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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I am a high school freshman and I need a new pair of headphones. I considered Beats, tried them at an Apple store, and they sounded like trash compared to the P5s next to them. They will most likely be worn around my neck 80% of the time. I do not really want to spend over $250 and here are my criteria:

 

1. Stylish, with some color (either classy or sexy, and I do not find all black to be either of those)

 

2. Preferably Sennheiser, I love their brand

 

3. Portable (The HD598s fit all of my criteria but this one and I was also worried about sound leakage)

 

4. Great Sound

 

I considered the HD229s on a recommendation from my uncle. They look nice, but I prefer over-ear type headphones. I have done my research, and will most likely go with the HD598 or HD229 unless someone shows me a wicked sexy set of cans from a different manufacturer. My only concerns with the HD598s are with portability (size) and leakage through the open design.

post #2 of 18
hm when you say stylish, I assume they also have the build quality you want? The 598's will leak completely and offer no isolation. Is there any music preference you have? If you don't mind a plastic build, but with decent sound that fits your bill, the MDR-1R's might do it. If not those, you can look at the HD25 1-II
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

I don't mind plastic build, as long as it's not that of like Marshmallow in-ears. Neither of those really have the look I'm going for. The only others that caught my eyes were the HD229s. I love jazz, listen to a lot of it, also dubstep, (though do not want bass-oriented headphones) and classic rock and pop. I plan on expanding to classical in the near future.


Edited by keyboardexpert - 3/4/13 at 6:13pm
post #4 of 18
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I don't mind plastic build, as long as it's not that of like Marshmallow in-ears. Neither of those really have the look I'm going for. The only others that caught my eyes were the HD229s. I love jazz, listen to a lot of it, also dubstep, (though do not want bass-oriented headphones) and classic rock and pop. I plan on expanding to classical in the near future.

Ah, alright. Well, if you ever have time, try them later if you can/keep them in mind. The hd25's are a tank and are pretty well rounded. 

sony xb700/500? ath-m50 the style you looking for?

post #5 of 18

Ah... well they're black, but you might quite like the Senn HD-25-1 II.  Very good headphone.  In your price range -- at least according to the price on Amazon.

 

I very much like the style and red accents on the Phiaton MS 400 Carbon Fiber headphones. Only about $140 at Amazon right now. Wes Phillips did a nice review of these in Stereophile a few years back -- worth reading if you find the style to your liking.

 

Both of these very portable.

post #6 of 18
Try the PX100 II and you'll get an idea what you've been missing without breaking the bank.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

Ooo, love the look of dem Phiatons. Thinking seriously about getting them now. Do they sound reasonably good? Can they compare to the HD598s? And the style I am looking for is black with a dash of color. What appealed to me on the 598s was the beige look and the burled wood.

post #8 of 18

I like the v-moda can myself for portable. either the m80 or m100 (m100 is better but is slightly over budget)

post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 

Ok, I have decided it's down to between the HD229s and the Phiatons. Ideas on SQ, anyone?

post #10 of 18
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Try the PX100 II and you'll get an idea what you've been missing without breaking the bank.

 

Was just about to say the same thing. Seems like we're outnumbered though. biggrin.gif

 

Compared the HD229 side-by-side with the PX100-II. No question there. I think Sennheiser's budget portable lineup is a joke (huge Senn fan by the way).

post #11 of 18

+1 on the PX100. At $60, why not give it a try? It folds up nicely too, small enough to stick in your pocket.

 

Other than that, I'll add yet another recommendation for the HD-25. But also, check out the Beyerdynamic DT770. I heard a pair recently at a meet, and I was actually pretty impressed. Good bass impact straight out of an iPhone (although they will scale with a good amp), very comfortable, and built like a tank.

post #12 of 18

If you don't want them all black, you can get the HD25-1 II Adidas version.

post #13 of 18
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I like the v-moda can myself for portable. either the m80 or m100 (m100 is better but is slightly over budget)

I really liked these as well :) on-ear m80 $140 is very balanced sound. the V-Moda over-ear LP2 $170 is more in your budget, but note they have a big bass emphasis. I do like the M100 sound better, but that is out of your budget at $300.

 

for portable use, you would probably want to limit your search to closed headphones. Sennheiser HD598 is a great pair of headphones, but they probably won't be suited for your usage. If you like the wood-look, maybe look at Grados. I don't know much about them though.

 

Other headphones to look at are the UE6000 overears is $200 (w/ noise cancelling, removable cords, and folds) and the under $200 Ultrasone Hifi-790/Hifi 580 are very very well-rated closed portable headphones within your budget. The Audio-Technica M50 is a classically recommended pair at $120, but the longer, non-detachable cable may be an issue. Phiaton MS 400 is definitely well-recommended as well at $140, I believe SQ has a colored bass boost type signature. The non-removable cable may be an issue. the on-ear Vmoda M80 is more natural/flat, but on-ear will not noise-isolate as well as over-ear I think, but on-ear is smaller and can be better to wear around your neck.

 

The under $250 range is a bit all over the place I think as some higher-priced headphones can fall down into that range after they've been in the market for a while. I feel like you can get $150ish headphones or move up to $200-$250 range. Whether you can tell the difference in sound quality is hard to say though.

 

Then, there are a lot of portable closed fashion headphones in the $300 range, so if you can make that extra $50 jump, you can look at the Sony MDR-1R & V-Moda M100 & AKG K550/K551. Sennheiser has the Momentum for $350 if you can find them being resold for cheaper that might suit you very well.


Edited by money4me247 - 3/5/13 at 12:08am
post #14 of 18

Forgot about the UE6000, I tried a pair at the Apple store the other day, and I was actually very impressed. They don't look too bad either.

post #15 of 18
The UE6000 look pretty awesome, I must admit.
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