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Budget - My budget is up to $170, preferably less

Source - I mainly listen to music from my iPod or iPhone and from my computer when doing homework

Requirements for Isolation - I'm mainly going to be using my headphones at home (I live with my parents and younger sibling) and sometimes outside. Isolation is preferred, but not a necessity.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized or on-ear

Preferred tonal balance - I'd prefer an overall balanced headphone set, but if it's slightly bass heavy I wouldn't mind

Past headphones - I've only used Apple earbuds, so this will be my first real set of headphones.

Preferred Music - I listen to a wide range of music. These are some of the bands I listen to the most: AWOLNATION, OneRepublic, Eminem, Green Day, He Is We, Imagine Dragons, Maroon Five, My Chemical Romance, Owl City, Panic at the Disco, Plain White T's, Sky Sailing, Vampire Weekend, Fall Out Boy, The Cab, All American Rejects, and all kinds of classical music. Also, I listen to a little rap.

Location - I live in the US

 

I've been looking at various headphones, and a few that I've noticed were the ATH-M50s, ATH-AD700s, the Beyerdynamic DT770, and the Sennheiser HD25-1 II. I'd prefer if I didn't have to use an amp, but I'd be willing to get a portable amp.

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Originally Posted by IllogicalFool View Post

Budget - My budget is up to $170, preferably less

Source - I mainly listen to music from my iPod or iPhone and from my computer when doing homework

Requirements for Isolation - I'm mainly going to be using my headphones at home (I live with my parents and younger sibling) and sometimes outside. Isolation is preferred, but not a necessity.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized or on-ear

Preferred tonal balance - I'd prefer an overall balanced headphone set, but if it's slightly bass heavy I wouldn't mind

Past headphones - I've only used Apple earbuds, so this will be my first real set of headphones.

Preferred Music - I listen to a wide range of music. These are some of the bands I listen to the most: AWOLNATION, OneRepublic, Eminem, Green Day, He Is We, Imagine Dragons, Maroon Five, My Chemical Romance, Owl City, Panic at the Disco, Plain White T's, Sky Sailing, Vampire Weekend, Fall Out Boy, The Cab, All American Rejects, and all kinds of classical music. Also, I listen to a little rap.

Location - I live in the US

 

I've been looking at various headphones, and a few that I've noticed were the ATH-M50s, ATH-AD700s, the Beyerdynamic DT770, and the Sennheiser HD25-1 II. I'd prefer if I didn't have to use an amp, but I'd be willing to get a portable amp.

The HD25-1 IIs are good and so are the Beyer DT1350 but they improve with an amp. 

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by IllogicalFool View Post

Budget - My budget is up to $170, preferably less

Source - I mainly listen to music from my iPod or iPhone and from my computer when doing homework

Requirements for Isolation - I'm mainly going to be using my headphones at home (I live with my parents and younger sibling) and sometimes outside. Isolation is preferred, but not a necessity.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized or on-ear

Preferred tonal balance - I'd prefer an overall balanced headphone set, but if it's slightly bass heavy I wouldn't mind

Past headphones - I've only used Apple earbuds, so this will be my first real set of headphones.

Preferred Music - I listen to a wide range of music. These are some of the bands I listen to the most: AWOLNATION, OneRepublic, Eminem, Green Day, He Is We, Imagine Dragons, Maroon Five, My Chemical Romance, Owl City, Panic at the Disco, Plain White T's, Sky Sailing, Vampire Weekend, Fall Out Boy, The Cab, All American Rejects, and all kinds of classical music. Also, I listen to a little rap.

Location - I live in the US

 

I've been looking at various headphones, and a few that I've noticed were the ATH-M50s, ATH-AD700s, the Beyerdynamic DT770, and the Sennheiser HD25-1 II. I'd prefer if I didn't have to use an amp, but I'd be willing to get a portable amp.

I hear good things about the M50's. As for the HD25's you can get a refurbished Sennheiser Amperior for under $140 and the general consensus is they are an upgrade in every way to the HD25-1 II. vminnovations.com carries the refurbs, the pair I got from them are flawless. I'm not much of a reviewer and haven't had them long enough to really describe them at length but Tyll Inner Fidelity rates them at the top of his portable headphone line up, and he even seems to have payed full retail for them. http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-ear-pad-sealed

post #4 of 6
Hello!

I listened most of the band you mentioned above too! ATH-M50 does good with most of the mentioned band but also does averagely with others.

If you prefer smoother mids, so look into the SRH-840 from Shure!

Hope it helps!
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post #5 of 6

Id recommend:

MDR MA900

Focal Spirit One

post #6 of 6
Hi, I just want to say that I recently picked up a pair of amperiors and am really surprised at how good they sound. They sound like a great headphone for what you want. The only thing is they are on ear and some people find them uncomfortable so maybe best to try them out first if possible. I also have the ath m50's that i'm also happy with. I think the amperiors are a fun headphone. Haven't listened to the ath in a while so can't really remember the sound to compare critically. However, I wouldn't pay the full 400 or 350 for the Amperior. If you can they are discontinuing them so you may find them cheap some places or used. Anyway I'm sure you will be happy with any of the headphones recommended here.

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