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post #1 of 11
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Hey guys..I'm a newbie at headphones..But, I know the brands of audiophile headphones wink.gif.Anyways I'm trying to find a pair of over-the-ear headphones that are around the price range of $10-$40..Some features that I would like included is some noise cancellation..Hopefully, you can recommend me the best out of those 3 headphones below and recommend some other headphones with the stated price range.

Some headphones I have in mind are:

Sennheiser HD 202 II
AudioTechnica ATH-SJ 33
AKG K403

Genres:
EDM (Tiesto, Zedd, Avicii)
Pop (Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Usher, Hedley, modern pop,etc)
Softcore Rap (Drake)

Thanks.
Edited by EvoSpider - 3/27/13 at 9:12pm
post #2 of 11

Well first off - http://www.head-fi.org/t/596233/buying-portable-or-in-ear-headphones-seeking-guidance-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here

http://www.head-fi.org/t/433318/shootout-107-portable-headphones-reviewed-astrotec-as-100hd-as-200hd-added-12-02-12#post_5828504

 

Genres are helpful, but any preferences in terms of sheer sound? Frequency signature (bass quantity/quality, midrange quantity/quality, treble...well etc). Noise cancellation (well active in this case as it is what you're asking for) is usually looked down upon here due to the negative effects added sound circuitry introduce, as well as the fact that you really will not get any better ANC at this price if you were to just focus on passive isolation (how well the headphones seal naturally). 

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Well first off - http://www.head-fi.org/t/596233/buying-portable-or-in-ear-headphones-seeking-guidance-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here

http://www.head-fi.org/t/433318/shootout-107-portable-headphones-reviewed-astrotec-as-100hd-as-200hd-added-12-02-12#post_5828504

Genres are helpful, but any preferences in terms of sheer sound? Frequency signature (bass quantity/quality, midrange quantity/quality, treble...well etc). Noise cancellation (well active in this case as it is what you're asking for) is usually looked down upon here due to the negative effects added sound circuitry introduce, as well as the fact that you really will not get any better ANC at this price if you were to just focus on passive isolation (how well the headphones seal naturally). 

Like I said before, I'm a newbie here and at these mods,lows,etc. I have no idea what you are trying to say. I am solely looking for "good sounding" headphones.
Edited by EvoSpider - 3/28/13 at 10:40am
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by EvoSpider View Post

Like I said before, I'm a newbie here and at these mods,lows,etc. I have no idea what you are trying to say. I am solely looking for "good sounding" headphones.

And again, "good sounding" is being a bit broad. It would be much more helpful if you can focus in on something you might prefer better. Focus in on the aspects of sound that you enjoy being reproduced out of your headphones. 

I'll try and restate everything as clear as possible.

 

- ANC (active noise cancelling - i.e.the Bose QC stuff, although they do it fairly well) is generally not recommended as they limit the choice for good sounding pairs available. The added circuitry that the noise cancelling requires to function can be detrimental to SQ.

 

- Focusing on passive isolation would be much more ideal (how much the headphones block/seal sound naturally)

 

- Sound preferences - whether you like your bass (lower frequencies, i.e. drums, the punch within the music) to be emphasized within the overall sound, or not.

                              -  Whether or not you like your midrange (vocals, instruments, body of the music) to be emphasized withing the overall sound. Whether or not you like your treble (cymbals, essentially the "air") to be emphasized or not.

                              -  Whether or not you enjoy a large stage size (soundstage = how large the simulated grounds from where the music is being reproduced, is presented).

 

Of course there are other things like imaging and positioning that we won't get into for now. And of course I'm trying to simplify everything down so there might be some inaccuracies as to the terms. I would recommend you checking out the head-fi glossary for sound terms. It's in the wiki. But please do not come back and quote every single term that is unrelated with one another. Just use it as a reference for reading reviews and such.

 

But do you see now that just stating genres is still not as helpful in the long run? We would still not know HOW you would like those genres to be reproduced. And in the end it all comes down to personal preferences. This is an essential step when it comes to asking for recommendations. Posting in the proper thread would be another one. 

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

And again, "good sounding" is being a bit broad. It would be much more helpful if you can focus in on something you might prefer better. Focus in on the aspects of sound that you enjoy being reproduced out of your headphones. 
I'll try and restate everything as clear as possible.

- ANC (active noise cancelling - i.e.the Bose QC stuff, although they do it fairly well) is generally not recommended as they limit the choice for good sounding pairs available. The added circuitry that the noise cancelling requires to function can be detrimental to SQ.

- Focusing on passive isolation would be much more ideal (how much the headphones block/seal sound naturally)

- Sound preferences - whether you like your bass (lower frequencies, i.e. drums, the punch within the music) to be emphasized within the overall sound, or not.
                              -  Whether or not you like your midrange (vocals, instruments, body of the music) to be emphasized withing the overall sound. Whether or not you like your treble (cymbals, essentially the "air") to be emphasized or not.
                              -  Whether or not you enjoy a large stage size (soundstage = how large the simulated grounds from where the music is being reproduced, is presented).

Of course there are other things like imaging and positioning that we won't get into for now. And of course I'm trying to simplify everything down so there might be some inaccuracies as to the terms. I would recommend you checking out the head-fi glossary for sound terms. It's in the wiki. But please do not come back and quote every single term that is unrelated with one another. Just use it as a reference for reading reviews and such.

But do you see now that just stating genres is still not as helpful in the long run? We would still not know HOW you would like those genres to be reproduced. And in the end it all comes down to personal preferences. This is an essential step when it comes to asking for recommendations. Posting in the proper thread would be another one. 

Ok..I prefer having vocals slightly louder than the instruments playing the background rather than the instrumental part of a song overpowering the vocals. For the bass, I like a over the average powered bass because of the type of music I listen to. I hope this is what you were looking for.

Thanks.
post #6 of 11

If you saved up a bit more and got to $100, I'm sure that many more options would pop up.

post #7 of 11
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If you saved up a bit more and got to $100, I'm sure that many more options would pop up.
I have no problem buying 2nd hand like-new quality headphones.
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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Could you just tell me what would be the best out of those 3 headphones I stated above?

Also, I didn't find those MS1's on Amazon..

Thanks.
post #10 of 11

I can't comment on the headphones that you listed, but the MS1 are here.

http://www.alessandro-products.com/main.php?p=headphones

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post

I can't comment on the headphones that you listed, but the MS1 are here.
http://www.alessandro-products.com/main.php?p=headphones

Thanks anyways.
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