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Hi there,

This is my first ever post, not only on this forum but on any forum so please be gentle smile.gif. I am here because I am at a point where I would like to spend what I would consider a lot of money on a pair of headphones but every shop I have asked to try a pair to ensure I like them they tell me I am unable to. For this reason I need help from people who know what they are talking about smile.gif.

This is currently my shortlist;

Sony MDR-NC60

Bose Around-Ear

Sennheiser HD25 Mk2

Philips SHN9500/00

My first question is are noise cancelling headphones worth it? With that feature turned on does the sound quality suffer?

If this is the case then that eliminates 3 of my four selected.

Are these the best I can get for no more than

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ummmmmm. How do you plan on using them mostly? Travel? Home? Outside? What will you be using as a source? What's your experience with audio gear in general? Experience with music? Prefer a more neutral presentation or are you a basshead, etc.? Do you want to get one headphone and be done, or are you building a rig (headphone, source, amp) or plan on upgrades down the line?

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Hi, thanks for your reply.

Basically i want a pair of headphones that i can use for all of my needs. These would include;

Listening to my Ipod (i listen to a huge varity of music from Drum and bass, Chart music, Acoustic etc)

Using on my Imac (at home and on Planes) for music and videos

Home DJ'ing, i have MP3 decks, i usually play house music on those.

I listen to my music the majority of the time at home or in the office, but i do travel a bit and would like the option to remove the annoying noises around me (i dont think i will find a pair that will stop the annoying kid kicking the chair behind you on the plane). However the option for noise cancellation is not essential so if this feature greatly reduces the sound quality then i would rather make do without it.


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Then from your list, I'd get the Sennheisers, though I admit I'm not familiar with the others. They have good isolation, will do well with the music you like, and can take a beating if you're dragging them around from place to place.

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Hi All,

After a week of reading reviews I woke up this morning with every intension of buying a pair of noise cancelling headphones but after adding that thought on this forum i have been guided away from that due to the use i have for my headphones.

This now posses a new problem in that i have to decide on a pair. I have a price limit of

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IEM's are much more able to cancel out out side noises than any so called noise canceling headphones. If you go to head-fi.org there are thousands of people who will let you know what their favorite FOTM IEM is.

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I believe your answers may be found at head-fi.org.

Wait, you still have an active thread in this very sub-forum asking for a headphone recommendation. Do you need a new thread for every decision you're about to make? :P

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