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post #1 of 62
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Hi everyone, I'm looking for a set of budget full-size over-the-ear headphones to replace my trusty but aging Koss Portapros. I'm looking for something below (or a tad over) $50.

 

So far, I've found the Jaycar Pro Monitor Headphones (Fischer FA-003 clones) (http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=AA2065) to be pretty well-reviewed, as well as the Monoprice DJ Headphones 8323 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/608453/monoprice-dj-headphones-8323-review).

 

Can anyone attest to these/offer any alternatives? Noise isolation would be nice, but sound quality is my top concern in this price range. Thanks!

post #2 of 62

I tried my friend's Koss UR20s today and they sounded very good, considering the 20$ price tag. My main concern is the lack of bass, but of course that depends on your music choices.

 

link: http://www.headphone.com/headphones/koss-ur-20.php

 

EDIT: also has decent isolation. Isolation: -10dB ~ -13dB

 

Another EDIT: Similar headphone with a slightly more nominal midrange frequency response, albeit with a big dip in the treble: http://www.headphone.com/headphones/koss-ur-29.php


Edited by rossm - 5/19/13 at 3:57pm
post #3 of 62
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Originally Posted by Ruffball View Post

Hi everyone, I'm looking for a set of budget full-size over-the-ear headphones to replace my trusty but aging Koss Portapros. I'm looking for something below (or a tad over) $50.

 

So far, I've found the Jaycar Pro Monitor Headphones (Fischer FA-003 clones) (http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=AA2065) to be pretty well-reviewed, as well as the Monoprice DJ Headphones 8323 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/608453/monoprice-dj-headphones-8323-review).

 

Can anyone attest to these/offer any alternatives? Noise isolation would be nice, but sound quality is my top concern in this price range. Thanks!

Send your portapro's in for a warranty repair/replacement. :) Far less expensive than buying a new pair. 

 

If you want a full sized headphone, the jvc harx700's are a good value. They're under $40 with good sound quality. These are a semi-open design with a fair amount of noise isolation. 

 

If you don't need noise isolation, stay with the open koss headphones. The portapro, sportapro, ktx1pro and ksc75's are all superior values with very good to excellent sound quality.

post #4 of 62

The Sony V6 has dropped to just $60 on Amazon. It's very different in sound from the PortaPros though. 

post #5 of 62
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jaycee1 View Post

Send your portapro's in for a warranty repair/replacement. :) Far less expensive than buying a new pair. 

 

If you want a full sized headphone, the jvc harx700's are a good value. They're under $40 with good sound quality. These are a semi-open design with a fair amount of noise isolation. 

 

If you don't need noise isolation, stay with the open koss headphones. The portapro, sportapro, ktx1pro and ksc75's are all superior values with very good to excellent sound quality.

 

How do the Sony V6 and the JVC HARX700 compare to the Jaycar Pro Monitors, since they're in about the same price range? Also, are these a step up from the PortaPros, or are they about the same sound-quality-wise?

post #6 of 62
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Originally Posted by Ruffball View Post

 

How do the Sony V6 and the JVC HARX700 compare to the Jaycar Pro Monitors, since they're in about the same price range? Also, are these a step up from the PortaPros, or are they about the same sound-quality-wise?

 

I only have the jvc's and koss in that list. I consider the portapro's to be much better sounding. They are a completely open back design, unlike the jvc's, which are semi-open (closed back with narrow air vents).

 

The jvc's sound good overall, but exhibit some significant problems such as sibilance, bass distortion, and a tendency to highlight problems in recordings. They are not especially fast in transients, either.

 

I consider the jvc's to be "near hi fi" headphones, and the portapro's to be true hi fi headphones with a big bass boost (as you are well aware). 

post #7 of 62

So what kind of music do you listen to, OP?

post #8 of 62

I find headphone reviews to be almost completely unreliable. It seems like every pair of headphones is "best in class," or "competes with headphones that cost 5X as much," etc. If EVERY pair of headphones are garnering such superlatives and effusive praise, where are the mediocre headphones that serve as the baseline for comparison?

 

You guessed it, those other headphones which are supposedly just mediocre are ALSO receiving the exact same level of praise (best in class, worth 5X as much, etc.).

 

Having said that, the monoprice and jvc's are both relatively inexpensive. 


Why not simply send in your old pair of portapro's for factory replacement/repair? I'm sure it would cost $15 or less. 

 

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Originally Posted by Ruffball View Post

Hi everyone, I'm looking for a set of budget full-size over-the-ear headphones to replace my trusty but aging Koss Portapros. I'm looking for something below (or a tad over) $50.

 

So far, I've found the Jaycar Pro Monitor Headphones (Fischer FA-003 clones) (http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=AA2065) to be pretty well-reviewed, as well as the Monoprice DJ Headphones 8323 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/608453/monoprice-dj-headphones-8323-review).

 

Can anyone attest to these/offer any alternatives? Noise isolation would be nice, but sound quality is my top concern in this price range. Thanks!

post #9 of 62
Hello!

First of all, nice profile picture you got there! XD

Get a used MDR-7506 or HD 439

Billson biggrin.gif
post #10 of 62

The Koss UR40 is a circumaural design (around ear), with an open back. Sound quality is supposed to be on par with the portapro's and the other 60 ohm koss drivers.

post #11 of 62

Go for the JVC HA S500.

 

You can buy them for about $52.00 

shipped from Japan.  They use a 

new technology, carbon nanotubes.

It's not a gimmick.  They sound

remarkably good.  IMO nothing

compares at or near the price

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621063/the-jvc-ha-s500-appreciation-fan-thread

post #12 of 62
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post

So what kind of music do you listen to, OP?

I'm mainly into classical and some rock.

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Originally Posted by zazex View Post

Go for the JVC HA S500.

You can buy them for about $52.00 
shipped from Japan.  They use a 
new technology, carbon nanotubes.
It's not a gimmick.  They sound
remarkably good.  IMO nothing
compares at or near the price


http://www.head-fi.org/t/621063/the-jvc-ha-s500-appreciation-fan-thread

Can anyone else attest to these?
post #13 of 62
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jaycee1 View Post


Why not simply send in your old pair of portapro's for factory replacement/repair? I'm sure it would cost $15 or less. 

I've done that multiple times. Right now I'm looking for something that sounds better and doesn't keep breaking.
post #14 of 62
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Originally Posted by Ruffball View Post


I'm mainly into classical and some rock.

 

AKG K240 if you can get them cheap, one of the superlux models would work too.

 

The JVCs, from measurements alone, doesn't seem to suit your music.

post #15 of 62
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Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post

AKG K240 if you can get them cheap, one of the superlux models would work too.

 

 

True this.

Being semi-open, they are suited for classical. 

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