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100 $: Open HeadPhones, Very High Quality, JVC S400 or SuperLux 681 or Philips UpTown?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I have a budget of 100 $.

 

 

What do you suggest with a superlative sound?

 

- headphones OPEN

- with low impedance (for iPod)

- hifi sound for FLAC file

 

 

I have see good review of:

 

- JVC S400

- Superlux 681

 

What do you think is better?

 

There are other alternative?

 

I have see the Philips UpTown... what do you think?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by antigen View Post

Hi,

 

I have a budget of 100 $.

 

 

What do you suggest with a superlative sound?

 

- headphones OPEN

- with low impedance (for iPod)

- hifi sound for FLAC file

 

 

I have see good review of:

 

- JVC S400

- Superlux 681

 

What do you think is better?

 

There are other alternative?

 

I have see the Philips UpTown... what do you think?

 

Thanks!

Of the 3 phones you mentioned only one is open namely the superlux, so choose the Superlux.

post #3 of 8
Sennheser has some open sets for that price
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
But the other Headphones are better that superlux?

I want an open Headphones but i will evaluate ALL the solutions
post #5 of 8

Why S400 and not S500s?

post #6 of 8

The S400 and the Uptowns are both closed. If you're looking for open headphones for under $100, then you don't have too many choices. The Superluxes, SR60/80i, or lower end Senn's like the HD518 are commonly recommended. You'll have to pick the one that fits your sound preferences the most.

 

I'll throw in a rather obscure set of cans: The AKG K142HD.

 

Harman is selling off some refurbished models on eBay right now and you can easily snag one for under $50 (http://www.ebay.com/sch/harmanaudio/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686).

 

Semi-open, relatively easy to drive, comfortable velour pads, super light yet rugged build. The sound is surprisingly good, and my favorite among the mid-tier AKG's (K240, K172, K272, etc). Has the most bass extension and impact of them all, to the point the midbass gets a bit wooly-sounding. They're still mid-oriented and the trebles are a bit laid back, just like the others. Soundstage isn't as wide as I'd expect from its "semi-open" design but it's very cohesive with a good sense of depth.

 

I can nitpick about the sound quite a bit but at the $50 price point they are quite the bargain. I also think it looks very good- the matte steel over shades of green is a pretty pleasing combination.

 

Just my 2 cents.


Edited by viralcow - 3/11/13 at 3:15pm
post #7 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by antigen View Post

Hi,

 

I have a budget of 100 $.

 

 

What do you suggest with a superlative sound?

 

- headphones OPEN

- with low impedance (for iPod)

- hifi sound for FLAC file

 

 

I have see good review of:

 

- JVC S400

- Superlux 681

 

What do you think is better?

 

There are other alternative?

 

I have see the Philips UpTown... what do you think?

 

Thanks!

 

Heya,

 

Superlux HD668B

Samson SR850

AKG K240

AudioTechnica TAD400

 

Very best,

post #8 of 8

The K240 is not a headphone that will impress out of the box. They need at least 50+ hours of burn in to improve mids and bass. 

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