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Help! Buying headphones for the first time!

post #1 of 15
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Alright so I want to buy some on ear headphones. I am not an audiophile but I have I would say, a bit more attuned ears then the general crowd. I listen to almost all types of music. I want portability and good sound quality. For example the Monoprice 8323 headphones I have researched them a lot. My budget is under $100. So I would consider the Monoprice a good steal. Recently I discovered the Blueant Embrace headphones. They dropped from $200 to $70 on amazon and they are stylish and build quality looks awesome but I have read mixed reviews about them.

 

Would you guys recommend the Blueant Embrace headphones? For under $100 they seem amazing since they come with a case and two cords.

 

Or, would I be better off buying the Monoprice then saving up for some entry level headphones like some Shure or AKG?

 

Are there any headphones that are as luxurious as the Blueant Embrace headphones?

 

 

 

 

 

-Thanks

post #2 of 15
I've never heard of the Blueant Embrace, so I can't comment on them.

Look into the JVC SA-H500. Excellent portable headphone in your budget range. They are typically not sold in the US, but you can order them from Amazon.com via a Japenese seller.
post #3 of 15

Open Grado SR60i or 80i, closed Creative Aruvana Live!, or the V-Moda M80's. The M80's can be had used for under $100 on there or for $130 on Clearance for radio shack.

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I've never heard of the Blueant Embrace, so I can't comment on them.

Look into the JVC SA-H500. Excellent portable headphone in your budget range. They are typically not sold in the US, but you can order them from Amazon.com via a Japenese seller.

 

 

 

I searched all over amazon and even on google for those headphones, no luck getting results.

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Open Grado SR60i or 80i, closed Creative Aruvana Live!, or the V-Moda M80's. The M80's can be had used for under $100 on there or for $130 on Clearance for radio shack.

 

The V-Moda M80's are the only ones from your suggested headphones I liked. I am really big on detachable cables because if what if I break it? I have to order completely new headphones instead of just getting a replacement cable. Also I like portability since I am always on the go.

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I searched all over Amazon and even on google for those headphones, no luck getting results.

I saw a version of the JVC HA-S500 sold at Fry's Electronics that comes with a built in mic (like for the iPhone), it's the HA-SR500 model.

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I saw a version of the JVC HA-S500 sold at Fry's Electronics that comes with a built in mic (like for the iPhone), it's the HA-SR500 model.

 

 

I have never purcahsed anything from this website, is it legit?

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I have never purcahsed anything from this website, is it legit?

Fry's Electronics?, yea they are legit, I worked in one of their retails stores (Silicon Valley) back in 94/95.

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Fry's Electronics?, yea they are legit, I worked in one of their retails stores (Silicon Valley) back in 94/95.

 

Alright thanks I searched on amazon and it was just a spelling error of the "a" in the version xD

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Alright thanks I searched on amazon and it was just a spelling error of the "a" in the version xD

Slight oops, the JVC HA-SR500 has a different headband then the HA-S500.

The HA-S500 appears to have the better headband.

I have the HA-S500-Z (gunmetal gray), as I was told the HA-S500-B (Black) paint job was more likely to peal.

post #11 of 15
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Slight oops, the JVC HA-SR500 has a different headband then the HA-S500.

The HA-S500 appears to have the better headband.

I have the HA-S500-Z (gunmetal gray), as I was told the HA-S500-B (Black) paint job was more likely to peal.

 

 

Alright Thanks 

post #12 of 15
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The V-Moda M80's are the only ones from your suggested headphones I liked. I am really big on detachable cables because if what if I break it? I have to order completely new headphones instead of just getting a replacement cable. Also I like portability since I am always on the go.


The Grado's wont break and if they do Grado will fix them

 

The M80's come with a case and 2 cord's

 

One of KRK's models has a removable cable and the UE6000's

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The Grado's wont break and if they do Grado will fix them

 

The M80's come with a case and 2 cord's

 

One of KRK's models has a removable cable and the UE6000's

 

Hmm Grados.... Which KRK's are you talking about? maybe the 6400 or the 8400?

 

I have seen the UE6000's they seem pretty sweet but I need to save up more since I only have 100 to spend xD

 

How about the M-Audio Q40's? They seem good at their price and I have seen many threads comparing them with the Shure 840's and the Audio Technicas M50's are they good?


Edited by BombBomb17 - 6/25/13 at 11:32am
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Hmm Grados.... Which KRK's are you talking about? maybe the 6400 or the 8400?

 

I have seen the UE6000's they seem pretty sweet but I need to save up more since I only have 100 to spend xD

 

How about the M-Audio Q40's? They seem good at their price and I have seen many threads comparing them with the Shure 840's and the Audio Technicas M50's are they good?


The cord on Grado's is like half an inch thick (at least the SR80i and up, the SR60i's might be thinner but still strong) I mean it's called the "garden hose cable" lol. If they ever break you will just have to pay to ship them to Boston where Grado is at and that's it. The only down side is Grados are open and don't offer any isolation, noise comes in and music goes out. However by doing this they sound more open and spacious, more like speakers and they don't need to worry about spending money on the enclosure and dealing with resonances that happen in closed headphone so they can spend all there money on the driver and you actually got a better headphone.

 

The KRK 8400's, I don't think the 6400's have a removable cable

 

The 6000's also sort of have 2 modes, with the NC on they really bassy and V-Shaped and with it off they are really balanced sounding.

 

The Q40's are good, apparently a good bassy bass head can, but other people say they have good fidelity, I have never head them personally.


Edited by ScaryFatKidGT - 6/26/13 at 3:04pm
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The cord on Grado's is like half an inch thick (at least the SR80i and up, the SR60i's might be thinner but still strong) I mean it's called the "garden hose cable" lol. If they ever break you will just have to pay to ship them to Boston where Grado is at and that's it. The only down side is Grados are open and don't offer any isolation, noise comes in and music goes out. However by doing this they sound more open and spacious, more like speakers and they don't need to worry about spending money on the enclosure and dealing with resonances that happen in closed headphone so they can spend all there money on the driver and you actually got a better headphone.

 

The KRK 8400's, I don't think the 6400's have a removable cable

 

The 6000's also sort of have 2 modes, with the NC on they really bassy and V-Shaped and with it off they are really balanced sounding.

 

The Q40's are good, apparently a good bassy bass head can, but other people say they have good fidelity, I have never head them personally.

 

 

Alright thanks for the suggestions! I think I'm going to research the Q40's a bit they seem promsing.

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