Originally Posted by EC09
Looks like Wiggy took over the thread, but that's okay. I'm looking for something desktop. I understand most headphones should be paired with an amp, but what would be the best unamped headphone for around the price? It's not a necessary for them to be open, but I don't need isolation and would like a big soundstage.
Grado/Allesandro MS1 or MS2. If i remember correctly. the MS1 doesn't need to be amped(but will benefit) it's an update o the SR80i. the MS2 is $200 and in your range...however last i check it needs to be amped.
These are on ear. not over ear. but it doesn't matter anyway since you don't need isolation. other than these. i know very few other headphones in this price range that have a fully opened design
AKG 240 MkII is also a very good mention, but if i remember..same case as all the others..need to be amped
ok let me just say this EC09 and for all other newbies happening onto this STOP SAYING "NO AMP" you are in the big boy leagues now. Get an amp, most need an amp! Not because it's not enought to be driven but bc the amp makes it sound soo much better! AND because most headphones, even the ones in the $100 range don't get enough power for real music listening.
I now recommend either Grado MS1 with E11 amp = total $160
Or: AKG K240 Mk II with E11 amp = total $200
Since you are a desktop user. I would recommend the E10 more, but the E10 is $80 compared to $65 with the E11. the E10 isn't as bass punchy as the E11 but is higher quality as it has a DAC and is more clear overal.
Very few headphones are open in this price range. the aKG's are over ear and are semi open. giving you good bass,soundstage and what not. and both are comforrtable. soem like the grado sound, some don't. try them out
The only other heapdhones i can recommend are ultrasone's..but they don't hve the soundstage that the Grado's are offering with their open design, you can still check them out though
Ultrasone HFI 580 and HFI 780.. these don't need to be amped. but again. improve a lot with an amp.
if you need me to elaborate on any of my topics/subjects. feel free to ask :)
any other ranked head fiers want to add to this list. im sure i got it all thoguh :/
Edited by bowei006 - 12/31/11 at 7:49pm