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[Newbie] Headphones for studying

post #1 of 6
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Hey guys, long time lurker, decided to make an account.

Currently I have the M50s for normal home listening, and sennheiser cx300II Bs for cheap, bass enriched mobile listening.

I recently got accepted into med school, and I'm looking for some headphones or IEMs that have noise canceling, with no leakage. When I study I usually don't listen to music, and if I do, it's mostly soundtracks, classical or anything without lyrics.

Currently, I'm thinking the BOSE qc15 should be a consideration, but I'm not certain if there are others that are better for the price. And maybe I should be looking into IEMs as well, but I'm unfamiliar with the market.

Budget: max $250. I may go up to 300-350 if the extra $100 is worth it.

Comfort is a priority, my ears are pretty small...

Sound: not too picky here, should be adequate. But definitely minimal leakage if any, and maximum noise canceling.

IEMs v. Over/on the ear: you guys decide this.

Thanks guys.

Edit: seems like I should be looking at noise isolating not canceling, so I'm taking those recommendations instead.
Edited by Mostlytoasty - 3/21/15 at 12:54pm
post #2 of 6

I don't know much about noise cancellation, but I recently saw a video about the quiet comfort 25 being a good upgrade on the 15. From what I am seeing it is around 300 dollars. This is the only thing I know about these, though. 

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Originally Posted by iCupboard View Post

I don't know much about noise cancellation, but I recently saw a video about the quiet comfort 25 being a good upgrade on the 15. From what I am seeing it is around 300 dollars. This is the only thing I know about these, though. 


Hey thanks for the response. I'll look into the 25 while waiting for others.
post #4 of 6

Soundmagic HP150

post #5 of 6

NAD Viso HP50 might be worth taking a look at in the $299 range. It has very, very high sound quality, is quite isolating, and has good comfort (though I have only worn it for short periods of time). At the $200 mark, it is hard to beat the Soundmagic mentioned by EDMaddict. The AKG K550 are also good if you don't need tons of bass, but I am afraid they might not fit you well (?). Whatever you do, I wish you luck with your cans--and in medical school!

post #6 of 6

However, I had the SoundMagic HP 150 and it broke twice in a short time. So take that in mind. The AKG K550 is really nice as well. However the headband is kind of lightly padded which means there will be a spot in the headband which will irritate after about 45 minutes. The sound is fantastic, if you like brighter sounding headphones. 

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