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Seriously, the Maxell DHP-II headphones aren't that fragile at all!  In my opinion, if someone breaks the headphones, it means they were being way too rough with them.  Since they aren't metal, obviously you want to be somewhat careful..that's all!  I've had mine for a couple months now and they are still doing great.  smily_headphones1.gif  BTW I use mine for several hours every single day.

 

Well, if anyone heard the Maxell DHP-II and knew how good they were for the price, they would not be complaining about how fragile or cheaply they were made. I tore mine apart and dismantled mine about 10 times now without anything falling apart. This doesn't mean anything though and I'm sure that there is a chance they will break. They are actually built about as well as the Bose Triports, which isn't good.

 

I will say this though...if they broke after just 6 months i'd have no complaints about buying another pair for $30. They're that good. It's like Maxell spent like everything on the sound quality, but nothing on the build quality. I've seen worse though..Koss UR-40. My old Triports (when I didn't have a clue) broke twice within a year and a half. They're basically the same design as the Maxells. Bose however replaced them without questions. Of course those are $120-$140!! I have ZERO doubt the DHP-II sounds better.

 

I would however like to find a way to extend the life of them. At this point I'm just going to be gentle with them. For how comfortable they are and how good they sound, it's hard to complain too much. I think when you just put them on your head over and over it just stresses out the plastic after time and they'll eventually crack.

 

For anyone that cares, the Pro3AAT sounds almost exactly the same (but has more bass, less of a mid-bass hump) and seems to be built a bit better, but is $25 more. The Koss Pro DJ 100 has less bass then all of them, but is more durable and has actual metal in it but is less comfortable. I think all 3 use similar drivers. Sound signature is mostly the same. Pro3AAT has a bit of clamp and is not small or very portable.
 


Edited by tdockweiler - 10/2/10 at 7:16pm
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For anyone that cares, the Pro3AAT sounds almost exactly the same (but has more bass, less of a mid-bass hump) and seems to be built a bit better, but is $25 more.
 


i have had the koss pro3aat. they also have a rep for breaking and feel rather flimsy, yet they are better than the maxell's build? thats just sad.

that said- if i find the maxell for 15$ or so on ebay i will try it out

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i have had the koss pro3aat. they also have a rep for breaking and feel rather flimsy, yet they are better than the maxell's build? thats just sad.

that said- if i find the maxell for 15$ or so on ebay i will try it out


I said "seems" to be. I actually don't know and this is only based on my first few minutes of taking them out of the box. I did see a lot of negative reviews about the build quality on Amazon, but who can trust Amazon reviewers? Today I saw someone saying his AKG 701 sounded great out of his $6 E3 amp. I also have had the Maxell for only a few days, so if they break within a month I may feel a bit disappointed. I'm hoping I can at least get 6 months from them. If so, it'll feel like a deal. If they break in 3 months I'd probably buy another pair. $30 is really not a lot of money. I can spend that much on eating out two days a week easily.

 

I actually don't know why people expect great build quality for $30 or even $50. These days you have to pay extra for that. Is there actually any cheap headphones that are built like a tank? Not many it seems like! For $29 some people just expect way too much.

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No, you can't tell how fragile your Maxell DHP-II is until it breaks. And like I already posted, it will break when putting them on or taking them off, not while wearing them. Its chance of breaking has much less to do with how long they are worn. Want to test how susceptible your headphones are to breaking? Put them on and take them off several times a day. It will break when the plastic above the cups are stretched. Read the several credible reviews stating careful use and breakage. Your limited use of your one set of headphones does not offset the accounts of others. 
 

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Originally Posted by trancetunes View Post

Seriously, the Maxell DHP-II headphones aren't that fragile at all!  In my opinion, if someone breaks the headphones, it means they were being way too rough with them.  Since they aren't metal, obviously you want to be somewhat careful..that's all!  I've had mine for a couple months now and they are still doing great.  smily_headphones1.gif  BTW I use mine for several hours every single day.


Edited by 1Time - 10/5/10 at 4:19am
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The observable build quality of the Maxell DHP-II is not in question. It's how susceptible the plastic above the ear cups is to fracturing with repeated, normal, careful use. 

 

As for these possibly being disposable headphones, I doubt that's what most Head-Fiers reading this thread are looking for. 

 

About extending their life, I suggest doing this instead of grasping the ear cups when putting the headphones on and taking them off. Grasp the headband (the top part) with both hands when putting the headphones on and taking them off. This will instead stress (hopefully) the more durable plastic in the headband. And this will bypass stretching the weaker plastic parts between the ear cups and headband.
 

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Well, if anyone heard the Maxell DHP-II and knew how good they were for the price, they would not be complaining about how fragile or cheaply they were made. I tore mine apart and dismantled mine about 10 times now without anything falling apart. This doesn't mean anything though and I'm sure that there is a chance they will break. They are actually built about as well as the Bose Triports, which isn't good.

 

I will say this though...if they broke after just 6 months i'd have no complaints about buying another pair for $30. They're that good. It's like Maxell spent like everything on the sound quality, but nothing on the build quality. I've seen worse though..Koss UR-40. My old Triports (when I didn't have a clue) broke twice within a year and a half. They're basically the same design as the Maxells. Bose however replaced them without questions. Of course those are $120-$140!! I have ZERO doubt the DHP-II sounds better.

 

I would however like to find a way to extend the life of them. At this point I'm just going to be gentle with them. For how comfortable they are and how good they sound, it's hard to complain too much. I think when you just put them on your head over and over it just stresses out the plastic after time and they'll eventually crack.


Edited by 1Time - 10/5/10 at 5:10am
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No, you can't tell how fragile your Maxell DHP-II is until it breaks. And like I already posted, it will break when putting them on or taking them off, not while wearing them. Its chance of breaking has much less to do with how long they are worn. Want to test how susceptible your headphones are to breaking? Put them on and take them off several times a day. It will break when the plastic above the cups are stretched. Read the several credible reviews stating careful use and breakage. Your limited use of your one set of headphones does not offset the accounts of others. 
 


Yea but I don't mean that I literally wear them for hours in a row...I mean that I use them for hours and hours during the day, and of course I take them on and off man!  :P   The Maxell DHP-II is a huge bang for your buck.  The sound is great, and as far as durability I don't see how it would break from taking it on and off.  Just be gentle and they will be fine..  biggrin.gif

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Then you haven't read my posts. But hey, it's no problem with me if your Maxell DHP-II headphones break.  
 

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The sound is great, and as far as durability I don't see how it would break from taking it on and off.  Just be gentle and they will be fine..  biggrin.gif

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Then you haven't read my posts. But hey, it's no problem with me if your Maxell DHP-II headphones break.  
 



Jeez why are you talking so snobbish man?  =/

 

They are doing just fine and I don't see any problems with them coming anytime soon because I take care of them.  That's all I was saying.  Some people get unlucky, and some aren't careful!  Anyway, I hope the thread continues to be useful..

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Read my posts.
 

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Jeez why are you talking so snobbish man?  =/

 

They are doing just fine and I don't see any problems with them coming anytime soon because I take care of them.  That's all I was saying.  Some people get unlucky, and some aren't careful!  Anyway, I hope the thread continues to be useful..

post #370 of 406

Ready to buy my first headphone, I am also looking at ~$30 - $40 range.

 

Maxell DHP is going for $80 on Amazon. None of the posts about them in this thread seem to say anything about $30 being a discounted or clearance price for these; I thought that they sell for $30 in general.

 

Looks like I will have to go for PortaPro.

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i don't know if this link will work, but you can use the bookmark. on this page to check price changes on amazon. most of the time you can wait, and get it after it goes back down.evil_smiley.gif

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Hi everyone!  I'm back!  I am ready to get another pair of headphones, and I would like to keep the same budget in mind.

 

Unfortunately Maxell DHP-II's are now $60 USD!  That being said, I am wondering which headphones are the BEST for $30 USD or less?

I love bass, but I really want clear mids and highs as well--but I want my bass :P .. I know it's a lot to ask for with this budget, but last time you all helped me land on the DHP-II's which turned out to be EXCELLENT for the price ($22 at the time).  I do prefer full sized headphones that will cover the ear (I believe it's called circumaural).  This means HP's such as Koss Porta Pro are not as preferable...

 

Thanks in advance, I am looking forward to the community suggestions!! :)

 

-trancetunes

 

EDIT/UPDATE:  Here are the latest contendors that I have run across.  As usual, feel free to add to or strongly go against any of my choices (preferably if you have experience with them)..

Audio-Technica Dynamic Stereo Headphones - http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATHT22-Dynamic-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B000BNY0W0/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1312967740&sr=1-1

Koss HQ1 - http://www.amazon.com/Koss-Collapsible-Full-Size-Headphon/dp/B0006SRV6W/ref=sr_1_3?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1312967745&sr=1-3

Koss TD85 TD80Z - http://www.amazon.com/TD85-TD80Z-Stereophone-Closed-Cushion/dp/B000A2AHYM/ref=sr_1_4?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1312967745&sr=1-4

Panasonic RP-DJ600 - http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-DJ600-DJ-style-Headphones-Carrying/dp/B000OGNQGA/ref=sr_1_4?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1312967747&sr=1-4

Sennheiser HD218 Closed Back Headphone - http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD218-Headphone-Optimized-Players/dp/B001RNO91U/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1312967752&sr=1-1

 

 

For some reason I am leaning towards the Audio Technica...


Edited by trancetunes - 8/10/11 at 2:23am
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Panasonic RP-HTX7 - http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-HTX7-Monitor-Headphones-Black/dp/B001BEAI4W/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312970869&sr=1-3

 

I just got them and have no problems listening to them after listening to my HD650s and K701s.

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Just an update:  I feel like I have narrowed the list down to...

 

Panasonic RP-HTX7 Monitor Headphones

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-HTX7-Monitor-Headphones-Black/dp/B001BEAI4W/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312970869&sr=1-3

 

or

 

Audio-Technica Dynamic Stereo Headphones

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATHT22-Dynamic-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B000BNY0W0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

or

 

Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-202-II-Professional/dp/B003LPTAYI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

 

 

It seems like it's really down to the Audio-Technica's or the Sennheiser's..Feel free to check out the bigger list above and let me know..but as of right now it seems that these are the best $30 USD or less choices!  Thoughts?  Still need help!  Thanks everyone!


Edited by trancetunes - 8/10/11 at 7:52am
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