a A&K 100something or ibasso dx90, or a sony zx1. Which is better?
Portable, closed headphones from $200 to $300?
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I know the Bose qc15 have not had very good publicity when it comes to sound quality. But do yourself a favor and just go and test a pair (qc15 are now replaced with the qc25). Internal amplifier means they are stupidly easy to drive and the noise cancelling is a great treat when listening to the music on the run. They are reasonably portable and come with a nice shell and they are super cumfy for the likes of my head and ears.
Also take a look at the V-moda xs. I've heard the sound is pretty good and they are crazy compact and super durable
If you have a smart-phone. A new player might not be necessary. Take a look at some portable DAC/Headphone amps. There are a lot out there. Just as an example take a look at the FiiO E18 Kunlun.
I don't have much experience with the various portable rigs but I know you can get some great sound for not too much money.
I've had a galaxy s3 till last year with a B&O a8 which is still in use. It does have a pretty good sound quality while i'm in trains, buses or anywhere full of people and noises. However, the background noise get louder when I listen music at home. Thanks for your advice though, thought i may put more budget on headphones and consider the hifi player later