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Headphones for < $300?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I'm on the quest for headphones on a budget of $300.

 

Sound:

Looking for a lush, full sound that is especially strong with mids for reproducing female vocals while not being especially lacking in other areas. Punchy mid-bass and rumbling sub-bass are a plus. I also don't want headphones that are excessively bright because it may cause sibilance and/or fatigue for extended listening. I don't plan on using these for analytical purposes and am open to any colored sounds if they fit the criteria.

 

Build:

I'd rather avoid fragile/delicate headphones because I need these to last long without babying. I will of course be careful, but I'd rather not always have the safety of the headphones in mind. I will not be using these at work; however, I still want closed/semi-open headphones to reduce sound leakage to avoid disturbing others. Detachable cables and other such mechanics to increase longevity are always a plus.

 

I plan on using these for extended periods of time as well and thus would like comfortable headphones, preferably with non-pleather alternatives to avoid heat and perspiration. I can replace pads if they do not come with velour or other pads, or try to mod them.

 

Budget:

Keeping it under $300. I plan on purchasing an amplifier after the headphones, but I'd like headphones that are fairly easy to drive that do not absolutely need/don't sound terrible without an amplifier.

 

Thanks for reading, I'm open to any suggestions.

post #2 of 11

Two headphones come to mind based on your description...the hd600 ($300 from razordogdeals.com) and the maddog by Mr. Speakers. The Maddog is much more on target after reading your criteria. 

 

The isolate very well and have a tank like build quality. There voicing and reproduction of mids/female vocals by the Maddogs seriously contends with headphones costing $1k. The current build of this hp adds more weight and texture to the bass making it a truly complete audiophile hp at a ridiculous price. 

 

Word of warning: you'll need a decent portable amp to get them sounding their best. A desktop amp is better. So I wouldn't suggest them if you are trying to power them from a phone or ipod. 

 

gL!!

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Two headphones come to mind based on your description...the hd600 ($300 from razordogdeals.com) and the maddog by Mr. Speakers. The Maddog is much more on target after reading your criteria. 

 

The isolate very well and have a tank like build quality. There voicing and reproduction of mids/female vocals by the Maddogs seriously contends with headphones costing $1k. The current build of this hp adds more weight and texture to the bass making it a truly complete audiophile hp at a ridiculous price. 

 

Word of warning: you'll need a decent portable amp to get them sounding their best. A desktop amp is better. So I wouldn't suggest them if you are trying to power them from a phone or ipod. 

 

gL!!

 

Any amp suggestions? I found that the stack of Schiit was recommended, but that's another $200...

post #4 of 11
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Any amp suggestions? I found that the stack of Schiit was recommended, but that's another $200...

 

The most popular good value stacks are the Schiit one and the Objective amp/dac. 

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The most popular good value stacks are the Schiit one and the Objective amp/dac. 

+1

The O2/ODAC if you need some portability. Otherwise, go with the Schiit Magni/Modi.
post #6 of 11

If you need portable for amp dac, consider the fiio e17 which is often on sale for about $100. It wouldn't be as power as the other two mentioned though. 

post #7 of 11
I'm going to suggest Denon D600 (even tho it has a list price of $499 I bought mine last week for $239 rom Amazon) and NOT the Mad Dogs. If you like mid bass and rumble bass these are not the answer. Yes, I owned them and if you want the whole package including good mid and sub bass I prefer the Denons hands down.
post #8 of 11

The denon is $400 on Amazon now which is $100 over budget. I haven't thought much of the denon's since they discontinued the old line and came out with their current line. The old line was better IMO. 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

The denon is $400 on Amazon now which is $100 over budget. I haven't thought much of the denon's since they discontinued the old line and came out with their current line. The old line was better IMO. 

They have the used/refurb section that right now has some for $259. Just looked at it.

I own both a D600 and a D2000 w/ MarkL mods and to be honest I think the D600 is better in a lot of ways.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Is the D600easy to drive?
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by ActualCitizen View Post

Is the D600easy to drive?

The night I received them I played them straight out of my iPhone 5 and was blown away.

So yes, easy to drive but now with my amps they sound even better.
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