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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

What are the best sounding and isolating headphones under $200? I need no amping necessary, and good build quality/comfort. That would be a plus if they looked decent too.



I love my Shure SRH840's, their very comfy and are built to be on the road. SQ wise they have a dark sound, that's not to say that the treble is rolled off or recessed just that the lower mids and upper bass region is extenuated with these cans. overall they have a nice detailed (but not analytical) sound, and block out a reasonable amount of sound.

 

OR

 

Direct Sound EX-2, I don't personally own these but I have used the quite a few times and can confidently say that they sound really nice, very flat sounding, more analytical that the Shure SRH 840), very well built and light, with very good levels of isolation.

 

http://www.musiclab.com.au/product-info/direct-sound-ex-29-extreme-isolation-headphones (I have no affiliation with this website)

http://www.extremeheadphones.com/products/ex-29-headphones

 

FYI price is in Australian dollars.


Edited by jaud - 3/28/12 at 6:41pm
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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

What are the best sounding and isolating headphones under $200? I need no amping necessary, and good build quality/comfort. That would be a plus if they looked decent too.


The Shure SRH 840 would be worth considering. Brainwavz HM 5 would also work--but it is very big.

 

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Originally Posted by sunnymushrooms View Post

Hi everyone, thanks in advance for the help I hope.

 

I am looking for an upgrade from the Denon ah-d1001s. I liked them a lot, but I am looking for something which the soundstage is a bit bigger, and the bass a little bit more controlled. I know the general advice would be probably to update to D2K... but the only thing is I live in Canada and they are hard to come by. 

 

I have been eyeing the HM5+FiiO E10 which is availably from MP4nation, since they can ship to Canada. 

The reason why is because I think they might have a bigger soundstage than D1K, but also because I think lately I want a little bit of more "relaxed" bass? (I like my bass, but only to hit hard, not "everywhere." In short, I think I want to try a little bit of a more neutral/colder sound than the warm sound I am used to.) I also think the FiiO E10 might be able to make the HM5's a little bit warmer sounding.

 

Anyone any advice on either of these two headphones/ anything else? I'm not committed to anything at this point.

 

1) I listen to pop (so yes the 'catchy beat' is important to me), classical (well, "soundtracks" of nearly everything, games, movies...), some jazz. 

2) I'm a student... so I am really hoping for something less than $250. DEFINITELY less thank $300 please.

3) Source: Macbook Pro and iPod. Nothing fancy.

 

If there's anything else I could clarify, please tell me, thank you.




To expand your sound stage, you will probably be better served by an open headphone.  Check out the AKG Q 701.  If it is still too warm for you, go the the AKG K 701 or 702.

 

If you want to stay with closed, consider the Shure SRH 940.


Both would be quite over-budget with an amp, though.

 


 

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Hi!
I'm a new member to the forum and I need your advice guys since you are the best (I'm writin all the way from Italy).
I need a good pair of around-ear headphones and they need to be 1)portable as I want to take them with me on my commute 2)able to block the outside noise as much as possible: I want to be able to listen to music / watch videos while on the train 3)compatible with iPhone (they need to have a mic and voice controls on the cable like the normal Apple earbuds) 4)not extremely pricey smily_headphones1.gif
I was looking into the Bose AE2i: is that any good? Any other recommendations? Thank you in advance for your help: I really appreciate it!
Ciao
Fed


Umm, there's not a ton of true circumaural portables that come with mic/remotes, and I'm not sure which ones are available in Italy, but your other options are probably the Sony ZX700i, Philips O'Neill SHO9560, and V-Moda Crossfade LP2. If you were to expand your range to on-ears there are a couple additional options that would be good as well. Also, do you have a hard price ceiling we can use?

 



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Suggestion to all folks asking for advice: please make sure that your profile states your location.  It is clear that the market you are in is a major factor in determining what the best options are or might be.

 

Not picking on anyone (as this happens more often than not).  Even in the cases like smartchap's first post (immediately above), the fact that he tells us that he is from Italy is lost as the conversation expands and his first post leaves the screen. 


Unfortunately, this has already been buried too... 

 



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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

What are the best sounding and isolating headphones under $200? I need no amping necessary, and good build quality/comfort. That would be a plus if they looked decent too.


Again, sound signature? 

 

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I recently picked a Q 701 for under $230 and the E-10 can be had at Amazon for $71.  It appears that the math works.

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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

What are the best sounding and isolating headphones under $200? I need no amping necessary, and good build quality/comfort. That would be a plus if they looked decent too.

Sound signature... I'm not really sure what my friend prefers, I think she listens to anything. So, probably nice bass, with vocals being up front maybe. I think she has lots of songs with vocals.

 

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My budget is $350 and below. I like my UE TripleFi 10's and I would like over-ear headphones like those. With good soundstage and bass. I was looking at the AKG K702. Are those good for what im looking for?

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My budget is $350 and below. I like my UE TripleFi 10's and I would like over-ear headphones like those. With good soundstage and bass. I was looking at the AKG K702. Are those good for what im looking for?


The AKG Q 701 would be better--especially with regard to a bit more bass.  Even the Q 701's is not strong in the bass cans.  I'd say it was neutral or a shade below.

 

The Senn HD 598 might work for you.

 

Note: I have no idea what the UE's sound like and you don't say what market you're in.  I'm assuming US, as you mentioned dollars.

 

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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

My budget is $350 and below. I like my UE TripleFi 10's and I would like over-ear headphones like those. With good soundstage and bass. I was looking at the AKG K702. Are those good for what im looking for?


Not enough bass, probably. The TF10s are bass-heavy, and many find the K701 to be bass-light. Perhaps look into the Denon D2000s?

 



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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

I recently picked a Q 701 for under $230 and the E-10 can be had at Amazon for $71.  It appears that the math works.


Fair enough, though i think we need him to specify open or closed, since he mentioned iPod use, and all the cans he mention are closed.

 

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The D2000 will definitely provide the bass, but maybe not the sound stage.  I have been able to get a good size sound stage with the D5000 and D7000 with a little hybrid amp.  No similar luck yet with the D2000.

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Hey everybody, my birthday is coming up and some advice would be much appreciated.

 

Looking for some closed cans to be paired with my E17.

I am looking for bassy headphones that will pair well with Hip-hop, electronic, Dubstep ect...

portability is not an issue.

Not looking for overpowering bass but something that is definitely noticeable without sacrificing the highs. Fun and musical.

budget is strictly between $100-$300

 

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Originally Posted by Bleether View Post

Hey everybody, my birthday is coming up and some advice would be much appreciated.

 

Looking for some closed cans to be paired with my E17.

I am looking for bassy headphones that will pair well with Hip-hop, electronic, Dubstep ect...

portability is not an issue.

Not looking for overpowering bass but something that is definitely noticeable without sacrificing the highs. Fun and musical.

budget is strictly between $100-$300

 


M50, HFI780/580, D2000, HD-25

 

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I'm trying to decide between getting the Creative Aurvana Live! or the KRK KNS 8400.

Which one is better for my music taste? Which one can I use without having to upgrade anytime soon?

 

The type of music I mainly listen to, for reference: (nothing too bass heavy)

 

1. http://youtu.be/ZJXMrGiABOk?hd=1&t=1m30s
 

2. http://youtu.be/u4oQui_xBYo?t=3m11s
 

3. http://youtu.be/ZTmF2v59CtI

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


To expand your sound stage, you will probably be better served by an open headphone.  Check out the AKG Q 701.  If it is still too warm for you, go the the AKG K 701 or 702.

 

If you want to stay with closed, consider the Shure SRH 940.

 

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Fair enough, though i think we need him to specify open or closed, since he mentioned iPod use, and all the cans he mention are closed.

 

Thanks for the advice! And sorry for not clarifying whether I opt for open or close headphones.

But yes, I do think I would prefer closed headphones more, if only to block out minimal noise/not leak so much. But I am not -against- open headphones, since I usually use it in my room anyway (so you get the occasional loud roommates and the noises of car outside... but I really do crave a bigger soundstage, I think.)

Not that it matters hugely, but I am a girl. Hi.

 

I was seriously looking at the Q701's. It's true all my previous headphones have been warm... but I think I really want something where everything was just slightly farther away and the bass could be a little bit... "thinner"? Leaner? But hit just as hard, more or less. I am not quite sure what I am looking for, except maybe something different.

 

But then I was lurking on the classifieds when I saw a Denon D2K for sale... so I pm'd the seller. I hope all goes well with the sale (living in Canada mildly sucks sometimes). I'm pretty sure the Denon D2K can sell pretty fast if I don't like them, but I doubt I won't...? I think it will be a safe option. Just maybe not a "different" option. If I don't like them for whatever reason, I hope I can continue to ask questions here.

 

Anyway, thanks for all the help!! :D

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Originally Posted by azurite View Post

I'm trying to decide between getting the Creative Aurvana Live! or the KRK KNS 8400.

Which one is better for my music taste? Which one can I use without having to upgrade anytime soon?

 

The type of music I mainly listen to, for reference: (nothing too bass heavy)

 

1. http://youtu.be/ZJXMrGiABOk?hd=1&t=1m30s
 

2. http://youtu.be/u4oQui_xBYo?t=3m11s
 

3. http://youtu.be/ZTmF2v59CtI

 

Thanks.


If you're not looking for bass, I think you'll appreciate the added clarity the KNS8400s will give you.

 



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Originally Posted by sunnymushrooms View Post
Thanks for the advice! And sorry for not clarifying whether I opt for open or close headphones.

But yes, I do think I would prefer closed headphones more, if only to block out minimal noise/not leak so much. But I am not -against- open headphones, since I usually use it in my room anyway (so you get the occasional loud roommates and the noises of car outside... but I really do crave a bigger soundstage, I think.)

Not that it matters hugely, but I am a girl. Hi.

 

I was seriously looking at the Q701's. It's true all my previous headphones have been warm... but I think I really want something where everything was just slightly farther away and the bass could be a little bit... "thinner"? Leaner? But hit just as hard, more or less. I am not quite sure what I am looking for, except maybe something different.

 

But then I was lurking on the classifieds when I saw a Denon D2K for sale... so I pm'd the seller. I hope all goes well with the sale (living in Canada mildly sucks sometimes). I'm pretty sure the Denon D2K can sell pretty fast if I don't like them, but I doubt I won't...? I think it will be a safe option. Just maybe not a "different" option. If I don't like them for whatever reason, I hope I can continue to ask questions here.

 

Anyway, thanks for all the help!! :D


Whoops, my bad... I think I was about to reconsider my arbitrary use of a gendered pronoun, but figured that the chances of being wrong were pretty small anyway... That'll show me to assume stuff like that. tongue.gif Hi.

 

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Originally Posted by sunnymushrooms View Post

 

 

Thanks for the advice! And sorry for not clarifying whether I opt for open or close headphones.

But yes, I do think I would prefer closed headphones more, if only to block out minimal noise/not leak so much. But I am not -against- open headphones, since I usually use it in my room anyway (so you get the occasional loud roommates and the noises of car outside... but I really do crave a bigger soundstage, I think.)

Not that it matters hugely, but I am a girl. Hi.

 

I was seriously looking at the Q701's. It's true all my previous headphones have been warm... but I think I really want something where everything was just slightly farther away and the bass could be a little bit... "thinner"? Leaner? But hit just as hard, more or less. I am not quite sure what I am looking for, except maybe something different.

 

But then I was lurking on the classifieds when I saw a Denon D2K for sale... so I pm'd the seller. I hope all goes well with the sale (living in Canada mildly sucks sometimes). I'm pretty sure the Denon D2K can sell pretty fast if I don't like them, but I doubt I won't...? I think it will be a safe option. Just maybe not a "different" option. If I don't like them for whatever reason, I hope I can continue to ask questions here.

 

Anyway, thanks for all the help!! :D


The D2000 and AKG Q 701 would give you very different sound signatures from two excellent mid-fi cans.  One is very good chocolate ice cream and the other strawberry ice cream.

 


Edited by KG Jag - 3/28/12 at 11:18pm
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