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Time to upgrade. Looking for new headphones under $200

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Hey guys, I feel like I have just discovered music. I'm looking for a set of cans that wont just kill a guy with a slightly large head size. I don't have "grande" dome or anything,and, I desire comfy gear. I'm thinking closed cans would be the route I'd need to pursue as-well. I'm hoping to get the ball rollin' under a bill fifty. Now, I've charted a plan below...

 

 * most important aspect- I do NOT wanna buy an amp!

 

 * I do like my bass heavy, I like to hit the low notes. I grew up bumpin Dre.  and listening to Ol School Rap. I like my bass low,funky, and stanky. However I have been experimenting real heavy with Classical, Jazz, and Reggae. I due enjoy some modern rock, with the punchy bass-notes, so I'm NOT just looking for a "bandpass box" sound.

 

* I love the way "Beats Pro by Dre" feel,  they feel dang good! So, whats there to say! I need them comfy.

 

* I will treat these like a 5 month old child, so craftsmanship need not be the greatest, but I would rather them be heavy and looking "clean".

 

 

Any advice regarding my picks would be greatly appreciated.

****M50s

***srh840

**srh 440

**xb700

**HARX900

***DT770

 

I will be running mainly on iphone and PC. I just built a new I5 system and haven't purchased a sound card yet, I'm still running off the MB. I'm using ITUNES as a player. I'm currently bumpin  Lil earbuds "Ultimate Ears Metro 220's", but they lack in bass department, I feel like I have play music too loud to get the bass over acoustics sound I'm searching for.  Anyhow, that's about it for now, and guys thanks for your help, the forum is nice! 


Edited by Hatchiehotboy - 11/15/10 at 6:14am
post #2 of 9

The DT 770s will require amping to bring out their true sound but they have a lot of bass, the M50s are very popular in this price range but may not have as much bass as you want and don't require amping.

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I dont want to buy an amp as of yet, however if the sound and quality is truly superb compared to the other cans, I would purchase a $100 amp in the near future.Thanks

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Have you considered the Denon D2000s? they can be had for $200 or so, have plenty of bass, and don't require an amp.

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Bass and Comfort... Sony XB500 anyone? Some of the most comfortable plush ear pads I have ever used, and they definitely focus a lot on the bass side of things.

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Have you considered the Denon D2000s? they can be had for $200 or so, have plenty of bass, and don't require an amp.


The reviews look great, I would definitely consider these  $200. I would like to get more opinions from fellow members as how these compare to the m50s @ $99, or something that I may have over looked. I may consider amping the 770s,or another set if its a hands down winner. I just don't really wanna shell out more than a $100 doing so at this time. I do love the idea juicing out my PC and home theater, and I believe it something I'm very interested in doing, however I don't have the knowledge, and the vast range of products is overwhelming.

 


 

 



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Bass and Comfort... Sony XB500 anyone? Some of the most comfortable plush ear pads I have ever used, and they definitely focus a lot on the bass side of things.


 Can anyone vouch for the clarity, and performance of these cans? They are only $50!  My emphasis was that I wanted excellent bass and compy cans, however I realize that bass can be overdone. I do like my bass thick and meaty, and on many cheaper can it tends to sound kinda hollow, and very dence. I dont mind sacrificing a little bass for an excellent sound. I was already considering the Sony XB700s, but just hate to pull the trigger without a few more replies.

 

Are xb500s "on the ear cups", I would rather  have  cups over the ear.

 

Thanks for the opinion guys.
 


Edited by Hatchiehotboy - 11/15/10 at 11:56am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Youngblood View Post

Have you considered the Denon D2000s? they can be had for $200 or so, have plenty of bass, and don't require an amp.


The reviews look great, I would definitely consider these  $200. I would like to get more opinions from fellow members as how these compare to the m50s @ $99, or something that I may have over looked. I may consider amping the 770s,or another set if its a hands down winner. I just don't really wanna shell out more than a $100 doing so at this time. I do love the idea juicing out my PC and home theater, and I believe it something I'm very interested in doing, however I don't have the knowledge, and the vast range of products is overwhelming.

 


 

 

I've found the D2000 to be far, far better in every way compared to the M50. The bass is more controlled, the mids are more forward than the M50 and the highs are less rolled off (the white box version is different to me, I had the black one). The soundstage of the D2000 is very, very good for a closed headphone. Far better imaging too.

 

I don't know if I could suggest them without an amp though. I was listening to them for 5 hours out of my desktop amp and then the next morning I tried them straight out of my Ipod touch was it was like they transformed overnight and I didn't like the sound. Unamped the mids felt recessed a bit and the bass was not controlled and a bit bloated. I tried them with my Airhead and it was a little bit better, but still not the same. I think these really want a full desktop amp for whatever reason. I tried them again last night unamped and it wasn't as horrible as I remember, but it seems to get worse during bass heavy music.

 

I think unamped, the M50 would be a better deal. I don't really like my D2000 that much unamped. It's just "OK" unamped, but I absolutely love it in every way amped. In fact, I'm still trying to find those "recessed mids" I keep hearing about, but I can't seem to find them. Yes, I know what they sound like! Even vocals are very clear and even quite forward sounding. It's just bizarre to me why everyone else's D2000 seems to be different.

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I brought home some sony nc60 ($199), just for kicks, they will be going back in a couple days. Noise canceling works ok and they are comfy, but SQ isnt very good.Bass seems to crakle at high volumes. I tested the x500s, The bass seemed cheap, and the acoustic were not crisp as I would have liked.

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damm, there is a alot of spam on this forum!!!!!!

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