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Best Semi open or open headphones for under $100?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

So im giving away my Sony mdrv6's and i was wondering what is the best sound quality headphones i can get for under $100? i was looking at grado sr60s and seem like they are good. i listen to jazz, electronic, alternative stuff like radiohead. what do you think?

post #2 of 12

SR-80i, ATH-AD700.

post #3 of 12

ATH-AD300 or AKG K240 Studio (needs amp)

 

Haven't heard many others. Superlux HD-668B is too weird sounding to suggest.

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post

SR-80i, ATH-AD700.

^^this...

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

is there a significant difference between the sr60 and the sr80 for the $20 increase?

post #6 of 12

I like the k240S which sounds fine out of my Sansa Clip+. I much prefer them over the v6 for most genres, but I've not listened to much electronica so hard for me to make a call with that genre. They're very good for rock and jazz, imo, especially with vocals. I don't notice much difference with an amp other than getting fairly close to max on the volume of the clip sometimes. They're not really that hard to drive at 55 ohms. In fact I'm fairly certain that AKG went from 600ohm inpedance down to 55ohms so they could be used out of portable devices without a dedicated amp.

post #7 of 12

The K240S would be a good choice. I'm not much of a Grados fan.

 

Why do you want open headphones? Less fatigue? Soundstage?

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by macrocheesium View Post

The K240S would be a good choice. I'm not much of a Grados fan.

 

Why do you want open headphones? Less fatigue? Soundstage?

I prefer semi open or open cause i tried the 555s and some other mediocre open headphones and I like the way it sounds much better than closed as closed feels like im listening in a studio. Why is there a problem with open headphones?

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by iliatay View Post

I prefer semi open or open cause i tried the 555s and some other mediocre open headphones and I like the way it sounds much better than closed as closed feels like im listening in a studio. Why is there a problem with open headphones?

 

I just wanted to point out that the K240S has a closed sound without much soundstage, so you can cross that one off your list. I would go with the Audio-Technica AD700.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by macrocheesium View Post

 

I just wanted to point out that the K240S has a closed sound without much soundstage, so you can cross that one off your list. I would go with the Audio-Technica AD700.

I never noticed that. I prefer it over some more expensive closed headphones because of the better sound stage. It's a huge improvement over the v6 and other closed phones, anyway.

post #11 of 12

The soundstage is by no means bad, especially when compared to closed cans under $100. But it's definitely not on the same level as open cans. And aside from the soundstage, it still has that "closed" feel.

 

Keep in mind that Grados also sacrifice a lot of soundstage to give you that "front row" feel.

post #12 of 12

I didn't notice the sound stage being that far off from the hd580, but I never did a careful comparison. the k702 is another story though.....maybe too wide.

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