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Help me find a good pair of phones between $50-$75 USD?

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Hello. :D First post, just made an account. But I've been lurking around here for a while.

 

I'm looking for a good pair of headphones between 50 and 75 USD. I can't go any higher than 75, because I'm a teenager and that's all I have. -_-

 

I currently have a pair of Sennheiser HD 202's. Noob headphones. Haha. But they're cheap (about $20 on Amazon). I'm looking to upgrade to a better pair, because I don't really like the sound quality. I need headphones that will last me until I have money built up to buy a nice pair.

 

I would be using these for:

1. Playing scary videogames in the dark. xD Must have spacious sound

2. Listening to music with my Sansa Fuze. Mostly Metal and bass heavy EDM.

 

Because these are going to be headphones to hold me until I have more money, I don't really care about looks or anything (although if they look cool I won't mind ;). I prefer over the ear. Also, I won't be using an amp or anything.

 

Lastly, these are the headphones I've been looking at so far. I'm only familiar with Sennheiser. 

1. Sennheiser HD 205's ($52 on Newegg)

2. Sennheiesr HD 419's ($51 on Newegg)

3. Sennheiser HD 429's ($59 on Amazon)

 

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Thank you. :D


Edited by TwilightBeach43 - 12/21/12 at 12:19am
post #2 of 13

For your budget, I would recommend 2nd hand cans, but IEMs would be better.

 

for sub $75 cans

 

closed: Sennheiser 280 pro (used on amazon is <60)

open: Grado SR60i (used <75)

 

sub $80 IEM

 

Fischer Audio Eterna 

 

Nuforce NE-700X / NE-700M

or Klipsch s4

post #3 of 13

If you're looking for closed cans some Sony MDR-V6's would be great. $67.99 on Amazon right now. No amp needed, extremely durable, decent sound quality for the price and fairly comfortable.

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Originally Posted by grizzlybear View Post

If you're looking for closed cans some Sony MDR-V6's would be great. $67.99 on Amazon right now. No amp needed, extremely durable, decent sound quality for the price and fairly comfortable.

 

Go with these proven classics

 

BTW, I think the sound is better than "decent"; for the price point I'd call it "very good".

 

And they fit well.  Plus, when/if you decide to upgrade, you can sell them in about 5 minutes

because of their fine reputation in the professional music community.

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kepler28nm View Post

For your budget, I would recommend 2nd hand cans, but IEMs would be better.

 

for sub $75 cans

 

closed: Sennheiser 280 pro (used on amazon is <60)

open: Grado SR60i (used <75)

 

sub $80 IEM

 

Fischer Audio Eterna 

 

Nuforce NE-700X / NE-700M

or Klipsch s4

Thanks for the suggestions.

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Originally Posted by zazex View Post
[mdr-v6]

 

Go with these proven classics

 

BTW, I think the sound is better than "decent"; for the price point I'd call it "very good".

 

And they fit well.  Plus, when/if you decide to upgrade, you can sell them in about 5 minutes

because of their fine reputation in the professional music community.

I was thinking about the MDR-V6's at one point, but is the sound really as great as everyone says? I mean, would it be good for my type of music? Metal and EDM.

 

Which pair of headphones has better SQ (when it comes to over all sound)? Sennheiser 280 PRO or the Sony MDR-V6?

 

Edit: I know I may get some nasty answers, but does anyone have an experience with the Razer Krakens? If so, then I'd like to compare those along with the Sony and Sennheisers. I'm not really expecting the Razers to be good or anything, just curiois. xD The reason I ask is because I love the look of them, but if they don't sound good, it's not worth it.

 

Lastly, if the Sennheiser 280 PRO sound better, it may be better to get a second hand pair. I'm only looking for headphones to hold me for 3-5 months until I can buy really nice ones.


Edited by TwilightBeach43 - 12/21/12 at 3:13am
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Go n check out shure srh240A
http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SRH240A-Professional-Quality-Headphones/dp/B002DP594W

I tried it on with my iPad recently, the sound was huge n strong...v surprised myself really.
N it looks modern. N Below your budget.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by TwilightBeach43 View Post

Thanks for the suggestions.

I was thinking about the MDR-V6's at one point, but is the sound really as great as everyone says? I mean, would it be good for my type of music? Metal and EDM.

 

Which pair of headphones has better SQ (when it comes to over all sound)? Sennheiser 280 PRO or the Sony MDR-V6?

 

Which of the two headphones as 'better SQ' is pretty much a matter of personal preference.

I like the V6's much more overall.

I think they're the best sounding headphones in the price range you mentioned; that's why I recommended them.

The 280's are sort of dead sounding, and they're known to clamp very tightly.

Too tightly for many.  The Sony's are comfortable and well made.

The 280's are not as well made IMO.  Also, the 280's are significantly bulkier;

a consideration if you're going to be wearing them outside.

 

Metal & EDM will sound very good on the V6's; they're designed to reproduce a wide variety of music.

Not too many headphones actually have a Wikipedia entry

They have 776/849 four and five star ratings on Amazon FWIW.

 

And again, if you take reasonable care of them, you can sell them in about 5 minutes

and get back most of your purchase price.  There are always people looking for V6's.

Another benefit is that the earpads are easily replaceable for about ten dollars.

 

I've always thought that in this price range, unless someone is looking for really bass heavy

or other unusual SQ, that the V6's are clearly the best headphones and the best value as well.

post #9 of 13

Sennheiser PX100ii

post #10 of 13

In the price range specified The Sony V6's are it. You are getting sound you would pay 3 to 4 times the price for.

 

The only other suggestion I would make are the Koss KSC 75 earclips, but you need to be able to make a headband for them. for your type of listening they would be fairly ideal as the ultimate econo phones. I'd take a pair of modded 75's over sennis 280's any day of the week ( and yes I have owned the 280's)
 

post #11 of 13

Creative Aurvana Live? About $75 on Amazon. 

post #12 of 13

I'd also check out the Creative Aurvana Live. Some people like the sound more than the V6, some people don't. 

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Originally Posted by TwilightBeach43 View Post

Thanks for the suggestions.

I was thinking about the MDR-V6's at one point, but is the sound really as great as everyone says? I mean, would it be good for my type of music? Metal and EDM.

Yes and no. They are slightly v-shaped, but for the most part quite neutral, especially for the price range. I personally think they sound good with any genre, and if you aren't 100% happy with the sound, they take well to equalization. Nothing will be in production for a good 30 years without being great. 

 

That said, they are quite unforgiving. If there is a flaw, it will probably show up on these more than any pair of headphones anywhere near its price range. That usually isn't a problem though, especially if you just listen to professional done stuff. 

 

Also, as others have already mentioned, they are incredibly well built and quite comfortable. 

post #13 of 13
dead thread


also senn hd429 is like 30 on newegg right now
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