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I'm in the market for some closed cans <= $100. I enjoy music (most commonly classical, but do enjoy pop music as well), and also want good performance from games (particularly FPS). Currently have a set of Sony MDR-XD200 (a $20 pair of cans) and I'd like to step up. I like bass, but not so much that it overshadows everything else.

I've done some research on the following, but am still unsure:
Sennheiser HD 448
Shure SRH-440
Samson SR-850
Sony MDR-V6
Shure SRH-440
Grado SR60i, SR80i

If you have suggestions/opinions of things on this list or have something else in mind entirely, please post!
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Originally Posted by kz26;15398183 
I'm in the market for some closed cans <= $100. I enjoy music (most commonly classical, but do enjoy pop music as well), and also want good performance from games (particularly FPS). Currently have a set of Sony MDR-XD200 (a $20 pair of cans) and I'd like to step up. I like bass, but not so much that it overshadows everything else.

I've done some research on the following, but am still unsure:
Sennheiser HD 448
Shure SRH-440
Samson SR-850
Sony MDR-V6
Shure SRH-440
Grado SR60i, SR80i

If you have suggestions/opinions of things on this list or have something else in mind entirely, please post!

AD700's are great for classical and gaming.
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AD700s are open though. I'd greatly prefer closed since I will be using my cans in public/quiet places, like the library.
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Then get the A700s, not that that is much of a better choice. It will still leak a bit.

Just don't max the volume in the library. It should be quiet enough to listen at a modest level.
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Assuming I get the AD-700s and have the volume @ 50%, would a person sitting about one chair-length away from me hear anything?
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Just asked a friend who owns AD-700s...he says they leak enough to make public use an issue. Closed headphones are the way to go...
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post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by kz26;15399004 
Assuming I get the AD-700s and have the volume @ 50%, would a person sitting about one chair-length away from me hear anything?

Depending on what 50% is....I would expect (I dont actually have a pair but Ive had open back headphones before) them to hear a light buzz but not actually be able to make out any of the noises.
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Samson SR850 are semi-opened right? If you dont mind that Id go with those. Supposed to be as good as AD700s. If not, I'd go spend about 10 dollars more to get a sennheiser HD555 at amazon.
    
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Samson SR850 are semi-opened right? If you dont mind that Id go with those. Supposed to be as good as AD700s. If not, I'd go spend about 10 dollars more to get a sennheiser HD555 at amazon.

No, they're not as good as the AD700s. They're the cheaper, bassier alternative from a completely different company. Their sound stage is not comparable to AD700s, nor should anyone think that.

The AD700s will leak, even at 50% and depending on what music you are listening to quite badly.

Classical may not be enough to bother someone at 50% volume, but alternative, rock or anything else would be.

A700s or find another solution. Plus, the AD700s are enormous and would look goofy as heck in public.
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post #10 of 13
I would go with the Ultrasone HFI-580 or DJ1s, or the Ultrasone Pro 550s. They have great bass and an excellent sound stage. They are great for both music and gaming. They are a little over your budget but I promise it will be worth it.
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Ultrasone-DJ1-Surround-Professional-Headphones/dp/B000GU77SC/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1319235183&sr=8-8"]Amazon.com: Ultrasone DJ1 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones: Electronics[/ame] (same as HFI-580s)

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