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A chance to splurge on headphones - advice?

post #1 of 8
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Hello everyone, I'm new here to Head Fi and the audiophile world in general. :) Lately I've been sick of the bad quality of my Apple earbuds so for a late Christmas present I'm deciding to spoil myself with some good cans. 

 

My budget is $200-300, the most I will go for is $400 but no higher than that if I can help it. 

 

Since this is my first set, I will be using it for general, "everything, everyday" use, both at home and traveling - until I can save money for more ;) It will take a while until that happens so I want some portable headphones that I'll enjoy for a good, long while. 

 

I travel by plane a lot so something that will keep the noise out is desirable. Headphones that are easy to carry/walk around with, lightweight, durable and not too clunky, big or fussy is good too - as long as that means not too much sound quality is sacrificed :) 

 

Music will mostly be in standard mp3 format, and I will probably just do without an amp (for now) and plug it directly into my iPhone/iPod. Genres include mostly mainstream/pop, rock, rnb, soul, rap, dubstep, a little bit of country, some classical and orchestral film scores. 

 

Comfort is a priority since I will probably be wearing them for several hours in a given day. My ears are small, maybe 2 inches from the top to my earlobe? Haha. I read before about headphones needing to be "broken in" for comfort. My head is pretty small compared to the average person. 

 

I heard good stuff about the Sennheiser Amperiors but right now it's almost $400, right at the limit of my budget. For those of you who own cans near this budget, are you satisfied with the quality considering the price? 

 

Bottom line is I'm not really looking for any cans styled specifically to one genre of music. Something balanced that can cover a broad range of genres is good enough for me. 

 

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

post #2 of 8

A good set would be the Sennheiser HD-1-25-ii. I personally use this set for on the go usage and it sounds fantastic. It can be driven directly from your iphone/ipod, but would benefit from an amp.

Sound-wise, it's essentially neutral. Great clarity and bass depth has made it a huge favorite here on Head-Fi, and with me as well. It's comfortable and looks good, especially if you get the Adidas version. I believe a set costs about $299.

All the best!

post #3 of 8

Sony MDR1R. Retail is 299. 

post #4 of 8

The Sennheiser and Sonys mentioned above are good all-around cans.

 

Try out the Beyerdynamic DT1350 too -- sound quality is great if you can take supra-aural headphones. Another good portable supra-aural 'phone is the Audio-Technica ESW9.

post #5 of 8

The HE-400s are also in your price range. 

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

The HE-400s are also in your price range. 

 

I think he wants some portability too, so the HE-400s are probably not great for that.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by HeroicPenguin View Post

 

I think he wants some portability too, so the HE-400s are probably not great for that.

yup, Or else I probably would have recommended them ^_^

post #8 of 8

^^ Yeah, while the he400 is great it is not portable or closed. If you'd consider a larger hp and could amp it, I love the sound signature of the maddogs by Mr. Speakers. Very durable and isolates quite well. Needs a good amp to sound it's best though. 

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