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Recommendations for a good pair of over/on ear heaphones (small budget)

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

I'm looking to purchase a new pair of cans. I have Sennheiser in-ear buds (CX-300s) that I've used for quite some time but don't really want to use those for in-house purposes.

 

Couple of details; these headphones I purchase will mainly be used with my computer and my iPod, so I will not be using any amplifier or anything to drive them. It's mainly for watching movies/shows at night when everyone in the house is asleep, and obviously for music.

 

I'm 23 years old and just finished uni, started work and almost all of that goes into bills and student loans. My budget is about $100-$130. I know it's not a lot but I'm sure I should be able to find something.

 

I was looking at Beats but was told by people there is stuff out there that sounds better and is a fraction of the price.

 

Now, here's the thing...sound quality is very important to me. I absolutely love my music, it's probably my biggest form of entertainment, I can't imagine my life without music.

 

Any and all advice/suggestions are greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 20

What kind of music do you listen to?

post #3 of 20

-Perhaps the Audio Technica ATH-M50? Although those go for $150

-I have never heard the Shure SRH 440, but that's in your price range, maybe someone could recommend those?

-Also, Sony MDR-V6. I have a pair of these, they aren't really my favorite, I find them a little too harsh unless I EQ them a tad.

 

These are closed headphones, which would be good for portable use but usually open headphones are more desirable for home use. Ask someone else about open headphones, I don't have much experience with open phones.

 

I'd say if you're looking for a good multi-purpose headphone, get the ATH M50


Edited by salannelson - 10/26/10 at 12:14pm
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

What kind of music do you listen to?



Everything really. Genre wise; Indie, Progressive, Electronic, Hip-Hop, etc...

 

Artist wise; Pink Floyd, Animal Collective, Ratatat, MGMT, Kid CuDi, etc...



 

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Originally Posted by salannelson View Post

-Perhaps the Audio Technica ATH-M50? Although those go for $150

-I have never heard the Shure SRH 440, but that's in your price range, maybe someone could recommend those?

-Also, Sony MDR-V6. I have a pair of these, they aren't really my favorite, I find them a little too harsh unless I EQ them a tad.

 

These are closed headphones, which would be good for portable use but usually open headphones are more desirable for home use. Ask someone else about open headphones, I don't have much experience with open phones.

 

I'd say if you're looking for a good multi-purpose headphone, get the ATH M50


Awesome, thank for the info. Will research into those.
 

post #5 of 20

The M50 may be your best bet then.  They're good all-rounders that do everything but classical very well.  I can't think of anything else in that price range with the same genre bandwidth.  There could be something out there like that but is just not as well known though.

post #6 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

The M50 may be your best bet then.  They're good all-rounders that do everything but classical very well.  I can't think of anything else in that price range with the same genre bandwidth.  There could be something out there like that but is just not as well known though.


After a bit of research, I've narrowed it down to the SRH 440 and the M50, I don't think I like the MDR-V6. Between the 440 and M50 though I really don't know which one...I think I'm leaning towards the 440. 

 

Is it true that 440 provides better overall mids and sound, whereas M50 is more for bass? 
 


Edited by reeelax - 10/26/10 at 4:48pm
post #7 of 20

I've never heard the 440s, but it does seem they have a lot less bass than the M50s.  The M50s are hardly bass head 'phones though, and the rest of the spectrum doesn't suffer for it.

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 

Ok so I did some more research in terms of price.

 

I'm up here in Toronto, Canada. There is a store down the street from my house selling the Shure 440s for $120 CAD.

 

The M50s were obviously harder to find. I found an American store online selling them for $120 CAD, but shipping will cost me around $30. So in total the M50s will run me $150.

 

At those price points, which one should I be looking at?

post #9 of 20
Since your in Canada if your OK trying an open air headphone go to Walmart and get a pair of Onn open headphones ($40) and they also have Onn closed headphones for $30 (haven't hear the closed model myself yet). See if you like their sound signature. If not return promptly for a no hassle refund. If you do like them, take the money saved and get a cheap amp which will make them sound even better and for $25 worth of cable get them recalled. (take a look for an Onn thread I started which has more info). You have nothing to lose but a bit of your time.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

Since your in Canada if your OK trying an open air headphone go to Walmart and get a pair of Onn open headphones ($40) and they also have Onn closed headphones for $30 (haven't hear the closed model myself yet). See if you like their sound signature. If not return promptly for a no hassle refund. If you do like them, take the money saved and get a cheap amp which will make them sound even better and for $25 worth of cable get them recalled. (take a look for an Onn thread I started which has more info). You have nothing to lose but a bit of your time.


I checked your initial thread on the Onn open headphones. They look pretty cheap to be honest, but they are $40 afterall. I might swing by Walmart and grab them just to try out. $150 and $40 is a big difference, but the more research I do the more praise I hear about the M50s.
 

post #11 of 20

They look cheap but they are comfortable and if you do nothing but sit in the parking lot for 10 minutes and walk back into the store for a refund, at least you'll know if they are worth while or not. Sonically they are darn fine headphones compared to the stuff I have tried.

post #12 of 20

Save up $150 and get the MS1i's

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Tanjent View Post

Save up $150 and get the MS1i's



The MS-1 is $99 (or $109 for the MS-1i).

post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

I just checked and the MS-1i is $109 and free shipping to Canada from Alessandro's own website. Intriguing.

 

How does this pair compare to the M50s?

post #15 of 20

How about the denon 1001s?  from what I hear, they're great all around phones that are darn comfy....also can be had for less than $100!  might want to look into some reviews of those here....

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