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Closed Headphones ~$200 for a student

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hello!

 

I'm moving to university dormitories soon so unfortunately I'll have to sell my current DAC and headphones because the former is not portable enough and the latter is an open design so less suited for the noisy environment.

 

I'm thinking of buying a FiiO E10 to serve as a semi portable dac/amp from dealextreme (are they reliable?), but i'm not certain about the headphones.

I'm coming from a pair of AT AD700 and while i love their sound sometimes i do wish for a little more bass impact and a more involved midrange.

I listen to a lot genres like rock, blues, jazz, classical(all kinds) and less often metal, drum and bass, hip-hop and electronic.

 

I've been considering getting a Beyerdynamic DT770 pro and while the have the "oomph" i'm looking for, i;ve read that they have recessed mids.

what would be a recommended headphone for me in the $200 price-range?

 

tl;dr

looking for closed headphones under $200, isolation is very important.


Edited by Wolfskie - 7/28/12 at 8:58am
post #2 of 13
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post #3 of 13

would u consider philips uptown....its good over many genres.

post #4 of 13

The V-Moda M80 are amazing sounding, very detailed in mids, highs with deep punchy bass(more punch than AD700). Harmen Kardon CL offers superb guitar punch with punchy bass and overall shows good details in mids, highs and they built well(also looks great). I will recommend the JDS Labs C421 AMPs over E10 if AMPs need and E17 for DAC/AMPs use.

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would u consider philips uptown....its good over many genres.

How's the isolation and bass on them?

post #6 of 13

Is portability important?

If it is not, Beyerdynamic DT250-250Ohm would be a great all-rounder headphone that suits many genres and delivers what you want.

If portability is important, Audio Technica ATH-M50 could be a good option.

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Originally Posted by Wolfskie View Post

I'm moving to university dormitories soon so unfortunately I'll have to sell my current DAC and headphones because the former is not portable enough and the latter is an open design so less suited for the noisy environment.

 

I'm thinking of buying a FiiO E10 to serve as a semi portable dac/amp from dealextreme (are they reliable?), but I'm not certain about the headphones.

I'm coming from a pair of AT AD700 and while i love their sound sometimes i do wish for a little more bass impact and a more involved midrange.

I listen to a lot genres like rock, blues, jazz, classical(all kinds) and less often metal, drum and bass, hip-hop and electronic.

 

I've been considering getting a Beyerdynamic DT770 pro and while the have the "oomph" I'm looking for, I've read that they have recessed mids.

what would be a recommended headphone for me in the $200 price-range?

 

closed headphones under $200, isolation is very important.

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80-Ohm would be a good over all choice for use with your amplifier and with in your budget.

(Usually there are several used DT770 Pro 80-Ohm for sale on eBay)

Sony MDR-V6 would be way under your budget.

post #8 of 13

Non-portable for me would be the BeyerDynamic DT-660, $180-190 in U.S..

 

Sub-bass is surprisingly robust (orchestral bass drum), more efficient (32 ohms) than my Grados which are very efficient, isolation is excellent, leakage is very low.

 

That's my suggestion and I'm stickin' to it.

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your comments

 

@Lorspeaker

I will consider them. how do they compare, sound-wise to other headphones, such as the mdr v6 or dt 770?

also, how well do they isolate sound?

 

@ZARIM

Unfortunately i can't find any of those headphones locally and as for the amps, the reason i thought of the e10 is because of its' great value, being around $70 and performing well for that price, i simply can't afford something as expensive as that JDS labs amp and the fiio e17.

as for the headphones themselves, it seems all those headphones, when including shipping, are over my budget

 

@jupitreas

the headphones will most likely be used in a room connected to a computer through a dac/amp, however, i might want to use them on a bus as well, connected to a cowon i7, so portability is somewhat important.

is there a difference between the dt250-250 and the dt250-80?

 

@PurpleAngel

thank you for your input.  how is the comfort and isolation on the mdr-v6?

 

@bbophead

how would the dt660 compare to the other beyerdynamic headphones mentioned in this thread? locally i can get them for aboutt he same price.

post #10 of 13

Yes, the 80 Ohm version has slightly more mid-bass, a little more forward vocals and less clear highs. The 250 Ohm version is more balanced and has better-defined sub-bass and significantly clearer highs. I'd recommend the 250 ohm version.

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@jupitreas

the headphones will most likely be used in a room connected to a computer through a dac/amp, however, i might want to use them on a bus as well, connected to a cowon i7, so portability is somewhat important.

is there a difference between the dt250-250 and the dt250-80?

post #11 of 13
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Thank you for your comments

 

 

@bbophead

how would the dt660 compare to the other beyerdynamic headphones mentioned in this thread? locally i can get them for aboutt he same price.

You're welcome.

 

Ahh, there's the rub.  I don't know the other BD's (770/880/990) at all and most of those users don't know the 660.  Good luck, I'm afraid. 

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@PurpleAngel

Thank you for your input.  how is the comfort and isolation on the mdr-v6?

I just bought some used MDR-V6s ($48)  and put some (slighty used) Beyerdynamic EDT 200 (EDT 250) Velour ear pads ($23) on them.

So far comfort is fairly decent, isolation is nothing special, but with music on it drowns out any noise.

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

i'm interested not only in sound not going in, but also minimal sound leakage.

 

it seems to me that if i buy locally i should probably go with either the dt770-80 or the dt250-80 for the isolation, comfort and relative portability.

has anyone compared them side-by-side? how well do they play from a portable music player?

how are they compared to the ad700? about the same? a step up? a step down?
 

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