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Looking for good closed-back headphones!

Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:47 am

As the title says... I need a good pair of full sized closed-back cans for working out at the gym. I have tried ear buds and I HATE them. Both my Sennheisers are open air, so I can't use them at the volumes I like without being rude. I will be listening with my 5.5 gen Ipod or my Blackberry (depends on what's on me when I go), so I need low impedance. Budget, I'd say $150 tops.

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Re: Looking for good closed-back headphones!

Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:49 am

Oh... listening preferences- mostly chillout and electronic, and I prefer a flatter response, no emphasis on any part of the spectrum.
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Re: Looking for good closed-back headphones!

Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:44 am

kvndoom wrote:
I have tried ear buds and I HATE them.

Have you tried something like this:
http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/epcomp.html ?

As for closed circumaural headphones - I personally liked my old Sennheiser HD280 Pro set (which I somehow misplaced somewhere...), they were very comfortable (for my ears), relatively compact (when folded) and provided good sound isolation (I used to always use them for watching movies during long international flights).
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Re: Looking for good closed-back headphones!

Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:04 am

I have a pair of Etymotic buds. They do stay in your ears fairly well, but are not very comfortable for long listening sessions. I hvae a pair of mc5's and they're really pretty awesome except for the comfort. I haven't had the custom molds made, but I'm not really willing to spend that kind of money on molds when they cost about the same or more than the actual buds.

The 280pro set suggested is pretty good. I have a pair lying around here somewhere. Only thing I might not like about using them for working out is they're a little heavy maybe. That's not to say they're heavy, but maybe a little heavy for working out and moving quickly.

These are fairly big but meet your requirements I think. Pretty low impedence here too.

http://www.headphone.com/headphones/aud ... th-m50.php

Like I said though the 280s are really good too.
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Re: Looking for good closed-back headphones!

Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:44 am

i run a few miles a day and i find that ear-buds will fall out every few yards. i like the in-ear stuff and i run the wire under my shirt to an arm band with my phone. it is a very stable rig. i use the UE triple-fi 10 ($175) which are great but may be overkill for your needs. i cannot imagine trying to keep a set of over the ear headphones on my head while i'm at the gym.

V-Moda makes some decent stuff. right now they are selling both in-ear monitors ($35) and over the ear closed headphones ($75) at Costco. both options have the mic and the push to talk button on the cord. for the money you will not find a better solution. both sound great. You are looking at well over $100 before you find a better solution.
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Re: Looking for good closed-back headphones!

Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:45 am

The HD-280 Pros are nice but they're relatively high-impedance at 64Ω. You can go with lower-end HD-series cans, like HD-205.
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Re: Looking for good closed-back headphones!

Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:12 am

hiro_pro wrote:
i run a few miles a day and i find that ear-buds will fall out every few yards. i like the in-ear stuff and i run the wire under my shirt to an arm band with my phone. it is a very stable rig. i use the UE triple-fi 10 ($175) which are great but may be overkill for your needs. i cannot imagine trying to keep a set of over the ear headphones on my head while i'm at the gym.

V-Moda makes some decent stuff. right now they are selling both in-ear monitors ($35) and over the ear closed headphones ($75) at Costco. both options have the mic and the push to talk button on the cord. for the money you will not find a better solution. both sound great. You are looking at well over $100 before you find a better solution.

I'm gonna take off the beaten path and try the V-Moda's... I don't have a Costco account, but they're only $108 at Amazon. Except I want them in white, which is 30 bucks more... argh, they look so pretty in white though...
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