In an office you can take out all the open back headphones.It all depends if you like a cold or warm sound. Bass heavy, neutral or treble heavy sound.Some good closed back headphones:Sennheiser HD280 Pro - A bit ugly, but my favorite sounding closed back headphone.Shure SRH440 - A little bit more bassAudio-Technica ATH-M40x - Lots of Bass
Hello guys. It's been a while since I posted here.This time I need help with recommendations on good over-ear headphones that I would be using daily at work, to listen to music while working, and to listening to courses also.Ideally not more than 100, 150 if it really, really is that much better... but I will be hesitant to pay 200 (does it really makes such a difference 100 vs 200 or is it pure marketing?)I know that the ideal thing will be to go to a place where they are sold and test them, but where I live there are very few options, so I will be importing them from the USA.Thanks!EDIT: extra points if it has a mic and can be used to talk on my Google Pixel.
all open back headphones are probably a no-no for you because they leak sound and you mentioned that you're planning to use them at work.
Quote from: LithosZA on 14 July, 2017, 11:01:16 AMIn an office you can take out all the open back headphones.It all depends if you like a cold or warm sound. Bass heavy, neutral or treble heavy sound.Some good closed back headphones:Sennheiser HD280 Pro - A bit ugly, but my favorite sounding closed back headphone.Shure SRH440 - A little bit more bassAudio-Technica ATH-M40x - Lots of BassWhat about: Philips SHP9500Sennheiser HD 558JVC HARX900Audio-Technica ATH-M30xAlso, are the Sony MDR-1000X or Bose QC35 so much better to command a 300+ price or is it just snobbism?
All those headphones except the Audio-Technica ATH-M30x are open back.I would only get the Bose QC35 to use on a plane or in an environment with lots of *loud* background noise. The sound quality is not bad. Not up to par with similar priced closed headphones.
There is also the Sony MDR-7506.I would rather go for one of the Audio-Technicas because a lot of people will find the Sony MDR-7506 and HD280PRO too flat and lifeless.Also the HD280PRO's headband isn't very durable. The headphones have to be removed carefully without stretching them out too far. I've broken my previous pair like that.
I have hd380 (~150$ on amazon.com) and old version of hd280 and i would say that hd380 are much more comfortable than old version of hd280. Don't know how it will be in comparison with new version of hd280. But from picture it seems that main difference between old and new version is headband, but earpads remains the same. hd380's earpads have more free space fo ears. And hd380 seems more neutral to me.
Is it worth it the extra 50 to 70 compared to the others?
Reviews think that the HD380Pro is too tight to be used for long periods of time... what do you think?
Consider also Beyerdynamic DT770.Closed back and available in a variety of impedances to suit. At least for me, very comfortable.
In comparison with hd280, i think, yes. But i never used m40x or m30x. Here is review on HD380 vs m50 (not X) i am mostly agreed with - https://innerspacelabs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/sennheiser-hd-380-pro-vs-audio-technica-ath-m50.
As i said, for me hd30 are more comfoprtable than hd280 (old version). They give less physical fatigue than hd280, but hold position on head better. I can wear hd380 continuously for 4-5 hours with no discomfort. But all people have different heads and ears.
How can I know which impedance to use?
What are you driving them with?
Lower impedance gives you more power/loudness at a given voltage.