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Picking the right headphones around $150

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I know you see these alot but I am having trouble decding what headphones to buy for around $150. I listen mainly to electronic music/EDM and have heard that the audio technica m50s and the vmodo m80 are both really good for my price range. Any other suggestions. Also of the 2 which one should i pick? Thank you for any help :)

post #2 of 15
Hi!

Tried those ATH-M50 and don't really like it for most genres of music & that includes electronic. Sorry for being straight forward but to me, ATH-M50 are no good except for hip hop and rap maybe? Anyway, never get to try those V-Moda M-80 but am hoping to try one. I think V-Modas are better than those ATH.

Hope this help!
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post #3 of 15

A similar thread was posted a few months ago:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/627951/best-headphone-under-150

 

Seems like people there recommended the ATH-M50.

post #4 of 15

I would go with the m80 simply for the detachable cable because it ensures more longevity than a cable's that's attached. Although, I haven't babied by m50s and their still as good as new, but I would prefer the option of a detached cable. Sound wise, I really don't think there's much distinction between the two, both of the them offer a pretty decent sound. 

post #5 of 15

I was just looking for something similar and ended up deciding on the Beyerdynamic DT770 80 Ohm. The comfort and construction are better than the M50's for sure, the rest comes down to a chaotic discrepancy of personal opinions. But based on as many opinions I could find, it seemed like the Beyers had a more refined sound that would appeal to a headphone enthusiast more (e.g. the bass is centered more on sub bass than mid bass).
 

post #6 of 15

Sony MDR-V6, they have this slight metalic sound that suits electronic music well, beautiful highs and deep lows. I listen to stuff like Deadmau5 and Daft Punk with mine with fantastic results.

 

Remember they are 'for digital' which is close to 100% of what electronica is, digital.


Edited by Mickice - 2/6/13 at 5:59am
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Ive also heard great things about Sennheiser. Im looking at the m80s as my choice now, want them to last with the detachable cord.

post #8 of 15

Personally the only headphones that have died on me due to the cord were cheapo in ear ones. Detachable cables are nice but not a headphone requirement.

post #9 of 15

I would try to find a good deal on the DT770 Pro/80. They can be had for $170ish sometimes and do everything the m50 does but better.

post #10 of 15

The 770-Pro-80 can be had for $150 regularly through cobrasonics on ebay.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111009948900

post #11 of 15
Ultrasone HFI-780. Love 'em for EDM. Better soundstage and overall SQ than my M50s. A step up in class, but also a different kind of listening experience. In comparison, I would describe the M50s as having a demure sound, and the 780s as engaging, will draw you into the music. With the M50s, you feel like you are in someone's living room listening to music. The 780s? More like you've walked into a bar or club. That difference in engagement.

The 780s come with a short cable that includes an extension, so they work very well for portable use. They also sound OK without an amp on most portable devices, although the bass will benefit from a headphone amp. But that's true with most headphones that have good bass impact. Bass requires power to produce.

I also own the Sony MDR-V6. Excellent headphones for the price, but you can easily do better than them for $150.
post #12 of 15

You guys forget about the HFI-580

post #13 of 15

I'd go for the v-moda m80s. For me, they were a huge improvement over the m50s.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post

You guys forget about the HFI-580

Nope. Didn't forget about them. They went up in price about a month ago and are now more expensive the 780s. While the 580s have more bass impact than the 780s, the 780s have a slightly better refined sound. It can also be a little more difficult to hear vocals on the 580s because of their bigger v-shaped response. So for the cheaper price, the 780s seem the way to go unless someone definitely wants the extra bass output.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


Nope. Didn't forget about them. They went up in price about a month ago and are now more expensive the 780s. While the 580s have more bass impact than the 780s, the 780s have a slightly better refined sound. It can also be a little more difficult to hear vocals on the 580s because of their bigger v-shaped response. So for the cheaper price, the 780s seem the way to go unless someone definitely wants the extra bass output.

 

Well man, it seems like our previous replies were at the same time. tongue.gif

 

The 780's suggestion is great. 

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