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post #1 of 40
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Hey there!

I am new to the audiophile world and trying to pick up a pair of headphones for myself.  At present, I am using a pair of Senheisser PX 80 headphones which doesn't suit my needs at all. Talking of my needs, I'm looking for a decent pair of headphones around $100 or less that provides some noise isolation and great sound quality. I would be using the headphones mostly while Traveling in metro or bus. My present PX 80 headphones offer no isolation at all and make Audiobooks mostly inaudible. The headphone would mostly be used for listening music (Mostly Pop, Rap, Electro, Classic and somewhat, rock), audiobooks and podcasts on my Samsung Galaxy Note II or iPod Nano 5g (rarely). 
After researching for a while on Head Fi and Innerfidelity, I've shortlisted the following:

1. Philips Citiscape Downtown

2. Creative Aurvana Live!

3. Philips Citiscape Uptown

4. Senheisser PX 200 II

 

I am a bit confused here. From what I have read, Creative Aurvana Live! has the best overall performance but I am not sure about its Noise Isolation. Moreover, Creative does not offer international warranty on its headphones which is a BIG minus for me since I'm from New Delhi, India and will be importing it from Amazon.

Even though they seem promising to me, Philips Citiscape Downtown and Uptown have mixed opinions across the forums. Besides, I don't know if Philips offers international warranty on these headphones.

Senheisser is readily available in India and offers great service here but I'm not sure about the sound quality of PX 200 II.

 

Any better suggestions or recommendations would be highly appreciated!

post #2 of 40

I do like the audio quality of my JVC HA-S500 folding headphones, here in the USA they sell for under $60.

post #3 of 40
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That was quick! :D
Having a look at it. How is its Noise Isolation?

post #4 of 40
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That was quick! :D
Having a look at it. How is its Noise Isolation?

I'm sure a fair bit better then those PX80s

I use my HA-S500s sitting at a Starbucks.

For something that is under $100 and makes a good portable and sounds good, I do not think you could do much better.

 

Try asking other HA-S500 owners about how well the HA-S500 blocked noise for them.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621063/the-jvc-ha-s500-appreciation-fan-thread/7380

post #5 of 40
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I'm sure a fair bit better then those PX80s

I use my HA-S500s sitting at a Starbucks.

For something that is under $100 and makes a good portable and sounds good, I do not think you could do much better.

 

Try asking other HA-S500 owners about how well the HA-S500 blocked noise for them.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621063/the-jvc-ha-s500-appreciation-fan-thread/7380

 

Posted there, waiting for reply! :)
Btw, any other pair of headphones that are comparable?

post #6 of 40

Superlux HD-661 are considered good for the price.

Here in the USA they sell for $38.

post #7 of 40

Hello!

 

The Ultimate Ears UE6000 ANC headphone can be had for less than $100 at best-buy! Not sure if it's still on thought but here's a link http://www.head-fi.org/t/677663/logitech-ue-4000-and-ue-6000-headphones-50-off-best-buy-b-m-reposted-from-slickdeals-net and at that price, it's a steal xD

 

Hope it helps!
Billson :)

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Hello!

 

The Ultimate Ears UE6000 ANC headphone can be had for less than $100 at best-buy! Not sure if it's still on thought but here's a link http://www.head-fi.org/t/677663/logitech-ue-4000-and-ue-6000-headphones-50-off-best-buy-b-m-reposted-from-slickdeals-net and at that price, it's a steal xD

 

Hope it helps!
Billson :)

 

Damn! I missed it. It's out of stock now. It was perfect! :/

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Damn! I missed it. It's out of stock now. It was perfect! :/

Found another deal but you need to have "Prime" and it's now as low: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-982-000079-UE-6000-Headphones/dp/B0094S36RI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378549113&sr=8-1&keywords=Ultimate+Ears+UE6000

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post #10 of 40
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Found another deal but you need to have "Prime" and it's now as low: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-982-000079-UE-6000-Headphones/dp/B0094S36RI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378549113&sr=8-1&keywords=Ultimate+Ears+UE6000

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Is it for $100 on Amazon too? I only see a $150 tag. Can I access the deal under one month Trial of prime? 

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Is it for $100 on Amazon too? I only see a $150 tag. Can I access the deal under one month Trial of prime? 

Opps...forgot to mention that sorry! It's $150 on Amazon.. And I am not certain about that one month trial but if it say so, yes. Not much experience with Amazon xD

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Opps...forgot to mention that sorry! It's $150 on Amazon.. And I am not certain about that one month trial but if it say so, yes. Not much experience with Amazon xD

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$150 is way more than my budget. Besides, I'll have to pay for the customs as well. :/
Any other value for money recommendations? ($100 or less)

post #13 of 40
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$150 is way more than my budget. Besides, I'll have to pay for the customs as well. :/

Any other value for money recommendations? ($100 or less)

The Sennheiser HD439 xD

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post #14 of 40
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The Sennheiser HD439 xD

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Now this is getting confusing!

post #15 of 40
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Now this is getting confusing!

For how long do you listen to music a day? Did some search on the JVC HA-S500 and most reviewer find it uncomfortable for long period of listening so if you are planning to wear them for a long period of time, the JVC HA-S500 may not be for you.

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