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Need a set of comfy headphones
#2941117 01/31/20 10:02 PM
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Anyone here have some really comfortable headphones suitable for DPs to recommend for prolonged usage? I do not have an extremely large head but my current headphones feel heavy and clampy after a while.

I went out and managed to try on some high ends such as the Sennheiser PXC 550 and Bose QC II and they both feel much more comfortable but I can't be entirely certain these work well for playing digital instruments. Any feedback on these?


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I have the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro headphones and they are very comfortable.

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It depends on your budget I guess.

The Sennheiser HD 599 are comfortable, relatively cheap and sound quite good on digital pianos.

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Anyone here have some really comfortable headphones suitable for DPs to recommend for prolonged usage? I do not have an extremely large head but my current headphones feel heavy and clampy after a while.

I went out and managed to try on some high ends such as the Sennheiser PXC 550 and Bose QC II and they both feel much more comfortable but I can't be entirely certain these work well for playing digital instruments. Any feedback on these?

If you live in a noisy area and need to block external noises, then the QC II could be useful. (As noise-cancelling headphones).

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If what hurts about your headphones is the clamping force, and possible mild crushing of your earlobes:

. . . Try using "in-ear monitors".

They're just high-grade earbuds -- where "high-grade" means that they have full-frequency coverage, with reasonably flat response. They're designed for (and marketed to) musicians.

Some people don't like them, others (me) do. I use Shure SE215's, with triple-flange silicone tips. IMHO they are as good as my Senn HD280's. There are other choices, at other prices. you can get multiple-driver models, which might be better.


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I have the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro headphones and they are very comfortable.


same here, highly recommended! smile

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If you want half open, I have Beyerdynamic DT 880 pro. love them and are very comfortable.
Depends om your budget amd how much sound leakage you want...
Lots of options out there


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If you want half open, I have Beyerdynamic DT 880 pro. love them and are very comfortable.
Depends om your budget amd how much sound leakage you want...
Lots of options out there


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I agree that in-ear monitors are most comfortable, but I'm at a loss to recommend an exact model by myself now. Shure SE series are recommended frequently, e.g. SE425.

Beware that wireless models are not recommended for DPs because of a delay.

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Originally Posted by 3am_stargazing
It depends on your budget I guess.

The Sennheiser HD 599 are comfortable, relatively cheap and sound quite good on digital pianos.


+1. Not the best by any means but a good all-rounder, affordable and certainly comfortable. Avoid Grado if comfort is important - for me they are nothing short of agony after 20 minutes (clamping on ear lobes etc).


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Originally Posted by 3am_stargazing
The Sennheiser HD 599 are comfortable, relatively cheap and sound quite good on digital pianos.


+1

Agreed, as I currently own both the HD-599's and the older HD-518's and you really can't go wrong with Sennheiser.

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I’ve tried several of the more popular/expensive (and supposedly comfy) open headphones, and still, I find them uncomfortable. For me it has nothing to do with the ears, but more with the clamping pressure on/near the jaw. Some headphones are also very heavy which doesn’t help.

I prefer in-ear, too; however, I’ve tried some of the most expensive (quad drivers, etc...), and none seem to come close to the bass and wide stereo imaging that the big cans offer. I’ll keep on trying more in-ears and returning them back until I find one that truly delivers and I keep.

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I’ve not gone for the ultra expensive and will most likely not spend more than $300 on a pair of headphones; and that’s pushing it.

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I have a pair of Beyerdynamic DT-250 which are very comfy although the cans are on the smaller side for a pair of over-ear. Sound-wise they are very good with piano with a neutral sound signature and very even over the whole register of the piano. The sound is not as spacious as with some other models though, especially some with open back. I tried the AKG k712 pro a while ago and I think they where pretty good with piano with a very natural, spacious and open sound.


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Another vote for the Sennheisers. They're very light, and the cups never even touch your ears, so there's never a feeling of squeeze. They're just super airy all around.


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Comfort varies by user. I find the most comfortable headphones are lightweight, have low clamping force, are full-sized, open-backed. Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, AudioTechnica, Sony, Bose all have good quality headphones, for example.

I would not recommend any noise cancelling headphones for piano use as there are compromises to the audio quality. If you want noise cancelling headphones for airflight, Bose and Sony are worth the premium IMHO. Bose is the very best for consumer NC, but Sony has improved their NC a lot and may be less expensive in your market.

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I have Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro and they are very comfortable. Great sound as well. Highly recommended.

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I use Sony MDR-7502's. They are inexpensive and easy to wear. Probably not very high end on sound quality but how much sound quality do you really need for practice? I do recognize that I am risking the ire of the Audiophiles saying that.


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Originally Posted by 3am_stargazing
It depends on your budget I guess.

The Sennheiser HD 599 are comfortable, relatively cheap and sound quite good on digital pianos.


+1. Not the best by any means but a good all-rounder, affordable and certainly comfortable. Avoid Grado if comfort is important - for me they are nothing short of agony after 20 minutes (clamping on ear lobes etc).


Tried a pair of those, thinking they'd be as good as the 598s were reputed to be. They were bass heavy, unacceptably so. Nice colour though they had to go back.
I got a pair of Audiance for £10 which were better and looked lovely. But that's me . . .


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Sennheiser HD-598 headphones for me. The sound is about as close to perfection as you can get, and they're so lightweight and comfy that you forget you're even wearing them!!

An equally-nice pair is the Bang & Olufsen H2 (closed-back) phones. Less expensive than the HD-598s, but they still sound great!

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DT-880 user here, light, nonexistent clamp and veeery soft pads.
Can wear them for 12 hours straight and often forget I have them on when nothing is playing anymore. laugh


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It depends on your budget I guess.

The Sennheiser HD 599 are comfortable, relatively cheap and sound quite good on digital pianos.


+1. Not the best by any means but a good all-rounder, affordable and certainly comfortable. Avoid Grado if comfort is important - for me they are nothing short of agony after 20 minutes (clamping on ear lobes etc).


Tried a pair of those, thinking they'd be as good as the 598s were reputed to be. They were bass heavy, unacceptably so.


Interesting. I assumed, perhaps wrongly, that the 599s were just a more recent (improved?) version of the 598s.

I haven't tried HD599s. I own the HD598s and I think they are a very good and affordable set of compromises for use with digital pianos (easy to drive too, for the so-so quality headphone stages fitted to DPs).

I also have Beyer DT770Pros; also comfortable but closed back. A tad too bassy for my liking and the coiled cable is a pain in the arse but for general music listening I think they are quite exciting to listen to.

I have AKG-701s (original Austrian made ones). They are extremely nice (certainly more neutral than either the Senns or Beyers) but for some reason, purely for DP use, I prefer the Sennheisers.


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