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Hi there,

I am in the market for a pair of headphones and I am not sure which to get.

I am looking in the price range of €60-€120 ($80-$170).
It has to be over ear, since on ear cans hurt my ears.
Noise cancelling. Passive or Active, preferably active Noise isolating

I will use this for listening to music. Dubstep, Electro, Nu Disco, Metal, Hard Rock and Reggae are my preferred genres if that helps.
Edited by TTheuns - 4/13/14 at 11:44am
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Moar info plox:

- State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better.

- State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example)
Edited by Tiihokatti - 4/13/14 at 11:30am
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post #3 of 8
Audio Technica ATH-M50s are the popular choice.

Noise canceling is over-rated IMHO. Isolation is what you want, and if you really really need to drown out a ton of noise, you should get IEMs anyway.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

Moar info plox:

- State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better.

- State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example)

Well, I plan on using it in the car and at home mainly. I listen via my Nexus 5 phone and PCs without sound cards. I am currently using House Of Marley Positive Vibration Rasta headphones and my previous ones were a pair of Beats Solo HD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826455033

I don't have an amp and I have no idea wether I need high impedance...
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Originally Posted by brucethemoose View Post

Audio Technica ATH-M50s are the popular choice.

Noise canceling is over-rated IMHO. Isolation is what you want, and if you really really need to drown out a ton of noise, you should get IEMs anyway.

I had no idea there was a difference.
Edited by TTheuns - 4/13/14 at 11:46am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TTheuns View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

Moar info plox:

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- State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example)

Well, I plan on using it in the car and at home mainly. I listen via my Nexus 5 phone and PCs without sound cards. I am currently using House Of Marley Positive Vibration Rasta headphones and my previous ones were a pair of Beats Solo HD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826455033

I don't have an amp and I have no idea wether I need high impedance...
Quote:
Originally Posted by brucethemoose View Post

Audio Technica ATH-M50s are the popular choice.

Noise canceling is over-rated IMHO. Isolation is what you want, and if you really really need to drown out a ton of noise, you should get IEMs anyway.

I had no idea there was a difference.

"Noise Cancellation" is an active effect where outside noise is canceled out by the speakers, isolation is just the pad/headphones blocking out noise. Noise canceling headphones are nice in theory, but the tech is expensive, and the cancelation part slightly reduces sound quality... Closed headphones with nice pads block out plenty of noise, and IEMs block out way more than any headphone.

Read this post.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products
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That was a huge post, not sure I learned anything though...
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post #7 of 8
If you are also using them while on the move, anything with straight 3m cable goes out of the window...

ATH M-50 would indeed be a pretty good choice for that kind of use (use 2€ more on some cables/etc. to get free shipping).
But my recommendation would be to visit a local music store to see if you can audition some headphones.
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post #8 of 8
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I have looked into them, and I have decided to get those. I've read dozens of forums about it and they all reported that the earpads were a problem, so I found some velvet replacements as well. Guess I am set!
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