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Looking for a comfortable set of Headphones for around $100

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So around a year ago, I came to these forums looking for a good set of portable headphones. the ATH-ES7's were recommended to me and I am very happy with their sound quality. One of the issues I have with the headphones is that they are uncomfortable to wear for even short periods of time. This is why I am looking into a new set of headphones that don't have to be portable but will not feel like they are clamping your head off after an hour. I would also appreciate something with a more pronounced bass as the ES7 in my opinion excels with higher pitch frequencies but is lacking in the bass department.

 

Anyways thanks for listening to my spiel and please let me know what you would recommend for my budget...

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So around a year ago, I came to these forums looking for a good set of portable headphones. the ATH-ES7's were recommended to me and I am very happy with their sound quality. One of the issues I have with the headphones is that they are uncomfortable to wear for even short periods of time. This is why I am looking into a new set of headphones that don't have to be portable but will not feel like they are clamping your head off after an hour. I would also appreciate something with a more pronounced bass as the ES7 in my opinion excels with higher pitch frequencies but is lacking in the bass department.

 

Anyways thanks for listening to my spiel and please let me know what you would recommend for my budget...

 

Off the top of my head, I would research a bit further into:

 

Closed:

AH-D1001

MDR-V6 or MDR-7506 (same sound)

SRH440

 

Open:

Grado SR60i

ATH-AD700

Goldring DR150

 

Check em out.
 

post #3 of 11

A used pair of DT770 Pro can be found for $100-$120 shipped.

 

The M50 can be comfortable, if you stretch them out over a few books or bookshelf speaker.

 

Both excel in bass.

post #4 of 11

From personal experience, the ATH-M50 are indeed very comfortable, but due to their closed design, I find that after extended period of use, my ears start to sweat. So maybe going the open route would be better?

 

And as blackzarg said, the M50s EXCEL in bass. If you're looking for bass response, I'd cross out the SRH440 from the list. They're great cans, but not if you're looking for something with some thump.

post #5 of 11

I just picked up a pair of AKG K420s for $79 as a modest upgrade from PX-100s. They are a semi-open design and I think make a veey well-rounded presentation

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From personal experience, the ATH-M50 are indeed very comfortable, but due to their closed design, I find that after extended period of use, my ears start to sweat. So maybe going the open route would be better?

 

And as blackzarg said, the M50s EXCEL in bass. If you're looking for bass response, I'd cross out the SRH440 from the list. They're great cans, but not if you're looking for something with some thump.

 

FWIW, the bass thump from the SRH440 is about on par with my DT880, though it doesn't extend as low.  Bass is a tricky beast to pin down so I figured I'd try to reference it to another phone. 
 

post #7 of 11

Denon AH-D1001. They can be had for under $100. They're light and comfortable. They can easily be modded and/or recabled if you wish to improve their sound quality even further. They've got plenty of bass right out of the box, and the bass quality improves substantially with the Markl-type mods to dampen the cups and drivers.

post #8 of 11

HD595. A bit light on the bass but plenty heavy on the comfy!

 

/edit, just saw your budget so, feel free to ignore this.


Edited by Tone Def - 10/14/10 at 10:55am
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Going to add to the mention of the Goldring DR150 here. Since I am one of the few people on here who seem to own a pair (listening to them now, as it happens)

 

First off I am going to say that I would normally only recommend them to people in the UK. The standard price over here is just under £50 ($75), which is a complete bargain. But in the states, they go for almost double that. Putting them right in line with some brilliant headphones. If you can find them for near the $80 mark though, then read on.

 

For one, they are extremely comfortable. However, they are not quite comfortable to the point of forgetting you are wearing them, nevertheless I can wear them for hours without any discomfort, and often wear them for 7-8 hours in a day. 

 

In terms of sound quality, they are great. The detail is brilliant for the price, the bass it detailed and extends enough for most people, but it doesn't extend enough for bass heads who will be slightly let down. Another note is that they really are a headphone that benefit a lot from burning in. So don't judge them too quick.


Edited by gngf123 - 10/14/10 at 11:28am
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Hey so I know the HD595 retails for around $200 but does it trounce the AH-D1001 and Grados in terms of sound quality and comfort? I am thinking an open headphone is a good idea due to sweaty ear syndrome...  Where is my best bet to buy cheap headphones because I don't want to get screwed by fakes on ebay and living in Canada, I can't order from most U.S based online stores frown.gif

 

 

 

 

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Hey so I know the HD595 retails for around $200 but does it trounce the AH-D1001 and Grados in terms of sound quality and comfort? I am thinking an open headphone is a good idea due to sweaty ear syndrome...  Where is my best bet to buy cheap headphones because I don't want to get screwed by fakes on ebay and living in Canada, I can't order from most U.S based online stores frown.gif

 

 

 

 

 

Hi simmsa, whereabouts do you live in Canada?

 

If you're in the Toronto region (there's a good chance that you aren't), you can shop at Bay Bloor Radio as they have a nice wall of phones.  For more professional headphones and Beyer offerings, you can check out long and mcquade (www.longandmcquade.com). 


FWIR, the HD595 doesn't necessarily trounce the AH-D1001 or Grados, it depends on what sound sig you like.  From my brief auditions and based on some of the measurements I've seen, the HD595 is similar to the HD600, but the treble rolls off a tad sooner presenting a bit warmer presentation closer to the Denons.  The Grados are anything but warm I'd say.  I liked my Grados, but I prefer (and kept) the Goldring DR150 as my rockin can.

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