Best headphones for studying....?

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  1. wangchunggti337 macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for headphones to use while studying... whether it be using them to listen to classical music or to listen to lectures. I want something that is comfortable to wear for long periods of time, is reasonably portable, and probably with some sort of noise cancellation.

    Thanks for the tips...
     
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    I'm liking the look of those V-modas, and like the fact that they have a built-in mic and buttons.

    I was hoping to spend around $150 to $200... might push it to $300 if it's worth it.

    The B&W P5s look awesome... worth the price? Built in buttons on the cord?

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    What about bose quiet comfort? I hear sound is good but that quality is low.
     
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    Pricey but worth it, yes. And yes, buttons on the cable.
     
  8. Jason-94 macrumors newbie

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    Everyone will hate me for this but beats by dre solos? I had a pair, brilliant sound quality and they were extremely comfortable when i used them for long periods of time while studying :D
     
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    Ugh. Brilliant marketing, appalling sound quality. Boosts the bass to absurd levels while drowning out everything else. I wouldn't use a pair if you paid me.
     
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    I've had the Bose QC15s for quite awhile and I still love them. The sound quality is great and they're super comfortable even after wearing them for several hours while studying.
     
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    i have to cosign this.

    however

    Jimmy Iovine is a genius on many levels :D
     
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    QC15, between them. But I'd personally vouch for the P5's. The only caveat for the P5 is they are open-back, so they will bleed some sound at higher volume levels.

    That said, I think the P5s have the most natural sound you can get at that price point.

    Another thing to note is that the Bose/ Moda will cup around your ear; the P5 will be snuggling your ear with a pad of memory foam/ sheepskin. Something to consider if you happen to be sensitive to animals, or prefer the feel of one over the other.

    Really though, go to an Apple store if there's one near you. You can try them all out there.

    Best of luck
     
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    I'd say they are both equal, so you're spending some good money there. But they aren't the best for classical.

    Personally, in that price range, I'd go for the ATH-M50 if you listen to classicals a lot.

    http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technic...AP4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325133493&sr=8-1

    They are what I'd call the ultimate headphones in the $100 - $200 price range. You don't have to EQ them to get the best sound quality, and I generally find them perfect for classical and bossa lounge music.
     
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    I'd want something well isolating and puts comfort before everything else as a pair of studying headphones. Beats do neither.


    What does? Beyer DT770-80.
     
  17. danahn17 macrumors 6502

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    I've been using a Shure SRH440 but I replaced the ear pads with the pads found on the Shure SRH840 (more comfortable). I use it for studying too and works for me.

    The 440 isn't the best headphone by any means but for me and for the price, I think it's pretty good. I was on a budget when I picked it up but found it to be clear and has a somewhat flat sound which i prefer (though the more expensive 840 is supposedly more flat).

    Only thing is that it is a little bulky to carry around everywhere all the time.

    However, if you can deal with IEMs over a long time (some people find them uncomfortable), I find that they are the best at blocking noise while studying as long as you get a good fit. And they're very portable too. For that style, I prefer Etymotic Research's offerings.

    Oh one more thing... what will you use to listen to your music? (iPod? iPhone? something else?). Depending on the headphones, you may need an amp to properly drive the headphones.
     

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