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post #1 of 11
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Well I'm planning on buying my friend a pair of headphones for her birthday. I don't want to spend a lot of money so probably around $20-$30. She doesn't want Earbuds. She's been mostly looking at on-ear headphones. I want it to have good sound quality and good isolation for the price. Please help! 

 

Thanks

 

-mistarobotics

post #2 of 11

http://www.head-fi.org/t/433318/shootout-102-portable-headphones-reviewed-panasonic-rp-htf600-added-04-29-12

 

Check this thread out /\

 

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=8323&seq=1&format=2

 

or the monoprice 8323 for around $25 /\

post #3 of 11

At that price point I would probably take a look at the JVC HA-S700

 

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAS700-Portable-Full-Size-Headphone/dp/B0013OWPVO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342116697&sr=8-1&keywords=jvc+ha-s700

 

You won't find "great" sounding headphones for that price but these are pretty good and look very nice.

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At that price point I would probably take a look at the JVC HA-S700

 

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAS700-Portable-Full-Size-Headphone/dp/B0013OWPVO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342116697&sr=8-1&keywords=jvc+ha-s700

 

You won't find "great" sounding headphones for that price but these are pretty good and look very nice.

thanks. i saw some sennheiser hd202 ii and hd201 on amazon. Know which I should choose out of those?

post #5 of 11

The Philips offers some good sounding on ear headphones in that price range.

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thanks. i saw some sennheiser hd202 ii and hd201 on amazon. Know which I should choose out of those?


I think the HD201 is awful. Tinny sounding, no base, very long cable and not very efficient. The 202 sounds much better, maybe even better than the JVC, but is uncomfortable after 30 minutes or so - too much pressure on the ears and also has a long cable. The JVC is an around ear so it is very comfortable - like a much less expensive version of the Bose AE. All of this is my own opinion, of course.


Edited by bubsdaddy - 7/13/12 at 9:37am
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I think the HD201 is awful. Tinny sounding, no base, very long cable and not very efficient. The 202 sounds much better, maybe even better than the JVC, but is uncomfortable after 30 minutes or so - too much pressure on the ears and also has a long cable. The JVC is an around ear so it is very comfortable - like a much less expensive version of the Bose AE. All of this is my own opinion, of course.

 

Thanks smily_headphones1.gif I'll look into the JVC


Edited by mistarobotics - 7/14/12 at 4:29am
post #8 of 11

I find the Koss KSC75 to be a great sounding headphone and an exceptional performance for price buy, they are clip-on headphones and are an exceptional value and quite a steal as they sell for only $14.76 on Amazon, MRSP is $19.99. I dont have a lot of experience in this price-range of headphones, but I do own the Koss KSC75 and I find it be of exceptional sound quality for the price, and some people even prefer it to the $35-40 Koss PortaPro (MRSP $50).

 

You may want to check out THIS GUIDE here on Head-Fi for some help choosing headphones.

 

Taken from the headphone guide:

 

Clip-On

  • 1 - Koss KSC75 [$13-$15]: Best bang for buck phones anywhere. Very good for modding.

Portable

  • 1 - Koss PortaPro [$35]: Grado-like sound at a cheap price. KSC75 clips improve sound and portability.

 

Hope I could help,

Michael


Edited by mpsipos - 12/17/12 at 5:02pm
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I find the Koss KSC75 to be a great sounding headphone and an exceptional performance for price buy, they are clip-on headphones and are an exceptional value and quite a steal as they sell for only $15.57 on Amazon, MRSP is $19.99. I dont have a lot of experience in this price-range of headphones, but I do own the Koss KSC75 and I find it be of exceptional sound quality for the price, and some people even prefer it to the $35-40 Koss PortaPro (MRSP $50).

 

You may want to check out THIS GUIDE here on Head-Fi for some help choosing headphones.

 

Taken from the headphone guide:

 

Clip-On

  • 1 - Koss KSC75 [$13-$15]: Best bang for buck phones anywhere. Very good for modding.

Portable

  • 1 - Koss PortaPro [$35]: Grado-like sound at a cheap price. KSC75 clips improve sound and portability.

 

Hope I could help,

Michael

 

If you want, there are instructions on removing the clips from the KSC75s, and mounting them on the headband of a $2 headphone from partsexpress.

post #10 of 11

another great bang for the buck i have been reading around here ,not listened by myself is the koss proDj100 ,a steal for 50 dollars,maybe a little over your target,thought...

post #11 of 11

You might want to take a look at my recent roundup:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/614729/compact-portable-headphone-roundup-16-phones-including-portapro-px-100-ii-v-jays-tracks-k430-and-more

 

Among the cheaper phones that scored well were the PortaPro, Eskuche Kassette, and JVC HA-650.

 

But more importantly, some budget phones I would AVOID are the Meelec HT-21, Sondmagic P20, and Urbanears Tanto.

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