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Portable well balanced headphones < $300

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I've been eying the AIAIAI TMA-1's and they seem like a good match except that they supposedly lack on the higher end (treble). I listen to a lot of hip-hop, electronica/techno, dubstep, but I also listen to an equal amount of rock, acoustic, classical, and jazz(!). I don't want a pair of headphones that I will love with certain genres and feel completely disappointed with others. Here is what I'm looking for:
  • Portable (Around the size of TMA-1s/Beats)
  • Closed (Not too much sound leakage, some sound isolation)
  • Overall balanced sound (highs, mediums, lows, treble, bass) but would be nice if it had some "extra" bass.

Bonuses:
  • Modular (Replaceable cord, exchangeable ear cushions)
  • Foldable

Edited by donthurtme - 8/27/11 at 6:13pm
post #2 of 12

Look up the different versions of Sennheiser's HD25, one of them might be what you're looking for.

post #3 of 12

Shure 940

 

I would say Grado for your genres OP, but then CLOSED

 

So Shure 940 give you the best SQ under $300 while being some what balanced. I know you want balanced for mixed genres, but electronic and rock are best through a bright (grado like) sound signature. So a brigh can would play rock while also not flooding you out with bass from your electronic stuff.

post #4 of 12

The Sennheiser HD-25-1-II is an excellent portable.

http://www.headphone.com/headphones/sennheiser-hd-25-1-ii.php

 

I double checked all of the graphs at headroom and did not see anything out of place.  The 50Hz and 500Hz square wave response are actually quite good.  With a high sensitivity and 70 Ohm impedance they will work great with portable devices.

post #5 of 12

@NA Blur

 

Meh , according to dfkt review of TMA-1:

 

Quote:
Will the TMA-1 dethrone the Sennheiser HD 25-1 as the be-all-end-all DJ phones? Probably not. Do the TMA-1 generally sound better than the HD 25-1 to my ears? Yes, they do – especially noticeable in the bass, treble, and soundstage. The TMA-1 midrange however is a matter of taste, due to its “weight” and “thickness”.

 

So I  wouldn't go to the hd25-1 after having the TMA-1.

 

I  personnaly don't think that the srh940 is that good for techno (although not that bad too).

 

You might be more happy with an IEM. My senn IE7  work with everything. However I'm using the eq of my cowon. Maybe it's the mp3 player that makes a difference too.

 

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
I am looking at IEMs as an alternative. I will be pairing the headphones with a Cowon J3.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by donthurtme View Post

I am looking at IEMs as an alternative. I will be pairing the headphones with a Cowon J3.


As I  said I'm pretty happy with my senn IE7 , especially with the bass. If I  play with jeteffects of my cowon s9, it really becomes insane, how much bass you can get from them, and I  mean with great impact  (thanks especially to the mach3bass) . However I  can still enjoy classical on them.

Now you'd see many head-fier recommending the IE8  over the IE7 , but I  think it's a "snob" effect. Unless you can find the IE8  at a great  price....

You might open a new thread in the IEM  dedicated forum.

 

EDIT: if you are not interested by a phenomenal bass,  then the mids & high are more refined with the srh940. And the cowon eq/jeteffects  help quite a lot to push forward the bass of the srh940.


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 8/27/11 at 8:10pm
post #8 of 12

Just re-listenned the srh940 out of my  cowon s9, it's pretty good. I think they improve with burning, as I  was less impressed before.

post #9 of 12

Check out the Beyerdynamic DT770's, they're a great pair of closed headphones, although I don't believe they fold, which may be an issue for you portability wise. 

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

Just re-listenned the srh940 out of my  cowon s9, it's pretty good. I think they improve with burning, as I  was less impressed before.



You haven't burned them in yet?


 

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Originally Posted by MetaLicca View Post

Check out the Beyerdynamic DT770's, they're a great pair of closed headphones, although I don't believe they fold, which may be an issue for you portability wise. 



PORTABLE

 

noy

Non-portable. God, Beyer DTxxz series are like the anti-portable can of all time

post #11 of 12
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You haven't burned them in yet?

 

Burning them while listening to music .  I tested them from the cowon,  the first time without burning them . I  prefer to use them from my pc.

post #12 of 12

Check into the KRK KNS-6400 for $99. It's very well balanced and nothing in it's signature sticks out too much. It seems to have some very slightly forward mids though. It has good bass extension, but it doesn't have tons of bass impact. I replaced my stock pads with some KNS-8400 memory foam pads and it improves the bass a bit.

 

I think these are some of the best sounding headphones under $200 and they don't even need an amp!

 

Soundstage is also quite good. These have a ton of detail, but are not fatiguing at all. Cord is replaceable and with the upgraded pads it's one of the most comfortable headphones ever made. Nearly as comfortable as the K601 and D2000.

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