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Which headphones should I get?

post #1 of 7
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   Hi everyone. I'm new to head-fi and I was just wondering if I could get your opinions on headphones. Im not a hard core audiophile, so I don't have the most experience with different headphone brands and models.

 

   Here are the requirements:

  •    My max price is $30. (I know this is a very hard price to work with, but if you could help, that would be great)
  • The feature that is most important to me is comfort. It is very likely that I will be wearing these for long periods at a time, and I don't want them making my ears sore from long periods of use.
  • While the main use for these headphones will be for music, I don't need the very best in audio quality. Like I stated before, comfort is most important to me. I won't be listening for every imperfection in the quality of the headphones. That being said, I also don't want the quality to be horrible.
  • These should be headphones, not earbuds. I don't really care if they are on-ear or over-ear, just as long as they are comfortable.
  • This is a lesser important matter, but if they could a bit cool and not like giant things strapped to the sides of my head, that would be great.

 

Any help and recommendations you could give me would be awesome. Thanks!

post #2 of 7
The only decent headphones in that range is the koss ksc75's. They aren't the best looking but have some pretty good reviews in terms of sound and comfort.
post #3 of 7

Absent a closeout sale, you are not going to get even decent cans for just $30.  I that's all you are able to spend, you'll get much more for your money with an IEM.

 

In any case you should start with the buying guides:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/buying-guide-headphones-by-price-range

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

post #4 of 7
If you go for IEM's the Klipsch s4's are a good buy for around that price range. They're what I usually listen to on the go.
post #5 of 7
Almost forgot about these.
http://www.monoprice.com/Product/Index?p_id=8323
These are an absolute steal for 20 bucks. They're what I usually recommend to friends who don't want to spend much.
post #6 of 7

The koss ksc75 is really cheap, pretty decent sound, and very comfortable. But if you want a little better sound quality I recommend Sennheiser HD 202 II, if not the HD 201. (:

post #7 of 7
The Monoprice made it onto InnerFidelity's Wall of Fame http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-full-size-sealed

Apparently the headband isn't very comfortable, but there are no complaints about the pads, which are by far the most important part of comfort.

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