closed back circumaural for £150.00ish

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  1. BennyBoy1983

    BennyBoy1983 New Member

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    Hi There

    I would like some advice please. I've done enough research that I think I'd like some closed back circumaural headphones and I think I want to spend around £150.00. I would mainly be using them at work either with my iphone or Spotify through a computer. I mainly listen to punk, punk rock, acoustic and sometimes metal, ska, jazz. Ok so I listen to a wide range of stuff but not really to dance or rnb or anything like that. I've had a look at some headphones and reviews and it seem that I could do alot worse than either the Ultrasone HF-780 or Beyerdynamic DT770 80 Ohm version. I just wonder if I should choose one over the other or if there are any others I should consider. I'm willing to consider any although I'm not too keen on Sennheiser having had 2 sets on in-ears from them and both broken within a year.

    Many thanks for anyone who gives me any advice.

    Lastly, yes I do realise it's christmas eve so I dont expect n instant reply.

    Merry Christmas to all.
     
  2. Shaun-HiFi

    Shaun-HiFi Administrator Staff Member

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    Closed back headphones for £150

    Both the Ultrasone HFI-780 or Beyerdynamic DT770 are very good choices.

    The DT770 has better sound isolation than the HFI-780 and also more weight to the bass end.

    The mid-range is really quite forward on the HFI-780, which makes them sound brighter.

    For comfort I would always choose the DT770.
     
  3. BennyBoy1983

    BennyBoy1983 New Member

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    Hi Shaun

    Thanks for your help.

    One question though, when you refer to a set of headphones being 'bright' what does that mean exactly?

    Thanks very much.

    Ben
     
  4. Shaun-HiFi

    Shaun-HiFi Administrator Staff Member

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    Closed back headphones around £150

    When a headphone (or speaker) is described as bright it means that treble sounds are more forward. If a headphone is very bright it's likely you will hear lots of detail, but it can become fatiguing after extended listening.

    Both these headphones are relatively balanced, but the HFI-780 definitely has a more forward midrange. This makes them particularly good at picking out detail in vocals, acoustic instruments, etc.
     
  5. BennyBoy1983

    BennyBoy1983 New Member

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    Thanks for that, much appreciated.

    Just to throw one more pair into the mix. SHURE SRH840.

    How do I know if I want a 'bright' headphone or not. Is it as much down to personal preference? I suppose I'm not crazy into base, I don't listen to r n b, hip hop, or dance etc. So I assume I would perhaps prefer a brighter headphone?

    Sorry if I'm being a pain, to be honest I would probably be happy with any of them but I just want to make sure I get some I'm really happy with.

    Thanks again!

    Ben
     
  6. Trunkz

    Trunkz New Member

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    The Shure's are a wonderful pair of cans, that tend to excel with the lower frequencies. So if you're a basshead, you go for these. However you've mentioned you dont listen to rnb / dance, so I take it electronic/dnb/techno are out of the question, in which case you may want to go for the Beyers or the Ultrasones.

    :)

    P.S - Personally, Beyers over Ultrasones :p
     
  7. BennyBoy1983

    BennyBoy1983 New Member

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    Awesome thanks for your help!
     
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