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I've started looking for a pair of hi-fi quality headphones with the following specs:

Good sound isolation
Good for travelling
Mainly for listening to classical/post rock/post metal (basically huge soundscapes) on a portable MP3 player and a stereo amplifier.

I'm currently using a pair of AKG K450s which I'm really fond of, but they're not so great at isolating background noise, which is really distracting during quiet sequences in the music I listen to.

I've been looking at the Sennheiser HD280/380s, but I've just read loads of negative reviews of them on Head-fi, so I'm not sure what would be best for me anymore. Price range is around £100 GBP, but I think I could easily be persuaded to spend a little more if there's a lot to be gained.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
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Good sound isolation and a large soundstage?

I heard those Bose sound cancellation headphones are pretty good, as well as Dr Dre's Beats.
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Well, I can safely say that I know fairly little about headphone tech, so I could well be asking the impossible here!
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Good sound isolation and a large soundstage?

I heard those Bose sound cancellation headphones are pretty good, as well as Dr Dre's Beats.
Sigh. Out of all the companies that make headphones, you recommend two that aren't supposed to be recommended unless you're trolling.

jazznaz: Are you open to using in-ears for traveling and actual headphones for home use? I found that for traveling, in-ears isolate better and are much easier to manage than even having a portable headphone that folds.
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I find in ear phones very uncomfortable and since I'm on a bit of a budget, I think I'd rather compromise a little on isolation to have a better listening experience when I'm at home, especially seeing as I am moving into a houseshare soon and I don't want to be irritating my housemates late at night!

Done a bit more research tonight and the ATH-M50s come with a strong recommendation, but I also quite like the look of the AKG K271 Mk II. Unfortunately there isn't a quality music store near me, so I can't go out to try some headphones in person.
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I find in ear phones very uncomfortable and since I'm on a bit of a budget, I think I'd rather compromise a little on isolation to have a better listening experience when I'm at home, especially seeing as I am moving into a houseshare soon and I don't want to be irritating my housemates late at night!

Done a bit more research tonight and the ATH-M50s come with a strong recommendation, but I also quite like the look of the AKG K271 Mk II. Unfortunately there isn't a quality music store near me, so I can't go out to try some headphones in person.
Yeah, if you're looking for bassy music.

M50s have zero soundstage.

On top of that, you're looking for closed headphones for musical tastes that are typically airy and should be open..

Should try looking for A700s, but I won't say the isolation is great.

They are closed headphones though.

I also don't think they're that portable.
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I have been through several sets of headphones in the last week trying them out. First was Tritton Ax 720's then the Pro's ( both are garbage and too many wires. Then Turtle beach x11's x41's the 11's are decent for 50 bucks. I then got some sennheiser MD 280's and they sound nice but really no base which makes gaming rather dull. I then went to guitar center and tried Audio Technica ATH50's which sound great but still lacking bass, and the SOny 7509's and those were slightly better then the AT's but not much. He then grabbed the Beats Studios and while more expensive they had a fuller sound and solid base.

I see a lot of people on here being negative about the Beats and say theirs phones are better. We all want to think we bought the best. They are also hating on them most likely because they say Dr Dre on them. After talking to someone who is an audiophile and musician he explained that the ATH, sony, Sennheiser, and Beyerdynamics are great, but for true studio use, and not home gaming or casual music listening. They dont add or subtract anything which is great for real studio use. He said that none of them are going to have any real punch like the beats do. He was right. I bought them since I have 30 days to return them, but so far they sound leaps and bounds better then the Sennheiser's do. I like Sennheiser dont get me wrong.

The Beats are more comfortable and lighter.

ALso those that claim to of "heard Beats" at Best buy and sounded horrible need to realize that BEst buy has no clue what they are doing and connect them to crap systems or Ipods. I am sorry but with true quality headphones you are not going to see them shine on a damn ipod or 50 dollar stereo they hook them up to.

Yo get out of them what you put in. You need to have a good sound card on your PC in order to use high end phones. SOmething with a pre-amp adjustment helps a lot.

The beats are pretty god damn awesome, and I will likely also get some AKG's as well at some point.
post #8 of 10
if you want a huge soundstage you really need open cans... but then you don't get good isolation. If you want good cans for portable use AKG makes some pretty decent ones like the k81dj or k181dj that don't break the bank.
Beyer dt770 pro/80 are good and bassy. The soundstage is decent, but the mids are recessed quite a bit. You really need to recable them and get some leather pads to make them more neutral.

I would be inclined to get IEMs as they will most likely be your best bet. If you don't want them then possibly Senn HD25 would be your best actual headphone.
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something cheap that has good soundstage & low ohms ATH-AD700

something more expesive with good soundstage and good overall sound spectrum that takes a little more to drive K 702
    
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I would be inclined to get IEMs as they will most likely be your best bet. If you don't want them then possibly Senn HD25 would be your best actual headphone.
This. Forget every preconceived notion you have about IEMs and test a pair of good Shure IEMs. The sound isolation is so high that they can actually be used as protection as well (long term noise exposure environments, etc). The Shure I have actually have dual woofers
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