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post #91 of 103
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

If you ignore the extra cost for the special amplifier, any vintage Lambda will blow anything around it in its price range out of the water by miles.

 

That's a pretty big "if".

 

While the amp cost is pretty low if you've got a speaker amp to drive the usual SRD-6 or SRD-7 variant with, a good 'stat amp on the SRM-1/Mk2 Pro or SRM-T1 level is going to run you anywhere from $350 to $650. And it's not like you can just plug them into a typical source with reduced performance, either; it's physically impossible.

 

It's for those reasons that I consider Lambda-series Stax more in the $700-800 range, if taking the direct-drive amp route. Likewise, I'd consider the typical AKG 70x and any other demanding dynamics like that in its price range more like $500.

 

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Originally Posted by Magicman74 View Post

I think this thread is getting side tracked a little?  I see guys talking about HD600/650's, Mad-Dogs etc?

The thread is " Punching way above"

HD600's + 650's  are what $300-$400- Do they beat Stax, and sets like that? No, That's Punching above their weight.  They are at the TOP of their class for sure but don't really punch above.  And Maddogs are a special item of a $90 headphone "With Mods applied"  I guess they punch above but the regular headphone at $90 doesn't. It's actual is a bad headphone without the mods.

 

Punching above to me is a lower cost Can that hangs with the big boys-The HD650's etc...just my thoughts biggrin.gif

 

Well, this sort of thing is where it gets fuzzy when taking personal preferences into account.

 

I'm trying to decide if the MA900 deserves to be mentioned here. At any rate, I like it much better than the HE-400, which is a much more expensive set and technically proficient in a lot of ways (none of them involving midrange/vocals, unfortunately). Same for the SR-202. But I don't like it more than the SR-Lambda, which is also over twice the price.

 

However, the MA900 sounds good enough to where I'd feel comfortable enough having it as my only headphone if I ever find myself having to sell off my Stax setup.

 

Does that mean the MA900 really does punch above their weight, albeit not enough to touch vintage Stax, or just that the HE-400 and modern Stax are overpriced IMO and the MA900 at the $110-200 range is right where it belongs?

post #92 of 103

UE6000

 

currently $99 in Aus, I think they were $89 in USA. Love mine (with their flaws)

post #93 of 103
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Originally Posted by Noone025 View Post
 

UE6000

 

currently $99 in Aus, I think they were $89 in USA. Love mine (with their flaws)

 

+1 to the UE6000s at $99.  They're a fun, high-value headphone.

 

The V-Moda M80s (recently at $40) also fit this bill...

post #94 of 103
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Originally Posted by GearMe View Post

+1 to the UE6000s at $99.  They're a fun, high-value headphone.

The V-Moda M80s (recently at $40) also fit this bill...

My friend is looking for M80... Where did you get the $40 deal? @.@
post #95 of 103
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My friend is looking for M80... Where did you get the $40 deal? @.@

it was at radioshack; no longer able to be found, unfortunately.

 

as far as the v-moda's go, you can get them at 150 for the m80 at v-moda's site or 119$ on amazon for the v80 which is the same headphone . . . just kind of embarrassing to endorse that silly "true blood" show.  easy way to save a cool 30$ if you are confident in your masculinity  ;)    you might be able to save even more if you so desire - i haven't looked everywhere, but 119$ seems very reasonable to me.

 

perhaps at 119$ it would place it appropriately in this thread?  :) haven't heard them myself.


Edited by Kodachrome2000 - 11/14/13 at 6:13am
post #96 of 103
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Originally Posted by Kodachrome2000 View Post

it was at radioshack; no longer able to be found, unfortunately.

as far as the v-moda's go, you can get them at 150 for the m80 at v-moda's site or 119$ on amazon for the v80 which is the same headphone . . . just kind of embarrassing to endorse that silly "true blood" show.  easy way to save a cool 30$ if you are confident in your masculinity  wink.gif    you might be able to save even more if you so desire - i haven't looked everywhere, but 119$ seems very reasonable to me.

perhaps at 119$ it would place it appropriately in this thread?  smily_headphones1.gif haven't heard them myself.

One of my friend is desperately wanting to buy/own a pair of V-Modas... Locally here, it's selling at BND 239 (USD 199 roughhly) and to my knowledge, at that price, he will need to save up for another 50% of it... Just trying to help him... XD
post #97 of 103
AT ES55
IMHO better than ES7 in every way , ignored here and much underrated
post #98 of 103
Phillips SHL 3300 DJ headphones at $49 from Target Australia. Marley Exodus headphones as well!!
post #99 of 103

NAD Viso HP50 ( $300 )

post #100 of 103
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Originally Posted by Smoke Signals View Post

The Fischer Audio FA-003 and its clones are very comparable to much more expensive headphones in my opinion. I bought the Jaycar variants for 70 dollars (including shipping) and I can say that they aren't much worse than my HD650s, they are very neutral, comfortable, and isolate well. It's very surprising how open they sound given that they are closed. Not to mention they have removable cables, and come with extra ear pads along with a carrying case.

+1...love my jaycars. Still hanging on. While others have passed by.

post #101 of 103

Lowest priced one I could offer it the Monoprice 8323 ($23).

post #102 of 103
Superlux 681/668 662/669, Takstar Pro 80 and the Koss KSC75. The Koss have treble that is only found in $250+ cans and the Pro 80 competes well with hps thrice its price.
post #103 of 103

My Sennheiser HD555s were only $140 USD in 2008. Still use them to this day, and the foam mod (HD555->HD595 mod) really helped. Not sure if Sennheiser still sells these though, considering the 558 and 598 are out now.

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