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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi All

I am heading into the minefield of budget headphones and having not owned a pair for at least 15 years I am
finding it a bit daunting. A few things I have decided is : Budget no more than £65 Closed Back, One sided cables,
Long cable length. Things to consider: I sit at least 6ft away from my Hifi I will be using them 90% of the time from my Hifi, ocaionally will use them on a mp3 player.

I listen to a wide range of pop music but a lot of rock and a huge amount of Pink Floyd I want them to keep the music in and not
leak it out as my girl friend will be sitting next to me watching TV. I am not concerned about colour or looks I will
normally always be using them in the home, they do not need to be portable.. Bearing in mind the
points above particulary with type of music listened to, I would welcome your recomendations.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

These are some of what I have considered so far.

Koss DJ100 - £56 amazon,

     
KOSS Tony Bennett TBSE1 Signature Edition £63 nobleservicewithasmile.ecrater.co.uk

Shure SRH440 - £62 sound exposure,

Sennheiser HD 439 - £68 amazon,

Sony MDRZX700 £46.99 Amazon

Creative Aurvana Live £57 Amazon

post #2 of 17

out of those listed , HD439 , however i am using the MDR-V55 more right now and prefer their signature. (HD439 are more comfy)

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for that will check out the sony's you mentioned and also take another look at the HD 439's
 

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

The DJ100 seem to get alot of good reviews but it is the DJ bit that puts me off, I am not sure they might be a bit bassy.

I listened to some Px360's which I liked sound wise though not within my budget. Also listened to some Hd 205's which i did not like.

If you know of any similar sounding headphones to the Px360 that are a bit cheaper, I would be pleased to hear your views

or if anyone knows how the the px360 compares with the DJ100.

 

Having said that I think i would prefer over ear rather than on ear for comfort and leakage reasons, not sure how much the DJ100, would leak.

 

I have ruled out a sugestion of the AKG K 450 as the reviews on that one indicate it is bassy and leaky.
 

post #5 of 17

The PX360 is a pretty unique sounding headphone , i dont own it but have listened to it several times and always remember it having a bit of a cavernous sound to it , distant sounding.

The D1100 sounds a bit like that but with added bass!

 

The V55 is excellent sounding, it does creak a bit and depending on your OCD level it may put you off.

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

your help is appreaciated, I seem to be getting drawn to DJ100, theres seems to very little in the way of bad points in any reviews.

though quite like the comfy factor of the HD 439's.

post #7 of 17

CAL! (GBP41). No doubt. 

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi Loevhagen

what are your thoughts with regard to isolation on the CAL, i read somewhere that it was not that good.
 

post #9 of 17
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Hi Loevhagen

what are your thoughts with regard to isolation on the CAL, i read somewhere that it was not that good.
 

 

Yes it's not good enough but for home it's definitely sufficient

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CAL! (GBP41). No doubt. 


 

Agree!

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by robertuk View Post

The DJ100 seem to get alot of good reviews but it is the DJ bit that puts me off, I am not sure they might be a bit bassy.

I listened to some Px360's which I liked sound wise though not within my budget. Also listened to some Hd 205's which i did not like.

If you know of any similar sounding headphones to the Px360 that are a bit cheaper, I would be pleased to hear your views

or if anyone knows how the the px360 compares with the DJ100.

 

Having said that I think i would prefer over ear rather than on ear for comfort and leakage reasons, not sure how much the DJ100, would leak.

 

I have ruled out a sugestion of the AKG K 450 as the reviews on that one indicate it is bassy and leaky.
 

The DJ100 isn't bassy. 

 

Check out this: 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/571216/koss-pro-dj-100-the-budget-king

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 

Finally narrowed it down to 2, that is the creative aurvana live or the koss DJ100 / TSBE

 

The ones I have ruled out are:

MDR-V55   ..... a bit bassy for me

HD 439 .......... comfortable but did not sound very exciting, a bit safe and conservative for want of a description.

SRH 440.......... a lot of reviews saying they are uncomfortable

MDR ZX 700........... listened to them, but was not quite sure why they were not quite right as could not hear anything drasticly wrong

 

I know the above comments might not be very audio techie, but this is the first pair of headphones that i will have owned since my almost forgotten youth and I have to narrow it down somehow.

 

Koss DJ100 - £56 amazon, /  KOSS Tony Bennett TBSE1 Signature Edition - £63 nobleservicewithasmile.ecrater.co.uk

                                                               


                                                                  or

 

                                              Creative Aurvana Live £57 Amazon 

 

 

If anyone can offer a comparison between the 2 that would be great. but thanks to you all for your comments and sugestions so far, I have learnt a lot and also now realise that what i thought was going to be a difficult decision was more difficult that what i could of imagined it to be, the world of of headphones is a vast technology nightmare for someone like me dipping their toe in for the first time.

post #12 of 17

Koss has more bass, better build quality, better comfort,  The sound signature is warm and thick.

 

CAL! has better mids, better highs, bigger soundstage. The sound signature is more neutral.

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks Supertoaster

I will consider those points.

Just like to add that  i shall be using them at home on my HiFi for most of the time and ocaisionally on a sony walkman, i listen to a lot pink floyd and a variety of pop and rock from janis joplin to abba. I shall be using them while my partner watches tv next to me, so do not want much in the way of leakage.
Thanks again
 

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by robertuk View Post

Thanks Supertoaster

I will consider those points.

Just like to add that  i shall be using them at home on my HiFi for most of the time and ocaisionally on a sony walkman, i listen to a lot pink floyd and a variety of pop and rock from janis joplin to abba. I shall be using them while my partner watches tv next to me, so do not want much in the way of leakage.
Thanks again
 

CAL will isolate better.

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