Hi, I'm looking to get my first pair of decent headphones. My budget is limited to $400NZ. I'd prefer something around or under $250 though.
I've had a look around at headphones that get good reviews in that price bracket, and I've come up with the following.
Jaycar Pro / Brainwavz HM5 / Fischer FA-003 / Yoga CD880 - $125
Grado SR80i - $169
Ultrasone Pro 550 - $195
Ultrasone Pro 750 - $360
Beyerdynamic DT660 - $195
Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm - $225
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohm - $240
Audio Technica ATH-M50 - $220
Audio Technica ATH-WS99 - $225
Sony MDR-1R - $250
Philips Fidelio L1 - $250
AKG Q701 - $315
Sennheiser HD598 - $250
It'd be ideal if something could be powered well without an amp, as I'll be running these from cellphone often. If I was to get an amp, I'd most likely get the Fiio E11, but potentially the PA2V2 or a cMoyBB.
The headphone would be used for music as well as gaming. I listen to primarily metal and post rock (Maybeshewill, Russian Circles, Cult of Luna, Heaven Shall Burn and Devin Towsend are few examples of artists on my typical playlists). I'd like something that has good bass and low-mids. I prefer The quality during music playback is more important that the sound quality in games, but something that finds the best of both worlds would be great.
I'd be using it on the go, in libraries, offices, etc, as well as at home. How bad is the sound leakage on open headphones. If it take my current Sennheiser HD202s and hold them at arms length with the speaker pointed towards me, they are almost inaudible at my usual listening volume. Are open headphones likely to produce more noise than that? One consideration I had was buying two sets of headphones, one open, one closed. I'd probably go for the cheaper sets if I did this, such as the Grado SR80i for home use, paired with the Ultrasone Pro 550 or Beyerdynamic DT660 for on the go. Does that sound like a reasonable idea, or am I better just to spend all the money on one really good set of closed cans?
I don't have much of an opportunity to try before I buy, so the safer the better. If you have any other suggestions within my price range, I'd love to hear them. The choice here in NZ is limited, I can buy certain models from Amazon (some included above), and I'm not opposed to buying from Ebay, but would prefer something local if possible. This link here covers most of the locally available stuff (http://pricespy.co.nz/category.php?k=148).
Thanks for the help.
Edited by Word Of Madness - 9/30/13 at 5:24am