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Hey guys,

I think my old Bose over the ear headphones are starting to die on me.

Looking for a new pair of 'phones in the 200-300 dollar range.

I haven't scoped out the market just yet, but last I checked the Denon D2000 was very good in this price range.

I will be using portable source (my iPhone) and listening to a lot of heavy rock, hardcore rock, and metalcore.

Please advise. I'd like closed back headphones because I like to take them everywhere (subways, trains, airplanes, cars). They won't be used for gaming since I already have a pair of sens for that.

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did I post this in the wrong section? where are all the audiophiles?
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Denon AHD2000 are good...so are the Beyerdynamic DT770s. On the cheaper and a little smaller end of things, there's the Audio Technica ATH-M50s and the Sony MDR-V6.
    
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Denon AHD2000 are good...so are the Beyerdynamic DT770s. On the cheaper and a little smaller end of things, there's the Audio Technica ATH-M50s and the Sony MDR-V6.
Thanks for the recommendations.

I'm also going for comfort, looks, and of course sound quality.

I'm kinda leaning to the Denon's but if the price/performance is right, I could go with any of those you suggested.

I tried out the Denon D1000's and I found they kinda sucked, but that was just IMO.

I need a good pair of cans that are good looking, and comfortable, and sounding great.

EDIT: the denon D2000's are kinda expensive, but I guess you gotta fork out money sometimes to get good sound.
Edited by jam3s - 4/13/11 at 7:55pm
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The AHD2000 is a step below the AHD5000...which imo sound friggin' amazing. However, if you are only going to be playing them out of an iphone (ie. not using a portable DAC/AMP like the Fiio E7) then some of their magic will be lost.

For a good portable, closed can that is going to be used straight out of an iphone with no DAC/AMP I'd lean more towards the Audio Technica ATH-M50s or Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (80 ohms) as those will be more forgiving and both are built very sturdily.

Edit: I should note the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (80 ohm) are huge...each earcup is the size of an infant's head. So you will come off looking like a tool wearing them in public. I get ridiculed by family members for wearing the DT 990s in private
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The AHD2000 is a step below the AHD5000...which imo sound friggin' amazing. However, if you are only going to be playing them out of an iphone (ie. not using a portable DAC/AMP like the Fiio E7) then some of their magic will be lost.

For a good portable, closed can that is going to be used straight out of an iphone with no DAC/AMP I'd lean more towards the Audio Technica ATH-M50s or Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (80 ohms) as those will be more forgiving and both are built very sturdily.

Edit: I should note the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (80 ohm) are huge...each earcup is the size of an infant's head. So you will come off looking like a tool wearing them in public. I get ridiculed by family members for wearing the DT 990s in private
hahahahha. Nice edit. I will either grab the M50's or the D2000's. But are there any offerings from Sennheiser in this price range that is closed-back?

The M50's are $130 and the D2000's are $350! I'm torn on what to do. I wonder if the extra $220 is worth the jump.

I will have these a long time and I will take them everywhere.
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hahahahha. Nice edit. I will either grab the M50's or the D2000's. But are there any offerings from Sennheiser in this price range that is closed-back?

The M50's are $130 and the D2000's are $350! I'm torn on what to do. I wonder if the extra $220 is worth the jump.

I will have these a long time and I will take them everywhere.
Senn has the HD380 and PXC 450 (w/c is noise cancelling).

I haven't heard either of them, though I do know the HD 380 is a re-work of the HD 280 (w/c I'm not very fond of).

You should really try the headphones out. Sonical preference is a very subjective thing. Many musical instrument stores (at least the ones which sell recording and DJ equipment) will have a selection of good audiophile, closed back cans. Take your iphone/ipod with you and listen to a couple of songs which you are really familiar with on them using the cans you are testing.

In the US, I know Sam Ash and Guitar Center carry several brands of audiophile cans (e.g. Beyerdynamic, Audio Technica, Senns, etc.). I don't know if there's an equivalent in Canada...but there has to be.
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I have a set of Denons, I love them but wouldn't really recommend them for portable use. Even though they're closed, they still leak a lot of sound. And also the cable will be cumbersome unless you intend to recable (it's thick and lengthy, 10ft+ IIRC). With the OEM padding, they don't clamp tight enough and tend to slip off because of their weight.
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For portable use, IEMs unless you vehemently are opposed to this idea in which case I will point you towards Audio Technica ESW9 as well as many other Audio Technica headphones which can be found on audiocubes.com (like this one). I don't recommend the D2000, DT770 or any full-sized solution for portable use.
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http://www.zzounds.com/productreview--AUTATHM50

Those are the cans I use, and they are awesome. I use em to listen to music, play games, mix music and just about everything else.
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