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Good Headphone under $50.

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Guys, i need ur valuable advice on a good headphone under $50... 

Usage : Music, Movies & gaming with Xonar DX.

 

I was thinking of Sony XB500 & JVC HARX700.

Any better options? 

 

Thanks in advance..

post #2 of 16

Heya,

 

What kind of music mostly?

 

XB500's are excellent for music/movies, especially if bass is what you want. Just equalize the mids/highs up a tad and you're golden.

 

Other options near the $50 mark (under is tough):

 

HD681

SR850 <-- I suggest this one.

HD688B

 

Very best,

post #3 of 16

JVC RX700 is a great all-rounder, very much underrated and under priced in my opinion.

 

Sony XB500 is excellent for bass-driven songs but will make all other genres muddy. Also while extremely comfortable they can make your ears hot.

post #4 of 16

I've seen quite a lot positive comments on HARX700 for gaming in that pricerange for a closed headphone. It's probably a very good pick.

 

I'm using XB500 for music listening and gaming (I only very rarely watch movies but I'd figure they'd be quite entertaining for that purpose for action/war etc movies). I've rarely seen any comments on XB500 regarding gaming so here's my opinion. They have clear positional cues, somehow they even beat big brother XB700 in this regard and with my setup I can in most games tell exactly from which directions the sounds are coming from, even behind/front and above/beneath (this will heavily depend on your source/DAC though, I did some brief testing with an ASUS D2 though and with dolby headphone especially it worked very well). I'm using a pretty much optimally EQ'd XB500 though for hearing all details as great as possible, the bass is still a bit overhelming in some circumstances but I'm a basshead and willing to sacrifice that, for competitive gaming a more basslight headphone would be good but then again these are so much fun with explosions and such going on, it feels much more realistic in that regard so immersion there's nothing wrong about at least but it depends if you're the kind of guy simply looking to get as great success in online gaming as possible or just playing "for fun". Positional sound is great like I said but the huge bass quantity can overhelm with explosions, rocket launchers and such things. An important note to notice with ASUS cards though is that the EQ isn't of very good quality, so you're probably better of with a bit better balanced headphone such as the HARX700.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 8/24/11 at 12:32pm
post #5 of 16

I'm going to come in and recommend the Superlux 681 and 668B before the usual suspects dobeyersmile.png

post #6 of 16

Sony V6, Audio-Technica ATH-SJ5, Sennheiser HD428, and Panasonic RP-HTX7 are four headphones worth considering in your price range.

post #7 of 16

Superlux HD-668Bs

Audiohipster has a better price then Amazon

post #8 of 16

Superlux HD-668B is extremely good for the price. Their signature is somewhat V-shaped and is fairly treble happy.

 

For those that are up for modding and are comfortable with recables, you can turn it into something even better with just $6 in wire and by removing the black paper behind the grill.

I actually disliked this headphone (only due to it's signature) until modding it. I've found that with Belden wire it's more neutral and the mids are much better.

 

With all the mods, it's easily the best $50 gaming headphone there is.

 

Also, I just picked up the HD-428 at Best Buy for $59 on sale. Sure it's online for cheaper, but I'm lazy and didn't want to wait.

I demoed it in store and it actually sounded quite good.

 

Sony MDR-7506 isn't bad if you can get them around $50, but I don't think you can.

 

Another headphone I like is the Beyer Dynamic DT-235. It's supra-aural, but will run an extra $5.

post #9 of 16

If memory serves me right the Koss UR40s aren't half bad.  Granted they are flimsy. 

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

 An important note to notice with ASUS cards though is that the EQ isn't of very good quality, so you're probably better of with a bit better balanced headphone such as the HARX700.



Wats wrong with Xonar EQs?

post #11 of 16
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Wats wrong with Xonar EQs?


It just isn't good! Even missing values on the sliders is a big fail but yea it colors the frequencies too much or it can't give a natural sounding boost to the frequencies, it's not much better than for example Realtek onboard chip's EQ. It's a night and day difference comparing Titanium HD's EQ to the ASUS for example. When EQ'd optimally my XB500 sounded much better on either the Audigy 2 ZS/kX audio driver's wonderful EQ or Titanium HD's compared to ASUS D2's EQ, the difference was strikingly huge. Not all EQs are equally good, far from it. I've you gotten used to having a good EQ you're not gonna be able to cope without one after hearing how big improvements you can make to most headphones as at least 95%+ of headphones aren't optimally balanced or sounding like you'd personally optimally prefer/percieve it to sound like.

 


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 8/25/11 at 2:42am
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for your help, ordered the XB500... biggrin.gif

post #13 of 16
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Thanks all for your help, ordered the XB500... biggrin.gif


Good for you!

 

Remember, equalize the mids/highs up just a little. They will come alive like you wouldn't believe. Such a great little headphone once this is done. And oooohhh the bass.basshead.gif

 

Very best,

post #14 of 16
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Good for you!

 

Remember, equalize the mids/highs up just a little. They will come alive like you wouldn't believe. Such a great little headphone once this is done. And oooohhh the bass.basshead.gif

 

Very best,



Will do... Any tips for burn-in?

I've used noise n sweep from burninwave.com for my Altec Lansing VS4121 speakers and they did some magic on the speakers... Shall i do the same for headphones?

post #15 of 16
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Will do... Any tips for burn-in?

I've used noise n sweep from burninwave.com for my Altec Lansing VS4121 speakers and they did some magic on the speakers... Shall i do the same for headphones?


Heya,

 

That's up to you. I didn't notice anything that I could definitely say was a change that wasn't just in my head. I would say to just listen to them. They're great out of the box. Burn in phenomenon is like being a sports fan.

 

Put 'em on your head. Listen.

 

Very best,

 

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