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Looking for Recommendations: On-ear, smallish headphones--budget:$100 (+/- $50)

post #1 of 17
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Hello,

Looking for some recommendations for computer audio (youtube, streaming music, nothing special) headphones, need on-ear on the small side that won't leak sound too badly (not looking for total isolation as I need to take them on & off often, but don't want to disturb others around me) so just avoiding "open" headphones, and IEM's--to be more specific as to why:  its not fast enough to take them (IEM's) out delicately and place them back in my ear canal, faster to just move headphone by band/cup when I answer phone.  Currently using Sennheiser HD 201's, and while they aren't horrible at $30, figured a nicer budget will make quite a difference.  Not really interested in anything that needs an amp, just looking at non-amp options...

 

I'm also looking for a USB sound card/device that I can plug into my computer that won't require installing drivers/admin rights, thinking budget of $50 (or less) just to avoid computer interference...using a Syba USB sound device, and playback is *so* loud on it, I have to keep my Windows sound volume at 1-5, 5 on the very loud side.

 

Was looking at Creative Aurana Live! (which are around the ear, but seemed decent for use) and Koss Porta Pros (which seem like a nice fit size-wise, but would leak sound).  Any thoughts and recommendations appreciated, thanks.

 

edit: grammar/typo


Edited by hfshuflr - 9/11/13 at 4:14pm
post #2 of 17

JVC HA-S500, sells for under $60.

post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

JVC HA-S500, sells for under $60.

+1

These are a great choice for you.

That would leave you plenty of money for a FiiO E10 DAC/headphone amp.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi,
Thanks for the recommendations! My understanding is the FiiO E10 is an amp...will it also serve as a functioning external sound device too? Anyone able to confirm issues with it being plug and play (without drivers/requiring admin rights to operate)?
post #5 of 17
Right. The E10 has a USB DAC and a headphone amp built in together. It's plug and play. You might have to tell Windows to use it over your built in sound card (via control panel), but that's it smily_headphones1.gif
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by hfshuflr View Post

Hi,
Thanks for the recommendations! My understanding is the FiiO E10 is an amp...will it also serve as a functioning external sound device too? Anyone able to confirm issues with it being plug and play (without drivers/requiring admin rights to operate)?

The Fiio E10 USB - DAC - Amp would plug into your computer's USB port and normally windows would automatically make it the default sound device when it's plugged in.

It a basic 2-channel audio (fine for music) and does not process any headphone surround sound.

So movies and games would be in 2-channel stereo audio.

post #7 of 17

V-Moda M80 falls just under the $100 mark, and can be had for $80 currently at Radioshack. should be tops in this group.

post #8 of 17
Id second the m80.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by mvrk10256 View Post
 

V-Moda M80 falls just under the $100 mark, and can be had for $80 currently at Radioshack. should be tops in this group.

Bummer,

radioshack.com says their out, and nothing pops up for 50 miles...amazon looks like its about $150 so maybe that was a super sale at radio shack.

 

Looks like the JVC's may still be the way to go.  They don't need amping though, do they?  Just wondering if the amp on an E10 would be a waste/unnecessary...

post #10 of 17
No. The JVC's definitely don't need amping. They have high enough sensitivity that they play well on anything, and their impedance is 32 ohms, which is suitable for pretty much any portable device or computer output.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

No. The JVC's definitely don't need amping. They have high enough sensitivity that they play well on anything, and their impedance is 32 ohms, which is suitable for pretty much any portable device or computer output.

 

Great!  don't suppose there's a E10 without the amp?  I do like the fact it has an external knob for volume control.  Also, leaning heavily towards those JVC's, didn't find any for less than $60 however--any thoughts on where to grab them?

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by hfshuflr View Post

Great!  don't suppose there's a E10 without the amp?  I do like the fact it has an external knob for volume control.  Also, leaning heavily towards those JVC's, didn't find any for less than $60 however--any thoughts on where to grab them?

Get the E11. Little bit better amp than in the E10 smily_headphones1.gif
post #13 of 17
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Get the E11. Little bit better amp than in the E10 smily_headphones1.gif

 

Wait, why?  If I'm considering the JVC's and the E10 only on account its an external sound device, wanting one without the amp, why get the E11?

post #14 of 17
Sorry. I got it backwards. I was thinking you said you didn't want the DAC in the E10. You have to have the headphone amp with the DAC. A DAC doesn't have a volume control and is not meant to be run straight to headphones without amplification. The pre-amp in the E10 controls the volume output from the headphone amp; think of it as part of the headphone amp. I don't even know if you can buy a headphone amp without a volume control.
post #15 of 17
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Welp, finally got my JVC HA-S500's from Japan (picked the $49.99 option, but didn't read the fine print it'd take a month to get either!).  They sound just great for the price--nice bass and while being closed they aren't as great for mids & highs as open headphones are, they are just *perfect* in size and isolation needs as I had requested.  Nice call Purple Angel!  Also like the fact they didn't break the bank and won't make me feel horrible should if they happen to get stolen or break at work (though very unlikely) like the much more expensive v-moda's likely would.

 

Also nice call on the Fiio E-10 btw cel4145.  A bit on the expensive-for-what-I-needed side, but turns out it is a perfect solution for my workstation without needing drivers/admin rights whatsoever and bypassing interference on the motherboard *and* providing a volume control.

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