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Kinda need some opinions on headphones. I listen to mainly electronic music( House, Dubstep, Trance) which is somewhat bass heavy and was wondering what a good pair around the $150 dollar price range would be. Been hearing the Sennheiser HD 518 might be the ones im looking for after alot of research on these forums. Ive also hear great things about the Grado SR 60i and they are cheaper so thats always a plus. Lastly people rant about the Audio Technica m50 but thats a little pricey. These would mainly be used without an amp and for listening to music on the go. Thanks for any help.


Edited by Jlava - 10/8/12 at 9:04pm
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Kinda need some opinions on headphones. I listen to mainly electronic music( House, Dubstep, Trance) which is somewhat bass heavy and was wondering what a good pair around the $150 dollar price range would be. Been hearing the Sennheiser HD 518 might be the ones im looking for after alot of research on these forums. Ive also hear great things about the Grado SR 60i and they are cheaper so thats always a plus. Lastly people rant about the Audio Technica m50 but thats a little pricey. These would mainly be used without an amp and for listening to music on the go. Thanks for any help.

 

Heya,

 

I would suggest you start with:

 

Beyer DT770

Ultrasone HFI 580

M-Audio Q40

Sony XB500

Shure SRH750 DJ

 

Add a simple Fiio E6 with bass EQ turned up and you have a portable earthquake device with good quality in other areas as well.

 

Very best,

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Whats the difference between all those? Also would prefer not to use an amp. Kinda sucks having to lug it around.

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I agree with Mal's suggestions. And an e6 isn't exactly big, no need to worry about lugging it around.

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hi, you need a good amp and/or DAC to drive them good ones, and they really makes your purchase worthwhile.

just got myself an E10 today and I can't take my M50s of , it' s been 4 hours already , my arse is sore from sitting down. my head won't let go. lol

so what ever you decide, get something to drive them properly. especially if you are using a pc/mac as a main library. that headphone jack might not be enough.

 

Im not expert, however , the difference  from listening direct through my iMac 2009 27" headphone jack and through the E10 DAC is 40% better. in my honest opinion. I know you hear this all the time. but because they are truly make your HP alive.

 

oh don't forget to burn them in also when brand new . (turn in on natural listening volume for 10-14 hours...that's when my M50 starts to "spray" canvas  from my music). and good luck, let us know, post picture. when you get your pick : Cheers 

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The m50s are expensive?  If your budget is $150 they should be well within that.  Actually at the time of this posting they can be had off amazon for $113 new or $95 used.  Also, I would definitely avoid grado if you listen to bass heavy music.  I love my SR225i for rock, but they have borderline no bass compared to most headphones and are very oriented towards highs.  I also often hear good things about the bass on the vmoda m80s which can be had for $151 on amazon at the time of this posting if you want to stretch your budget by a whole dollar <3.  On the bright side the m80s will also probably look nicer than any of other headphones at or below the $151 mark

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Definitely Ultrasone for your genres. No contest.

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ok seems like choices are down to Ultrasone HFI 580, Vmoda m80 or the audio technica m50. Mainly listen to EDM. The vmodas seems very nice

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Not to rush you but you should buy the m80s quickly if they're what you're after.  They were 151 last night, jumped to 200 in the middle of the night, and fell back to 151 this morning.  Their pricing seems pretty unstable, but I've never seen them below the 150ish mark.

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Most of what I hear about the Ultrasones is that they are pretty much some of the best headphones for electronic style music

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