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All Purpose $200 or Less Phones

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Hey guys, I think I might, might be ready for a headphone upgrade. I feel some upgraditus a little on my ears.

So, I have the AD500's and I really enjoy em, they are my first "real headphones" (Real to me, as in first non plantronics cheapo's) They sounded the same as my brothers AD700's after burn in so I didnt feel the need to get 700's. Can you guys recommend something under the $200 range. Something that doesnt need an amp, but I might use my PA2v2 on it just to see. I have a PC sound card, run the ipod for a source when not on my PC. Cans that work well with a small ipod type source and wont show the sources flaws to much.
I'm also a gamer so Id like to have a good soundstage, open back would be best for the detailed, and accurate sound for the gaming. I have a very broad music taste thats why I said all purpose cans, I listen to Tool, Metallica, to green day, Owl City, and 311, to Jack Johnson and death cab. 80s rock, rap sometimes also. But I love crisp highs with a good midrange, decent bass is a plus.

I have been considering the AD900's but im wondering if they are much better than the ad700's or not. Maybe a HD595, Beyer DT770, Ive never tried Grado's but would love to try some.

Any help, idea's, or suggestions would be great. Thanks in advanced.
post #2 of 6
$215 for the Denon D2000 is a fantastic deal. Amazing all purpose headphones, they match up well with considerably more expensive open headphones. Great soundstage, they'd work well for gaming and pretty much any music I've tried on them sounds great:

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Amazon
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shure 840s they are very good.
post #4 of 6
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Shure make as quality and well loved full size as they do IEMs??

I'll look at the denon but I want open cans. Or are they open?
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Shure make as quality and well loved full size as they do IEMs??
Yes. Their newly added circumaural cans are very nice. Durable, and a lot of people at Head-fi like them.

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I'll look at the denon but I want open cans. Or are they open?
The D2000 is closed.

Maybe a SR200(i)($200), MS1($100) or MS1000(it's a modded headphone) (~160; depends on what you use [for distancers]) could do the trick.

The MS1000 [FWIR] is a monstrous beast with detailed bass and great soundstage. Check out Nickchen's tutorial.
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Shure make as quality and well loved full size as they do IEMs??

I'll look at the denon but I want open cans. Or are they open?
Not open, but I find them uncompromising in spite of being closed. They have great soundstage, detail, and bass. That being said, if you're set on open, I think the Sennheiser HD 595 is a fine sub-200 all rounder (amazon has 'em for under 200). Easily driven by almost anything. Probably the cheapest "audiophile" grade headphone.
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