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Hi all,

I'd really like to treat myself to some new headphones for my 22nd birthday this month.

I'll be using them at night often, so they can't let too much noise out. Now, as I understand it, this means the best option for me is a set of closed back headphones.

Question one:

How much noise do open sets actually let out? Can the people next to you listen to the music almost as well as you can? My room is right next to someone elses, so don't want to disturb them.

Question two:

How much noise do open headphones actually let in? Can you hear people next to you almost as well as when you're not wearing them? Are they just a bit muffled or are they pretty well blocked out?

Question three:

How much do closed back headphones actually distort the sound? I am by no means a true audiophile, but I do notice differences between different sets. I loved my wireless set when I got it as it let me hear sounds in music I'd never heard before on my old crappy speakers. (Since got new speakers which are excellent!!)

I do like a good bit of bass, but it's not everything to me. I enjoy a huge range of music from classical to happy hardcore, from heavy metal to pop, you get the idea.

Although these cans will primarily be used for music, I will also use them for films and the odd touch of gaming. But I don't need surround sound ones or anything, I don't take it that seriously. Just a spot of Call Of Duty or Need For Speed once in a while.

The horrible question of budget:

I don't really want to spend a fortune. I was thinking £60 - £80 would be a respectable budget, but I honestly don't know what to expect. I have had a look around the internet, but you can get cans from £2 to £2,000 without even trying. So I'm willing to stretch a tad if it's really worth it, but I'd rather spend less!

They've got to be able to hit fairly high volumnes, but not massive, without distortion.

So, in short:

Around £60 - £80
Can't let out much noise. Less is better.
Mainly music. Some films. Occasional games.

Thanks all!
 
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Anyone? Come on, I know there's some geeks out there that know about headphones!
This geek only knows very little and needs a good recommendation, Google gives far too varied results on this subject for my liking.
 
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If you don't mind in ear I know a good set : ]
 
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I do mind! Must be proper headphones.
Thanks though
 
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Ahh fair enough, can't help then I've never liked overear headphones XD
 
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Track down a pair of Sony MDR-V6. That's a great place to start with closed headphones and they are in your price range.
 
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#7
if you want headphones that dont let out much sound to the room... go for closed ear headphones, these are used by recording studios when recording into mic's to not let sound escape and echo into the mix... I personally only buy Sennheiser headphones and you should be able to pick up a very decent pair in your pricerange ;)

heres a pair of closed sennies for your price range...
http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/headphones/19824/Sennheiser+HD280+Black.htm

Heres the first review i saw of them on google:
http://www.dansdata.com/hd280.htm

I personally own the Sennheiser HD600's which are world renown... and looked at these before buying them but had "250 to blow and though id get them instead... i have a feeling that these are not much worse and cost 3/4's of the price ;)


EDIT:

These are also worth a look:
http://www.iheadphones.co.uk/headphones/23550/Sennheiser+HD25+SP+ii.htm

Sennheiser HD25sp II....
£83.00

They are light small and have a huge SPL... very clean crisp sound and are closed so not much sound leakage... they are also very comfortable to use... their big brothers are different with a higher SPL and headband but same layout and are voted the best studio / dj / producer headphones.... at that price its a good deal for something proven to be good ;)
 
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i havent tried them personally so i cannot comment on those... though you can fix tight headphones by stretching them on something when youre not using them...
I usually put mine over my compter case when not using them in the beginning to stretch them out a bit ;)

I think youll find the tightness is for recording applications where the signal played through the headphones cannot leak into the mic... so they try and get the best fit possible...

you wont have that though with the HD25sp ;) and if youre treating yourself id definately go and try them out :)
 
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Anyone else tried the 448s?

I have nowhere neary that I can go to try any out.
 

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If you care about sound quality open is the way, go for Senn 555 at your price.
I heard good things about Senn 238 too...
 
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I'm pretty much decided to go with closed ones due to sound leaking and disturbing people.
 
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TBH www.head-fi.org is the best place to ask. I got loads of helpful advice when I wanted some new earphones.

I would recommend these http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/5500845/Audio-Technica-ATH-ES7-BK-Adjustable-Stainless-Steel-Headphones/Product.html?ptsl=1&ob=Price&fb=0&&engine=froogle_electronics&keyword=Audio+Technica+ATH-ES7+BK+Adjustable+Stainless+Steel+Headphones+(Black)&_$ja=tsid:11518%7Ccc:%7Cprd:5500845%7Ccat:Hi

based on research I've done or Audio Technica A-700
 
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^^ I went there a long time ago got Byerdynamic DT770's 80ohm and a headphone amp for when i travel. They know their stuff there, I am very happy with my setup.
 
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Thank for the advice, and WOW, love the avatar!
 

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I was stuck with a few different options for what I wanted as a multi-purpose headphone/headset, I actually ended up settling on the JVC HA-RX700's, I gotta say they are great, and can't be topped for the price. I also have a set of HA-DX3's that are more refined but also 3X more expensive..I almost went senn's, but a user on Head-Fi by the name of ourfpshero talked me out of sennhieser and into JVC's RX700's, best $33 I've ever spent on audio equipment to say the least. I also prefer closed, one for tighter bass response and less sound leakage and intrusion, sure open cans have the soundstage, but I can't stand hearing others while I'm trying to enjoy my games, movies or tunes.

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Seriously.....

I have a set of Sony MDR-V150's...they are cheap in price, and awesome sound per dollar. The last set I got was like $20 USD at the local box store.

IDK if you consider em open or closed, but at full volume, you have to be within 5 foot of em to hear anything, and about a foot to actually hear whats going on.

just me 2 pennies for thought.