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Alternatives to beats by dre ?

post #1 of 32
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Hi, I'm, new to this forum! ( not sure if this is the right place to post this thread )

 

This is my first time i will be buying expensive headphones which i need for university and traveling around. I was blown by the the dre headphones which my friend bought. I want to buy something similar to beats. Could you guys recommend some good headphones?

 

I don't care for looks, My headphones should be very comfortable to wear, excellent sound quality and portable. I'm looking to use them for 2-3 years. My budget is maximum $250

 

Music i listen to - Hiphop, Raggae, Trance

Thanks guys darthsmile.gif

 

 

 


Edited by Xamanus - 1/1/12 at 4:26am
post #2 of 32

I'm sure other people would suggest various other headphone brands better than my suggestion since they are true audiophiles but here's mine.If looks truly aren't important,stay away from any celebrity brand headphones such as the beats by,soul by luda,sms by 50 etc..they are mainly for looks and street cred.

 

Under $250,I would suggest the Audio Technica ath-m50.Many have praised it's excellent sound quality especially for its price,unfortunately the price has gone up a bit in the past year but they are still well below $250.They offer a flat sound frequency(no In-your-face bass emphasis) and are studio moniter headphones.

 

IF however,you want a headphone with emphasized bass like myself,you can go for the Audio Technica Pro700mk2.These are true basshead headphones with strong,precise bass that sounds clear,hits hard and does not sacrifice the quality of mids and trebles(I'm sure since you heard the beats you would know that while the bass is loud and boomy,it has a bit of a slow moaning feeling and the vocals and other instruments sound muffled or pushed into the background.Not clear-sounding.)

I have personally auditioned the pro700mk2 very recently and definitely prefer them over beats.Am saving up to own a pair soon :)

 

Both are below $250 and I believe they have a low impedence,so no problem running well on an ipod or portable music-player.Not to mention both of them are very well-built and sturdy,unlike the glossy plastic beats.

 

If you're interested in either of these headphones,try checking out the basshead headphones review by the user named crinacle on this forums,he compares 3 different headphones against each other and gives a detailed comparison.

 

Forgive me if I may have typed a lot here,just don't want someone falling for the over-priced,under-performing beats.Also forgive me if I have offended you in any way by insulting beats.


Edited by OmenWalker - 1/1/12 at 5:58am
post #3 of 32

I would recommend three headphones: Ultrasone HFI-580 (Pro900 if you're willing to splurge a little), Sennheiser HD25 or the V-Moda M80. Good luck on your search.

post #4 of 32

audio technica pro700mkII or Ultrasone HFI580.. you'll know what is wrong with beats headphone after you try those two..

 

cheers,

post #5 of 32

But the guy is looking for nice bass & comfort

post #6 of 32

 

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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

But the guy is looking for nice bass & comfort



Comfort and portability aren't best of friends anyway, at least in the headphones world.

post #7 of 32
If you liked the Beats I think you do like the overblown bass to some extend. The Pro 700 MK 2 should fix that bill nicely.
post #8 of 32
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Originally Posted by crinacle View Post

I would recommend three headphones: Ultrasone HFI-580 (Pro900 if you're willing to splurge a little), Sennheiser HD25 or the V-Moda M80. Good luck on your search.


Same 3 I was going to recommend.
post #9 of 32

Pioneer HDJ2000. Looks very nice, relatively comfortable, and fairly bass-happy sound sig. And they're built about as tough as V-MODAs, if not more.

post #10 of 32

what about iems instead? like monster turbine pro golds, same price as beats,  wayyy better. really good bass and detailed. lifetime warranty too.

post #11 of 32

As a beats studio owner I'd say the following are ones I've heard and can vouch for:

 

Audio Technica ATH-M50 These fit genre of music you listen to perfectly...

 

Shure SRH440 They don't have as much bass but there is decent bass. They are very clear and even with better headphones I find myself listening to these when I go out or at work..

 

Sony XB700 The bass on these are better than the ones on the beats.. I don't own these but I have heard them..

 

The above headphones are very easy to drive so a cheap amp with work for them..

 

These are headphones I haven't heard but I here they sound great..

 

Shure SRH840 I heard they have better bass than the SRH440's but have never heard them before..

 

I hear Ultrasone cans sound great but the only ones I have heard are the PRO900 and yes they destroy my beats in every possible way..


Edited by KyungMin - 1/1/12 at 5:16pm
post #12 of 32
+1 for the V-Moda M80
post #13 of 32
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

But the guy is looking for nice bass & comfort



The pro700mk2 is pretty uncomfortable...Switch out the pads with m50 ones?

post #14 of 32

If you looking for bass and comfort there is only 1 headphone sony xb700.....if you don't mind the huge pillows that is,but they rock!!!!!!!

post #15 of 32

I would get one of the shures for the detachable cable because you're going to be using it for portability.

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