can anyone recommend me a neutral, isolating on ear?
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i'm just using these headphones on my mac and iphone no amp.
 
i'm looking for a pair of headphones that has a neutral sound signature, easily powered through my iphone. 
 
what comes to mind is the philips citiscape, and the vmoda m 80s, does anyone have an other suggestions?
 
if it helps i'm using it for commuting on the bus and train so thats the kind of isolation i need.
 
edit- i like a warm neutral sound if that make sense 
 
but the priority to me is 
 
1)isolation and under $150 2) sound, and comfort 
 
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I'd also suggest the Sennheiser Momentum's for your usage ...especially with no amp and on the plus side it has iPhone controls / microphone built into the cord. Sound is great also and they look great.
 
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I'd also suggest the Sennheiser Momentum's for your usage ...especially with no amp and on the plus side it has iPhone controls / microphone built into the cord. Sound is great also and they look great.
sweet that sounds great! how did you find the isolation on them? i'm trying to find on ears that isolate, not a big fan of in ears.
 
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I use them in my office and they work well for isolation. In fact a colleague was trying them out and made a call and was disconcerted by the fact he couldn't hear his own voice when talking :D
 
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For on-ear headphone that fit your needs that I would recommend is the UE4000 but that's one of the three on-ear headphone I tried before. Not much experience with on-ear.

For over-ear headphone with neutral sound, +1 for Sennheiser Momentum. Warm sound signature overall. If you have bigger than average ear, you might find it uncomfortable.

Also, if you like something look fancy with great sound, the Sony MDR-1R are too a good choice. Flat sound overall. Generally speaking, I would take MDR-1R for less bass & better control. Better instrument separation too.

As for isolation, I find all the above are pretty good. :)
 
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For on-ear headphone that fit your needs that I would recommend is the UE4000 but that's one of the three on-ear headphone I tried before. Not much experience with on-ear.
For over-ear headphone with neutral sound, +1 for Sennheiser Momentum. Warm sound signature overall. If you have bigger than average ear, you might find it uncomfortable.
Also, if you like something look fancy with great sound, the Sony MDR-1R are too a good choice. Flat sound overall. Generally speaking, I would take MDR-1R for less bass & better control. Better instrument separation too.
As for isolation, I find all the above are pretty good.
thanks i'm trying to stay under the $150 mark, so the ue4000 sounds like a good choice! I'm trying to stick with on ears to avoid the bulky over ears! i usually have them around my neck when i'm not listening
 
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thanks i'm trying to stay under the $150 mark, so the ue4000 sounds like a good choice! I'm trying to stick with on ears to avoid the bulky over ears! i usually have them around my neck when i'm not listening

Do you get to audition headphones at your place? I find HD439 lightweight. :)
 
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Definitely Philips Citiscape Uptown
 
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i'm just using these headphones on my mac and iphone no amp.
 
i'm looking for a pair of headphones that has a neutral sound signature, easily powered through my iphone. 
 
what comes to mind is the philips citiscape, and the vmoda m 80s, does anyone have an other suggestions?
 
if it helps i'm using it for commuting on the bus and train so thats the kind of isolation i need.
 
I haven't heard any truly neutral on-ear headphones, so I'm not going to make any strong recommendations (I've been trying to find some though :p).  I don't want to leave you without any information though.  The V-Moda M80, although a great on-ear, is not neutral.  Rather it is warm.  The Philips Downtown that has been recommended is close to it, but falls short for me as well (from memory).  The majority of the CitiScape series have been said to color sound as well.  That's really all I can help you with though, sorry :frowning2:
 
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I haven't heard any truly neutral on-ear headphones, so I'm not going to make any strong recommendations (I've been trying to find some though :p).  I don't want to leave you without any information though.  The V-Moda M80, although a great on-ear, is not neutral.  Rather it is warm.  The Philips Downtown that has been recommended is close to it, but falls short for me as well (from memory).  The majority of the CitiScape series have been said to color sound as well.  That's really all I can help you with though, sorry :frowning2:
thank you! i guess i should change my thread, i like a warm sound. i only have experience with the noontec zoros and the monoprice 8323s so nothing above 150 price tag.
 
i'm wondering if the m-80 would be a step up from them, their build quality is superb i've read from threads, but i was wondering the isolation on them for commuting purposes. ( i've read there are vents on the side of the shields) to me vents= more room for ambient noise to seep into the headphones.
 
trying not to turn them up keeping them under 85 dB (want to keep my hearing) 
 
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Do you get to audition headphones at your place? I find HD439 lightweight.
not exactly, only basically bestbuy and futureshop 
 
and most of those on display are like beats and monster, and couple of bose, and skullycandy. mostly popular consumer cans
 
heard good things on the new monster lineup but their $300 price tag scares me!
 
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thank you! i guess i should change my thread, i like a warm sound. i only have experience with the noontec zoros and the monoprice 8323s so nothing above 150 price tag.
 
i'm wondering if the m-80 would be a step up from them, their build quality is superb i've read from threads, but i was wondering the isolation on them for commuting purposes. ( i've read there are vents on the side of the shields) to me vents= more room for ambient noise to seep into the headphones.
 
trying not to turn them up keeping them under 85 dB (want to keep my hearing) 
 
Unfortunately I haven't heard the Noontec or Monoprice headphones, so I won't be of much comment :frowning2:  All I can say is that the M80 are warm, so should fit your preference.  Isolation with most on-ears is fairly poor, for what they are though, the M80 do an average (maybe slightly above average) job at isolation.  Over ears do a little better.  However, if you want true isolation, IEMs will be the only direction to go.  They tend to best the active noise canceling headphones as well.  
 
Also, kudos to you for keeping at a reasonable, and safe listening level.  
 
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If you need warm headphone, go for Sennheiser. Although I never tried any on-ear headphone from Sennheiser but I heard good stuff from HD239 :)
 
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