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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    Well, I only had version 2.0 so cannot comment on the older one but this battery seems like going forever (see my message #430 above).

    Check here and scroll down to "Side note" part:



    There are also some Amazon reviews worth checking, this one praises the open-back natural sound (the main reason I bought them) but experiences some charging issue (cannot comment on that). I guess if yours are new ones and covered by warranty then it's a safe purchase.
    Thanks, very useful link. V2 is 40 hours. When I go for them, it's V2 I need to get.

    Will buy from Amazon UK who have best CS on the planet, so any charging &cetera problems and I can return them.

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    I am currently using Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro at home and Sennheiser IE 40 Pro while going out. The two are at close price range and I think both are good deal. I have a few other mediocre headphones/earpods, but I put them away after I tried the Beyer and Senn.

    Both phones have a bit over-boosted upper range and sound bright, especially the Beyer DT990, which could sound piercing if the recording played has a problem with voice balance. They work well after some simple EQ. While playing large orchestral pieces (especially well-recorded ones), I find that the over-ear DT990 Pro outcompetes the in-ear IE40 Pro easily. DT990 is miles ahead in terms of soundstage, dynamic and instrument separation, not even close.

    I haven't tried a lot of headphones/earpods, but I would prefer over-ear phones to in-ear phones if I want to listent to great sounding classical music recordings without considering portability and amplifier.

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    At the other end of the price spectrum, I wanted a cheap set of earbuds for general listening and I just bought some SoundMagic E10Cs and they're great. For sub £40 earbuds their sound is impressive. Usually at the budget end you usually lose at the very bottom end, with bloated or artificial-sounding bass and rubbish top end. These offer a punchy but realistic sound. Very similar to the Betron YSMs but more realistic sounding in the bass which is tighter. For once the reviews were pleasingly spot-on. Nice.
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    Been visiting relatives the past week and all my listening has been headphone. I have yet to find a set where after an hour they get uncomfortably hot. I don’t like earbuds because I feel like someone is sticking fingers in my ears. Can’t someone designated that comes with a little cooling fan? I would sacrifice a little SQ for comfort

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Been visiting relatives the past week and all my listening has been headphone. I have yet to find a set where after an hour they get uncomfortably hot. I don’t like earbuds because I feel like someone is sticking fingers in my ears. Can’t someone designated that comes with a little cooling fan? I would sacrifice a little SQ for comfort
    Are you using the "on-ear" or "over-ear" headphones? Closed-back or open-back?

    1) "Over-ear" headphones do not touch your ears at all which helps during long listening sessions.
    2) Open-back headphones do not have to press firmly against your head (or your ears) for best lower frequencies reproduction when compared to closed-back ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    My first thought was my Sennheiser 590's. Alas, they haven't been made for well over a decade. But maybe something similar. Take a look at the Sennheiser 559s.

    And the 590's are the most comfortable phones I've ever owned. Hopefully the 559s will follow in that tradition.
    I've held onto my 590s for about 20 years. They are indeed super-comfortable in the sense that you forget you're even listening through headphones. But I've decided that the bass is bit too prominent for my tastes, so I've ordered a DT 880. (I also have a DT 770 which is generally terrific, but again the low bass occasionally seems a bit much for more delicate classical works.)

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    I love the Etymotic ER2SE for classical music. Insane isolation and a very clean, neutral sound from top to bottom (though some who prefer a bit more bass might prefer the ER2XR).

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    My Audeze LCD-XC headphones are great for isolation, but they are very heavy and uncomfortable, so I too joined the Sennheiser HD800S club! Ah...sooo much more comfortable. They might be a tiny bit clinical, but I can wear and enjoy them for longer time periods, so that's a plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganchan2019 View Post
    I love the Etymotic ER2SE for classical music. Insane isolation and a very clean, neutral sound from top to bottom (though some who prefer a bit more bass might prefer the ER2XR).
    I had Etymotics for over a decade. ER-4s if I recall correctly. Never got a fit I was totally happy with. A few years ago I switched to Jabra 65s. Not only do I like the fit much more, the convenience of Bluetooth and noise cancellation make up for the greater tonal accuracy of the Etys when I use them on the street or in a subway. At home I switch back and forth between Focal Elears and Oppo PM2s. I still keep a pair of 590s though.
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