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post #1 of 35
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Hey everyone. First let me start off by saying that I posted in the thread dedicated for suggestions and got no response hence why I am making a thread.

 

I had a cheap pair of $35 HP headphones that I had been using for years that after enough times breaking I finally decided to move on from. Recently (last week) I bought a pair of logitech G930's hoping that they would sound good and be fine for music use while playing games (using the microphone to communicate) and I was greatly disappointed in their sound. Now I am at a loss and frustration with what to get to replace them because I have scoured everywhere looking within my budget for something that would do me well and I can't figure out what products are trash and what aren't. I've looked here for advice and just keep becoming overwhelmed. Here's to hoping someone can help me pinpoint the right headphones for me.

 

Criteria

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-Closed. I need the isolation to avoid outside noise (Constantly have an AC running as well as other ambient noises)

-Over-The-Ear. Prefer something that will enclose my entire ear but not required.

-Music Sound Quality. I listen to a variety of genre's whether it be Rock, Alt Rock, Pop, Rap, Hip-hop, Techno/Trance/Dubstep or even country on occasion. I am looking for something pretty rounded with a bass good enough to thump and make me feel it while also retaining good mids and highs for vocals/synths etc. I don't think im a bass head but I want something that I can at least feel it when its hitting. Example being techno music. I want to feel the bass and be able to hear the highs/mids at the same time.

-Doesn't require an amp. Simply enough because i can't afford one and don't really want to fumble around trying to learn how to use one and keeping it on me at all times.

-Comfortable over long period of times. I sit at a desk for a majority of the day while listening to music and working on different things so they need to be able to stay comfortable over a period of time.

-Affordable. I am running the lines of around $100-125 max budget that also includes purchasing a detactable or external microphone as well for recording/skype/etc.

 

 

Im pretty sure that covers everything im looking for. Granted I know im not going to get everything I absolutely wish for and want out of headphones especially with the budget I have but the closest I can get without going over budget the better. Please help? frown.gif

post #2 of 35

These, you can consider

 

Creative Aurvana Live! - within budget

 

Ultrasone HFI-580 / 780 - stretch but worth it 

 

Cheerz !

post #3 of 35

I'm in the middle of making this decision.  My decision has mainly come down to:

 

Philips Citiscape Downtown ($70) vs Sony MDR-ZX700 ($80) vs Creative Aurvana Live! ($100) (all prices from Amazon)

 

It is to be noted that the Downtowns are on-ear (supra-aural) vs over-ear (circumaural), but I thought I'd mention them anyway.

 

Of course, I haven't tried any of these - they were just my conclusions from my research.  You can read the thread that I started on this subject here if you want more advice:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/617242/good-cans-80

post #4 of 35

http://www.jaycar.us/productView.asp?ID=AA2065

 

Jaycar Pro Monitor headphones are a rebranded version of the popular HM5/FA-003. It fits all your criteria.

post #5 of 35
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Originally Posted by valerianaoff View Post

These, you can consider

 

Creative Aurvana Live! - within budget

 

Ultrasone HFI-580 / 780 - stretch but worth it 

 

Cheerz !

Thanks for the response.

 

One thing that im not sure about with the CAL's are that they seem a bit flimsy and small in the headband, almost seems like their'd be no support.

 

The Ultrasone's I was looking at earlier also seemed to have a small earpad and uncomfortable for larger people. Also are the mid's high's good on them? People were talking that they were way to bass heavy.

 

If it helps i was looking at the M50's that everyone seems to be talking about. How do these compare?

post #6 of 35
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Originally Posted by WirelessEvil View Post

http://www.jaycar.us/productView.asp?ID=AA2065

 

Jaycar Pro Monitor headphones are a rebranded version of the popular HM5/FA-003. It fits all your criteria.

Those don't look to bad. Have you personally experience them? How do they sound??

 

Edit: Seems their out of stock =/


Edited by Fballboy23 - 8/3/12 at 11:31pm
post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by Slivortal View Post

I'm in the middle of making this decision.  My decision has mainly come down to:

 

Philips Citiscape Downtown ($70) vs Sony MDR-ZX700 ($80) vs Creative Aurvana Live! ($100) (all prices from Amazon)

 

It is to be noted that the Downtowns are on-ear (supra-aural) vs over-ear (circumaural), but I thought I'd mention them anyway.

 

Of course, I haven't tried any of these - they were just my conclusions from my research.  You can read the thread that I started on this subject here if you want more advice:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/617242/good-cans-80

Eh. The citiscapes look more like a fashion statement then a good set of headphones. The sony's dont really seem like I'd be interested in, don't really care for their look. And the CAL's I've read are great and balanced its just that the size of the headband and earcup worried me in comfortability terms. Thanks for sharing tho.

post #8 of 35

I have the BRAINWAVZ HM5 which are the same headphones with extra things bundled in the package. The pads are unlike any headphones I have demoed; they are extremely soft and comfortable. The only comfort issue that I could bring up is the initial clamping force which does make your jaw tired at first. The headphones are flat, but because of that they can be equalized to your preference.

 

The Jaycar is an extremely good deal considering you still get the headphones packaged in a nice carrying case. The wires are detachable too which is another plus.

post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by WirelessEvil View Post

I have the BRAINWAVZ HM5 which are the same headphones with extra things bundled in the package. The pads are unlike any headphones I have demoed; they are extremely soft and comfortable. The only comfort issue that I could bring up is the initial clamping force which does make your jaw tired at first. The headphones are flat, but because of that they can be equalized to your preference.

 

The Jaycar is an extremely good deal considering you still get the headphones packaged in a nice carrying case. The wires are detachable too which is another plus.

Unfortantly they are out of stock. 

post #10 of 35

The Citiscapes actually don't sound too bad. They are both recommended by Jude and Tyll, and they are on Innerfidelity's wall of fame under supra-aural closed headphones. IMO they are a great value for $70.

post #11 of 35
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Originally Posted by Fballboy23 View Post

Eh. The citiscapes look more like a fashion statement then a good set of headphones. The sony's dont really seem like I'd be interested in, don't really care for their look. And the CAL's I've read are great and balanced its just that the size of the headband and earcup worried me in comfortability terms. Thanks for sharing tho.


The Downtowns were raved about as the "best value in head-fi" at CES2012 by both Jude (the founder of the headfi) and Tyll (the founder of innerfidelity).  They're certainly more than a fashion statement.

 

Jude's take: http://youtu.be/HLgFtZc7z0g?t=4m30s

 

Tyll's take: http://youtu.be/FO4gjTcSjmc

post #12 of 35
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Originally Posted by Mr Newyear View Post

The Citiscapes actually don't sound too bad. They are both recommended by Jude and Tyll, and they are on Innerfidelity's wall of fame under supra-aural closed headphones. IMO they are a great value for $70.

Mkay. Im taking a closer look at them. How do they compare to my criteria's for the sound quality and what not??

post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by Slivortal View Post


The Downtowns were raved about as the "best value in head-fi" at CES2012 by both Jude (the founder of the headfi) and Tyll (the founder of innerfidelity).  They're certainly more than a fashion statement.

 

Jude's take: http://youtu.be/HLgFtZc7z0g?t=4m30s

 

Tyll's take: http://youtu.be/FO4gjTcSjmc

Watching the video's now. I think we might have found a winner. Im thinking about the uptown however, is there a difference between them do you know?

post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by Fballboy23 View Post

Mkay. Im taking a closer look at them. How do they compare to my criteria's for the sound quality and what not??


Tyll's review praised them for being a great all-around headphone, with a nice bass.  The video review is above, and the text review is here:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/philips-citiscape-downtown

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Originally Posted by Fballboy23 View Post

Watching the video's now. I think we might have found a winner. Im thinking about the uptown however, is there a difference between them do you know?

I've been trying to find this out myself... they haven't received nearly as much buzz as the Downtown.  From what I've seen, some people think they have better highs, and others think they actually sound worse and cavernous because of how hollow their earcups are.  Also, the Uptowns take a lot of crap for having the inline volume control, which no one seems to like.

 

EDIT: Here's the thread I'm referring to:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/606124/phillips-citiscape-downtown-better-than-uptown


Edited by Slivortal - 8/4/12 at 12:06am
post #15 of 35
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Originally Posted by Slivortal View Post


Tyll's review praised them for being a great all-around headphone, with a nice bass.  The video review is above, and the text review is here:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/philips-citiscape-downtown

I've been trying to find this out myself... they haven't received nearly as much buzz as the Downtown.  From what I've seen, some people think they have better highs, and others think they actually sound worse and cavernous because of how hollow their earcups are.  Also, the Uptowns take a lot of crap for having the inline volume control, which no one seems to like.

 

EDIT: Here's the thread I'm referring to:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/606124/phillips-citiscape-downtown-better-than-uptown

I think I need to try them out before I buy them. I really like the design of the uptown's better because they seem their going to encase my ear a lot more than the flat pads of the downtown's, but if their uncomfortable it's going to be hard.

 

Right now im considering these headphones.

 

M50's: People just can't seem to stray away from them and if they are comfortable I will be perfectly ok with them if they sound as they are expected.

Uptowns: They just appeal to me, idk, really need to try them before I buy them.

Not sure if there is much more out that, the cal headphones just look to flimsy for my desire but who knows what might pop up.

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