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I was asked to recommend headphones in the $100-$200 range, and I realized I am out of the loop. They must sound good, be comfortable, keep most outside noise out, and they don't have to be noise cancelling. Throw me a bone here. Anybody? Bueller?? Anybody?

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A good place to start; http://www.headphone.com/guide/by-ap...n/audiophiles/ .
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A good place to start; http://www.headphone.com/guide/by-ap...n/audiophiles/ .

That's a great site, thanks.

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Most better headphones are open (no noise isolation) so you automatically limit yourself by asking for closed headphones.

Grados are pretty uncomfortable so you can also rule most of those out (and have no isolation)

So you're left with models from
Audio Technica (ATH-A700 or ATH-A900)
Beyerdynamic DT770
Sennheiser HD25 (note: not the HD25SP model....these are on the ear types so a bit less comfortable)

As far as open headphones, the Sennheiser HD595 is a popular decent choice.

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These cans are needed for a specific application, and they have to be like two catcher's mitts, I'm afraid. They're not for me.

Thanks for the suggestions. Should AKG be considered, too?

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Many of the good ones are open-ear design and leaks out the sound significantly such that they would be unacceptable for enclosed environments where other people could be bothered (airplanes). Additionally, these designs do not dampen outside noises at all. Companies with designs like these include Grado, AKG, Beyer. While the sound quality is great, the open design is probably not what your client wants. (I've used AKG 501, Grado SR 125, 225, and Beyer DT990)

I don't have any experience with good sounding closed-ear headphones unfortunately. Hopefully someone with such experience will chime in soon.
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These cans are needed for a specific application, and they have to be like two catcher's mitts, I'm afraid. They're not for me.

Thanks for the suggestions. Should AKG be considered, too?

There aren't any closed type AKG's that I really like.

I prefer the Audio Technicas myself but they are harder to find (for AT headphones, it's a better deal to buy them from a site like audiocubes.com)

Headphone.com has a listing specifically for isolating or noise cancelling headphones
http://www.headphone.com/products/he...ise-canceling/

The Sennheiser HD280 is another popular ($100) choice.

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I was asked to recommend headphones in the $100-$200 range, and I realized I am out of the loop. They must sound good, be comfortable, keep most outside noise out, and they don't have to be noise cancelling. Throw me a bone here. Anybody? Bueller?? Anybody?

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Paul,

The best sets that I have heard for the money are the following:
Sennheiser HD280 @$180 closed back headphones
Grado SR80 @$180 open back headphones.

For Higher End I would Recommend either of the following headphones:
Sennheiser HD650 @$450
AKG K601 @$450
Then link them up with a good headp phone preamp like:
Musical Fidelity Xcan @$400

Hope this Helps,

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Check out the following site. Much like avsforum for headphones

http://www.head-fi.org/

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Thanks for all the good suggestions, guys.

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Thanks for all the good suggestions, guys.

Did you ever PM that Dude I recommended? LOL

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Sorry to ask this question on this thread but I'm a new member and I can't seem to find the place that will allow me to post a new thread. Can anyone help me.

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Sorry to ask this question on this thread but I'm a new member and I can't seem to find the place that will allow me to post a new thread. Can anyone help me.

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On the top of the forum on the left is a place to click that says. New Threads.

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For Higher End I would Recommend either of the following headphones:
Sennheiser HD650 @$450

...but not for this application. I own 650's and they do nothing to keep outside noise out unless you play them loud enough to damage your eyes. They are an open-back design, as are the 600's and the 580's. In addition, with any of these models, everyone sitting around you will be hearing what's playing, too.

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Paul, they may not fit all your requirements, but one of the better audio deals out there (besides my own ) have to be the Sennheiser HD 580-series starting around $100 these days, street price.

I snagged a couple new pairs recently and we use them all over the house. Tuneful, musically faithful, reasonably comfy, big and dynamic sounding with the right sources...

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