Less bass heavy portable headphones?
May 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4

AristoNYC

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Hi, 
I am trying to get away from earbuds as I want better sounding headphones for when I am on the subway and walking to work. I currently own Sennheiser HD485 for my home listening (though the ear pads need replacement) that I've had for a long time and I absolutely love the sound. They are light, and have the removable cord. I also own the Vmoda Crossfades but find them to be too bass heavy for my music style. I own HD280s but I do not find them too portable with the long cord. 
 
I listen to mostly Indie, acoustic, lots or rock & metal but I do not like a lot of bass. 
I am looking for a portable (doesn't need to fully fold) pair that are closed and let you hear more of what the musician planned. 
My HD485's are great because if I close my eyes its like I am at a concert. 
I would also like a shorter cord or the ability to change cords via plug in can. 
Preferably under $100 but could spend more if quality jumps that much. 
 
Thank you!
 
p.s I've done a lot of reading and am still having problems finding something to suite my needs, hence why I posted here. 
 
TLDR: I want a closed version of my Sennheiser HD485's for commuting with a shorter cord. 
 
stuff I listen to (if it helps)
http://youtu.be/n3tuxh8Eg_M?t=28s
http://youtu.be/dSrv-yQnkHE
http://youtu.be/w0PQS6fXIrc
http://youtu.be/ccLrLjxvo8E
http://youtu.be/hgIDpzPQo_I
 
May 13, 2013 at 4:42 AM Post #2 of 4
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Aristo, since you're not that into bass [anymore], would you be willing to sell your Crossfades and use the proceeds to up your budget?
 
May 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM Post #3 of 4

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Aristo, since you're not that into bass [anymore], would you be willing to sell your Crossfades and use the proceeds to up your budget?

Definitely. I'm also willing to spend around $200 but still need to have a shorter cord and can be full sized. 
I found a pair of Sony MDRV55's I had that I will use for on the train & such but I would like a non open pair of full headphones with a shorter cord to be portable. 
 
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Okay now we're cookin'!  The main problem now is that - in my experience - trying to find closed cans with truly great staging is pretty darn tough.  Okay, how about this...
 
If you could see your way to expanding that budget by just a little bit more ($20~$30), I think you'd be able to get a pair of Sony MDR-1R to meet almost all of those needs.  Both Jude and Tyll like the 1R quite a bit so I'm sure you'll find plenty of info on them here - as well as over at InnerFidelity.  And while I don't necessarily enjoy it as much as they do, I agree that it is a competent set of closed cans that should not be overlooked.  Maybe you could sell the V55 to offset that additional $20~$30?
 

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