Best sounding n/c headphones

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GuitarPicker

Audioholic Intern
I just purchased a set of QC35II and have a few days left if I want to return them. The sound is really good but seems to distort on rock music at high levels. I'm tempted to try the B&W PX7's or something that might have a better sound stage. Any recommendations?
 
tyhjaarpa

tyhjaarpa

Audioholic Field Marshall
I would look for Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 or Sony WH-1000XM3.
 
John Parks

John Parks

Senior Audioholic
I would look for Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 or Sony WH-1000XM3.
I agree with @tyhjaarpa The new Sonys are pretty special as far as NC goes (I've read they sound very nice but have only demo'd the NC). Personally, I have the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Pink Floyd edition and, though the NC is not as advanced as the Sony or Bose models (still pretty good though) they sound awesome!
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BTW, MSRP is pretty high - I found mine on sale...
 
G

GuitarPicker

Audioholic Intern
I may try the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0. I've also looked at the Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC. A lot of the reviews I've read is the sound is better than a lot of the competition. I own a couple Sennheiser microphones so I know they make a great product.
 
JTFVegas

JTFVegas

Audioholic
DALI IO 4 or IO 6. im leaning strongly on these myself. Also DROP + PANDA THX Certified BT headphones. Rave reviews.
 
G

GuitarPicker

Audioholic Intern
After trying Bose QC35II, Sony WH-1000MX3 and Bowers and Wilkins PX headphones I ended up buying Bang & Olufsen H9I. The sound quality is 100 times better, it's like hearing your favorite songs for the first time. Listening to Rolling Stones 'Beast of Burden" I can hear every note Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are playing, it's incredible! The noise cancellation is really good. I used these while using a chain saw and they worked great. Very comfortable. They don't quite get as loud as the B&W PX but when wired to a device they are just as loud.I thought this may be a deal breaker but after listening to these for a couple days the volume is perfect and if you have that urge to rattle your ear drums you can always wire them to your device. I find myself listening my Beoplay H9I almost everyday!
 
G

GuitarPicker

Audioholic Intern
So u would say the h91 is better than the px7?
I only tested the B&W PX and not the newer PX7. AS far as the PX the H9I sounded far better and were a lot more comfortable.The PX will hurt your ears after about 30 minutes of listening and if you bend over to pick something up they will fall off your head. I really tried liking the PX as I own B&W speakers for my HT. Actually tried 2 different pair of the PX and noticed distortion when the volume was all the way up. Even talked to Ken at B&W and tried trouble shooting with no luck. The H9I are in a different class than Sony or Bose.
 
Cos

Cos

Audioholic Field Marshall
I agree with @tyhjaarpa The new Sonys are pretty special as far as NC goes (I've read they sound very nice but have only demo'd the NC). Personally, I have the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Pink Floyd edition and, though the NC is not as advanced as the Sony or Bose models (still pretty good though) they sound awesome!
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BTW, MSRP is pretty high - I found mine on sale...
Momentum 2.0 are my go to set of Cans when I fly. Agree with the above comments. When I workout I use the Sony WF-1000XM3 EARBUDS (not the headphones) The noise cancelling by Sony is really next level.
 
afford-hifi

afford-hifi

Junior Audioholic
I have the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones and I can say that they are outstanding headphones. Sony's NC is top notch in my opinion and though I feel the sound is a little more boomy, I find it to still be a good listening experience. Since I have purchased my WH-1000XM3 headphones about 6 months ago, I bring them back and forth from home to work every day. To be honest, I laugh when I am boarding a flight and I see all the people waiting that are wearing Bose. Just go to your local Best Buy and try a pair of Bose and then put on the Sony's and you will see why I chuckle.

James
 

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