Which headphones?

Mr. SharpeMr. Sharpe Posts: 1,025
I'm looking into some good cans with a $150 budget.

I'm using some nice Sony ear buds that sound fine but I've always felt they lack somewhere some how. I've gotten to where I'm tired of them falling out of my ears. I'd like a fairly nice pair of over the ear or very comfortable on ear phones that are noise cancelling.

There are some sony phones at wal mart that are $100 and some that are $50. And they've gotten some jbl's in also but all these are "extra bass" types and I'm looking more along the line of more neutral sound. Any suggestions are appreciated and I don't mind getting a used set.
2 Channel
Marantz UD-7007 Cd Player
Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier
Marantz ST-7001 Radio Tuner
Parasound HCA-1500A Power Amplifier
Polk Audio Monitor 10B's

5 channel
Sony Bravia 32" LED
Yamaha RX-a3010 Receiver
Marantz UD-7007 Blu-Ray player
Klipsch RB-61 Main Speakers
Klipsch RB-41 Surround Speakers

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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,330
    Sharpe #1 rule in headphones is comfortable

    You can get all the sound reviews you want but if they don't fit your head :/
    It's not going to be right

    I have a couple magnolia centers close to me and that's where I tried on several sets of headphones to decide
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  • Mr. SharpeMr. Sharpe Posts: 1,025
    I see, these jbl and Sony models are on display to try on, maybe I should just get them, they do sound good. I used to have a nice pair of studio monitor phones from Sony and sounded excellent but they were not comfortable at all.

    It's sad the only place I can find something like this here is wal mart:( best buy doesn't have any headphones out to try like that anymore.
    2 Channel
    Marantz UD-7007 Cd Player
    Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier
    Marantz ST-7001 Radio Tuner
    Parasound HCA-1500A Power Amplifier
    Polk Audio Monitor 10B's

    5 channel
    Sony Bravia 32" LED
    Yamaha RX-a3010 Receiver
    Marantz UD-7007 Blu-Ray player
    Klipsch RB-61 Main Speakers
    Klipsch RB-41 Surround Speakers
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,519
    The most comfortable headphones I've experienced are Sennheiser over ears. I love the 598 and am really looking forward to hearing the 6xx.
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    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
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  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,863
    DSkip wrote: »
    The most comfortable headphones I've experienced are Sennheiser over ears. I love the 598 and am really looking forward to hearing the 6xx.

    Gotta agree, a long time Senn owner with the first being a pair of HD477s and now the Momentum 2.0 over ear...so comfy even with glasses and the sound is quite nice. The Momentum line is now called HD.
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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,644
    I love my Sennheiser Momentums 1st gen. They are by far the most comfortable, well fitting headphones I have ever had. Especially since I wear glasses.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,664
    cfrizz wrote: »
    I love my Sennheiser Momentums 1st gen. They are by far the most comfortable, well fitting headphones I have ever had. Especially since I wear glasses.

    I will say that with a dude with a pretty average sized head and probably slightly below average sized ears, I found the momentum on-ears to be very unconfortable. Sounded wonderful; couldn't wear them for more than an hour. Obviously this is a VERY subjective area.

    Oh, and they are not noise-canceling. I have LOTS of suggestions, but mine ar elike most of the ones so far, which are not only not noise-canceling, but they are open back. Read people! ;-)
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,519
    Good catch. Didn't see the noise cancelling. I prefer IEM for noise cancelling as you normally don't need any active cancelling if you get a snug fit.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, iFi LS3.5
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • Mr. SharpeMr. Sharpe Posts: 1,025
    DSkip wrote: »
    The most comfortable headphones I've experienced are Sennheiser over ears. I love the 598 and am really looking forward to hearing the 6xx.

    Those look like a dang couch! Very comfy looking.
    2 Channel
    Marantz UD-7007 Cd Player
    Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier
    Marantz ST-7001 Radio Tuner
    Parasound HCA-1500A Power Amplifier
    Polk Audio Monitor 10B's

    5 channel
    Sony Bravia 32" LED
    Yamaha RX-a3010 Receiver
    Marantz UD-7007 Blu-Ray player
    Klipsch RB-61 Main Speakers
    Klipsch RB-41 Surround Speakers
  • Mr. SharpeMr. Sharpe Posts: 1,025
    DSkip wrote: »
    Good catch. Didn't see the noise cancelling. I prefer IEM for noise cancelling as you normally don't need any active cancelling if you get a snug fit.
    DSkip wrote: »
    The most comfortable headphones I've experienced are Sennheiser over ears. I love the 598 and am really looking forward to hearing the 6xx.

    Skip, how much should these phones cost?
    2 Channel
    Marantz UD-7007 Cd Player
    Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier
    Marantz ST-7001 Radio Tuner
    Parasound HCA-1500A Power Amplifier
    Polk Audio Monitor 10B's

    5 channel
    Sony Bravia 32" LED
    Yamaha RX-a3010 Receiver
    Marantz UD-7007 Blu-Ray player
    Klipsch RB-61 Main Speakers
    Klipsch RB-41 Surround Speakers
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,361
    I don't think you will find 598's for $150 new, if you do let me know I am there! 558's are frequently on sale for half that. Dabutcher is always posting them when they go on sale. I have them and really like them. I see that you too have a humongous melon like me and mine fit really nicely and sound good but they are open back. I also have 598s? They are almost identical, the pads are a little different but they are sealed and keep the ambient noise out pretty good.

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  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 1,978
    afterburnt wrote: »
    I don't think you will find 598's for $150 new, if you do let me know I am there!

    The 598C's (closed backs) were on sale for $99 last December. (Dabutcher notifying again!) I picked 'em up then; today's price at that link is $145...

    Haven't followed pricing on the open-back 598's, though!
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,361
    Yeah 598C is what I was thinking of (I have sustained massive amounts of self inflicted brain damage so I am not a smart man however, all of the voids in my skull enhances sound stage and imaging when listening with cans. So it wasn't a total waste). I got those too thanks to Dabutchers heads up. I think they were even less than $99 but what do I know?
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    Dungeon: Auralic Aries Mini*Dayens Ampino Preamp*Dayens Ampino Monoblocks*Usher N-6361*Wireworld Oasis cables*Wireworld Oasis IC's*IFI nano IDSD* Cambridge CXU*

    Panamax MR5100*Panamax M8-AV-PRO*Furman PST-2+6

    Head gear: Sennheiser HD 558*Audio-Technica ATH-M40x*Sennheiser HD 598 Cs*Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7*Philips SHP9500S*

    Hello Kitty boombox

    Spares: Yamaha RX-A1040*Emotiva XPA-1L Gen2 X2*Emotiva XPA-3 Gen2*CSiA6 Center*Monitor40 Series II*SVS PB1000 Sub*Sony BDPS6500 Blu-ray player*POS 37" LCD*Douglas Connection Furez 12 AWG 2 Conductor*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*


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  • Mr. SharpeMr. Sharpe Posts: 1,025
    $170
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06WRMZZ45/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504593339&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=sennheiser+598&dpPl=1&dpID=41X8ZPjlKJL&ref=plSrch

    Those are open back, there's a few dollars difference in the the closed back.

    Ive seen the 558's so low I could get two sets. My head actually isn't that big but it's pretty big lol thanks for noticing hahahA

    What are advantages of the open and closed back phones? I have no experience with open back ones.
    2 Channel
    Marantz UD-7007 Cd Player
    Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier
    Marantz ST-7001 Radio Tuner
    Parasound HCA-1500A Power Amplifier
    Polk Audio Monitor 10B's

    5 channel
    Sony Bravia 32" LED
    Yamaha RX-a3010 Receiver
    Marantz UD-7007 Blu-Ray player
    Klipsch RB-61 Main Speakers
    Klipsch RB-41 Surround Speakers
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,664
    Open back usually has a bigger sound stage with more open, airy presentation. Definitely (all other things being equal) the better critical listening cans.

    Closed can also sound very good, but the main advantage is that the they do NOT leak sound like the open backs. If you are in an office environment where ur neighbor doesn't want to hear what your jamming to, closed back is the way to go.

    I am currently rocking the philips fidelio L2 as I said, they are semi-open back so the k let leak a little bit but have a nice open presentation. Really good sound quality and they have been on sale a lot lately...
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

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  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 1,932
    I second what Paul @rooftop59 says about open vs. closed. I have an older pair of Sennheisers (can't remember the model) that are open back and sound fantastic. I also was fortunate enough to pick up the 598C's last Christmas on Amazon for $99. That said, @Dabutcher is always updating deals on the 558's and from everything I've read, they can be modded (by simply removing a piece of tape/foam inside) to be practically identical to the 598's. That may be a very inexpensive way to 'try' the Senn's and see if you like them. IIRC, the 558's occasionally go on sale at Best Buy for under $70.

    The only NC headphones I have tried are the 'retired' Polk Audio Ultrafocus 8000's. I got them during a Friends & Family 50% off sale. I really like them - they are comfortable, sound pretty good, and do an OK job at NC. You can probably find them on the used market for under $100 now. Or new (and still within your budget) for under $130 here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-ULTRA-FOCUS-8000/dp/B0080OHGZA

  • Mr. SharpeMr. Sharpe Posts: 1,025
    I may need the open backs bc I am a critical listener, although modding the 558 may be a good idea too.... I may eventually be owning a pair of each haha
    2 Channel
    Marantz UD-7007 Cd Player
    Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier
    Marantz ST-7001 Radio Tuner
    Parasound HCA-1500A Power Amplifier
    Polk Audio Monitor 10B's

    5 channel
    Sony Bravia 32" LED
    Yamaha RX-a3010 Receiver
    Marantz UD-7007 Blu-Ray player
    Klipsch RB-61 Main Speakers
    Klipsch RB-41 Surround Speakers
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,664
    The 558 are open back. The mod is very simple. If you want to get a good idea of the sound of open backs then give them a shot. Hard to beat considering the investment...
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, Dynaudio Emit 10, NHT Super One CI, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
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