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Searching for a closed all - rounder under $180

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hey, I have been searching for the past week for my next pair of headphones, but it has been really hard to decide which one and I'm not able to test any in my area.

 

I listen literally to ALL genres, from trash metal to bossa nova, I need them to be closed and portable but I would rather an over ear design, since I want to use them at home and at school.

 

What I don't like:

 

Harsh sound

Boomy bass

 

I know it's too much to ask but if you have an opinion about how they would perform as a studio monitor, please let me know.

 

I have owned:

 

Grado SR-80i - Still, got them, I found their highs to be at the limit of what I would start to consider harsh, and lack a little bit of bass punch.

Sennheiser HD 555 - I liked their overall sound, but they lacked bass, and I felt like they needed an amp, but I never got one. I no longer own them.

Sennheiser HD 428 - Meh, lacked overall strenght, a good start.

Some crappy $20 Sonys ;D -  No comment

 

 

I know this topic has been repeated thousands of times here but everyone has a different need :)

 

Thanks in advance :)

post #2 of 18

I haven't tried them, but you may want to add the Philips Uptown to your list.  They are getting great reviews.

post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by draven5494 View Post

I haven't tried them, but you may want to add the Philips Uptown to your list.  They are getting great reviews.

A few people have also complained about burn-in negatively affecting them.

 

This is actually quite hard, since portable/closed are mainly On-ear, and generally have a fair amount of bass. 

 

Over-ear and portable is tough. There aren't many, and not in that price range.

 

Skipping the over ear part, look at the V-moda M80, or possibly the CAL (Creative Aurvana Live), or Something else from audio technica since their products vary a lot.

 

and for your reference, I don't own ANY of them, so your gonna have to do a fair amount of reading on your own. then post back with your results and a more experienced member can eliminate some for you. good luck

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
By portable I just mean that They are not giant, They do not have to be super light or thin, just a reasonable size, like the ath m50.

I was considering the v moda but I've seen in sóme reviews that They are not very comfortable.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by usandthem1973 View Post

By portable I just mean that They are not giant, They do not have to be super light or thin, just a reasonable size, like the ath m50.
I was considering the v moda but I've seen in sóme reviews that They are not very comfortable.

ATH-M50 is bass heavy AFAIK.

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
I've read that they have great bass, but I have never heard them, but they are more or less the size I am looking for.
post #7 of 18

KRK KNS-8400.  Fantastic all-arounder.  $150.  I've owned the M50s (twice) and listened to the Uptowns.  I found the M50s to be boring and I've failed to see what all the fuss is about.  The Uptowns are pretty warm and I wouldn't consider them to be versatile for all genres (although they're slightly more comfortable than the 8400s).  The 8400s are about the same size as the M50s and isolate very well.  As far as I'm concerned, they're very close to neutral, but still well extended at both ends of the spectrum.  They're designed as monitoring headphones but work great for music.

post #8 of 18

Please consider placing such requests in the following thread.  Starting new threads here just makes it more crowded than it already is.  Thanks and please enjoy your stay here.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/529144/recommendations-thread-i-e-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here-please-read-op

post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
I've already done so, but I really don't think it improves on organization. It just makes It more difficult to folllow a conversation.

But Thanks, anyways.
post #10 of 18
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is worth consideration here, as well as the M-Audio Q40. They're both under budget. The unpopular third suggestion is the Bose AE2, which is on sale this month. I think the 280s are still going for around a bill, so I'd probably start there.
post #11 of 18

The Brainwavz Hm5, or its counterparts will fit your needs.

post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 

That is an interesting suggestion, I had never heard of the brand before.

 

Do you own them? What would you think about them in comparison with the ATH M50 and the Ultrasone 780?

 

Thanks a lot :)
 

post #13 of 18

I've never tried both, but the Hm5 has a calm neutral sound, I dare say the best all arounder under 180.

post #14 of 18

I own the Brainwavz HM5 and indeed i think it fits all of your requirements except maybe one, portability. They are a bit large but I wear them out anyway. They have extended bass that sounds very neutral and controlled. The mids are incredible, smooth yet detailed and a bit forward in the overall sound signature. The treble also retains great detail and extension but has a slightly soft presentation. The sound stage I'd say is particularly great for a closed can too. The isolation is also excellent. If you can deal with a bit of size I'd say they'd be the ideal cans for what you are after. Neutral with a slight dark tilt and a smooth, spacious and detailed sound.

 

Edit: They don't really need an amp as far as I can tell. One would refine the sound a bit, although the amp coloration/source would make the biggest difference. Otherwise quality and listening volume can be acquired easily with most sources. Also my avatar is the Brainwavz HM5 :)


Edited by IDReaper - 6/17/12 at 5:09pm
post #15 of 18
The M50s are dope! They have excellent extension and solid bass. The mids are a bit pulled back but everything is pretty well balanced for today's music. But at over $150 now there are other HPs that can compete. Here's an off the wall rec. how's about wireless? I retired my M50s after I got my Bluetooth Sennheiser PX210BTs because they are so good.

Here's a quick summary with the og link I discovered these in
http://www.head-fi.org/t/611585/sennheiser-px210bt-bluetooth-headphones-you-better-take-seriously/30#post_8460934
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