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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Hey! this is my first post on head-fi. So as you can guess I am very new to this headphone thing. I am looking for the best headphones for hopefully under 50 dollars. I am looking for good sound quality but I am a little more interested in comfort. I have been looking around a little bit and the sennheiser hd 203 interested me. But I don't know any better way to find out about headphones then asking people with lot of experience. So I am asking, What is the best headphones for under 50 dollars? (I would prefer closed headphones also).

By the way I usually listen to techno, pop, dance, and jazz.

post #2 of 26

I've heard good things about these. I don't know much about headphones, but stay away from Skullcandy and most headphones at Bestbuy

post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 

Odd, in all my searching I never found those. They (Panasonic RP-HTX7) are certainly a definite option and seem to be a decent pair of headphones for the price. I also agree that staying away from Skullcandy is a good idea. I had a pair of Skullcandy Ink'd earbuds and they fell apart within a month. But I will consider those headphones you mentioned, they seem like a viable option.

post #4 of 26

I would also say that the JVC HA-RX700 should be a consideration for a closed headphone. I think these would do well for all your genres, but they are big and the cable is long.

 

Perhaps look into the AKG K 81 DJ if you can still find them. I don't know if you would like these for jazz, though.

 

I can say that my wife really likes her HTX7's. She mostly listens to techno, dance, and J-Pop. Take that for what it is.

 

Good Luck,

 

-Nylan

 

post #5 of 26
If you're new to this, I would highly suggest that you check out ljokerl's two massive comparison threads (IEMs and portables) They outline a lot of choices, and he assigns numerical scores to everything, so it's really easy to tell at-a-glance:
http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/433318/shootout-72-portable-headphones-reviewed-monster-beats-studio-added-03-22
http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/478568/multi-iem-review-154-iems-compared-monster-jamz-padacs-aksent-added-03-21
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 

That's a lot of headphones. I was looking through the list and came to the HTX7 entry. It mentioned that they weren't as comfortable as the JVC HAS700. Then I read the entry on those JVC headphones. It seems like they are more comfortable than the HTX7's but not as good of sound quality. Has anyone tried either or both of these headphones? and if so which ones are better, in your opinion. Is the comfort a good trade-off for worse sound quality? If I was to go out and buy one of these pairs right now I would probably go with the HAS700 because of comfort. I am a little wary of JVC headphones because I have a pair (the HA-NC80) and I feel that they are extremely uncomfortable and fall of my head.

post #7 of 26

Superlux HD668b. 

superlux_668_5.jpg

 

Comfortable, cirum-aural, semi-closed. Best sound available for $50. Period. 


Edited by Negakinu - 3/23/11 at 9:08am
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 

The Superlux HD668b look very good. The reviews I could find all gave it good feedback. The only problem is I can't find these for sale except on ebay. I really really don't want to buy headphones again on ebay. I tried it once and it ended in disappointment (long story short, I don't want to buy headphones on ebay). And besides the pair I could find on ebay was 52 dollars with 11 buck shipping. Are these available anywhere else?

post #9 of 26

Depending on your location, they can be had for as low as $35. Even in brick-and-mortar stores. Where are you from?

post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 

I am in Denver Colorado

post #11 of 26

Ah alas. Thank god I'm European. wink_face.gif I wouldn't know where to get them in America without going the Ebay-route. Maybe other people in here can help you out?

post #12 of 26
Get the Samson SR850 from amazon ($37)
they share the same drivers as that superlux
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 

The Samson SR850 seem extremely similar to the Superlux hd-681. Strangely I can find the hd-681 pretty easily (even on Amazon). But the hd-681 are also available for $30 <http://www.rainbowguitars.com/recording/superlux/hd-681-semi-open-headphones/XHD681/SU>. I may go with the SR850 or the HD-681 (depending on the differences between the two). I would mostly be listening out of my computer and ipod so I would prefer something that would still sound good without a headphone amp.

post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by 12150w View Post

The Samson SR850 seem extremely similar to the Superlux hd-681. Strangely I can find the hd-681 pretty easily (even on Amazon). But the hd-681 are also available for $30 <http://www.rainbowguitars.com/recording/superlux/hd-681-semi-open-headphones/XHD681/SU>. I may go with the SR850 or the HD-681 (depending on the differences between the two). I would mostly be listening out of my computer and ipod so I would prefer something that would still sound good without a headphone amp.



I would warn you that though they seem similar, reading impressions on another forum tells me that the 681 and the SR850 are very different. From what I've read, the SR850 has superlux drivers(you can find pictures of this online), but whether they're the 661 or 681 ones is unclear. Reading impressions on another forum seems to suggest they sound very similar to the HD668 with perhaps a bit more bass because of a higher clamping force.

In any case I absolutely love my Samson SR850 and highly suggest them. They quite clearly sound better than my much more expensive Denon D1100s. Needless to say, they handily win over the Panasonic HTX7 and JVX HAS700 mentioned. Even the RX700s which I always championed as the budget king of headphones loses. The samsons would also work excellently for the genres you suggested.

To compare them to the Denon D1100, which are the only other Headphones I have with me at the moment, bass is hefty without at all being intrusive. Highs are clear without being sharp at all, I can hear detail with them I couldn't with the Ds. Mids are silky smooth. They do need some burn in according some other impressions I read, but mine sounded great out of the box and seem like they are only getting better.

In terms of comfort, they are great for me and I've worn them for 4+ hours straight the past couple of days. Some in another forum said they get a bit tight for those with larger heads, and some don't like the included pads, but those can be remedied by stretching the band or by buying beter pads from AKG or Beyer. Most comfortable headphones I've owned besides the D1100 though. They are semi open, so they do leak some, but it's barely any worse than the RX700.

I honestly can't think of a better value.

post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice. Sound leaking is not a problem for me at all because I probably won't use these headphones too much around people who would mind. I think I will go with the Samson SR850 because of its sound quality with decent comfort (pretty much exactly what I was hoping to find). Thanks for all the help.

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