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Poll Results: Best Headphone's Under $200

  • 11% (27)
    Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro
  • 20% (48)
    Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
  • 24% (56)
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50
  • 14% (34)
    Sennheiser HD 25-1 II
  • 6% (14)
    KRK KNS-8400
  • 8% (19)
    Ultrasone HFI-580
  • 3% (9)
  • 10% (24)
    Shure SRH840
231 Total Votes  
post #1 of 270
Thread Starter 

I'm looking to buy a new pair of Cans and i've picked out the 8 best in this price range (Under $200)


I'll be driving them with my Htc Incredible S and sometimes my Macbook. I'll be using a  Fiio E6  Fiio E11 Amp.

I prefer lots of Bass but i also want balance.


- So Vote away. Comment on why you chose what you chose.

- Comment if you think any other Headphone's should be added to the list.




I didn't add the Denon D2000s because you can't buy them new for under $200. (Don't want to buy 2nd hand or refurbished)


Also i would appreciate if you ranked these Cans from 1-8 for overall spec's (Comfort,Sound Quality, Etc)


Cheers beyersmile.png



Edited by iDriveFerraris - 8/6/12 at 6:53am
post #2 of 270

I heard the HM5/FA-003 is absolutely amazing at this range.


It also depends on what kind of music you like.

post #3 of 270

You should add the DT 880 Pro to your list of options. I voted for the DT 990, but it and the 880 and 770 are a level above the closed portables in SQ if you have an appropriate dac/amp. Open headphones have better comfort as well since your ears won't sweat as much. You should pick one up now and be wowed by the improvement once you get a good chain in your system.

post #4 of 270
Thread Starter 

The DT 880's aren't under $200 new, they are just over $200 used. Thanks though

post #5 of 270

Let me get that ranking of the headphones I've heard for you as well:


DT 990 >= DT 770 > M50 >= HD25-1 II

post #6 of 270

Voted: Ultrasone HFI-580

post #7 of 270
Thread Starter 

they look alright, have you ever listened to them?

post #8 of 270
Thread Starter 


Edited by iDriveFerraris - 8/4/12 at 6:45am
post #9 of 270
Thread Starter 

cmon ppl!!!

post #10 of 270

The HFI 580s for me are quite fun...slightly recessed mids, lows are great. They are bright on the high side but its not that bad. Hmmm...overall, for your needs, I feel they are good. 


Another can you can think about, is the Phillips Uptown...they are warm too, but might not shine in the lows as the HFI 580s. I have not have the chance to test them, but reviews are quite good.

Sorry to add to your misery, but i thought it should be mentioned. Many have praised it and some even call it the M50 killer...



post #11 of 270

HFI-580 for me. The HD25 wins hands-down if you're using them as outdoor cans, though.

post #12 of 270
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post #13 of 270
Thread Starter 

whats so fun about the 580's?

post #14 of 270

DT990 Pro hands down if you have the amp power to match it. IMO, under $200 (and quite possibly under $300), there's not a lot of headphones that can beat it when a proper amp is in the chain.

post #15 of 270
Thread Starter 

well all i have is the Fiio E6 amp.. will the Dt 770 pros 80 ohm version be an alternative because i've read the 770's and 990's are pretty similar

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