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I own a pair of HD 555s, so I've already got an expensive, great sounding set of cans. But I'd also like a less expensive, more portable headphones that are able to block out other sound, but at the same time not disturb others even at high volume.

The HD 555s are great when paired up to my soundcard, but the cord is very large and impractical with mp3 players.

Any suggestions?
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Are you open to in-ears? Budget? Music tastes?
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Budget? How much bass are you looking for? How portable do you really want them to be? Do you want IEMs or actual headphones? NMI.
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I've always found IEMs to be uncomfortable. And I'm sure the ones that I would find comfortable are too expensive.

I'm looking at around a $60 budget. It's flexible though.

I'm really not focused on the performance as much as the isolation factor. It's going to be used with an mp3 player, so to say I should buy one headphone over another because it's better at treble than with mid is kind of unnecessary, since I probably won't be able to tell the difference on such a low quality device.

I don't need a ton of bass, if that helps at all.
I'd like them to be fairly portable. I'm not sure if you're familiar with the cord on the HD 555s, but it's ridiculously long and awkward when placed on a mobile device.
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post #5 of 13

If your not interested in IEM's than the best bang for your buck headphone is by far the Koss PortaPro.

Great deal on them here.

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Originally Posted by wsoul1 View Post
If your not interested in IEM's than the best bang for your buck headphone is by far the Koss PortaPro.

Great deal on them here.

http://www.amazon.com/Koss-PortaPro-...0125641&sr=1-1
Ehhhh. I'm kinda looking for large headphones that cover my ears. Ever since my HD 555s, I can't stand anything that goes right on my ear, it's irritating.
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My bad not closed style you are looking for.
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Here are some quality inexpensive closed headphones:

Koss UR20 - Closed design, somewhat isolating. Good bass.

# Panasonic RP-HTX7 - Closed design, slightly isolating. Balanced sound, good resolution. Nice retro design, comes in five colors.

Philips HP460 - Closed design, somewhat isolating. Foldable. Fairly balanced, clean sound.

Sennheiser HD 201 / HD 202 - Closed design, somewhat isolating. HD 201 is circum-aural, HD 202 is supra-aural. The HD 201 sound better when played through a stronger amplifier.

JVC HA-S150-BN "Flats" - Good bass, decent clarity, amazing price (can be found for less than $10).

Audio-Technica ATH-M30's
Edited by wsoul1 - 3/14/11 at 11:26am
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Originally Posted by wsoul1 View Post
Here are some quality inexpensive closed headphones:
I've already owned an HD 201, and compared to my 555s, I want to rip off my ears when I put them on

They're super uncomfortable :/

But those Koss UR 20 headphones look like what I'm looking for. Big, over the ear headphones. Except they seem to sell for less than $20 so they're probably crap.

I want something with decent quality/build, around $50-60.
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Try these should be right about what your looking for.

Audio-Technica ATH-M30's

Believe it not the Koss UR 20's are very good.
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