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compare headphones in the 200 range? please?

post #1 of 17
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I would very much appreciate if someone could post a detailed comparison of the headphones in the 200-250 range or could give me some advice on what to get. I was looking at headphones such as beyerdynamic 770, audio technica 700s, and others. I need good bass, detail, and comfort.
Any help would be appreciated veryh much
hope i'm not asking too much....
post #2 of 17
How about dt880? I recently got one from shopping.com ($215 shipped) and it is just gorgeous. Great details and comfort. And while it won't thunder your head, it still produces very pleasant bass when hooked up to a decent amplifier(I use corda move) But you'll need some decent amp, or at least a good DAP to really appreciate it.

I have also listened to hd590, which I picked up $99 new from some closeout, for a while. They have slightly recessed mids and less detailed compared to dt880, but had great bass and soundstage. Also they are quite easy to drive. Since it is discontinued you'll have to do some ebaying if you want it, though...
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by gallardo88 View Post
hope i'm not asking too much....
There are probably, give or take, 100 headphones that people could recommend based on what you've told us.

(1) What are you using them for?
(2) How much do aesthetics matter?
(3) Open or Closed? (ask if you don't know what this means)

specifically regarding comfort . . .

(4) If you've ever tried Grado's, do you find them comfortable or uncomfortable?
(5) Do you prefer headphones that go "on" your ears, or completely surrounding your ears?
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
hahahaha guess I'm a noob then.
1) Because i don't have enough money to buy a pair to keep at home and one to bring around ( for now ), i'm planning on getting a pair to use at home and on the subway, library, etc.
2)Looks matter to a certain degree. I obviously am more intrested in performance, but i would like a good looking pair of headphones. I like the look of most headphones, though, so it shouldn't be a problem.
3)I would prefer closed headphones, since i don't want sound leakage in public places.
4) I have never tried Grado's, but i think being that they are open they wouldn't be a good choice.
5)I prefer headphones that surround your ear.
hope that helped
post #5 of 17
Will you have an amp to drive them? If not, would you consider one?
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
oh, i forgot to add. I don't have an amp, but after reading things here it seems like an amp improves the experience by a lot. So if i get good headphones, i'll save up and get an amp.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by gallardo88 View Post
hahahaha guess I'm a noob then.
1) Because i don't have enough money to buy a pair to keep at home and one to bring around ( for now ), i'm planning on getting a pair to use at home and on the subway, library, etc.
2)Looks matter to a certain degree. I obviously am more intrested in performance, but i would like a good looking pair of headphones. I like the look of most headphones, though, so it shouldn't be a problem.
3)I would prefer closed headphones, since i don't want sound leakage in public places.
4) I have never tried Grado's, but i think being that they are open they wouldn't be a good choice.
5)I prefer headphones that surround your ear.
hope that helped
I'd have to think about this a bit. I can't think of one can offhand that will do everything you want it to.

If it was my $200 though, and Grado's were considered uncomfortable, off the top of my head this is what I would do:

1. Sure E2C + one set of replacement foams for $61.99.
2. Sennheiser HD555 for $99.95.

Shure's for the subway, and the Senns for more intimate locations. That's 161.94, which leaves plenty for shipping.

Quite honestly I have very little experience with closed headphones above $100, so I cannot be of much help here. There really should be a headphone out there that does everything you want, I'm sure you'll get better answers below.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
i'm planning on getting a pair to use at home and on the subway, library, etc
forget that. i have just found my pair of e4c that i thought i had lost ( we've been remodelign our house so i lost track of them for a while). So, i plan on just using them at home, from tv or computer.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by gallardo88 View Post
forget that. i have just found my pair of e4c that i thought i had lost ( we've been remodelign our house so i lost track of them for a while). So, i plan on just using them at home, from tv or computer.
So do you still want closed headphones?
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Well, i have no experience with open headphones, so i don't know ho much leakage ther eis and if it would be ok. So for now i'll look at closed headphones.
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
oh yeah, i thought i might add what i listen to. So mainly hip-hop, classical, and rock.
thanks
post #12 of 17
HD- 25, ATH-ES7, RP21 are all good ones. You should check them out.
post #13 of 17
With the wallet you have,and the music you like, get an Equation RP21 and a Cmoy or PA2V2 headphone amp and enjoy!!
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
eh, i'm actually planning on buying only the headphones with the 200 dollars. I have more money in case for an amp. So i would like to get headphones in the 200 range.
post #15 of 17
Buy used and your $200 will be worth a lot more. I got my HD600s for exactly $200, my $HD650s for close to that, and three K340s for around that price. All are much better cans than what you can get new for the same money.
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