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Portable alternatives to Sony MDR-V6?

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I'm in the market for portable headphones under/around $100, now that it's getting chillier and I need something to cover my ears with.

 

I'm looking for good sound isolation (Grado SR60/80s are out of consideration for this reason) and warm/neutral sound. I listen to a lot of folk, downtempo, and a bit of alternative rock.

 

Since I'm a girl... style is kind of important. I find that a lot of headphones that get mentioned here are downright ugly (:(). I actually like the look of Grados. Basically if a pair looks like a hipster would wear it, it's probably good to go. Sounds terrible, but there you go.

 

I like the Sony MDR-V6s except they would not be portable at all for me. I'm short so the long coiled cable is really overwhelming, and they are just a little too big to go into my bag.

 

Does anyone know of any headphones I might like?

post #2 of 4

JVC HA-S500 folding headphones, fold a little smaller then the MDR-V6s.

(and they come with a straight cable)


Edited by PurpleAngel - 11/18/13 at 10:28pm
post #3 of 4

This link should help:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/433318/shootout-108-portable-headphones-reviewed-denon-dn-hp1000-added-09-07-13

 

 

I've always found Audio Technica headphones to be quite stylish for girls, but the ATH-ES7 has been discontinued. Might want to look at the ATH-ES700 which is a bit pricier than $100:

 

http://www.amazon.com/audio-technica-EARSUIT-Portable-Headphones-ATH-ES700/dp/B009S334NK

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The JVC HAS500 is only being sold in Japan though, and many people don't want to order from Japan. The JVC HAS400 is quite similar, but has 30mm drivers instead of the 40mm ones on the HAS500. The HAS400 is only around $25, however it sounds great. It sounds better than some headphones over $100.

 

As for keeping your ears warm, the Sony V6 with its original earpads  make my ears overheat, so it works very well as ear muffs.

I changed the earpads to velour ones, and my ears don't get as hot.

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