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Good cans for a pandemic

Postby molecular » Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:56 pm

Well, I'm going to be in a small flat with neighbours ranging from the under 10yo to the DIY-er to just plain excitable, for quite a long time this spring... as I'm sure many of you are...

Anyone got any good headphone recommendations that are particularly good at excluding the sound of the outside world?

FAQ:

- I'm not looking to be able to mix on them, just a good solid sound
- I don't like noise-cancelling tech, it feels weird on my ears. Looking for a physical solution...
- price range just this or that side of £100? Ideally this side?
- I have good Metric Halo kit to drive them, but it would be nice if they performed acceptably with a smartphone as well.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby Ramirez » Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:02 pm

How about earphones?

I think my Audio Technica ATH-E40 IEM sound pretty decent, and very good isolation. Around £65

That said, I rarely use them when proper headphones are a viable option - I have Sennheiser HD-25 Plus and HD-300 Pro which both offer good sound and isolation, but both the wrong side of your budget.
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:16 pm

HD25s £111.50 from Scan. I have a pair and like them a lot but some find them too tight for comfort. Very effective isolation though.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/sennheiser-hd-25-over-ear-dj-monitoring-headphones-closed-back-70-ohms-lightweight-35mm-jack-63mm-ad
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby John Willett » Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:21 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:HD25s £111.50 from Scan. I have a pair and like them a lot but some find them too tight for comport. Very effective isolation though.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/sennheiser-hd-25-over-ear-dj-monitoring-headphones-closed-back-70-ohms-lightweight-35mm-jack-63mm-ad

I have had my HD 25-1 for 30-years now and still going strong. :thumbup:

I now use the velour earpads that are more comfortable - very slightly worse than the leatherette ones for sound exclusion, but so little I don't really notice the difference.

I replace the earpads every few years and I replaced the headband pads once, after about 25 years of use.
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby Arpangel » Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:32 pm

HD25's
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby blinddrew » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:05 pm

For my shape of head my DT770s give very good isolation. Available for round about £100 at the moment.
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:19 pm

For noise exclusion/isolation I find nothing beats well-fitting earbuds. I have a pair of Shure se315s which aren't bad for the money. I also have some Sennheiser IE800s which are amazing... (but don't look at the price). :-)

If you prefer the over-ear alternative, I'd also recommend the Beyer DT770s Pro (The M version has a much tighter fit for better sound isolation, but I found it became uncomfortably tight after a while YMMV.
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby resistorman » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:08 am

All good choices. I’ll put a plug (ahem) in for Audio Technica ATH m50x
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby zenguitar » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:33 am

ATh M50 user here too. Paid a premium to get the limited edition red ones, but very good day to day cans.

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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby al_diablo » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:56 am

Another vote for the HD25 if the price is ok for you.

Mine have been going 20 years and I've just had to replace the ear pads once
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby Zukan » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:35 am

If it's kids you need to filter out then NASA's Brick Cans are the way to go.
Designed to filter out gamma-ray bursts and type 2 supernovas, so might just be able to handle kids.
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Re: Good cans for a pandemic

Postby molecular » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:08 am

Thanks everyone! I tend to like a sennheiser when I've tried (probably just years of use of my 650s) so I reckon HD25s it is. Now to find out if I can actually order any online at this point :/

Hope you are all staying home and safe :)

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