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Headed to college, looking for good headphones

post #1 of 6
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I'm new to these forums, but a buddy of mine visits this site every day and referred me here. I am about to go to college and want some headphones. The max I want to spend is $150, but preferably want to spend around $100 (or less wink.gif).



- Music. I don't need 100% perfect sound replication or anything. I don't compose music or do any studio work at all. I just want to listen to indie, techno, rock, and alternative music for entertainment.  I usually listen to music for 2-3 hours a day and appreciate good sound. I just want the music to sound "good" and real. My current headphones ($5 airplane headphones) sound extremely fake.

- Games. I own a PS3 and play computer games. I probably will only play 3-5 hours a week, but I still want to play games with these headphones.

- TV / Movies. I watch movies often and if possible, would like to feel immersed in the action.


I tried on a pair of Bose AE headphones in Target and was wowed by the quality. But a few quick searches online showed me that they aren't really that great.


I also learned about the difference between closed / open headphones. How much sound leakage would occur in open headphones? Would I disturb a room mate if I was using the headphones (at medium volume) in the same room?



Any recommendations would greatly be appreciated. Thanks!!

Edited by juice lee - 6/17/11 at 9:43pm
post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 

Oh, dang.  I was supposed to put this in that giant thread.


My fault. Sorry. I'll re-post this there.

post #3 of 6

No problem, I'll give you some suggestions anyway:


AKG K240 studio


Grado SR60i




Sennheiser HD448, HD555, HD518


Shure SRH440

post #4 of 6

AD700 are needing an honorable mention in this thread.

post #5 of 6

well, prior to the college where more people live in one room and in case you wont get tolerant roommates, i highly advise beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro / 80 Ohm

They arent that expensive, i love their sound (yeah it's bassy because of closed design) but you wont annoy another people while listening to the music and noise in college wont drive you crazy.

I enjoyed my time with these beyers, i loved listening to the piano concertos on these.

I am also basshead (but i wont admit it to myself :D) and these headphones are bassy. but sound isnd muffled with bas, there is just more bass.

post #6 of 6
Try looking into the ultrasone hfi-580. Im a grado fan but needed sealed cans and got these. They are bassy but tolerable since bass is really tight. They can be had for ~150.
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