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    Looking for Quality Over Ear Headphones after HMV Beats Deal fell through!

    Now I like quite a few of us on this forum lost out on the HMV Beats Pro and Studio Deal. Now i am looking to get a quality pair of over ear headphones, I am open to suggestions!

    A while back I Iooked at the Grado SR60/SR60i but I remember them being cheaper like £60-£70 not the £90-100 I see now. Anyway if anyone has a pair they would recommend or a site that reviews or sells good headphones, please let me know.

    You guys on this forum are some of the best informed people I have come across, so I have come to you to resolve my predicament!

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    I wouldn't rush into buying; I'd do research and take advice first. There are always plenty of big discounts around to tempt you to part with your £s.

    Ultimately there's no guarantee, of course, that reading and thinking alone will get you something to put on your head to listen to music with that you're happy with. So if you can try before you buy or get from somewhere with a good returns policy (Amazon would qualify, I believe), that would be a help.

    As regards guidance towards producing some sort of a shortlist, would be helpful to have answers to as many of these questions as possible :
    Do you intend using the headphones in noisy environments or perhaps quiet ones where noise from your headphones would disturb?
    Do you intend to use them with a portable device or just at home with a mains powered hi-fi?
    Do you have a preferred "sound signature"? Might be possible to deduce that from your preferred musical genres : eg. electronic music typically requires controlled reproduction of deep bass, unlike, say, classical chamber music.
    How much are you looking to spend; £60-70?

    Expect if you can answer these questions others will arise but they seem pretty sound (oops) questions to start.

    Similar story here - my deal fell through too.

    Need mine for travelling and fold-able for space saving up to £100 - over ear - mainly for watching films and listening to music on the plane.

    socrates28, I guess if you don't want IEMs for the plane then you'll definitely need good isolation or even active noise reduction (which works best with a constant noise like the aircraft drone). Goldring NS1000 at £55 from Play have active noise reduction are liked by some folk here but they're not super foldable :
    head-fi.org/for…-uk
    This thread has lots of portable headphones compared and includes assessment of isolation ability :
    head-fi.org/for…-17

    chrisjackson

    socrates28, I guess if you don't want IEMs for the plane then you'll … socrates28, I guess if you don't want IEMs for the plane then you'll definitely need good isolation or even active noise reduction (which works best with a constant noise like the aircraft drone). Goldring NS1000 at £55 from Play have active noise reduction are liked by some folk here but they're not super foldable :http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/496491/fs-goldring-ns1000-ukThis thread has lots of portable headphones compared and includes assessment of isolation ability :http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/433318/shootout-78-portable-headphones-reviewed-sennheiser-px90-px100-ii-added-04-17



    Having looked at that list I am now more confused than I have ever been before!

    Sony MDR V6 look good

    Yes, there's loads of options available if you're not being overly strict on your requirements. So the MDR-V6 "ticks the boxes" as they say? It has a good reputation though apparently there are fakes around so usual provisos apply about where purchase from.

    chrisjackson

    Yes, there's loads of options available if you're not being overly strict … Yes, there's loads of options available if you're not being overly strict on your requirements. So the MDR-V6 "ticks the boxes" as they say? It has a good reputation though apparently there are fakes around so usual provisos apply about where purchase from.



    I am not sure if they come in a carry case

    Look like a draw string bag on the Youtube videos.

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    chrisjackson

    I wouldn't rush into buying; I'd do research and take advice first. There … I wouldn't rush into buying; I'd do research and take advice first. There are always plenty of big discounts around to tempt you to part with your £s.Ultimately there's no guarantee, of course, that reading and thinking alone will get you something to put on your head to listen to music with that you're happy with. So if you can try before you buy or get from somewhere with a good returns policy (Amazon would qualify, I believe), that would be a help.As regards guidance towards producing some sort of a shortlist, would be helpful to have answers to as many of these questions as possible :Do you intend using the headphones in noisy environments or perhaps quiet ones where noise from your headphones would disturb?Do you intend to use them with a portable device or just at home with a mains powered hi-fi?Do you have a preferred "sound signature"? Might be possible to deduce that from your preferred musical genres : eg. electronic music typically requires controlled reproduction of deep bass, unlike, say, classical chamber music.How much are you looking to spend; £60-70?Expect if you can answer these questions others will arise but they seem pretty sound (oops) questions to start.



    My answer is similar to socrates28, I want to use these on my Laptop and iPhone for listening to music and watching films. Don't really need noise cancelling and don't need to worry too much about noise bleeding from the cups.

    I listen to Rock and Rap, probably every kind of music will pass through my headphones at one time or another.One thing I really hate is over powering bass or too much treble, the former I have on my Sony MDR-V150's and the later on an old pair of shures earphones I have now passed on!

    I just want a pair of phones that will accurately reproduce the music they are playing with good deep bass and not too much treble on guitars.

    Budget upto £150 if worth the premium.

    If you envisage using them with your iPhone in a somewhat noisy environment where there's a risk of turning up the volume to compensate (in a hearing-health-unfriendly way) the link above which confused socrates28 might be a help. That covers almost all the highly regarded portable closed 'phones in your budget. For rock the Sennheiser HD 25 II has a great reputation while the Audio Technica M-50 is highly regarded as an all rounder (bit big for outdoor use?) The Shure SRH-840 is maybe technically even better than the M-50 but more folks find comfort issues with it.

    If you don't need this isolation, and don't mind mind at all how they look, then you probably have a few extra options among open headphones : Grados and Alessandro MS-1 are allegedly good with rock while Sennheiser Hd 5XX series are perhaps better all rounders and more comfortable for extended use.

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    chrisjackson you have been an immense help, I will have a look through these and make my decision! X)

    another vote for ATH M50, these have awesome bass, 5 star reviews everywhere, one example
    best-headphone-review.com/Aud…tml

    other headphones to consider (please note, these can't be worn on tubes or trains)
    Sennheiser HD25 II
    Sennheiser HD595 or HD598
    Sennheiser HD555 or HD558 (these can be modded to sound exactly like the HD595's or 598's)
    Grado SR60i or SR80i

    Sub £50 range
    Sennheiser PX100
    Koss Porta Pro's
    Sony XB700

    If you are willing to stretch to a £150, you can pickup a Sennheiser HD650 or an HD600 (used on avforums), these are top of the range headphones
    Edited by: "Rudz" 9th May 2011

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    Thanks Rudz much appreciated! X)
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