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Beats Style Headphones but Not Beats?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hello Everyone,

 

I am pretty new to the higher end headphones. I was wondering are there any high end offerings that offer the style of Beats, but a lot better SQ?

 

Thank you!

Alan

post #2 of 30

It depends on how you define "style". If sci-fi looking matches your aesthetics then HD800 is on top of the list. If you are a retro-style guy, nothing beats Grado. IMO Beats look cheap, low-end and ugly: just like those big-a** chrome wheels people put on their crappy cars.

 

Here are some audiophile grade headphones that I regard as "well-designed":

Ultrasone ED8

AKG K701

Denon D2K, D5K, D7K

Most of Audio-Technica W Series models

post #3 of 30

Not "high-end" but Beats lookalikes:

Fanny Wang

Soul by Ludacris.

post #4 of 30

Try the Phiaton MS400

 

Really nice looking, lots of bass.

post #5 of 30
Thread Starter 

I think the Phiatons look pretty nice, but how is the SQ on that? I have only read up on the Sennheiser and Ultrasone (which I think look pretty cool)

 

I am guessing the Fanny Wang and Soul stuff don't sound good.

 

Haha... If only there were non-cheap looking ones. Like real chrome wheels :)

 

 

post #6 of 30

V Moda V80's ( trueblood version ) or their M80's maybe. Think the  outer earpiece metal is customizable. There's the trueblood and regulars. May be up your alley. I hear the build quality is top notch.

Jude approved even! http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/563971/how-are-the-new-judes-approved-apparently-v-moda-v80s

 

Search some threads.


Edited by nick n - 11/2/11 at 12:22am
post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 

I like the m80s they look nice!

post #8 of 30

Two good closed cans, for portable use, with great sound and great design...

 

Audio Technica ES7

 

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Beyerdynamic T50p (or 1350)

 

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And, mostly for design... the Bower and Wilkins P5

 

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Edited by liamstrain - 11/2/11 at 12:39am
post #9 of 30

Here's a section of the reviews for that, if you are interested. Nice looking cans. Some pics there too. Lots of scattered reviews in threads too

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/578207/v-moda-crossfade-m-80-reviews

 

also a good one here http://www.head-fi.org/products/v-moda-m-80-shadow-crossfade-m-80-remote-over-the-ear-headphones-shadow/reviews/5754


Edited by nick n - 11/2/11 at 1:09am
post #10 of 30
Thread Starter 

nicee I am leaning towards the m80s now.

 

How do the m80s compare to the Klipsch Image One in terms of SQ? (though the M 80 looks more stylish)

post #11 of 30

If you want Beat's style headphones. Take a look at the Shure SRH240's. Looks similar the the Beats Studio's imo.
 

post #12 of 30

For great audio and a sleek design, i'd raise a hand (as usual, other people don't give these the credit they deserve imo) for the AIAIAI TMA-1!

post #13 of 30

An K702 or ATH1000X or ATH5000 looks good... not sure if it's Beats "style"

post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by DarkChewby View Post

nicee I am leaning towards the m80s now.

 

How do the m80s compare to the Klipsch Image One in terms of SQ? (though the M 80 looks more stylish)



 Klipsch headphones really aren't anything you would want that much. IMOnot much class and underwhelming sound. You can find much better. The M80s, from what I've heard at least, sound and look amazing. And build quality is top notch (never tried them firsthand, but that's what I've heard).

post #15 of 30

The HD 598s look pretty nice. The tan gives it a distinct look and I think it really is pleasant.

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