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I want to buy a set of headphones for nighttime practice. I own a Yamaha P45 (1/4” jack).

I’m a beginner and am only using the headphones for piano. I can't splurge but I had a bad experience with cheap ones, and I don’t want to repeat that mistake. My budget is around 100 - 150 CAD (80 - 120 USD).

I prefer open back, but I’m not opposed to closed back. Unless the leakage is abysmal, I’m pretty confident that if I close my door, I’ll be fine.

Based on my research, I’ve narrowed the field to three options: Yamaha HPH 150 (open), Sennheiser HD 559 (open) and Sennheiser HD 280 Pro (closed). Which of the three would you recommend?

I’m also open to hearing different recommendations, if you think there are better headphones. However, please understand I’ve already spent hours visiting different websites and forums and don’t want to be overwhelmed with a crazy array of options.

I’d appreciate if you’d take the time to offer recommendations and feedback. Merci!

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I am a happy user since 2018 of the Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro (80 Ohm variant). They are closed, though


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If you're set on just these three, then I'd choose the 559. I hate closed phones, and I especially disliked the 280 when I tried it years ago.
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I’ve narrowed the field to three options: Yamaha HPH 150 (open), Sennheiser HD 559 (open) and Sennheiser HD 280 Pro (closed). Which of the three would you recommend?
But research doesn't help in choosing headphones (or any audio gear). You have to listen to them to decide whether you like them.

Some online dealers will accept returns ... so you could buy each of those phones and return the ones you don't like.

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If you wear glasses I wouldn't buy anything unless you have a chance to try it for awhile. I had a really hard time finding headphones that don't give me a headache because of my glasses. There's nothing like a headache to take the fun out of listening.


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I've been using a pair of HD280's for years -- just replaced the ear cushions. I accept that my ears will get sweaty after long sessions, and I'm quite happy with closed-back phones.

My second pair are AKG K240 Studio (55 ohms). They're open-back, comfortable enough (light, low clamping force), and within your budget. They won't play really loud with some sources.

I've never used HD559's, but they get pretty good reviews here.

IMHO, it's not a decision to obsess about. Headphones need to be clean (not distorted), have reasonably flat frequency response (no "extra bass"), and be comfortable for an hour of practice.


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Originally Posted by Charles Cohen
IMHO, it's not a decision to obsess about. Headphones need to be clean (not distorted), have reasonably flat frequency response (no "extra bass"), and be comfortable for an hour of practice.

It really is as simple as that.
Take heed, kind folks. Everything else, you CAN tweak the DP/VST settings like there's no tomorrow, to get the sound you want to hear.

But again, I know this only after spending well into the thousands, on headphones laugh


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Thank you for the suggestion!


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