I like Blutooth IEM's' for travel. With the right ear tips the noise blocking is considerable.
I'm trying to understand something. You think others can hear your cans in the morning, or you want to keep morning sounds out of your music?
I haven't been successful in finding closed back headphones I really liked that much.
I've had good luck with open back, and IEMs, and found the ESS hybrid closed-back headphones decent compromises, but really little I felt worth high end dollars. Might want to look into the Audio Technica and Sony line too.
I have not heard the Stellia, but own the Focal Elex and have heard the Utopia. The Elex are one of my favorites, but are not closed back.
Of the closed back headphones I own, the Sony MDR-Z1R are my favorites. They sound almost as good as my LCD-4 and are super comfortable. The LCD-XC is also a very nice closed back headphone, but they are pretty heavy.
Obviously the best thing you can do is go audition some different headphones, but I realize that's not always easy. Check out Head-fi.org and innerfidelity.com for lots of reviews.
Well I can audition but there are things that become clearer after someone has lived with them for a while. I spent a long time deciding on my current open can, between a Grado I loved but found uncomfortable, and some super comfortable HD660s—so I saved 700 and use them a good bit, and enjoy their accuracy but the “veiling” that they had compared to the Grados remains a weak point of the phones.
I am hoping to avoid a similar dilemma. That’s part of the back story.
Being used to the Grado 1000's, I never liked any closed-backed phones until I tried the Oppo. I have the PM-3s and they are really nice IMO. They're not made anymore, but I do see them, as well as PM-2's and PM-1's up for sale. Some are asking very high prices, but not all.
I’ve never heard Fostex. Not sure if anyone in my town (Portland) carries them. Has anyone had these for any length of time? I haven’t had good luck with “protein leather” lasting a long time. Also, how is the build quality? The images on line don’t impress.
And how isolating are they? That was one thing holding me back on the Focal Stellias. Not so good on passive isolation.
I have a pair of fostex mass drop Purple Hearts which is a 900 clone. I also have sennheiser hd800 hifiman Arya and focal elaer cans, all open back. The fostex are excellent and a fun listen because bass response from those cans is stellar and sound isolation is also very good. The senn 800,s and Arya are more resolving and have a wider soundstage as most open backs do but the fostex are great. I changed the ear pads on my fostex and have been using them pretty hard for a couple of years they held up really well until I inadvertently stepped on them and broke a plastic hanger for one ear cup. The part is on order so that was my fault. I,ve listened to the Sony,s and they are nice but a lot more $ than fostex. For noise cancelling closed back Bluetooth cans I have a pair of sennheiser . Very nice, 30 hour run time, super comfy and that wonderful sennheiser sound. Hope that give u a little insight. Happy can hunting. Todd
If you're in Portland, Echo Audio has a pretty good selection of headphones and they often have used Audeze headphones at great prices. They currently have a pair of LCD-X (not closed back however). They also have a pair of AKG812's, which are also not closed back, but very nice cans. They are very detailed and neutral, a different sound signature from the Focals and very comfortable.
Thanks Big Greg. Yup, I have listened at Echo. Currently I need closed backs because my listening room is multipurpose. Living with other people ;)
Anyone familiar with the LSA HP 2 closed back headphones? Thoughts?
@switzer145 Check out the thread “Anyone interested in nearly perfection on a headphone a a great price??” here from a few days ago also in the Headphones category — the OP has nice things to say about them and references several other headphones he’s compared them to.
I have to 2nd the Sony MDR-Z1R great closed back and a fun sound.
I have the Stellia over here.
It's my first closed back.
I'm coming from HiFiman Arya.
I still have the Arya.
I'll post impressions eventually...
Definitely be interested in your thoughts on them @devilboy.