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Thread Starter 

I definitely do not consider myself an audiophile yet, but I am starting to develop my ear for it. I am on a serious search for some new cans. I've owned the Audio Technica M50s which I loved, but the wiring frayed in the input jack. So I am planning on getting those completely re-cabled because the coat of the wiring is terrible, but what would you guys say is the most ideal headphone in the $300 range?.. Somewhat portable (sounds good without external amplification), closed back, good seal, comfortable for hours on your head and ears, sparkly highs, well rounded mids, and tight bass?..

Thanks again!

post #2 of 11

M50 has boosted bass. Are you still looking for this sound or want a more neutral bass?

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

I just want the bass to be tight and flat.

post #4 of 11

AKG K550/K551 <- people complain about lack of bass but it was fine for me and the cups are shallow so comfort could be an issue. the cups have a large diameter so it might make portable use a little harder.


Sony MDR-7520/MDR-Z1000/MDR-1R <- I have only heard of the 7520 but I think all these can fit your needs.

 

V-moda m100 <- Have no idea about this one but you might want to look into it

 

Sennheiser momentums <- again I know very little about this pair but worth a look as it is getting a lot of praise.

 

Shure SRH-940 <- I think that's the model. I've had a bit of experience with Shure IEM but not full size.

 

Mr. Speaker Maddog <- heard a lot of praise but I haven't heard it myself.

 

For portable use, I shy away from Beyerdynamic as their headphones are quite large

 

 

 

Just some suggestions to get your research going. Good luck.

post #5 of 11

Any reason why you want a portable headphone as opposed to IEM's?

 

Usually IEM's do better for the money when talking about portability, especially if you factor in isolation.

post #6 of 11
Hello!

First of all, not everyone likes IEM design...

For $300, you can look into the K550 if you allow some big boys hanging around, if not, the MDR-1R which is my 3/4th favorite closed headphones. Colored mids, solid bass. A pretty good headphone if you ask me. If not, the PSB M4U1! It's the something as PSB M4U2 but without a
Active- noise cancelation. Pretty "accurate" sounding, bass extend down to 20Hz, very nice imaging and fairly detailed! These two headphones are very clear sounding and minimum sibilants. It sound great too out of my iNano 3 and iPhone!

Hope this help!
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post #7 of 11

As a fan of pure sound, I have to advice against active noise canceling.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

I've always been opposed to active noise canceling since I borrowed my friend's Bose QC15s and then buying the M50s and seeing the difference in the richness of the sound, but I've heard good things about the PSBs. The only reason I don't plan on getting IEMs is because I have terrible like with wires fraying at the input jack. I like IEMs, but I want some longevity and durability not to say IEMs aren't great. Especially for isolation.

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Originally Posted by RaheemJamaal View Post

I've always been opposed to active noise canceling since I borrowed my friend's Bose QC15s and then buying the M50s and seeing the difference in the richness of the sound, but I've heard good things about the PSBs. The only reason I don't plan on getting IEMs is because I have terrible like with wires fraying at the input jack. I like IEMs, but I want some longevity and durability not to say IEMs aren't great. Especially for isolation.


The PSBs are he best headphones I listened to in the rice range below $600+

And at includes all he ones I have/had and the ones I auditioned. They are unbelievable good. I am going to buy them and without any doubt would recommend them o anyone. Both versions M4U2-1 and -2.

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-300ish-headphone/
Good info to be found there.
Edited by Koolpep - 5/19/13 at 12:51pm
post #10 of 11

If I had to some up a Top 5 List of Closed/Sealed Headphones in the $300 range, it would be this:

(In No Significant Order)

1. V-Moda Crossfade M-100

2. Audio Technica ATH-A900X

3. AKG K550

4. Sennheiser Momentum

5. Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro



 

post #11 of 11

According to your needs, this is my Top 3 in $300 range:

 

1. Beyerdynamic DT880

2. AKG K550

3. GMP 435s

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