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What are the best full sized headphones for under $250? My listening habits are about 30% hip hop (primarily Dr Dre, Kid Cudi, and Kendrick Lamar), 20% vocal focused rap (primarily Atmosphere), 20% ska (Sublime), and about 30% Alternative, Reggae, and occasionally other genres (Bob Marley, Dirty Heads, Iration, and Pink Floyd). I would prefer it to have a removable cable and be fairly comfortable, preferably more so than my Hfi-580. I currently have Klipsch x10 and Uktrasone HFI-580's, and well I like the sound of the HFi-580's, I would like better, more natural mids. The only amp i would be willing to consider is the Fiio e6, or a similarly small and inexpensive amp. Open or closed doesnt matter that much, but all other things heing equal, I'd prefer closed. All help would be appreciated!
Edited by sfgiants2010 - 1/27/13 at 9:58am
post #23972 of 29490
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Hello there, welcome to Head-Fi and sorry about your wallet! wink.gif

 

The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 might be a good upgrade from the M50's for that kind of music. Comfort is kind of a hit-or-miss with them, but if you purchase the M-100's from V-MODA's website, they offer a 60-day risk-free trial period. If you don't like them within 60 days of purchase, you can send them back for a full refund. That plus there are a few easy-to-do, reversible earpad modifications to help with the comfort.

Well I already have the M-80's for portable use. Was looking at Ultrasone pro 900's but have heard mixed reviews about it.

post #23973 of 29490
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Hello there, welcome to Head-Fi and sorry about your wallet! wink.gif

 

The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 might be a good upgrade from the M50's for that kind of music. Comfort is kind of a hit-or-miss with them, but if you purchase the M-100's from V-MODA's website, they offer a 60-day risk-free trial period. If you don't like them within 60 days of purchase, you can send them back for a full refund. That plus there are a few easy-to-do, reversible earpad modifications to help with the comfort.

Well I already have the M-80's for portable use. Was looking at Ultrasone pro 900's but have heard mixed reviews about it.

The PRO 900 has peaky treble and sibilant upper-mids that the M-80 was specifically designed NOT to have. XD

post #23974 of 29490
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How would you compare the HE-400 with the Senn's 600 and 650? Because I have a large, good amp from denon that will power any headphones and I really don't know if I should go for the HE-400 or the 600's Senns. I want to listen to Rock (from my vinyls :3) and classical music? Sometimes I might throw in some bass heavy music but generally I want them vocals and guitars to sound well with a possibility for classical music. Greetings!:)


Both cans are described in detail in this very good piece:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-57-headphones-compared-update-hifiman-he-400-added-12-24-12

post #23975 of 29490
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So, I'm a long time lurker on head-fi and can't decide what to try next... I'm looking to have a headphone mainly for use at work, but I would bring these to school and everywhere else as well. I have a hd650 for use at home. I want these to be transportable and would really like them to be open cans. They will be paired with a c421/odac rig used mainly with lossless files. At the moment, sr225i's are being used for this purpose, but I want to try something different and possibly swap them out if I find something better...
 
I'm not quite sure what sound signature I desire, but I can say that I really like both my HD650's and sr225i's. I'm considering eventually replacing the sr225i with the ms-pros after saving up, but I'm open to suggestions (the ms-pro marks the most I'm willing to spend, but of course, the cheaper the better...) As for music genres I tend to listen to, my last.fm account should help. I could say that I mainly listen to electronica and alternative/indie rock, but I tend to explore other genres as well.
 
Other full-sized cans I've tried were the hfi-780 (swapped out for sr225i,) dt770 (250ohm,) and hd558.
I was only able to use the hd650, the hfi-780 and dt770 back to back. And I preferred the hd650 and dt770 over the hfi-780, but I only borrowed the dt770's and wouldn't really want them, because I'd rather have open headphones.
Also, I had the hd558 and hd650 together for a few days and definitely loved the hd650's more.
 
Thanks in advance!


Without a better fix about what you are looking for in terms of sound signature and supporting equipment, I don't think we can be very effective in helping you.

post #23976 of 29490
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hi there im looking to buy 2 headphones (open and closed) within the $300-400 range each. One for home and the other for portability.
I will be mainly using them with my laptop and iphone 5 (with bit rate of 320 on almost most of the music) and i plan to buy a dac/amp in the future but not now.

While i am fairly new to the hifi and can consider myself to be a bit of a noob, i have been snopping around the hifi forums about headphones for the last 3 months, although it wasnt until yesterday that i bothered to sign up. My exposure to good quality audiogears are quite limited, (ue 400, cx 300 ii) for iems and denon hd1100, senn hd 202.

I listen to mainly all kind of rock and metal music starting from the alternative (radiohead, alter bridge, foo fighters, soad) to the progressive (porcupine tree/anathema)to the psychedelic(pink floyd, mars volta, tool, apc, at the drive in) to the metal core(underoath, killswitch engage, all that remains, as i lay dying) to heavy and thrash metal (iron maiden, pantera, led zeppelin, megadeth, slayer) to the death melodic (in flames, bodom, at the gates, insomnium,dark tranquility) to the death progressive (opeth my fav band, dan swano, edge of society, ) to the folk/doom metal (ulver, agalloch, in extremo, saltatio mortis, eluveitei,empyrium, katatonia, paradise lost, my dying bride) , celtic metal (cruachan, primordial) and some post metal bands such as alcest, les discrets and some fusion bands such as dead can dance .

i know the range of music is quite large and it is nt possible to cover them all, but as long as the headphone does some justice to the fast paced riffs and to the melody it should be fine. please bear in mind that i live in australia (im going to update my profile very soon) and the retail price of headphones and for that matter any electronics is out of the world even though the aussie dollar is stronger than the us now.

I know grados are universally referred here for rock musics, but how abt metals? how abt the denon hd 2000 and the dt 770-880-990 series?

thanks for taking time to read my 1st post. Cheers mate

ps: i love my denon hd 1100 and i got it at a killer deal too. £40 from uk and had my frnd ship it to aus for another £10. i am absolutely loving it :d

no metalheads around here to help my query? 😣


Not one myself, but the Grado RS series comes highly recommended for metal.  See:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-57-headphones-compared-update-hifiman-he-400-added-12-24-12#user_RS2I

post #23977 of 29490

Hi all.

 

First post - wonder if you could give me some advice before I finalise my decision... I've tried to organise my thoughts a little bit...

 

What are you looking for?

Open-back circumaural headphones.

 

What source will you be using?

PC with a Xonar DG soundcard. Possibly also an iPad or iPhone. No separate amps at all.
 

What is your budget?

Up to £200 at most. Buying in the UK - I understand some brands are better value here than others relative to in the USA.

 

What will you be listening to?

I'll primarily use them for long stretches of gaming, skype etc. I'll be using an AntLion Modmic which I'll attach to the new headphones. Positional awareness is important for gaming, but I'm not playing competitively.

 

I'll also be listening to Spotify and high-bitrate MP3s. In future I may graduate to FLAC. Musically I'm interested in everything from 1940s jazz to chilled-out electronic dance music like Air and Portishead. I don't really mind how true the EDM stuff sounds, but the jazz and female vocals have to sound great. I don't know the correct audio terminology, but I sometimes find the treble in jazz (very high-pitched trumpets, for instance) to be too harsh and irritating. I wouldn't mind it if the 'phones calmed that down a little bit. I'm not much of a bass-head at all and find too much bass very distracting. As you'll see, I'm not much of an audiophile yet.

 

What other factors are important to you?

Comfort is the main thing as I want to be able to use these for a full night's gaming, whilst wearing glasses with thick arms, in total comfort - hopefully even during the summer when it gets warm.

Also, I want properly open headphones - not semi-open as I want to be aware of the sounds around me and in the house even when I'm gaming.

Also, a replaceable cable.

 

What headphones have you looked at so far?

So far the Sennheiser HD598 set is in the lead due to comfort and price (£162 on amazon UK). The 3.5mm adapter would be a bit of a pain, but not enough to put me off completely. The Phillips Fideleo L1 looks good too, but it's not fully open.

 

Thanks everyone!

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Hi all.

 

First post - wonder if you could give me some advice before I finalise my decision... I've tried to organise my thoughts a little bit...

 

What are you looking for?

Open-back circumaural headphones.

 

What source will you be using?

PC with a Xonar DG soundcard. Possibly also an iPad or iPhone. No separate amps at all.
 

What is your budget?

Up to £200 at most. Buying in the UK - I understand some brands are better value here than others relative to in the USA.

 

What will you be listening to?

I'll primarily use them for long stretches of gaming, skype etc. I'll be using an AntLion Modmic which I'll attach to the new headphones. Positional awareness is important for gaming, but I'm not playing competitively.

 

I'll also be listening to Spotify and high-bitrate MP3s. In future I may graduate to FLAC. Musically I'm interested in everything from 1940s jazz to chilled-out electronic dance music like Air and Portishead. I don't really mind how true the EDM stuff sounds, but the jazz and female vocals have to sound great. I don't know the correct audio terminology, but I sometimes find the treble in jazz (very high-pitched trumpets, for instance) to be too harsh and irritating. I wouldn't mind it if the 'phones calmed that down a little bit. I'm not much of a bass-head at all and find too much bass very distracting. As you'll see, I'm not much of an audiophile yet.

 

What other factors are important to you?

Comfort is the main thing as I want to be able to use these for a full night's gaming, whilst wearing glasses with thick arms, in total comfort - hopefully even during the summer when it gets warm.

Also, I want properly open headphones - not semi-open as I want to be aware of the sounds around me and in the house even when I'm gaming.

Also, a replaceable cable.

 

What headphones have you looked at so far?

So far the Sennheiser HD598 set is in the lead due to comfort and price (£162 on amazon UK). The 3.5mm adapter would be a bit of a pain, but not enough to put me off completely. The Phillips Fideleo L1 looks good too, but it's not fully open.

 

Thanks everyone!


The HD 598 is one of those rare churchkeyswiss army knife cans.  I believe that you are on the right track.

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The PRO 900 has peaky treble and sibilant upper-mids that the M-80 was specifically designed NOT to have. XD

Well I'm looking for something more high end and after owning 2 closed ones I was either gonna try another closed which was Pro 900 or the open DT990 32 Omh one.

But still stuck on what. I'm probably going to end up getting a fiio e17 or the fiio andes with whichever one due to budget.

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Without a better fix about what you are looking for in terms of sound signature and supporting equipment, I don't think we can be very effective in helping you.

 

I prefer the hd650 over the sr225i, but I'm not looking for a can that sounds similar to it. I think I'm looking for something that has clarity, but not too harsh sounding. I suppose this is why I was looking at the MS-Pro, because of how it's more neutral than the RS equivalent... Also, I'm not a basshead, but I don't want a bass anemic can either.

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Hi headfiers, im considering buy other pair of headphones, i have a HD429 from Sennheiser and i`d like to upgrade.

I am DJ and i need powerful bass but not muddy or overpowered(unbalanced) and clear mids and highs. i like dance, house, electro house, progressive house, dubstep an a bit of hip hop/rap. i like over ear headphones and single-sided and coiled cable ( i know that my options below dont have it but....:D

I have these options: V Moda crossfade LP $99 on amazon

Audio Technica ath-m50 about $130------ ath -pro700 mk2 $178

Sennheiser hd205-ii $53----- hd215 $140

Which of these should I pick? if you have better suggestions please let me know. Thanks! (sorry for my bad english im learning :D )


Edited by Ismaz - 1/27/13 at 2:05pm
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Without a better fix about what you are looking for in terms of sound signature and supporting equipment, I don't think we can be very effective in helping you.

 

I prefer the hd650 over the sr225i, but I'm not looking for a can that sounds similar to it. I think I'm looking for something that has clarity, but not too harsh sounding. I suppose this is why I was looking at the MS-Pro, because of how it's more neutral than the RS equivalent... Also, I'm not a basshead, but I don't want a bass anemic can either.


Take a look at the outstanding HE-500, which is the same price as the MS-Pro.

post #23983 of 29490
Hey guys!
I'm in the market for a pair of cans in the $150-230 price range. I've found a few candidates and am just about sold on the AKG K167 Tiësto. I was previously sold on the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros but they seem to be a little too bassy and not the absolute best for the price. I listen to about 35% rock, 35% R&B, and the rest is a mix between pop, rap, and classical. I also want the HD598 but they don't really seem to have enough bass. As you may be able to tell, I do slightly lean towards bass (slightly). I won't be amping them. I will use them for portable use if they are portable headphones like the K167s but if I were to get the HD598s, I'd use them for home. Basically, it doesn't matter if they're portable or not, but if they aren't portable they just better have some great sound coming out of them!

Thanks!
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I think you'd be very happy with the K167.

post #23985 of 29490

Hey guys,

I'm looking for some headphones for around $150-200, I listen to mostly rock & rap. They will be amped with a fiio e9 or schiit magni, and they can be open or closed. I have been looking at a couple headphones like:

 

DT770 Pro 80

DT770 Pro 250

Sennheiser HD598

 

All suggestions are appreciated thanks.


Edited by JdmKicks94 - 1/27/13 at 8:09pm
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