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I need some new headphones for work. I currently have these Sony headphones and I really like them, but after 5 years of service, the plastic is starting to crack so it's time for a replacement set. http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...uctId=11032267

I was just at Frys and saw these Sony noise cancelling ones which are very reasonably priced: http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...uctId=11038284

My budget is about $50-60. I'm ok with ordering online and have seen these great prices on Sennheisers here: http://www.getpartsonline.com/other-...ennheiser.html

I listen to lots of techno (bangy / drummy), rock, and some rap.

They need to be either over the ear or on the ear - no little earbud thingys since I will be wearing them for long periods. They also need to be relatively quiet on the outside since I'll be using them at work - nothing is more annoying than hearing someone elses' "tsst tsst tsst" from their headphones all day long.

Folding and noise cancellation are both plusses but not requirements. I'll be simply plugging them into the headphone jack on my laptop. It does have ATI high def audio, if that makes a difference.

Thanks for any suggestions!
     
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Low impedance, reasonably isolating, folding, and bassy? Sounds like you're looking for the AKG K81 DJ.
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post #3 of 16
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Low impedance, reasonably isolating, folding, and bassy? Sounds like you're looking for the AKG K81 DJ.
Thanks Chipp! Those look pretty good and I see them on buy.com for $65 after shipping.

How would they compare to these Sonys? This is what I used to use when I did some techno mixing of my own and they sounded great. I still have 'em but they're sooooo beat up and held together with duct tape.

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...uctId=11038999
     
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post #4 of 16
I second the K81, matches your needs just about perfectly.

Simply put, they will destroy the Sony's.
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post #5 of 16
I third the K81, closed HP > noise cancelling always. BTW what kind of music do you listen to? If you listen to a lot of rock you would love the Grado SR60, though they are open, so there's no noise isolation.

Edit: I see that you like techno, K81 all the way then.

Edit 2: Anyone know if the ATH-M20/30 would be good for this application?
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Looks like the ATHM20 is about half the price of the K81. Anyone have any experience with them? If they're comprarable, might be worth saving the $30.

And the ATHM30 is about $50 so a little cheaper than the K81's. Decisions decisions...
     
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post #7 of 16
and the M40 is about the same price as the K81, but I don't have any experience with any of the M's, hope someone else has some input.

BTW it appears that they sell the M40 at guitar centers, it might be worthwhile to go and give them a listen yourself.
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There's a guitar center a few blocks away from my house. I'll cruise by there and check them out. Thanks!
     
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Np, I plan on auditioning some AD900 when I'm near one the next time, have fun with your headphone testing!
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So I ran over to the Guitar Center near my house today and they had squat available for testing.

I do have a store credit there from like 5-6 years ago so if they find it, my budget will be a little higher. 'Course they're a little more spendy than most places online...but maybe I can get something a little better.
     
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