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Best Headphones for $35 that juggle comfort and quality?

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
Hi, I'm a complete noob with headphones, so please bear with me.

I bought a Philips O'Neil The Stretch last summer when the price went down to $35 (I thought it was a pretty good deal). These were my first /real/ headphones, not some crap that came with something else. Unfortunately, recently the right side died. I contacted Philips, and since they no longer make these headphones they cannot give me another pair, and are instead refunding my money. My question is, what are some good headphones for this price that are both comfortable and sound good? I really liked the faux-leather ear cushions and the overall stretch-ability of these ones. The ruggedness didn't hurt as my headphones are usually in my backpack, which takes a lot of abuse. I was thinking of Koss PortaPro, but that seems somewhat uncomfortable. Any ideas?

Thanks.
post #2 of 39
The Porta Pros feel comfortable to me. Other options to consider are the Superlux HD 681, Panasonic HTF 600, or the Monoprice 8320.
post #3 of 39
Thread Starter 
I've been looking around and found these headphones--the Philips SHL9705A/28 (http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHL9705A-28-Headband-Headset/dp/B006WHPQD6). Are they any good? They seem to be comfortable. As for the Superlux HD 681, how big are they? In the pics they seem kinda bulky. The Panasonic HTF 600 looks good though. The Monoprice 8320 I can't seem to find anywhere.
post #4 of 39

Second the HTF600s.  Very enjoyable sound for the price. Long-term durability is unknown, since I didn't have them for long.  You could also just pick up another pair of the Stretch on eBay.

post #5 of 39

If you can stretch $10, I'd say go for the PX100-II.

post #6 of 39
I think the Porta pros are very comfortable. I forget I am wearing them sometimes and they have been more durable than I expected. The Koss warranty is great too.
post #7 of 39

You can also try the Koss UR-55, but those are kind of semi-open and use foam pads.

I think they sound better than the Porta Pro..they do have a similar sound signature.

 

The UR-22v is also quite good for the money and you can upgrade it with $20 Pearstone Velour pads! $18 at any Wal-Mart!

It has more treble than the UR-55 and Porta Pro I believe.

post #8 of 39
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My main worry with the PortaPros is the metal headband--it seems like something my hair would get stuck on. I've had too many headphones in the past where they end up pulling on my hair because of a metal headband. As of now, I'm leaning heavily towards the HTF 600s. I asked my friend and he mentioned the Sennheiser HD 202s, how are those? I'm really thankful for all these replies, I know next to nothing about audio.
post #9 of 39
I hear the 202's have some pretty good bass reproduction. I have the hd439s, their great so I don't think sennheiser would skimp on audio quality in their lower tier.
post #10 of 39
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How is the JVC HA-RX700? It seems to be well received on Newegg and Amazon.
post #11 of 39
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Originally Posted by jcracken View Post

How is the JVC HA-RX700? It seems to be well received on Newegg and Amazon.

 



It's decent, I think it's strong point was its build quality.  It's huge compared to my other headphones but it's built like a tank.  I didn't like the sound quality compared to my other headphones so I sold it to a buddy of mine.  He seems to be content with it for the time being.

post #12 of 39

The monoprice 8323 used to be the FOTM as amazing for the price, I guess it isn't really recommended anymore? I can't comment on them myself, by my friend broke his pair by sitting on them and liked them enough to buy another pair.

 

Edit: Here is a link to the 8323. You can find the 8320s on that website as well by typing in "8320" into the search bar.


Edited by watsaname - 2/25/13 at 7:47pm
post #13 of 39
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Originally Posted by jcracken View Post

Hi, I'm a complete noob with headphones, so please bear with me.

I bought a Philips O'Neil The Stretch last summer when the price went down to $35 (I thought it was a pretty good deal). These were my first /real/ headphones, not some crap that came with something else. Unfortunately, recently the right side died. I contacted Philips, and since they no longer make these headphones they cannot give me another pair, and are instead refunding my money. My question is, what are some good headphones for this price that are both comfortable and sound good? I really liked the faux-leather ear cushions and the overall stretch-ability of these ones. The ruggedness didn't hurt as my headphones are usually in my backpack, which takes a lot of abuse. I was thinking of Koss PortaPro, but that seems somewhat uncomfortable. Any ideas?

Thanks.


If you want inexpensive and suprisingly good headphones buy a pair of Sennheiser HD201's. They are circumaural, have good transient response and detail, and are better than some of Sennheisers more expensive offerings like the HD205. I got mine for $15 but you will likely pay $20-25 for them.

post #14 of 39
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Originally Posted by Kodhifi View Post


If you want inexpensive and suprisingly good headphones buy a pair of Sennheiser HD201's. They are circumaural, have good transient response and detail, and are better than some of Sennheisers more expensive offerings like the HD205. I got mine for $15 but you will likely pay $20-25 for them.

Hmm. I might just buy those or wait until there's a crazy sale again like when I originally bought my headphones and then buy some high end ones on the cheap.
post #15 of 39

Yes, I like the HD201 they are so low cost everyone should get one. It will still be  a very good investment when you want to spend more for other headphones upgrade. Best part is, they do sounds good while not the best obviously but good enough to let you enjoy good music.

 

I use my HD201 all the time.

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