The absolute king of sub 50$ headphones is the JVC ha-rx700. I've tried many budget headphones, and they are still the best. Very large though.
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Thanks - I will consider the JVCs. Just for anyone else looking in a lower price range - the Monoprice 8323s are great headphones, but they don't perform as well and aren't as comfortable as the HD419. Because they're approximately the same price, I would definitely buy the HD419 instead (for those looking to spend ~$30). I just ordered a pair of the Somics mentioned in another thread, and I'll update with how those are.
Also, surprisingly, my PX100s remain the best-sounding of the bunch. I had thought that they would be outperformed by a full-size can, but they are yet to be beaten in my price range (at least for me).
Edited by fouronenine - 2/8/13 at 3:39am
Update - Specifically, I ordered the Somic EFI-82MT. I did a bit of research into the company, and they rebrand several OEMs of varying quality. Their ear clips are foster ($8 for a $50 foster). I'll update this thread with a review, but the delivery might take a while (Chinese new year).
It's fascinating - I got the PX100s over five years ago and assumed I was missing out by not buying something full-size, but really, it's the best I've tried (and I tried the CAL!).
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Thanks for the replies - really appreciate it. I just picked up the Monoprice 8323 - kinda meh. I'm now deciding between the HD 595/555, CAL, Superlux 668b/681, and Takstar Hi2050. As I already have the Monoprice and HD419, I don't consider isolation to be a necessity. Also, I have a pair of PX100s (which are awesome), so feel free to compare against that. Thanks!
which did you end up getting and can you do a review?