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Best headphones for $200?

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
BEst headphones for $200?

I'm looking at Grado SR125i's and wondering what else is out there.

I'm gonna use them with my ipod and my turntable.

Thanks,
Ollie
post #2 of 38
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Originally Posted by roran1234 View Post
BEst headphones for $200?

I'm looking at Grado SR125i's and wondering what else is out there.

I'm gonna use them with my ipod and my turntable.

Thanks,
Ollie
STOP!!!

I would seriously look into the F/S forums here and pick up a set of used SR225i headphones. I've pretty much owned every Grado can up to the RS1i (except for the SR80/RS2) and found the SR225i's the BEST in the Prestige Series and their best bang for the audiophile dollar.

If you're in Canada, canuckaudiomart is a great place too and so is Audiogon.com.

Lowered Price - Grado SR225 Headphones - Canuck Audio Mart

for example.
post #3 of 38
Shure SRH-840 I think. Some say you need an AMP for them, but I don't agree. They seem to work well with my Ipod Touch 2G
post #4 of 38
I second the grado sr225 or if you want closed, try the denon d2000. You can get them new for around $225 on up and used for under $200.
post #5 of 38
Agreed on the Denons...if you need a closed headphone they are much better than the SRH840s in my opinion. But if open cans are ok for you, I'd go with them.
post #6 of 38
Thread Starter 
Ah I thought they were closed, frig.

So Grado's are pretty much the best headphones one can get for this price?

So what (at any price range) beats Grado's?

Ollie
post #7 of 38
May be the Senn HD580?
post #8 of 38
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So Grado's are pretty much the best headphones one can get for this price?

So what (at any price range) beats Grado's?
$300 will start to get you into different cans like the sennheiser 600. Maybe the k701/702 if you like classical/jazz.
post #9 of 38
Thread Starter 
so what will the open really mean?
post #10 of 38
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Agreed on the Denons...if you need a closed headphone they are much better than the SRH840s in my opinion. But if open cans are ok for you, I'd go with them.
Eww bad advice! I would avoid the Denons unless you're a bass head, the Shure 840s / 440s are much more naturally balanced and will work will better directly from your iPod.

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so what will the open really mean?
They will leak sound out and won't isolate outside noise much if at all.
post #11 of 38
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Eww bad advice! I would avoid the Denons unless you're a bass head, the Shure 840s / 440s are much more naturally balanced and will work will better directly from your iPod.



They will leak sound out and won't isolate outside noise much if at all.
See, I liked the fun Denon sound and disliked the Shure's for being boring cans that weren't the greatest at being balanced (and the fit with my head was horrible). They were the fastest headphones that I've ever sold off.

But you are absolutely correct, the Denons are poor noise isolators/leakers and the Shures were the second best closed headphones for this (only second to the beyer DT770/600s).

The best balanced closed cans I've heard to date are the DT770/600s, but I would not recommend them as the amping funds would definitely blow his budget.
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See, I liked the fun Denon sound and disliked the Shure's for being boring cans that weren't the greatest at being balanced (and the fit with my head was horrible). They were the fastest headphones that I've ever sold off.

But you are absolutely correct, the Denons are poor noise isolators/leakers and the Shures were the second best closed headphones for this (only second to the beyer DT770/600s).

The best balanced closed cans I've heard to date are the DT770/600s, but I would not recommend them as the amping funds would definitely blow his budget.
a question for you, "which are the best headphones you have ever listened to?"
post #13 of 38
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Originally Posted by roran1234 View Post
a question for you, "which are the best headphones you have ever listened to?"
To date (in order of preference) my top 5 would be:

beyerdynamic T1
Sennheiser HD800 (close second)
Grado HP1000
Grado RS1i/RS1
Tie: Denon D7000 / Grado PS1000 / Grado HF2

Honorable Mention to: beyerdyamic DT880/600, DT770/600, K701/2, HD600/650

Sadly, I can't believe how many of these I've actually owned...oh the money spent...

Which lead me to the typical greeting: "Welcome to Head-fi and I'm sorry for your wallet".
post #14 of 38
225i
post #15 of 38
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
See, I liked the fun Denon sound and disliked the Shure's for being boring cans that weren't the greatest at being balanced (and the fit with my head was horrible). They were the fastest headphones that I've ever sold off.

But you are absolutely correct, the Denons are poor noise isolators/leakers and the Shures were the second best closed headphones for this (only second to the beyer DT770/600s).
Sure you may prefer a fun sound to say a more analytical one but a bass veiled loose headphone can be had for a lot less than the price of the D2000; if the Denons were priced respectively at $50 and no more then yeah, they might get the nod but not at $200+ no way.

And I didn't say anything about the Denons being poor noise isolators, I was just answering the question of an open headphone. I don't remember the Denons being that open, certainly not compared to a true open headphone or even a HD600 for that matter.
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