Looking for: "Office" headphone for progressive metal & rock
Oct 14, 2018 at 1:07 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 16

Immortaly007

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Hi all,

I'm relatively new in the world of audiophile headphones, and I'm looking for a nice set of closed-back over-ear headphones for use in an office environment.

I listen to a lot of (progressive) rock and metal, such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Periphery, TesseracT, Meshuggah, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alter Bridge, Foo Fighters.

Because I like guitars a lot, I want them to come forward in the mix, so I'm not a bass-head. I'm looking for more of a flat response. I don't mind if it needs an amp (I have a spare O2 amp and AudioEngine D1 DAC), as long as it sounds good.

At home I have a Sennheiser HD600 (with a DarkVoice 336E Tube Amp and AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC), and I love how that sounds (great warmth and clarity, sounds nice and balanced to me). Unfortunately, for an office situation it leaks too much sounds.

In short, I think what I like best would be a somewhat warm, neutral sound.

The price range I'm looking in is $200-$500

Headphones I've tried (kind of ordered from best to worst option, taking the price and sound into account):
  • Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 (borrowed): Quite nice, neutral and very detailed sound. The slightly cold an analytical sound works well for metal, but if there's a slightly warmer alternative, i'd love that. I like them a lot and they are a good contender.
  • Audeze Sine (tried in store): love the sound, but with them being on-ear, I'm a bit worried that they'd be uncomfortable when wearing them for a long time, especially since I wear glasses.
  • Beyerdynamic 1770 Pro (tried in store): Slightly too bass heavy (but not as much as the Meze 99 Classics)
  • Sennheiser HD630VB (tried in store): They sounded really clear and detailed, but imo too analytical and cold for "fun" listening. The bass-control is cool tho!
  • Audio Technica ATH-M50x (owned): Nice bass, but it sounds a bit thin in the mids, drowning out some details.
  • Meze 99 Classics (tried in store): Too bass heavy for my tastes. These may be amazing for more modern genres tho)
  • Audeze LCD-2 Closed Back (tried in store): These sounded amazing and were comfortable, but they are above my budget.
Headphones I'm interested in but haven't been able to try (so maybe you can tell me if I should cross them of the list or really try to find them):
  • Oppo PM-3: Good reviews, planar magnatic, but hard to find, especially since they're no longer being produced.
  • MrSpeakers Alpha Dogs: Good reviews, hard to find.
  • Shure SRH-1540: Review say they sound boring and are amazing for monitoring but not for fun, but I'm still curious aboutb them.
  • Your suggestions?

I'm looking forward to your suggestions!

Thank you!
 
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I would add a SoundMAGIC HP151 to the list, personally. Maybe read about it and see what you think. I also like the 1More Triple Driver Over-ear quite a lot. Some thoughts. FWIW. YMMV, of course.
 
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In short, I think what I like best would be a somewhat warm, neutral sound.

The price range I'm looking in is $200-$500

Maybe try the Focal Listen Pro.


Audeze LCD-2C Closed Back (tried in store): These sounded amazing and were comfortable, but they are above my budget.

The "C" actually stands for "Classic," because some people preferred the sound of the LCD-2 and LCD-2 Rev 2, ie, the pre-Fazor driver versions. It's open back, and no, even if you had the budget for the LCD-XC, if you're going to use them in an office I wouldn't recommend these. Crank them up and even if little sound escapes Audezes have earcups that visibly vibrate and might freak out people there.
 
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They visually vibrate?! I'd like to know more :)

Me and @Immortaly007 are collegues and I recommended the HD630VB to @Immortaly007 but that didn't work out. I'd also thought of the TH-X00 in that price range but that is neither neutral nor 'closed'. He came back from the store telling the $800,-* audeze's are ok, way off budget. Next time I'll shove my TH900s down his ears >:) Yes, way to expensive, but they sound good.

* We live in the netherlands mind you
 
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Oct 15, 2018 at 2:49 AM Post #8 of 16

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Hi all,

I'm relatively new in the world of audiophile headphones, and I'm looking for a nice set of closed-back over-ear headphones for use in an office environment.

I listen to a lot of (progressive) rock and metal, such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Periphery, TesseracT, Meshuggah, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alter Bridge, Foo Fighters.

Because I like guitars a lot, I want them to come forward in the mix, so I'm not a bass-head. I'm looking for more of a flat response. I don't mind if it needs an amp (I have a spare O2 amp and AudioEngine D1 DAC), as long as it sounds good.

At home I have a Sennheiser HD600 (with a DarkVoice 336E Tube Amp and AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC), and I love how that sounds (great warmth and clarity, sounds nice and balanced to me). Unfortunately, for an office situation it leaks too much sounds.

In short, I think what I like best would be a somewhat warm, neutral sound.

The price range I'm looking in is $200-$500

Headphones I've tried (kind of ordered from best to worst option, taking the price and sound into account):
  • Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 (borrowed): Quite nice, neutral and very detailed sound. The slightly cold an analytical sound works well for metal, but if there's a slightly warmer alternative, i'd love that. I like them a lot and they are a good contender.
  • Audeze Sine (tried in store): love the sound, but with them being on-ear, I'm a bit worried that they'd be uncomfortable when wearing them for a long time, especially since I wear glasses.
  • Beyerdynamic 1770 Pro (tried in store): Slightly too bass heavy (but not as much as the Meze 99 Classics)
  • Sennheiser HD630VB (tried in store): They sounded really clear and detailed, but imo too analytical and cold for "fun" listening. The bass-control is cool tho!
  • Audio Technica ATH-M50x (owned): Nice bass, but it sounds a bit thin in the mids, drowning out some details.
  • Meze 99 Classics (tried in store): Too bass heavy for my tastes. These may be amazing for more modern genres tho)
  • Audeze LCD-2 Closed Back (tried in store): These sounded amazing and were comfortable, but they are above my budget.
Headphones I'm interested in but haven't been able to try (so maybe you can tell me if I should cross them of the list or really try to find them):
  • Oppo PM-3: Good reviews, planar magnatic, but hard to find, especially since they're no longer being produced.
  • MrSpeakers Alpha Dogs: Good reviews, hard to find.
  • Shure SRH-1540: Review say they sound boring and are amazing for monitoring but not for fun, but I'm still curious aboutb them.
  • Your suggestions?

I'm looking forward to your suggestions!

Thank you!

Maybe Audeze EL-8 closed/titantiums? Metal likes speed.

And some Blotted Science and Spastic Ink while you're at it.
 
Oct 15, 2018 at 5:17 AM Post #9 of 16

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I would add a SoundMAGIC HP151 to the list, personally. Maybe read about it and see what you think. I also like the 1More Triple Driver Over-ear quite a lot. Some thoughts. FWIW. YMMV, of course.
Looked at reviews from both. The "1More Triple Driver Over-ear" seems like a decent option. Based on reviews, they may be a bit bass heavy/recessed-mid-y. I will check if there's some place I can try them out.

Maybe try the Focal Listen Pro.
I wasn't even aware Focal has affordable options. I will check if there's some place I can try these out.

The fostex th-60 are highly recommend, but not fully closed, right?
TH-600 or T60RP? The T60RP seems like it's half open.

Without a doubt a used ZMF Blackwood (or better yet Ori if you can get it).
Hmm, finding a used one seems pretty hard down here in the Netherlands (one I can try before buying I mean). How does it stack up to the ZMF Classics? Are they comparable?

Maybe Audeze EL-8 closed/titantiums? Metal likes speed.

And some Blotted Science and Spastic Ink while you're at it.
Audeze EL-8 Closed/titaniums are definitely interesting, but also a bit out of my budget. Is there something you would consider a cheaper but similar alternative? Or should I try to find one used?
Will definitely check out Blotted Science and Spastic Ink!
 
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ThinkSound ON2 should be on the list there. Great sound quality, very natural sound and good insulation (both in and out). I can listen at a decent level without annoying my co-workers.
 
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Audeze EL-8 Closed/titaniums are definitely interesting, but also a bit out of my budget. Is there something you would consider a cheaper but similar alternative? Or should I try to find one used?
Refurbs with a warranty are $340 usd:
https://www.audeze.com/products/el-8-collection/el-8-closed-back
Lots of used on the market:
https://www.hifishark.com/model/audeze-el-8

Will definitely check out Blotted Science and Spastic Ink!

Since you said Meshuggah, you might wanna try some deathy bands like Beyond Creation, Anata - The Conductors Departure, Anabyss - Dehabilitation, etc. xD
 
Oct 15, 2018 at 9:42 PM Post #15 of 16

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ThinkSound ON2 should be on the list there. Great sound quality, very natural sound and good insulation (both in and out). I can listen at a decent level without annoying my co-workers.
He wants over ear, but yeah, these are great cans. Wouldn't be my 1st choice for metal though. I think the Beoplay H6 fits the bill a little better if he is looking for stylish cans with all day comfort.
 

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