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I've been reading a ton about headphones lately becuase my Koss UR40 aren't all that I hoped they would be (don't get me wrong, for $40 you can't do a whole lot better) but this Christmas I've decided to get myself some top end headphones. When I got the UR40s I wanted Open-Air design headphones so I could hear my teachers in school, but now I don't ever listen to my iPod in class anymore and if I do, it's after I'm done taking a test and so I don't want my music spilling out and disturbing others. I mainly use my iPod in my car (through my car speakers) or on long road trips when noise reduction is important to me. So I'm looking for some sealed headphones. My question is this, a lot of high end audiophile websites have lead me to believe open air headphones sound better than sealed headphones, is this true?

The headphones I want so far are the Sennheiser HD280pro's because they are sealed and get great reviews. The main selling feature for me is they are designed to serve the same purpose as studio monitors, they just faithfully reproduce sound, not make it have mega bass or scream into 50kHz territory lol, all I need is accurate sound reproduction with tons of clarity and detail, are there any better headphones for under $200 than these? Remember, must be sealed, no active noise cancelling though because that's overkill I think.

Also, how are the Bose headphones? My friend has the Bose Triports and they are about $140, my only problem with them is their ear cups are too small and I can barely fit my ears in them making them annoying to wear.
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I personally dont like the bose. . i think you can do better for the price point. Open air headphones are more accurate than sealed ones and senheiser is well know for their great open-air cans. I personally have the AKG 271's which are a closed studio style headphone that i love, but i travel alot and use it on noisy busses/planes/meets. those were $140 (originally $250 or something)

My father has a pair of open air sens (Similar to the HD 600s) that I used for movies at night. . but the problem with them is that while the open air design is made for more accurate sound replication but it also allows outside noise in. . . they're best suited for audio rooms and personal listening environments.

Depending on the style you like i would suggest the grado's . . .i know they have always been a reputable line of open air but they are a little more insulation IMO (father has the SR-60s) They have a good range and are decent for the price point. . im not familiar with the >$150 range so i cant help with much their.

I would also do some research on the AKG line . . . but they are studio monitors
 
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My question is this, a lot of high end audiophile websites have lead me to believe open air headphones sound better than sealed headphones, is this true?
so some extent yes. open cans have more natural sound and thus sound better. Some closed cans have trouble with bass (they either have bass bloat or are way too lean)

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The headphones I want so far are the Sennheiser HD280pro's because they are sealed and get great reviews. The main selling feature for me is they are designed to serve the same purpose as studio monitors, they just faithfully reproduce sound, not make it have mega bass or scream into 50kHz territory lol, all I need is accurate sound reproduction with tons of clarity and detail, are there any better headphones for under $200 than these?
that's a good choice. if you can get the HD580 or 580 Jubulee that would be an even better choice.

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Also, how are the Bose headphones? My friend has the Bose Triports and they are about $140, my only problem with them is their ear cups are too small and I can barely fit my ears in them making them annoying to wear.
Bose headphones are overrated. people buy them because they have the name Bose on the side and people think they are cool. the only people who think they sound good are those who have never heard a true audiophile pair of cans.

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I personally dont like the bose. . i think you can do better for the price point. Open air headphones are more accurate than sealed ones and senheiser is well know for their great open-air cans. I personally have the AKG 271's which are a closed studio style headphone that i love, but i travel alot and use it on noisy busses/planes/meets. those were $140 (originally $250 or something)
I agree, check out AKG and Bayerdynamic. I've got a pair of AKG k81dj's and I would say they are better then Grado SR60's at the same price point. Also, I think you would really appreciate a pair of Bayer DT770 Pro 80 Ohm cans

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My father has a pair of open air sens (Similar to the HD 600s) that I used for movies at night. . but the problem with them is that while the open air design is made for more accurate sound replication but it also allows outside noise in. . . they're best suited for audio rooms and personal listening environments.
for an open can Senns don't leak all that much sound in or out. My HD595's are great even next to my computer w/ 3 Panaflos

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Depending on the style you like i would suggest the grado's . . .i know they have always been a reputable line of open air but they are a little more insulation IMO (father has the SR-60s) They have a good range and are decent for the price point. . im not familiar with the >$150 range so i cant help with much their.
I have to disagree with this entirely. You complain about the amount of noise Senns let in/out, but Grados offer far less isolation then Senns. They are also less comfortable. Grado makes some great cans, but not for what he wants. but I would recommend the SR225's. or MS1's
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for an open can Senns don't leak all that much sound in or out. My HD595's are great even next to my computer w/ 3 Panaflos



I have to disagree with this entirely. You complain about the amount of noise Senns let in/out, but Grados offer far less isolation then Senns. They are also less comfortable. Grado makes some great cans, but not for what he wants. but I would recommend the SR225's. or MS1's
The sens i had were the over the ear- super comfortable ones that ahd suspended drivers, i could hear my mom's conversation in the other room while watching a movie. . .which is what i meant by leaking sound.

And all i remember is trying out the grado's . . i never wore them for long periods of time or in different enviroments. . .only in his audio room . .

I apologize if i seemed to have made conclusions prematurly/ not explaining myself enough.

However i am flying to minnesota tomorrow and you can bet you ass those akg's will be on me at all times.
 
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do you know what model Senns?

I like my akg k81dj's... my only problem with them is the clamping feeling, I can't wear them for too long
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