Answered High quality closed cans for travel

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  1. bookle

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    hi, looking for your recommendations for a pair of very nice sounding, comfortable to wear, closed back headphones.
    I travel with very old, beat up sennheiser hd497’s and have a pair of HD650 (which are a wee bit polite) for home use.
    I listen to rock, indie, acoustic and jazz.

    I prefer a warmer sound, detailed but with no harsh highs and must have solid bass - I am fine with a ‘coloured’ sound, neutrality is not important to me.

    Don’t need any toys like noise cancellation, but it’s ok if it doesn’t compromise the sound quality.
    Not looking for wireless or bluetooth or the like.
    Must by drivesble from phone without additional amp.

    I normally buy used, budget around £100-£300

    Any thoughts?
     
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    AKG 550
     
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    Stretch your budget a little more for the Shure SRH1540s? I own both AKG 550 and Shure 1540s, the Shures go deeper than the AKGs and will hang on to the highs better and are more detailed. Both are very comfortable but the Shures have a better clamping force. The loser fitting AKGs can leave a little too much noise in. The AKGs come with a fixed 3m chord whereas the Shures have a 1.4m chord with terminals for each pad. The Shures also come with a carrying case and a spare chord.

    The Shures excel with acoustic and especially with female vocals.

    Although I'm pointing you towards the Shures It's also safe to say that you will not be disappointed with the AKGs.
    Shure Over Ear Closed Back Headphones
     
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    Hi. What are those Shures like for noise leakage? I.e. Other people hearing what you're listening to. Thanks.
     
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    Closed back and silent, no leakage at all.
     
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    Thanks I'll see if I can get a demo.

    I'm in a similar position to the OP and am not fussed about ANC.
     
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    I have some very decent Oppo PM-3 closed back headphones in the classifeds - very comfortable & passive noise isolating.
     
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    P7 wireless - love mine
     
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    Just taken plunge on a pair of used Shure SRH1540 well inside budget.....looking forward to delivery on friday :beer:
     
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    Bought all my phones from RicherSounds. Apart from the Oppo PM1s all were available to audition.
     
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    Very impressed with my Shure 1540's so far. Felt a little queezy having spent what I consider an excessive amount for headphones, but that feeling disappeared once I started listening to them :)

    I auditioned them in richer sounds along with the AKG 550's and thought they were a fair amount better. Comfort wise there is just no comparison. The shures are the most comfortable headphones I have ever used.

    Done a bit of music listening and a bit of gaming on them so far and they are fantastic for both. Ears are getting a little hot in this weather though :(
     
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    Would those shures benefit from a portable DAC? Just thinking either the audioquest dragonfly black or red? I see amazon suggests that the shures plus dragonfly red is a popular combination.
     
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    They seem to sound better through the headphone amp on my soundblaster z on my PC than my Samsung S8. Had to crank the volume on my phone right up. So I'd say a portable headphone amp would yeild some improvement.
     
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    I've never used any of my headphones on the move...…..not that I move very fast anyway! One of the reasons I bought the Shures was their low ohm loading of 46 so that I could use them with the Marantz players headphone out. That has a power rating of just 30mV at 32 ohms and with the Shures good sensitivity the Marantz has no trouble driving them. It's therefore fair to suggest that something like the Dragonfly will be a benefit.

    @IvanDobskey Glad you're enjoying them. Under normal conditions I don't find them hot and they are certainly cooler in this weather than my Oppos.
     

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