Which Closed Back Headphones?

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  1. larryreg

    larryreg New Member

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    I want to buy closed back headphones that are suitable for use primarily with a computer (macbook) and to a lesser extent an iPhone. I am considering the Audio-Technica ATH A500 but I am not sure if the iPhone has enough power to drive them. I also looked at the ATh A700 but I see that has an added Amp for use with an iPhone. Are there any other headphones that you would recommend around that £100 to £150 price range?

    Laurence
     
  2. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    Hi Laurence

    It is hard to tell from a picture but the full size Audio Technicas are huge! I mean real big! They also have a very light fit which together with their size is not ideal for wandering around. For home use they are excellent though - I'm beginning to think I am a Beyer Bore but DT770 80ohm are such good value for money and if you are wandering around although a little large they are a better fit during movement. Have a look at these three but if you will mostly be sitting still whilst listening then re-include A500/A700.

    These are ordered brightest to darkest-

    Ultrasone HFI-780 Closed-Back Foldable Headphones (HFI 780)
    £159.95

    Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO Closed Back Headphones 80Ω (DT 770)
    £129.95

    Shure SRH840 Professional Closed-Back Headphones (SRH 840)
    £153.95
     
  3. larryreg

    larryreg New Member

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    Which Closed Back Headphones

    Many thanks. That is really helpful. I had been considering the Beyers but I see that they are out of stock. I like quite a bassie sound so the Shure ones might be the answer.

    Laurence
     
  4. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    Beyer DT770's are back in stock by the 15th of December :)

    If you like it Bassy then the Shures would be a great choice as they are probably the nicest bass rich headphones about.
     
  5. Trunkz

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    Having bought the SRH840s myself, I've had nothing but joy from them. However, they really do excel when being powered by an amp. I've got an iBasso D10, but even a D2 or a cmoy-type amp will do the trick. Or you could always just crank up the EQ via your MBP as a short-term solution :)
     
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