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Recommendations for over the ear, preferably open air headphones for around $200

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

 

I have very limited knowledge in headphones and I'm looking to get my first pair of "nice" headphones. It's be great anyone can recommend some over the ear ones, preferably open air headphones with a maximum budget of around $200. I listen to all genres but would like it to have just a slight bass emphasis and not be so analytical. 

 

Thanks

post #2 of 34

what are you using to drive them?

post #3 of 34

There really aren't many open air over hear headphones at that price range. only good openones i can think of are Grado's and those are on ear. i don't suggest an open air. as a new person a lot come here asking for open ones. you don't need one. if you want just a slight bass emphasis i recommend

SRH 840

Sennheiser 400 or 500 series - im not a big sennheiser knowledge man. someone will know the best one for you

 

Really the sRH840 with an E11 would be your best bet. you probably don't have a good amp or anything. so the $150 SRH 840 whitch is great for most things and can also be used as studio refrence headphones would be great. Shure has a great mid "house" sound that the 840's have. the 840's are also comfortable. Add that in with an amp and you should be set.

 

post #4 of 34
Thread Starter 

I'm not going to have any amps. I figure for $200 I don't really want to spend too much on a portable amp and a Fiio may not be enough to drive them? Any suggestions? 

post #5 of 34

Guys,

 

I'm in the same ball game too. Currently using Grado SR80 and love them but tried a pair of AKG K271 MKII and they sounded terrible compaared to my Grado. I read on AV that the Shure 840 were the best in the $200 range, would love to hear more opinions before buying the Grado 225i or Shure 840.

 

Thanks,

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post #6 of 34

I will be using the headphones with no amplification.

 

Wiggy

post #7 of 34

I'm using the Audio Technica AD900, you can score it for ~200-220 on amazon, and after a day of burn in, they sound great. I'm not sure how much bass you are looking for, but I'm not a basshead and these are fine for me. I drive them using my iPhone, and the sound difference when using an amp is really miniscule.

 

Let me mention that I tried the AT m50s, and the AD700, and I did not like them. the ad700 was too fatiguing, and the m50 even more so.

post #8 of 34

the SRH 840's are easy to drive and could be drive with out an amp. but like EVERY audiophile headphone in the $200 range. you will get a lot better sound WITH an amplifier.

 

The E11 will drive a majority of headphones up to $350. it drives headphones really well up to ~$250 

 

plz...just take advice from a 500+ Head-Fe'er >_< or any other ranked one that happens onto this thread.


Edited by bowei006 - 12/31/11 at 3:08pm
post #9 of 34

Where can I find the E11 headphone amp?

 

Wiggy

post #10 of 34
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Where can I find the E11 headphone amp?

 

Wiggy



Amazon. or really anywhere that sells FiiO products. if you aren't in the U.S then http://www.headphonebar.com/ which is canadian

the e11 is $65 USD

post #11 of 34

What would you be using it with? Computer? MP3 player? A receiver? Why would you want open? Why would you want closed? Is isolation a big deal for you?  And so on..


Edited by Coq de Combat - 12/31/11 at 3:48pm
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What would you be using it with? Computer? MP3 player? A receiver? Why would you want open? Why would you want closed? Is isolation a big deal for you?  And so on..

Those are good questions. I was too lazy to type and ask. but as we can see. we have kinda moved from open.
 

 

post #13 of 34

sony.jpgI guess open or close doesn't matter as long as their comfortable and sound bettter than my Grado SR80's. No mp3, using in my home stereo, using a modded Sony 5400es that has a headphone jack pictured on the bottom.

 

 

post #14 of 34
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post

sony.jpgI guess open or close doesn't matter as long as their comfortable and sound bettter than my Grado SR80's. No mp3, using in my home stereo, using a modded Sony 5400es that has a headphone jack pictured on the bottom.

 

 


anyone else with my on SRH840? for sub $200?

 

post #15 of 34

AudioTechnica ATH-AD900 might be an option.

 

I'm looking into them as my next pair.

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