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post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 

After being exposed to somewhat better music than stock ipod earbuds (skullcandy titans), which just broke recently because some punk kid tried to shoot the gap between me and a wall and caught my headphones.

Anyway, I found http://www.amazon.com/Skullcandy-Titan-S2TTDZ-116-Black-Blue/dp/B004MWI5TA/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1324050534&sr=1-5 and was wondering if anyone knows of a better deal/pair of headphones on a budget.

Price range is ~$35 but might consider going up to 40 or 50 bucks if its worth it.

 

I listen to all kinds of music but really enjoy my hip hop and rap on my ipod touch. Prefer earbuds because of portability but I've been considering getting a pair of full/mid sized headphones because they probably sound a lot better.

 

 

Appreciate any and all help given. At this point I don't know if I overlooked anything that would be helpful, so please ask questions if they help.

post #2 of 40

Try the Xeport 5010.

 

http://www.amazon.com/XePort-5010-8-SuperBass-isolating-earphones/dp/B005J0RAI6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324144223&sr=8-1

 

Tunable bass like the Hippo VB and Meelec SP51, but you can get it from their site for $15. Great IEM for a basshead on a budget.

post #3 of 40
Thread Starter 
I checked their site like you advised and saw that they have their Ceramic ones for a few bucks more (~25 w/ shipping). Do you know anything about these? How does their nylon braided wire compare to the rubber one of the 5010's? Do they not come with the bass tuners?
post #4 of 40

Check out this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/584767/xeport-review-fanclub-thread

 

I prefer the cable of the 5010s, and no the ceramic ones don't come with any sort of bass customization. That kind of thing isn't all that common.

post #5 of 40

I like the JVC FX1X and the Mee M6 and M9. They are all good sets and I liked them better than any of the Skullcandy headphones I owned. I have had the smoking buds, inkd, hesh, gi, titans, and some other inears from them.

post #6 of 40

MEE will fit your price range.  If you can do 40 bucks, try the DUNU Tridents :)

post #7 of 40
Thread Starter 

After looking at the Tridents from Dunu, I really like their design. The only thing keeping me from my decision is the price.

 

The XePort 5010/Mee M9 is really looking good for 15 bucks but the Tridents look damn sexy but are 40 bucks.

 

 

Anyone have some analyzing points for me to consider, besides the sexiness of the tridents, to help me decide?


Edited by KtotheV - 12/17/11 at 12:35pm
post #8 of 40

Tridents have one of the best bang for the buck in terms of sound quality. Design is just an added bonus. I think MP4Nation has them on sale for 15% off. 


Edited by tinyman392 - 12/17/11 at 12:46pm
post #9 of 40
Thread Starter 

Sweet, thanks man. That's a little less to think about, although free 2 day shipping on my friends Prime account would've been nice, it can't beat 10 bucks off for a brokeass.

 

Still considering though for those with any pointers..

post #10 of 40
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Sweet, thanks man. That's a little less to think about, although free 2 day shipping on my friends Prime account would've been nice, it can't beat 10 bucks off for a brokeass.

 

Still considering though for those with any pointers..



Yeah, I know how you feel :p (I'm a broke college kid too :p).  Other ideas would be something like the Brainwavz Beta (I haven't heard them, but they do get good rep and they are a bass-heavy phone), Brainwavz M1 (balanced sound), Dunu Tridents (V-shaped sound), and once again MEE has a nice lineup (different signatures; clarity seems to have a more balanced mid-range, but not always; M series tends to be bass-heavy)... 

post #11 of 40

Scratch all of that...  MEE SP51/SP51P for 27 and 32 dollars respectively off MEE's website for the weekend...  Use coupon code: SOUND_PREF

 

Amazing deal.  Again, expires this weekend, and it's right up your alley.  Since they cost more than 25 bucks, apply the coupon code: SHIPPING_COUPON to get 3 bucks off shipping. 

post #12 of 40
Thread Starter 

Would you recommend the SP1 over the Tridents? The Mee still looks a bit plain, but I'm open if they are considerably better.


Edited by KtotheV - 12/17/11 at 1:41pm
post #13 of 40
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Would you recommend the SP1 over the Tridents? The Mee still looks a bit plain, but I'm open if they are considerably better.



I haven't heard them...  MEE is known for great quality though.  But I can't give you direct comparisons, sorry :(  The SP51s do have the advantage of having a tunable sound (allowing you to boost the mids, highs, and lows by using the turning ports).

post #14 of 40
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Decisions, decisions..

 

I still really like the design of the Tridents but I've also read up a lot on the SP51's and I'm more confused than ever.

 

 

I noticed the SP51's have 15-20khz, is that a big deal vs 20-20khz?

post #15 of 40
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Decisions, decisions..

 

I still really like the design of the Tridents but I've also read up a lot on the SP51's and I'm more confused than ever.

 

 

I noticed the SP51's have 15-20khz, is that a big deal vs 20-20khz?



Not entirely.  A frequency response won't tell you which IEM is better than the other...  The decision is up to you :p  I wish I could help you further, but I have yet to hear the SP51s :(

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