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Help! Looking for bass heavy "portable" full size headphone ~$200

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Hello Head-fi! I'm a long time lurker first time poster looking for a new set of portables. Right now I am in an "innocence is bliss" state of mind with my Meelectronics m9, portapros, and sennheiser HD 202. Last week I broke the HD202's, but it was time for an upgrade anyways.

 

I want to replace the sennheiser's with something with a lot more bass and are somewhat comfortable (~45 minute uses) that sounds good for hip-hop, pop, Acoustic (Jack Johnson and such) with some soft rock as well. My budget is 200 dollars and I thinking about the ath-pro700mk2 with an E6 amp. Thoughts?

 

Notes: -These are for portable use as in study hall, not running around or anything

          - I am completely ignorant about Headphones

           - The best cans I've heard are the Hd202


Edited by cavilerlover - 7/26/12 at 8:22pm
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First let me say thanks for being reasonable with your budget.  So many people out there want bass heavy upgrades and then give us a $40 budget to work with which you have kindly avoided.

 

My first suggestion would be the newly designed white V-Moda M80.  They are really stylin', have a definite bass emphasis, and are built extremely well.  They are tad too bassy for my tastes, but I prefer a neutral headphone.  The M80 comes with one of the best carrying cases I have ever seen and I think you will enjoy it as well.  The mid range is not entirely washed out on the M80 so rock will sound great as well.

 

They run $200 or less new and for $50 more you can customize the ear piece inserts with a personal logo.

 

Here is Tyll Hertsen's review:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/v-moda-crossfade-m-80-and-v-80-true-blood-headphones

 

The M80 does not require an amp so you can enjoy them until you decide if you want an amp or not.  A portable amp like the Total Bithead, which is also a DAC, adds a little more control to the drivers and definitely gives you more headroom, but the upgrade is not absolutely necessary.

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Actually, I'm also in the same situation as you.  I would love a portable pair of headphones that has a pretty good bass that doesn't overpower the rest of the music.

 

So far from my research I have found that these cans might be able to do the job:

ATH PRO700MK2

V-MODA M80

Sennheiser HD25-II

AIAIAI TMA-1 (also Studio version)

 

I have previously owned the V-MODA M80's and I absolutely loved them.  They were exactly what I was looking for in a pair of headphones but alas the on-ear design kept hurting my ears after 1 hour of use, even after 2 weeks of wearing them for 4+ hours per day.  However your mileage may vary and I can't recommend them enough.

 

If possible it would be nice if I could hijack some of the information that you will be receiving in this thread.

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To better adjust the M80 to meet most of our comfort needs the temples, at least one the pre-white versions, can be slightly bent along the contour of your head/face.  Straight out of the box the M80 rest too perpendicular to ones face and not along the ridges of the jaw and outer ear portion of the skull.  A slight bend of the temples on the headband alleviates a ton of the pressure, but I sympathize with you regarding on-ear headphones.  I am a stickler for comfort and have not settled on an on-ear design because of issues you have mentioned.  The Senn HD-25-1-ii is much more comfortable and sounds just about as good if not better to some of our ears as the M80.

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check these out

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57476696-47/noontec-zoro-a-new-high-for-$100-headphones/

 

Also, the new Monster Ncredible on-ears sound really good.
 

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Sorry I kind of forgot about this thread but I thought I'd give an update. I ordered the pro700mk2 for 119 shipped (refurb) and just got them yesterday and I love them! Awesome bass. I don't have very much headphone experience so don't take advice from me but they are certainly an improvement and exactly what I wanted for a reasonable price.

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Originally Posted by cavilerlover View Post

Sorry I kind of forgot about this thread but I thought I'd give an update. I ordered the pro700mk2 for 119 shipped (refurb) and just got them yesterday and I love them! Awesome bass. I don't have very much headphone experience so don't take advice from me but they are certainly an improvement and exactly what I wanted for a reasonable price.


Funny- I just ordered last week and now love them now that they are EQ'd properly.  If you have a smartphone or Ipod/Iphone, I highly recommend the Free Denon audio app for headphones.  I agree about the bass and was able to correct the dark (muffled) high end with the Denon app.  I now consider them to be one of the most enjoyable headphones I ever heard, so you made a good choice.  Fyi, they benefit GREATLY from using through my FiiO E11 portable headphone amp which is fairly inexpensive.

 

Here is a link to my review before update about the EQ.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/audio-technica-ath-pro700-mk2/reviews/7210


Edited by Craigster75 - 8/6/12 at 9:33am
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