High Quality, High Isolation Cans?
January 12, 2012 9:23 AM Subscribe
I need high-quality headphones with good isolation and good sound quality, for use in a cube farm with an annoying air handler hum. Any recommendations?
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I work in a cubicle farm that has an HVAC system running pretty much non-stop 7a-6p. For the past four years I've been using some Sennheiser PXC-250 noise-canceling on-ear cans, but the cord is going bad, and I'd like to switch to passive noise-canceling. A friend let me try some Sennheiser 550s and they sound amazing and are just barely in my budget if I stretch it a bit, but they're open-back, and I'm worried they'd not isolate the annoying humm in this space even if they do sound spectacular. I'd like to go either "so high-quality that I will not want another pair of headphones for home use" or "good quality, and cheap enough that when I have more budget, I can pick up some open-back cans for home use too." I listen to a mix of folk, folk-rock, alt-rock, jazz, blues, and occasional heavier punk stuff. Vocal reproduction is very important to me, but I don't want to sacrifice bass to get it.
Any recommendations? What sounds great and will block out the obnoxious humm?