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Hey guys,

I am looking into some new headphones and would liek some recommendations... the bigest thing is i need them to be largely soundproof... when i work at home there is usualy quite a bit of noise and it can be difficult for me to tune it out... i have been using some cheap $5 soundproof ear buds (which were surprisingly good for $5) but i much prefer over ear headphones (as in dont rest on my ears)... the vast majority of the time i am using headphones i am listening to music, watching videos, tv and movies... i hardly ever game with sound, but i do like a good soundstage... i also tend to like better mids and highs over an amazing base (though i do like a decent one)... as i have no idea what something that meets these requirements will cost, i will say probably $100 budget for now... i would also like them to be wireless if possible as i like to walk around, but this is not as big of a deal... if $100 is too little, then let me know (but dont go suggest the biggest baddest thing... just something decent... like the 7870 of headphones tongue.gif)... any help is welcome

thanks in advance,
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EDIT: i will be upgrading to an extrenal DAC soon as well, but teh headphones are more important since i have some massive deadlines comming up... it is perfectly fine if teh headphones wont be great without a new DAC so long as they will work until i get one
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Hey guys,
I am looking into some new headphones and would liek some recommendations... the bigest thing is i need them to be largely soundproof... when i work at home there is usualy quite a bit of noise and it can be difficult for me to tune it out... i have been using some cheap $5 soundproof ear buds (which were surprisingly good for $5) but i much prefer over ear headphones (as in dont rest on my ears)... the vast majority of the time i am using headphones i am listening to music, watching videos, tv and movies... i hardly ever game with sound, but i do like a good soundstage... i also tend to like better mids and highs over an amazing base (though i do like a decent one)... as i have no idea what something that meets these requirements will cost, i will say probably $100 budget for now... i would also like them to be wireless if possible as i like to walk around, but this is not as big of a deal... if $100 is too little, then let me know (but dont go suggest the biggest baddest thing... just something decent... like the 7870 of headphones tongue.gif)... any help is welcome
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EDIT: i will be upgrading to an extrenal DAC soon as well, but teh headphones are more important since i have some massive deadlines comming up... it is perfectly fine if teh headphones wont be great without a new DAC so long as they will work until i get one

for passive noise isolation.. the Sennheiser HD280 should do it.
    
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Shure SRH440 is another.

keep in mind full size sealed headphones that are good at isolating noise usually have a tight clamping force so expect some discomfort.
    
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for passive noise isolation.. the Sennheiser HD280 should do it.
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Shure SRH440 is another.
keep in mind full size sealed headphones that are good at isolating noise usually have a tight clamping force so expect some discomfort.

ty for teh recommendations smile.gif... i will look into both of these... as for the "clamp" i will have to try them out... noise canalization is a major necessity for me, but idk if the clamp will bug me... i also tend to wear my headphones over only one ear when the noise at home is lesser... looking at reviews this doesnt seem to be an issue with the HD-280s and i havent looked at the SRH440s yet... ty for teh recommendations... +rep

also, i have seen HD555s recommended a bunch... i havent had much time to look into them recently, but are they over ear as well? lastly, am i correct in assuming the majority of headphones that block noise well are closed back? because i love my firends headphones (he is an auidio editor) and he swears by open back... but he does work in a dead silent studio
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HD 555 and many other models are around the ear but open-back, meaning they let in sound in and out by design. Not what you want. HD 555 is also discontinued, with 5x5 models replaced by 5x8 models a while back, but that's besides the point.

As soon as I read the title and $100, HD 280 is what I thought of as well. More around $175, there's the more-comfortable and more V-tilted Beyerdynamic DT 770.

Around $100, I wouldn't hope for wireless fullsize headphones of any quality. Sorry.
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IEM might be another option. the Etymotic HF5 isolate noise better than any of the headphones recommended here.

http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-Portable-Earphones-Cobalt/dp/B000XP8DJC/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1352855178&sr=1-3&keywords=etymotics
    
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HD 555 and many other models are around the ear but open-back, meaning they let in sound in and out by design. Not what you want. HD 555 is also discontinued, with 5x5 models replaced by 5x8 models a while back, but that's besides the point.
As soon as I read the title and $100, HD 280 is what I thought of as well. More around $175, there's the more-comfortable and more V-tilted Beyerdynamic DT 770.
Around $100, I wouldn't hope for wireless fullsize headphones of any quality. Sorry.

lol... np on the wireless part... i knew it was a long shot when i posted tongue.gif... as for comfort, if an extra $100 would gain a decent bit of comfort it is definately an option as there have been (and will be for the next 2 months) where i am wearing them for 12-16 hours a day (deadlines suck btw tongue.gif)... These are headphones that i plan to keep for quite a wile, so as long as the extra money will gain a decent advantage, its fine... i just didnt want someone coming in here recommending the $800 headphones that are 5% better then teh $400 ones (or something similar)... ill look into the DT 770s as well... ty for the info smile.gif

EDIT:
@bumble
i do like ear buds, but for ling time periods they start to bug me, so im maily looking over ear now

@mike
im very impressed by you REP:Post count ratio tongue.gif
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from my experience the full size closed back headphones that sound the best don't isolate well.
    
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from my experience the full size closed back headphones that sound the best don't isolate well.

this seems to be the conclusion i have come to as well... at this point i am hoping for a nice compromise between the two... i would likke good sound but still isolate well smile.gif
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My thoughts were also on the HD-280s for 100 dollars..although for 200 Audio Technica A900s and Sennheiser HD-25-1 II's would be two very good options.
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