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Best over-ear headphones $75> for mid to low range

post #1 of 20
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I don't know if the criteria is too strict or not for what I'm looking for but I'm currently a new university college student balancing out my budget a bit and don't want to spend more than $75-100 and less (up to 100 if it will actually make a significant difference vs something closer to 75) as this is, for now, considered a luxury.

 

I want to get a pair of over-the-ear headphones that has this criteria, in order of importance

- $75 or less

- focus on mid range to low\bass

- works well with either a tablet or cellphone powering it and having either 320kbps (when I have files on the device locally, which would be the case if I got a nice pair of headphones and noticed a difference vs streaming from my house) or DS Audio (streaming music library from my NAS) streaming over either EVDO or college campus wifi (which forces 128-160kbps) driving it

- some (maybe?) noise cancellation

- with or without in-line microphone for phone conversation

- portable\foldable

 

These will be my first "real" pair of headphones, other than cheapos from wally world. I've looked at some brands discussed on here but a few things turned me off (ie: saw some weren't made really for bass, such as the HD 429) and I saw some that may be what I'm looking for but wanting confirmation (ie: ultrasone HFI 450)

 

Also, I was looking at this: http://www.head-fi.org/a/buying-guide-headphones-by-price-range thread and was wondering if this information (all of it within the stuff that applies to my criteria) still applies?

 

Thanks


Edited by incarceration - 2/4/13 at 7:30pm
post #2 of 20

CAL! would be a nice option.

post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply.

 

Are you referring to these?

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-EF0060-Aurvana-Live-Headphones/dp/B000ZJZ7OA

 

After reading that sticky thread and one other I found around on here some more I was considering these:

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666483303

 

Oh and in case you're wondering if I hit the upper end of the price limit:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Sony-Audio-MDR-XB600-Extra-Bass-On-Ear-Stereo-Headphones-Black-40mm-Driver-/400379757612?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item5d387e442c

 

What do you (and anyone else that has any input) think?

 

Thanks

post #4 of 20

Yes those are the ones.  

 

lol, the sony XB line are good if your looking for subwoofers.  I haven't heard the 600, but I tried a pair of xb500 and xb700 before.  Honestly I thought the amount of bass was horrendous.

 

The cal! would be the much better option unless your a complete bass head. 


Edited by MadMolly - 2/4/13 at 8:03pm
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

Nah I like all kinds of music; I do tend to favor hip-hop though, but I do like all kinds like pop, R&B, hip-hop\rap, dance\trance\house, alternative, etc,  just no metal\loud rock music lol

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 just no metal\loud rock music lol

****, you're missing out:
(Watch in HD for better sound.)
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****, you're missing out:
(Watch in HD for better sound.)

 

Lmao, I will DEFINITELY be watching it in HD cause I'm sure switching it will make my ears stop bleeding :)

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Lmao, I will DEFINITELY be watching it in HD cause I'm sure switching it will make my ears stop bleeding smily_headphones1.gif

My nigga, lol.
post #9 of 20
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Haha 

post #10 of 20
Jvc s500
post #11 of 20
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Jvc s500


Thanks for your reply\suggestion!

 

Upon looking at those, are those over-the-ear or on-ear?

 

Also, -Z or -B or is it just aesthetic differences?


Edited by incarceration - 2/4/13 at 8:59pm
post #12 of 20
They are on-ear but with little clam so they are comfortable. I love mine very much biggrin.gif
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post #14 of 20

The Philips Uptown or maybe the Koss DJ100. The CAL!'s are very good for the price but they have poor isolation. I would choose the Philips Uptown but that's because they are the most comfortable, though the Koss edges a bit ahead on sound quality.

post #15 of 20
And the jvc s500 owns all of the above in term of sound quailty and build quality. biggrin.gif.... diffenitly try them out. Can't beat them, even the vmoda m100 has a hard to keeping up to them;p
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