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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

I need some new headphones. My yuin PK2 earbuds keep on breaking. My warranty finally ran out. Im in college now though and dont need something as portable. I was wondering what were the beast headphones for $100. I can go more expensive if its worth the money but otherwise I want something thats sounds amazing and is truly durable. Also I would something that doesnt need to be amped. If it needs to be amped please also reccomend a nice cheap amp. 

 

Thanks for any help.

post #2 of 25

Depends very much on your musical tastes tbh, and without that information its difficult to advise.  Most would advise something like the grado sr80i if you like rock/guitar based music perhaps the Audio Technica M50 if into more electronic music, for a more flat sound maybe the Shure SRH440.  I have not really experimented with the Grado sound other than a quick listen to friends and have not owned the M50 either.  I have previously owned the SRH440 and enjoyed it a great deal and the build quality was superb IMO.

 

I would look into a local distributer where you can have a listen to options within your price range. Best of luck with you audio adventures.

post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 

The best thing I have by me is best buy, and they have mostly junk. I listen to a wide variety of music. Mostly rock though. I like some rap mostly being eminem. I was looking at the grados. Would I likely need an amp for those though? I mostly use them on a laptop and a ipod nano 6 g

post #4 of 25

Some blind suggestions:

MDR-V6

Alessandro MS1 (since you're already looking at grados)

 

post #5 of 25

no amp needed for grados

post #6 of 25

If you can stretch it a little, I would go with M50s. They are pretty much the best all around headphone for around that price. If not, HD555s are also really good. You can mod them to the 595s too.

post #7 of 25

you might as well get MDR-V6 for 50% off the M50 price... they are almost as good 

post #8 of 25

Go to a local guitar store and try to ask them to price-match you a pair of M50's for like $100 (just pick a good reputable online store ad).

 

These things mostly won't break unless you drop them from higher than 5th floor (someone on head-fi here dropped them from 5th floor onto concrete and they didn't break).

post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 

alright thanks I will look further into all of those.

 

EDIT:Also will the MDr v6 or the M50s be better than the grados?


Edited by gamefreak054 - 9/3/11 at 2:40pm
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by gamefreak054 View Post

I need some new headphones. My yuin PK2 earbuds keep on breaking. My warranty finally ran out. Im in college now though and dont need something as portable. I was wondering what were the beast headphones for $100. I can go more expensive if its worth the money but otherwise I want something thats sounds amazing and is truly durable. Also I would something that doesnt need to be amped. If it needs to be amped please also reccomend a nice cheap amp. 

 

Thanks for any help.


Heya,

 

Ultrasone HFI 580

Grado SR60i with L Cush pads (mandatory)

Samson SR850

Shure SRH440

Sony ZX700

 

Very best,

 


Edited by MalVeauX - 9/3/11 at 2:43pm
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 

Alright I looked at a few of those. I saw that a bunch of them are pretty wallet friendly. Can those really compete with the $150ish ones? or are they mostly hype. I find out that most stuff in general when its supposed to be just like the more expensive product, its not, and always lacking a certain something. 

 

After some really quick research im leaning toward the M50's from a lot of reviews Ive seen and just the over all quality of what they look like. If Im looking at the M50s what else should I be looking at?

 

 

Also thanks for the help guys, its truly appreciated. BTW I would be very willing to go to $150, I just dont want to be spending the $200-300 range. I also want something that I buy once and it will last me a long time, which I was hoping the yuins to be but they were not even close.

post #12 of 25

I agree with Alessandro MS1 or Grados SR60s

A great entry I believe

 

If you are looking at ATH M50s,

You would immediately see the mid-bass hump

The highs has a good extension

Closed Soundstage (immersed in the music)

Overall neutral

Low Impedence, no amp needed

Thick cable, all the decent Audio Technicas have sweet cables

Metal Plug, Gold Plated 3.5mm / 6.3 screw on

Built like a tank, foldable tank

 

Pads wear out, get hard

Clamping force (just loosen by hanging it over the retail box, thats what I did)

 

I think does well with all genres of music

post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by NoKTurNal View Post

I agree with Alessandro MS1 or Grados SR60s

A great entry I believe

 

If you are looking at ATH M50s,

You would immediately see the mid-bass hump

The highs has a good extension

Closed Soundstage (immersed in the music)

Overall neutral

Low Impedence, no amp needed

Thick cable, all the decent Audio Technicas have sweet cables

Metal Plug, Gold Plated 3.5mm / 6.3 screw on

Built like a tank, foldable tank

 

Pads wear out, get hard

Clamping force (just loosen by hanging it over the retail box, thats what I did)

 

I think does well with all genres of music

 

 

I agree with Alessandro MS1 or Grados SR60s

A great entry I believe

 

If you are looking at ATH M50s,

You would immediately see the mid-bass hump

The highs has a good extension

Closed Soundstage (immersed in the music)

Overall neutral

Low Impedence, no amp needed

Thick cable, all the decent Audio Technicas have sweet cables

Metal Plug, Gold Plated 3.5mm / 6.3 screw on

Built like a tank, foldable tank

 

Pads wear out, get hard

Clamping force (just loosen by hanging it over the retail box, thats what I did)

 

I think does well with all genres of music

 

 

post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 

Im not sure if the pads would bug me, but by clamping force im assuming the headband losing its strength and not clamping on your head as well correct?

 

Quality wise how do the grados or allesandro compare? I read some reviews on the SR60s using a cheaper plastic and they dont hold up 100% all the time.


Edited by gamefreak054 - 9/3/11 at 3:16pm
post #15 of 25

 

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Originally Posted by gamefreak054 View Post

 

 

After some really quick research im leaning toward the M50's from a lot of reviews Ive seen and just the over all quality of what they look like. If Im looking at the M50s what else should I be looking at?

 



I'd choose the HFI-580's over the M50's. 

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