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distill
post Oct 24 2011, 15:13
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What's the most isolating (high quality) head phones available at $200-900?

I have Sennheiser HD-280 Pro and Sennheiser HD-25 II. The latter is not what I can use due to too much pressing against ear (hurts after a while). But HD-280 Pro, is it actually a good choice or is there some other choice with (considerably) better isolation available?

Or, can noise cancelling head phones be recommended? I haven't looked that way and don't know about the sound quality of those.
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xnor
post Nov 1 2011, 16:18
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Interesting, yes until you find out the price. :/
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post Nov 17 2011, 15:04
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Reporting further. I got Beyerdynamic DT 1350. The above YouTube comparison is pretty spot on, but I'll just confirm the important points about DT 1350:

- the plug being straight instead of L shaped is not so good for portables
- the less sensitivity means just a bit less sound volume at highest volume setting compared to HD 25 (however the difference is not much)
- the sound is just slightly better than HD 25 but only when very carefully positioned
- sound proofing is pretty similar to HD 25, the EQ curve of the damping is different
- build quality fine, rotating muffs fine
- reminder, sound on DT 1350 is quite off until muffs are carefully positioned on the ears

All in all DT 1350 and HD 25 are both excellent. I shall continue using HD 25 for public transportation due to the L plug and otherwise I'll probably use mostly DT 1350.
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