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post #1 of 17
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Hey, my Koss Portapros have recently broken and I'm looking to upgrade to a set of headphones in the price region of £30-£100. I would prefer a closed set as I was never really able to blast music with my portapros as they were semi open while on the bus/travelling. However I wouldn't mind an open set (as I believe their sound quality is superior?). As you may guess I don't really have a clue when it comes to headphones!! :D

 

I would like a fairly balanced set as I listen to rock, metal, jazz, ambience, classical, etc.

 

I did like the look of the Sennheiser HD 215 II (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sennheiser-215-II-Headphones-Attenuation/dp/B003LPTB4M/ref=sr_1_21?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1297888195&sr=1-21).

 

So yeah any input would be very much appreciated as I'm pretty stuck for choice here. Cheers. biggrin.gif         (apologies if this is in the wrong section)

post #2 of 17

I would recommend JVC HA-RX700 for £34.25 on Amazon or the Shure SRH440 for £64.95 on Simply Electronics.

 

I am a bit of a noob myself and have been researching here hardcore for the last few days and think they will be the one I'll be getting.

Then after the Denon AHD2000 at £199 beyersmile.png.

 

Other ones that stood out were the Creative Aururvana Live for £51.39 at Amazon and maybe to import the Alessandro MS-1 from Alessandro-products.com (don't know their delivery cost).  There are less choice then the usual comparable headphones from the US as they cost much more over here and over £100.

 

I can't find much info for Sennheisers that get seriously rated apart from the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II at £147 and that super expensive HD650.  I like the look of Denon DNHP 700 at £89.95 and that seems to be a good one but seems to be just the same level at Shure so not sure whether worth the extra money.  Do look cool tho.

 

Hope that helps.

post #3 of 17
Actually this probably is not the best section to post the query since the primary intended use appears to be portable biggrin.gif

Have you considered IEMs? They provide the most effective isolation (and little issue with leakage) and there are no worries about looking nerdish or whatever. Of course some folks just can't get on with them, worry about them being too isolating (though not all isolate equally) or find the insertion/removal routine too much hassle for their needs.

Head-Fier ljokerl has two enormous multi reviews of IEMs and portable headphones over on the "Portable Headphones, Earphones and In Ear Monitors" subforum.
post #4 of 17
Try the Sony MDR-V6 or 7506 (pro version). They're quite good headphones - I owned the V6 for years and still like them. These are widely used in studios and radio stations, as well, and can be found everywhere. You'll get recommendations for a lot of newer pairs, but the V6 is something of a classic. Give it some consideration.
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Originally Posted by chrisjackson View Post

Actually this probably is not the best section to post the query since the primary intended use appears to be portable biggrin.gif

Have you considered IEMs? They provide the most effective isolation (and little issue with leakage) and there are no worries about looking nerdish or whatever. Of course some folks just can't get on with them, worry about them being too isolating (though not all isolate equally) or find the insertion/removal routine too much hassle for their needs.

Head-Fier ljokerl has two enormous multi reviews of IEMs and portable headphones over on the "Portable Headphones, Earphones and In Ear Monitors" subforum.


http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/433318/shootout-67-portable-headphones-reviewed-beats-by-dre-solo-v-moda-crossfade-added-02-13

 

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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post

Try the Sony MDR-V6 or 7506 (pro version). They're quite good headphones - I owned the V6 for years and still like them. These are widely used in studios and radio stations, as well, and can be found everywhere. You'll get recommendations for a lot of newer pairs, but the V6 is something of a classic. Give it some consideration.

 

Great stuff.  I'll have a look at those as well.  For some reason, Sony doesn't seem to get much big up on here.  Or at least not on the threads that I found.

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the replies!

 

@ tyoung8, cheers for all the recommendations, I'm considering the Sennheiser HD 25-IIs right now judging from that comparison thread and general positive feedback all over the internet. The only thing which is really holding me back is because I live in a fairly rough area which means that there is a possibility that my headphones get stolen, which makes the other models somewhat tempting. However I am very tempted to buy them for home use and buy some inexpensive in-ears for travelling.

 

@ chrisjackson, thanks for the reply, I had looked at a few IEMs and currently have a fair of cheap Creative ones but I have never really liked the idea of them when compared to headphones. I will check out that comparison thread now though. How do IEMs compare to full sized headphones in terms of audio quality?

 

@ uncleerik, cheers for the recommendation, they seem very reasonably priced and well reviewed. At the moment it's between them and the HD 25-IIs. Think an audio noob like me would appreciate the latter over the former?

post #7 of 17
The links ljokerl gives at the top of his post to the basic guide on IEMs and guide on tips are worth reading.
I guess you'll need to work out for yourself whether you can get along with IEMs. If you can, good quality sound is certainly achieveable at a price. But if you want your purchase to double for home use, maybe a good portable headphone would be better. But then if theft is too much of a threat, as you say a cheapie IEM (or portable) and nice full size phone (needn't be portable) for home use might be another option. Great conundrum.

FWIW one of the cheapest IEMs I've seen mentioned on Head-Fi is the Energy Sistem E210/1/2/3/4 (final number identifies colour) which are only a tenner from Amazon. A search on Head-Fi for "EP212" will give info on them. Unfortunately, it seems the tips they're provided with are pretty useless and you'll need to do some searching to find what works best for you (which is usual anyway).
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

I've read through ljokerl's links and post, and I think that like you said a pair of cheap IEMs for travel may be a good bet. I don't think I want to spend a great deal on a pair of IEMs which I may not use at home.

 

I have since been looking at alternatives for the HD 25-IIs and have come across the Sennheiser 555. Would the open design of the 555 give better 'soundstage' or audio quality compared to the closed design of the 25-IIs? Because they are quite a bit cheaper and I could use them at home where isolation/sound leaking is not an issue (whilst using the cheap IEMs, maybe those E210s when I'm out and about). Cheers.

post #9 of 17

Here is another guy looking for cheap headphones which might help:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/539906/best-headphons-for-under-100-help/15#post_7287994

post #10 of 17
The Sennheiser HD555s were long a standard recommendation to folks who listen mainly to classical and jazz. They've recently been discontinued but you may still find one at a good price (someone on Head-Fi this last week mentioned spotting one going cheap at a Dixons or Currys). I understand the Portapros are renowned for having a warmer and bassier presentation which may be better suited to rock; likewise maybe the Denon AH-D1001/CAL! discussed in the thread tyoung8 offers a link to.
I'd probably be inclined to go with an open Sennheiser or AKG but, of course, saying that only that reveals my own musical preferences biggrin.gif Be interested to know what your home source is and whether you'll have the option to equalise in a bit more bass if and when you feel your rock tracks demand it.
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'll be going to Currys and PC World tomorrow, they're fairly big stores so hopefully should have some on show to try on. I nearly ordered the CAL last night but then I read this http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/471820/creative-aurvana-live-versus-sennheiser-hd428 so at the moment it's the 428 vs the CALs, but I do prefer the design of the 428s, they are cheaper, and that poster seemed to prefer their bass response. My home source will only be my computer, plus an ipod touch a guitar amp. Which is why I am less inclined to spend a larger amount (i.e. the HD-25s) as I probably wouldn't benefit from them given my set up. I think I'll rule out open headphones for now as from what I read they aren't best suited for bass-heavy songs, plus I'd like to use a pair of closed phones for drumming. I'll try testing some out and will probably order tomorrow. Thanks for all your help guys.

post #12 of 17
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Tried out a few pairs on the weekend. Really loved the 558s but they were too expensive and open, still I was very tempted. Ordered the 428s instead as the ones I tried on sounded amazing for the price, a nice warm tone sound. They should be arriving next week (due to backlog) but I'll post my feedback on here incase anyone is looking for recommendations.

post #13 of 17

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Originally Posted by tyoung8 View Post
I like the look of Denon DNHP 700 at £89.95 and that seems to be a good one but seems to be just the same level at Shure so not sure whether worth the extra money.  Do look cool tho.

 

Hope that helps.



The Denon DN-HP500 has the same look (although they're smaller than 700) at £65 (Amazon). I'm considering those myself. Also, Amazon has Denon AH-D501 at £28 right now, I think that's a pretty good deal (compared to other <£30 headphones), although I haven't heard them.

post #14 of 17

JVC HA RX700 gets my vote ~ sounds like a better, balanced Denon D2000.

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Got the headphones today (the 428s), first of all I'll talk about comfort. They have a pretty standard design with soft foamy pads which are really comfy. It can be extended by quite a bit if you have a larger than normal head. However I have found it to be slightly uncomfortable while wearing glasses and I have to tip them upwards so they rest on the top of the headphones. Note that my glasses frames are quite thick so I don't imagine that there will be many problems with thinner frames.

 

The wire is pretty long however it feels rather cheap, especially when compared to my PortaPros which are made out of a tougher plastic. I wrapped it up with a tie as I don't need that kind of length. Isolation is decent however it only really muffles out sounds.

 

As far as sound goes (so far) I am really enjoying them, everything seems precise (unlucky my muddy sounding PortaPros) and a bit more clinical. I have found that some of the highs feel tiring on the ear however I'm hoping sound quality will improve when I burn them in.

 

All in all, a great purchase for only £40 I think.

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