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I'm looking for a decent set of over-ear headphones to start using on my commute to and from work on the Long Island Railroad (~3 hours a day total). Would a semi-open back design, like these headphones, be a poor decision in those tight quarters? I know there would obviously be sound bleed but how obnoxious would that be? Any help here is much appreciated!
Imo ideally you need at least a closed back. Semi closed still leaks sound. Worse, you might crank up volume to mask the train noise, that will lead to hearing lost. Would you consider iem also?
Thanks for the reply! Haven't put much thought into iem because of isolation concerns. I currently use Beats wireless ear buds which are terrible at blocking anything else out except for high volumes. I know any iem I purchase would more than likely have much better sound and isolation but I'm still wary. I'm no audiophile so just starting out.
Some of the beats earbuds seems like iems, which should help blocking out commuting noise. You can consider Nuforce edc, currently on massdrop, going at usd60, which is a very reasonable price with easy to accept sound. Good for entry level.
If you want anything more than passive noise canceling or blocking of iem, you will have to look into ANC (active noise cancelling) earphones or headphones. Famous ones are Bose QC25/35, Sony has some good ones too, Philips fidelio NC1, Sennheiser HD4.5 BTNC also not bad.
I agree these would not be great for a commuter option. They don't isolate, and they are best with higher impedance to dampen some of the beyer HF over-enthusiasm. I say this as someone who quite likes the 880 (my fav Beyer can).
I would suggest considering the excellent DT770. It is the same driver as the 880 but in a closed back. They are more bass heavy than the 880, but have excellent transient performance for a closed back. They are also very comfortable and isolate well :) They are a little on the wild side of neutral, but I find them to be a deeply satisfying Beyer specimen in this respect.
If you want the ultimate in isolation and are willing to consider in ear, have a look at Etymotic. Their ER3's are a little cheaper than this, feature unrivaled 40 dB+ isolation and have a profile that is neutral and fast to the level of Electrostats. . .
Thanks for the info! The Beyer 770's look great. Just found on Amazon at near this price. Maybe I'll buy to test out. Big consideration is the impedance level I purchase at - 32, 80, 250 ohms (won't be purchasing the 250). I know I should really get an amp for the 80. However, I've been reading that my phone can drive the 32 but still should probably have an amp. If that is truly the case, wouldn't the 80s be hands down the better choice?
Thanks for the patience on my noobishness
I have the 80 ohm - they are said to be the bass heaviest variation, but I don't know about all that. You shouldn't have any trouble driving them satisfyingly from your modern phone. I use them daily at my office and they'll sound good from just about anything I've tried them from.
That said, these are detailed enough that they will likely benefit from a dedicated DAC etc, should you want to scale later on.
As a fellow LIRR rider I empathize. I own the DT770s and they are great phones for home, office or professional music production. However, they have zero foldability!
If you do not mind carrying a bulky set of headphones with your through Penn or up the steps from Hunterspoint go for it.
But I think you might be better served by a pair like the Audio Technica ATM50X or Sennheiser 280's. Both are not earth shattering hifi. But are very good and easily better than Beats.
I have the Shure 840 as well and they are pretty good, though not very much bass extension like some of the Beyers.
Thanks for the info!
I happened to pick up Bose QC 25's on Prime Day. Clearly not the most hi-fi but couldn't turn down the price for probably the best wired ANC headphone available.
You wouldn't happen to get on at Ronkonkoma, would you? I see someone get on every morning wearing 770 Pros. Haven't brought myself to bothering him at 6:15 AM yet.
ha, I used to catch the Port Jeff line and transfer to the train from Ronkonkoma on the way to Hunterspoint/LIC.
I've since moved to BedStuy and only catch the LIRR to visit the parents now. The inconsistency of the trains was a contributing factor to my move.