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Recommend headphones for movies?

Hi, my wife and I just recently had a baby and this has basically shut down watching movies for us because my wife is worried about damaging our son's hearing. Long story short - I need a set of headphones that will be used exclusively used for movies, and would like something with decent bass. Would be driven by a Pioneer Elite SC-05, but I am open to purchasing a headphone amp to use in conjunction.

I've heard Sennheiser 650 HDs or Beyerdynamic DT-990s are good, but unsure how to rank the various options. Can folks recommend some options? Budget is $300 - $700.
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I adore the PSB m4u2 for $300. Such a pleasing full clear competent sound. There may be better options for more money but this one is the best closed back I've heard in the $300 range better than Sony MDR-1A and Audioquest Nighthawks and Nightowls by a mile imo.

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I like my Sennheiser 650 HDs. They have been demoted to movie only duty since arrival of my Sennheiser 800S headphones. I can lay on the couch with the 650s, I can't with the 800s. You'll need a good extension cord. I'd recommend the Grado 15 ft one. Last I looked the 650s were 319 at amazon.

A headphone amp may help, but it depends on your source. Most blu ray players don't have analog out anymore, so you'd need one with a dac as well. I'm guessing your pioneer being a fairly high end unit has a pretty good headphone out anyway. I'd try that first. My 650s sounded fine with my denon 3311ci when I had it. If you decide you need a headphone amp, check products at Schiit. A cheap 99 dollar headphone amp may suffice fine. Add a 99 dollar optical dac, and you are set. If your player has analog outs, or you can tap off of the zone 2 or zone 3 audio RCAs I'd look at the monoprice headphone amp below.

https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_...seq=1&format=2

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https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_...seq=1&format=2

Or from Schiit

http://www.schiit.com/products/magni-1

One thing I do for movies now is use my Bose QC35. I know it's only wireless and it's using bluetooth, but the sound is good and it pairs easily with my LG OLED. With the netflix app, I get lip sync errors and need to use headphones connected to my anthem, but I don't with blu ray.

I'm sure you thought of this, but have you tried using various compression schemes available on a modern avr. I don't know what Pioneer calls it, but my Denon had dynamic volume night mode which was good at putting loud sound effects in the background. I used it a lot as I only have a 2.0 system and it helped bring out dialog for my 62 year old ears. I'm sure pioneer has something similar. Maybe at times you can get by without headphones?

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Thanks glangford, very helpful response. I honestly hadn't considered a bluetooth / wireless set worrying that the sound may not be good enough. I guess these would help if I wanted two of them connected without having to rig up some type of audio-splitter out of the receiver (which then I'm guessing may require a headphone amp, as well as prove more cumbersome).

I've heard good things about the 650's so I will definitely take a look. Hoping to find a local place in Chicago where I can demo some of these headphones ahead of buying something.
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For headphones with good movie bass, the new Skullcandy Crusher 360's are the most impressive theater headphones I've heard for the money. The haptic bass feedback is tailor made for movies and video games. They are currently on sale for $229 @bestbuy .

This review is funny to watch with his reactions and comments.

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If you're interested in the Sennheiser HD650, I recommend checking the Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX (it's a 650 clone with a slightly shorter cable ending with a 1/8 jack--oh and it's 200$). I have one and love it. However, if it is only for movies, I would recommend the Massdrop HD58X (also by Sennheiser) 50$ less expensive and, IMO, better for movies with a bit of a livelier treble and stronger bass (not a huge difference, but noticeable). I have one of these too and they are my go to late night movie-watching headphones (and quite good, if not as good, as the 6XX, again in my opinion).
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I own a lot of headphones, and the HD650 is the worst of them all for movies. No bass, no highs,

Check out the new Massdrop HE-XX. I can't fathom a better combo of price versus performance. I own the HE-X V2, and they're phenomenal for movies. Just well balanced all around. They also were $1,299 new, and the HE-XX is $599. They're very similar to the model I have.

DT-990 is good for a lower price option, but the highs can be a little grating for some. Bass is impressive, but muddy compared to slightly more expensive headphones.

I love bass for immersion. I really like my Monoprice M1060, and Fostex TH-X00 Ebony for movies, because their bass is so good. Much smaller soundstage than the HE-X, but those are up there with the HD800 in that regard.





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