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My son asked for a pair of beats for Christmas.  I was a bit shocked by the price and then reading a bit it seems like they're way overpriced for the money (the Bose of headphones maybe?).  So we had a talk about quality and value vs. style and what's "in".  He is onboard for a less expensive alternative that gives him a better Christmas and just as good to superior sound regardless of how they look.  Maybe a good Christmas present and a lesson all rolled up in one.
 
Searching around has led me here.  I'm not an audiophile and I've read a couple dozens threads. It seems like recommendations are very specific to your equipment, musical taste, and use.  I was hoping to lay out some of our requirements and get a few knowledgeable recommendations.  So following is what we're looking for and what headphone reviews I've read so far.  I'll consider any recommendations and appreciate your help.  Thanks!
 
Around $50 or less
He doesn't want earbuds, he wants something that sits on his ear or goes over his ears
80% of use will be for his iPod/iTouch
20% watching movies with Kindle Fire or Laptop
Music is more important to him than the movies
He listens to Skillet, Mumford & Sons, Jason Mraz, Switchfoot, John Mayer, Toby Mac
They need some durability.  He takes care of his stuff but we travel and they will get a TON of use.  Very active 13 yo.
 
 
Some of the reviews I've been reading:
Panasonic RP-HTF600-S
Koss PortaPro
Kicker HP541
Superlux HD668B
Akg K99
AKG K15LE
Superlux HD681
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How about the Sennheiser HD439?  Reading the reviews on Amazon, people really seem to like them a lot.

 

They retail new for $100, but they are available on Amazon refurbished (like new)  for under $39.

 

 

I personally have never had any trouble with refurbished . .a lot of the time it is brand new stuff that they are trying to close out.


Edited by mitchflorida - 12/10/12 at 12:56pm
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Normally I don't mind refurb at all, buy refurb all the time.


However, it may be a little tacky for a gift, even if it's for my son.

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Originally Posted by ltgrady View Post

Normally I don't mind refurb at all, buy refurb all the time.


However, it may be a little tacky for a gift, even if it's for my son.

Well you get what you pay for.  Refurbished still has a two year warranty.  

 

 

HD419 are in your price range and are brand new $50.


Edited by mitchflorida - 12/10/12 at 2:58pm
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I may get some flack for this, but if you don't mind increasing your budget a bit, the audio-technica m50's might work nicely. They can be found for around 100$, but they have lots of bass that will probably appeal to a 13 year old, and IMO they look cool as well. Not to mention I enjoy their sound. I'm not sure you'll find too many circumaural headphones that sound decent for under 50$. There are certainly options other than the m50's, but that's all I really have experience with in that price range.

 

edit- didn't see that supraaural would be ok as well, that may fit your price range a bit better. I've heard good things about the portapros


Edited by gregr507 - 12/10/12 at 3:00pm
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Originally Posted by mitchflorida View Post

Well you get what you pay for.  Refurbished still has a two year warranty.  

 

 

HD419 are in your price range and are brand new $50.

I got my brother some HD419's and I personally think they sound pretty good, especially for the price.  I have HD558's and they use the same cushioning as the 419's.  Here's the amazon link for em new.

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-419-Headphones-Black/dp/B005SNPTS2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355189704&sr=8-1&keywords=hd+419

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JVC HA-S400, folding headphones. $40-$50.

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grados!

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Maybe the Philips Uptowns? I think some people have been able to find them for ~$50-60, which is a great price for them.

 

The Koss DJ100 is also well-regarded here.


Edited by HeroicPenguin - 12/10/12 at 7:44pm
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