Need advice/ideas for headphones

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  1. toast

    toast New Member

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    I'm looking for new headphones.

    I currently use Shure in-ears (SE215) and love the clarity and fact they work so well isolating, I can barely head anything else around me when I'm using them (I also like the fact few if any others can hear my music as it does not leak sound).

    I want something similar in a pair of headphones.

    I need some ideas. I am looking for a few main things:
    1. Decent sound. I tried those Monster Beat's and they were terrible- bass so heavy that nothing was worth listening to, so distorted they almost sounded broken. I listen to all music from Classical/Baroque through to cheesy pop music and indie via metal and so on. (The only stuff I cannot stand is the porn-style stuff which assumes a guy prancing around whilst holding his crotch and a women gyrates in front of him can be even considered in the same sentence as the word music).

    2. Decent noise isolation. OK I know I wont be getting the same deal in terms of blocking out all outside noise as with the Shure's I have but I have noticed the disastrous Monster headphones do seem to do a decent job with this. Are there any other brands/headphones which work as well with that aspect?

    3. Need to be something that works for a small-ish head. I've bought and had to sell on several sets of headphones because they fitted at first, then grew. Panasonic and JVC Carbon were two of those types. I need a pair that are small and stay small.

    4. Are affordable. Max budget is around £100, if you notice a pair just outside that budget please mention in case they do drop in price in the January sales or similar.

    5. Look decent. OK this is fairly subjective but what I mean by that is that I need something that is fairly small (because I am fairly small head wise). I loved the Shure 940s (I think?)but aside from being out of my budget, they are just too large for me. The Audio Technica ES7 looked great...but just didn't block out enough external noise- not enough that I could head anything without it being on maximum volume and thus sharing my music with the rest of the world (not a good idea).

    Thanks for reading if you've gotten this far. Be great to hear from anyone, especially anyone with hands-on experience.
     
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    Thanks for your reply Robin- I hadn't realised anyone had replied!

    I'm going to now try find these headphones to try myself first. I think the first two look a bit too large for me, I did like the look of the Pioneers though. I know on-ear isn't going to isolate noise as much as the fuller versions but being able to travel around with them daily is going to be important.

    Do you know if these are going to be on the better end of dealing with external noise? I travel on buses and tubes a lot and they are heavily bombarded with pointless sound overs and people attempting to shout to their home countries or holiday homes via mobile phones. I want to try to block out this noise as much as possible as well as trying not to bombard others with my own taste in music.

    I did try the Beats, hated the sound (how do people manage to listen to these??) but they were pretty good at noise cancellation. Are there any brands or models which are on-ear which are as good or better then the Beats (but with decent noise quality)? Does anyone have any experience of the Pioneer's in relation to other models?
     
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