Aug 5, 20162216 views

Massive head: Most comfortable pair under $350

My heads huge. I don't have much to go by other than $50 Sennheisers from 20 years ago and my Siberia v2. I had to stretch my Siberias until they cracked and even still, I get headaches from wearing these. I believe its due to my ears not fitting completely inside.
Anyways, I was first interested in the ATH m50x, and then branched out. The HD598s and HD600s are on my radar.
I need them to be stretchable to fit my huge dome and ears. Comfort is king. Sound quality and build second :D
For reference, I can only can handle 1 notch on ballcaps.
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Sennheisers are not for huge heads. Beyerdynamics will fit you much better. Fostex headphones also cam fit you well.
Hifiman He350 was mentioned here but it will kill you with its killer pressure and headache.
IEMs are not on your list? Westone or Shure are very good sounding.
I’ve had the Massdrop x HiFiMAN HE-350 since they first dropped about 2 years ago. Very good quality with massive audio drivers that fit my big ears. I forget I’m even wearing them half the time.
Same here! I found the AKG K7XX $200 had expansive earpads and the headband is comfortable and not super tight. All in all they're a great fit for large heads!
Nothing will beat a used HD700 for comfort under $350... simply one of the most comfortable headphones ever made. Not sure how big a head it will fit though. From the cans I current have or have had/used, both the SHP9500 and K7XX are a close second but definitely not as comfortable. Then further down a used TH-X00 with ZMF Ori pads, Monolith M1060, then HD6XX. Have a Koss ESP950 coming in, their stock comfort should be somewhere between that of HD700 and SHP9500... but maybe surpass HD700 with the Vesper pads?
Audio Technica ATH-AD700x (or 500x, 900x, etc. have the same structure, but I only have experience with the 700x). They are designed for big heads. I have never had an issue with fit but these were way too big for me, and the wing things are only good if you have a big head. In that case, they make it feel really light on your head. They're open backs though, so I'm not sure if isolation/sound leaking is an issue for you. I LOVED the way they sound (huge soundstage with incredible imaging) but sadly just too big for me :-(
dear god just get the fideliox2's already, they are a fun pair of under rated headphones with a bit of emphasis on bass but they sound fantastic regardless of what youre listening too and as a fellow huge header they fit comfortably and dont feel like theyre squeezing your brain out of your nose
Just received the MD/Sennheiser HD6xx. The clamping pressure is much much higher than the AKG K7xx series. The AKG's are more comfortable out of the box. By far.
I have a big head and the SHP9500s are loose.
I bought and returned the Denon AH-D600 headphones because even at the lowest setting it was slipping off my head. They are huge.
HD598 is the most comfy headphone i've ever used. K7xx is also pretty nice in terms of comfort. If you haven't already, you should try that out. My m50x squeezes my head quite a bit and the cups aren't wide enough either and it doesn't sound to my liking.
I can't wear ball caps. I have an alien head. If you want over ear headphone the 600's are great on my head. Super comfy and the sound is pure bliss.
I too have a very large head and fully recommend the Sennheiser HD 598. I cannot however speak for the ATH m50x or the HD 600s.
my MDRX950BT are way more comfortable than my m50x's! they feel 2/3 the weight and have way squishier earpads, like marshmallows. I only wish they moved/ tilted/folded as much as my m50x's for storage and transport purposes. They are however bass heavy rather than a flatter V shaped sound, which I personally like.
why not go for IEMs instead if you have hard time finding a headphone for your uniquely shaped head?
get a pair of 600/650/6x00's
Get the Fidelio x2. Ama
They are amazing for the price.
Just an update: I am thoroughly enjoying my HD650's. I experieced Audio Nirvana the other day while testing my freshly built Bottlehead Crack via RCA to my cable box. I had goosebumps listening to PAULA ABDUL HAHAHA.
I cannot wait to test it with the Modi 2 Uber today. Prepared for euphoria.
Confucius say: Big head? Be more humble.
I have a pretty big noggin as well. Any of the AKG K7??? series without bumps are very comfortable, these are open-backed. For closed-back, the Sony MDR-1? series is also very comfortable. Both have pretty light clamping pressure.
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I have a large noggin too, size 8 hat, and I must say that the AKG K7XX's I received from the last drop work well for me. The leather puts minimal pressure on my head and you can't beat the plush cups.
I think I'm going to return the HD600s and grab a pair of X2s to accompany the K7XX eventually :D
Having both K7XX and Fidelio X2 doesn't seem cost-effective. I'd try both out and keep one of the two. A closed set or saving up for something in a higher price bracket may be the complement you're looking for.
Hey guys. Thank you all for your input. I've received so many recommendations for the K7XX and found a pair on ebay so I decided to pull the trigger. I have a feeling these or the X2 would fit my desires moreso.
We shall see :D
I've had K240s for about 10 years now, and have worn them 8-10 hours a day 5 days a week at work, and come home and tossed on another pair for a few hours of gaming...
The only comfort issue I've had with them is a bit of sweat, and having to dry them off every few hours... I grabbed the K7XX the first drop here, and they are even more comfortable... so that's a pretty good choice...
Perhaps you could try out the Philips Fidelio X1 or the X2. They are comfortable and have decent soundstage. They are open-back headphones, but they sure have that "fun" sound thanks to the mids and bass they provide. They have an adjustable headband, which I never had any issues with, but just wanted to let you know. You can definitely research more on these two headphones. The X1 does not come with replaceable ear pads, so you may want to consider the X2.
Here is a 3 page review from headfonia for the X2 (which even the reviewer wishes the HD600 sounded like these headphones):
100% Philips SHP-9500. They're no longer manufactured, so snap up a pair when you can. You can get them on Newegg for about $60. They're far and away the most comfy cans I've ever worn, and I as well have a pretty fat noggin.
Oh, God the clamping force on those things. Swear to god I could put the ear cups around my refrigerator.
I literally hold on to them when I tilt back to have a drink of beer when I'm at my desk. It's like being caressed by Princess Leia's hairdo in A New Hope.
I've found some of the most comfortable closed headphones I've worn are the Denon DXXXX series, and you might be able to find some used Denon D2000 in your price range. The problem is the Denon DXXXX series is hard to find because they are discontinued and highly people tend to hold onto them.
If you are willing to go up just a bit, you could look at the Fostex TH-X00 series, or the E-Mu Teaks that are currently available on a drop. They both use the same build style and headband as the Denon series, so should have a similar comfort level.
I have the D2000 and they are great and I can wear them all day long with no issues. I'm waiting for the TH-X00 Ebony's (they won't ship until Nov), but am really looking forward to getting those on my head! Might be looking to sell my D2000 at that time if they are too similar....we'll see.
Additional info... I listen to a wide variety of music. Acoustic guitar and stringed instruments sound really good. I'm able to truly isolate each instrument and hear everything well. It's just on the boring side. I don't know a better way to put it.
I listen to everything from the Beatles, Pink Floyd, to Hootie and the Blowfish, Gin Blossoms, Daft Punk, Tool, random electronic EDM, etc. I listen to a lot of 90s Alternative, minus Nirvana the most overrated band of all time :O
Also, I do a lot of gaming. I just feel like these aren't as "indulging" or immersing as I thought they'd be.
I can see how these would be exceptional if I was a pro audio engineer or musician of some kind. But I'm not.
Based on all that, are there headphones you would recommend to better suit my needs? At this point, I am thinking of just getting the m50xs, and hopefully I can stretch them out.
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Not irredeemably so, no. If I made it sound that way I apologize. Just not worth the fuss that's made over them. I wouldn't even call them good bang for the buck cans. To look at pretty much every poll here on Massdrop you'd think they were solid gold though.
My main point is that for $350 you can do much better in terms of both build and sound quality.
Ah no, not at all. I agree with you entirely at the end of the day. SHP9500 (until they disappear entirely from the market) and other options will be a better choice while costing less.
There's probably a reason why M50x get offered as a part of a bundle deal every other month, haha.
My HD600s arrived and they fit just fine. Sure a little tight but they don't cause any pain or anything. I'm surprised but I feel like the lows and mids are lacking. I think I need to go closed-end. What are my options under $350?
are you using a dac or amp?
I am using the 2i2, which I've been dissed for on several occasions. The 2i2 brings these headphones to an ear damaging level so I question the need for additional amplification, though I've been told it's not about volume lol.
I think they're excessively flat. I thought I really enjoyed flat, via my JBL 305's but these seem to be even moreso. I am thinking I need a more 'fun' pair, with a slightly warmer, less technically accurate sound.
OP here. I ended up ordering the HD600's and they are arriving today!! On a Sunday of all days :)
I will post back with my findings. I hope I can make them work.
The list of comfortable headphones I have worn that are under $350 are the AKG K7XX, Beyerdynamic DT 990, Sennheiser 598/600, and Philips Fidelio X1.
M50x does not come to mind at all when it comes to comfort.
Since it wasn't mentioned, one vote for Philips SHP9500 as another option for comfort (and if you want to save a bunch of money) as long as you're working in a cool environment. It's even on sale at Newegg right now!
AKG K702 or K7XX. Most comfortable headphones in the world.