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BillB
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World's finest (under $65) headphones

My criteria was:
Sealed/closed back headphones (no active "noise cancellation")...
Sound good directly out of an iPod...
99% portable use....
Not too expensive (cram into briefcase, etc)...

My solution:
BeyerDynamic DT-235 headphones. Am very pleased and happy with the sound! (and the comfort and the single cable)

(I did my best to use brick and mortar stores but none had ANY headphones, at any price, that I could actually listen to. They said I could buy, and bring them back within 30 days if unhappy, but that's not a practical way to comparison shop. So I did internet/mail-order.)

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Re: World's finest (under $65) headphones

You know what, Bill? I've always wanted to hear Beyers but never got around to do so... more impressions?

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Re: World's finest (under $65) headphones

Haven't heard the Beyers. My Sennheiser PX200s sound good for the price (around $50 I think). Easily driven and closed. I got them when I was studying in the library a bunch before I could afford a decent pair of IEMs. I still use them for some things.

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Re: World's finest (under $65) headphones

Based on just my first hour of listening so far:

I was pleasantly surprised by mostly non-boomy, non-exaggerated bass. Good strong bass, and a little different than the open-air Grado SR-60's, but my advance worry about that was soothed. Mostly, I was very involved and pulled into the music, and I was pleased by that. Was afraid that wouldn't happen but I got sidetracked from doing my intended chores and I sank back and listened.
I heard some hi-end BeyerDynamics years ago (model #?? but it was 3 digits and involved 9's - maybe 990 or 919 or something? and was impressed then. They had beautifully comfortable velour earpads. These DT-235's have a cheaper feel to their velour fabric, but on the ears it feels better than the pleather or foam that other ones in the price class tend to have.

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Re: World's finest (under $65) headphones

I wanted to check out the Sennheisers too but inability to comparison shop (via listening) led to my somewhat arbitrary choice.

Doggone stores. I went into 2 "high end" stores and they had no interest in arranging a listen. At least it was brief. Nah, they told me, we don't open headphones for listening. Bye. That was that. They went back to reading stuff behind the counter.

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