Please Help Me Choose My Headphones

Discussion in 'Headphone & Earphone General Discussion' started by markcoward, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. markcoward

    markcoward New Member

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    Hi there,

    This is my first ever post, not only on this forum but on any forum so please be gentle :). I am here because I am at a point where I would like to spend what I would consider a lot of money on a pair of headphones but every shop I have asked to try a pair to ensure I like them they tell me I am unable to. For this reason I need help from people who know what they are talking about :).

    This is currently my shortlist;

    Sony MDR-NC60
    Bose Around-Ear
    Sennheiser HD25 Mk2
    Philips SHN9500/00

    My first question is are noise cancelling headphones worth it? With that feature turned on does the sound quality suffer?

    If this is the case then that eliminates 3 of my four selected.
    Are these the best I can get for no more than £150?
     
  2. Shaun-HiFi

    Shaun-HiFi Administrator Staff Member

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    Help choosing headphones

    Yes, noise cancelling does indeed compromise the quality of sound. Noise cancellers often make a high frequency hiss and the sound is less natural than without noise cancelling. The need for batteries can also be a pain.

    The Sennheiser HD25 is an excellent headphone that isolates external noise very well, despite being an on-ear design.

    The Denon AH-D1001 is well worth considering for a portable non-noise cancelling headphone. Sound is punchy and the headphones are comfortable.

    The Audio-Technica ATH-ES55 is another portable headphone that we recommend. The design is lightweight and sound is very well rounded.

    If you don't mind a headphone that is a little larger then the Ultrasone HFI-780 is an excellent choice. This headphone sounds surprisingly open considering it's closed back design. We're big fans of the way this headphone sounds.
     
  3. shokka9

    shokka9 New Member

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    Please advise, if you can....

    Started a new thread instead

    :p
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2010
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