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  • Armoured_Bear 14 Oct 2019 11:22:20 27,514 posts
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    I'm struggling to find headphones that meet my needs.
    They need to be
    - comfortable on big heads so not clamp overly tightly.
    - Have a reasonably balanced sound, i.e. no strongly boosted mid bass
    - have good noise cancelling on flights
    - Have real leather earcups

    I thought the Dali's would be contenders but they have fake leather and after having my Oppo PM-3 and AKG K550 earcups disintegrate, I can't be arsed with fake leather again.

    Best option seems to be the B&O H9i, am I missing anything else?
  • Mola_Ram 14 Oct 2019 11:35:04 21,765 posts
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    Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are afaik considered to be the best noise cancellers around. I have the XM2 ones which are also great, if you don't want to fork out for the latest.
  • uiruki 14 Oct 2019 11:44:55 4,981 posts
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    Yeah, I rolled out the XM2s for the first time this year last week as itís cooling down and they did great on the train. Six hours of train travel travel coming up this Thursday, not including the time it takes me to get into town, so theyíll be out again.

    If you must have real leather I did like the Sennheiser Momentum over ear ones but the noise cancelling is definitely weaker and the fit is a bit more Spartan. Still fine for my bulbous bonce on international flights but I definitely prefer the Sony.

    Iíve heard some positive stuff about the new B&W PX7, have you looked at them? I know the PX were a bit tight.
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Oct 2019 13:24:40 27,514 posts
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    uiruki wrote:
    Yeah, I rolled out the XM2s for the first time this year last week as itís cooling down and they did great on the train. Six hours of train travel travel coming up this Thursday, not including the time it takes me to get into town, so theyíll be out again.

    If you must have real leather I did like the Sennheiser Momentum over ear ones but the noise cancelling is definitely weaker and the fit is a bit more Spartan. Still fine for my bulbous bonce on international flights but I definitely prefer the Sony.

    Iíve heard some positive stuff about the new B&W PX7, have you looked at them? I know the PX were a bit tight.
    Yeah, they look lovely and apparently are more comfortable that their predecessors but have switched from real leather to fake.
  • Addy__ 14 Oct 2019 13:27:02 2,002 posts
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    Comfortable on big heads. That sounds about right for ecosse.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 14 Oct 2019 13:46:28 17,917 posts
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    The B&O are not tight clamping and feel very light. They might be due a model upgrade soon if that matters to you. The sound is somewhat V shaped but not to a ridiculous degree. NC is ok but not best in class. The leather is nice.
  • ozthegweat 14 Oct 2019 13:50:26 2,342 posts
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    @You-can-call-me-kal No worries, and thanks for your input!

    I have now found a store where I can try out the 770s, the Custom One Pro and hopefully also the Custom Studio. If the latter sound equal to the 770 that would be my preferred choice because of the removable cable.
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Oct 2019 13:54:13 27,514 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    The B&O are not tight clamping and feel very light. They might be due a model upgrade soon if that matters to you. The sound is somewhat V shaped but not to a ridiculous degree. NC is ok but not best in class. The leather is nice.
    Thanks for that, sounds promising.
    Any other suggestions?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 14 Oct 2019 13:59:28 17,917 posts
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    Do they have to be wireless?
  • ozthegweat 14 Oct 2019 14:04:16 2,342 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear I feel you, I had to toss a perfectly fine pair of headphones because the pleather earpads disintegrated and there are no replacement parts.

    What you could do is buy a pair of headphones with replacable earpads and buy real leather ones from e.g. Brainwavz.
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Oct 2019 14:06:26 27,514 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Do they have to be wireless?
    They have to be noise cancelling as I want them primarily for travelling.
    In normal situations, I'm happy with my Oppos (apart from the fake leather falling to bits).
  • You-can-call-me-kal 14 Oct 2019 14:12:40 17,917 posts
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    Itís pretty much the usual suspects then - Sennheiser, Bose, Sony, B&W, B&O etc.

    The new Bose look nice and they always have excellent NC. Donít know if theyíre leather. The B&Os are all parts replaceable and leather and nice to listen to. They seem to tick all your boxes. Theyíve been my daily office headphones for a couple of years. I kinda fancy the new PX7s but in truth I have no real reason to change and Iím saving for a new turntable so am trying to resist.
  • uiruki 14 Oct 2019 14:18:57 4,981 posts
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    Hmm, didnít know they just released some new Momentums. Might have to take a look. Or I can ďjustĒ see if I can wait for the inevitable XM4. Must admit, Iím starting to think of USB-C charging as a reason to upgrade now.
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Oct 2019 14:22:55 27,514 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Itís pretty much the usual suspects then - Sennheiser, Bose, Sony, B&W, B&O etc.

    The new Bose look nice and they always have excellent NC. Donít know if theyíre leather. The B&Os are all parts replaceable and leather and nice to listen to. They seem to tick all your boxes. Theyíve been my daily office headphones for a couple of years. I kinda fancy the new PX7s but in truth I have no real reason to change and Iím saving for a new turntable so am trying to resist.
    The new Bose are also fake leather so looks like the B&Os will be the best option, what turntable are you saving for?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 14 Oct 2019 14:26:57 17,917 posts
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    Letís take that to the audiophile thread :)
  • fontgeeksogood 14 Oct 2019 16:14:07 7,565 posts
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    Why is real leather such a deal breaker? Actually don't answer that.

    I've bought the PX7s. Should arrive later today
  • You-can-call-me-kal 14 Oct 2019 16:16:12 17,917 posts
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    Exciting!
  • fontgeeksogood 14 Oct 2019 16:24:41 7,565 posts
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    Except I just remembered its thanksgiving so they won't turn up today.

    Fuck sake
  • uiruki 14 Oct 2019 16:49:38 4,981 posts
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    Are you planning to use them outdoors? Iíd be interested to hear about any wind noise cancelling function, itís great on the Sony ones.
  • monkman76 14 Oct 2019 16:54:58 15,362 posts
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    Thanksgiving?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 14 Oct 2019 17:01:59 17,917 posts
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    Itís the North American genocide celebratory festival.
  • monkman76 14 Oct 2019 17:08:51 15,362 posts
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    Another one though?
  • fontgeeksogood 14 Oct 2019 17:14:17 7,565 posts
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    uiruki wrote:
    Are you planning to use them outdoors? Iíd be interested to hear about any wind noise cancelling function, itís great on the Sony ones.
    Yes. And plane travel. I heard conflicting things about the MK3, fwiw - the mics pick up wind if it comes 'downward'
  • fontgeeksogood 14 Oct 2019 17:14:48 7,565 posts
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    Canadian thanksgiving, with less genocide (and point)
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Oct 2019 17:16:24 27,514 posts
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    fontgeeksogood wrote:
    Why is real leather such a deal breaker? Actually don't answer that.

    I've bought the PX7s. Should arrive later today
    This is why:

  • monkman76 14 Oct 2019 17:16:31 15,362 posts
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    Do you also celebrate the Fourth of July in June?
  • fontgeeksogood 14 Oct 2019 17:19:49 7,565 posts
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    WHEN IS INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY
  • fontgeeksogood 14 Oct 2019 17:22:25 7,565 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    fontgeeksogood wrote:
    Why is real leather such a deal breaker? Actually don't answer that.

    I've bought the PX7s. Should arrive later today
    This is why:

    That is fucking minging
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Oct 2019 17:23:44 27,514 posts
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    I managed to try the Sony WH-1000xm3, Bose 700 and the B&O H9i headphones and sadly wouldn't be completely happy with any of them.

    Sony - Seem comfortable with great NC but I really didn't like the sound signature, far too much mid bass for my taste.
    Bose - Good, NC, much better sound but they made my ears itchy, I eventually realised it must be the sound pressure from the NC.
    B&O - Comfortable and feel nice but NC not as good as the others, sounded good apart from one aspect of the sound, the upper mid range sounded a bit shrill and sibilant.

    The Dali ones come out here next week, hopefully I'll get a go on them at some point.
  • nickthegun 14 Oct 2019 17:24:08 79,230 posts
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    You should get yourself checked. My head secretions have never done that to a pair of headphones
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