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Headphones under $150?

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for a pair thats:

On ear or over ear



Good sound


Thats it.

I am looking for some headphones with the above features, and I would prefer they have a carrying case, but its not a selling point. I'm going to buy some Beats Solo HD from a friend, but I figured before I spent that money I'd see if I had any other options in my price range. I'm looking for a new pair, the ones that jumped out at me the most were some of Shure's cheaper models. The Klipsch Image ones also seemed good, but a little expensive ( I would prefer to stay under the $120 mark, but 150 is a better benchmark number)

I would like a detachable chord (not a selling point, either)

Also, every pair of seinnheisers I've tried on have been extremely uncomftorable. I bought some 201's a while ago and had to sell them because I could not stand them. I own a pair of Bose AE2's right now and want a cheaper pair I can feel better about bringing it around on road trips and letting it get banged up. The AE2's just dont seem all that durable to me.


Sorry if i made any mistakes, new member.

post #2 of 38
Thread Starter 

just saw the reccomendation thread, sorry


If anyone has any suggestions though, still feel free

post #3 of 38

Hey there :) Welcome to head-fi.


I'll just go ahead and say it before anyone else does, stay away from the beats, especially the solo's. They are just terrible at their price point.


Based on your criteria, I'd suggest the the ATH-M50 and the Skullcandy Aviator's. You can find both under $150 new, and they both sound quite good. I'd say you could find even better sounding headphones in that price range, but you'd be sacrificing portability as most don't fold up.


Good luck to your search!

post #4 of 38



Ultrasone DJ1 PRO's


Meets all your criteria.


Very best,

Edited by MalVeauX - 8/28/12 at 1:53pm
post #5 of 38

Shure SRH750DJ's. Fold up, have a case, have a detachable cord, and sound very nice.

post #6 of 38
Thread Starter 

I've narrowed it down to a couple models I think. This is mostly because of the price tag

Also, I am aware of the beats value. I've been a lurker trying to learn, just created an account today though. The models I am liking are:

SRH440 http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones-headphones/headphones/srh440-professional-studio-headphones

SRH550DJ http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones-headphones/headphones/srh550dj-professional-quality-dj-headphones

HD 280 PRO http://www.sennheiserusa.com/professional-dj-headphones-HD-280-PRO_004974

Ultrasone HFI-450 http://www.ultrasone.com/index.php/en/products/hfi-450.html


All of these headphones fold up, they are all said to have pretty good sound quality. The one thing I am having trouble is comfort, which is HUGE for me. On ear or over ear doesn't make a ton of difference, but they all fit my criteria. So right now I just want some opinions on these headphones. I think I have learned about them pretty good, but I am totally in dark for the comfort. I had heard some less than flattering things about one of the SRH models. (not sure if it was the 440's or a cheaper model) So which of these models are the most comftorable and have the best sound?

I listen to music on my iPhone, and watch movies on my laptop and TV. I like a lot of bass, but I'd rather have good sounding bass than a long loose boom.

I greatly appreciate your help!


(NOTE:I did not mean for them all to be the same price, it just ended up that way, haha)

Edited by lukEM22 - 8/28/12 at 4:59pm
post #7 of 38
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by viralcow View Post

Hey there :) Welcome to head-fi.


I'll just go ahead and say it before anyone else does, stay away from the beats, especially the solo's. They are just terrible at their price point.

He's offering a pair of Solo HD's for $90. They're in pretty good condition, but I figured for a few bucks more I could get a brand new set.

post #8 of 38
Beats suck at any price. Numark Redwave are under a hundred and meet your criteria. Pretty readily available. You may even catch a few style looks.
post #9 of 38
Thread Starter 

I've added those to my list, but which of the 4 I listed above best fit my criteria?I'm leaning away from the ultrasones, heard they werrent the comfiest

post #10 of 38

It just depends I guess...

I love the Shure SRH440s but I didn't like the earpads. So I bought SRH840 pads and put them on the 440s (yes, the earpads are replaceable...) and they felt way better. BUT some people simply don't like the "fit" of the 440s to begin with...


Anyway, a decent sounding headphone that I found comfortable on your price range was the Beyer DT770 PRO 80... but on this price range you should have enough to pick from. Sound-wise I would put the SRH840 --> DT770 PRO (bass!!!!) --> SRH440 w840 pads. --> Senns HD 280 Pro.

(I haven't tried the others you mentioned sorry).


Good luck!

post #11 of 38
Thread Starter 

I kind of want to stick with a name brand, I think I am going to go with the senn's, because they seem pretty popular so I know they are tried and true, and everyone says theyre pretty durable

post #12 of 38

Thought you wanted comfort? 
Sennheiser HD 280 have high clamping force

post #13 of 38
Thread Starter 

That's what I've heard, but everyone who owns them says you just have to break them in so they fit right. Would the SRH 440 or 550DJ be more comftorable?

post #14 of 38

My 280s clamped pretty hard when I first got them, but after stretching them over some DVDs for a day they were fine. Now the amount of force is very good for my tastes, they form to my head and never come close to falling off, isolate well and don't bother me in the least. Haven't used the others so I can't comment.

post #15 of 38
Thread Starter 

Are Soul's any good? I found a pair of SL150's for only $125.

The reviews I have read complain about the bass, but I couldn't really understand if they meant the quality of the bass was bad, or if there was too much.



For that price I could get some AT-M50's, or the Ultrasone HFI 580. But the Soul's get pretty good reviews, and are comftorable. I'm in the dark about some problem with the bass though.

Edited by lukEM22 - 8/31/12 at 5:19pm
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