Originally Posted by money4me247
hey, it seems like build quality is one of your primary concerns when looking at headphones -> I would suggest looking into the Sennheiser Momentums Over-ears (all stainless steel metal + real leather, super feather light - $300 at razerdogaudio) or the V-Moda M100 (tank-like mostly metal build quality extensively tested for durability, $300ish as well - on sale $260 was the lowest I've seen at amazon). Those two options have excellent build quality, but note that there are many very nice high-quality sounding headphones consist of primarily plastic as it is very lightweight.
I would recommend you look into the Momentums for a very nice clean, clear, well-balanced sound w/ a nice slight consumer-friendly bass boost VS. the M100s if you like the v-shaped sound signature (similar to beats - but with more clarity, less recessed mids, better bass texture/detail/extension, and crisp trebles.)
Edit: Driver size has NO correlation to sound quality or performance. You will find the frequency range of the headphones on the specs. Also note that the frequency range is not indicative of the performance as well as a headphones can sound muddy or unclear or unbalanced while having a large frequency range. higher frequency sounds actually benefit from smaller drivers (think speaker tweeters) while larger drivers are more for bass (think subwoofers). For headphones though, the driver size really does not matter. There are great and terrible headphones at every driver size. Normal human hearing range is from 20hz to 20,000 hz, so chances are you won't notice anything at 40khz or 80khz. To notice all the micro-detail of the treble range 2,00hz to 20,000hz, you simply need very well-balanced, clear headphones without a bass boost such as the AKG K701/Q701 or the AKG K550. A lot of high-end "audiophile" neutral headphones strive to accomplish that. However, if you are used to the Beats house sound with their enormous bass boost, you will probably find these well-balanced headphones too bass light upon first listen. lol people who bash beats and actually know what they are talking about are usually complaining about the crazy bass boost, muddy bass, recessed mids, and lack of clarity/detail for their price point... not driver size. hahah. aka you can find better sounding headphones at a better price.
Hope this helps and good luck with your headphones search. PM me if you have any other questions or want more detailed impressions of the headphones I've tried.
A little bit of metal wouldn't hurt. At this market segment and for this intended target audience, I'd at least expect a hard carry case.
A few things that I like about these more than the MDR-1R:
- More streamlined appearance
- Headband extensions click into place with more rigidness
But I cannot use Beats cables with this MDR-1-R, because the cable's device end is slightly thicker (and colored gray), so a user won't "accidentally" plug it into the headphone, rendering the inline remote useless and awkwardly placed. Also, it's a shame that the ear cup only pivots, and doesn't fold for added portability.
Well, for $53.60. I can't expect too much, right?
P.S. on Money4Me's post:
Build material is pretty high up on my list; everyone knows that metal>plastic (in terms of feeling "premium"). All the Apple fanboys/girls praise the iPhone's aluminum construction and bag out Samsung for their plastic phones. I own a Samsung, and use an aluminum bumper case to compensate for the plastic build.
Where I live, the Sennheiser Momentum on-ears are hard enough to find as it is - the over ears would be even harder to find! Same goes with any V-Moda set.
I know that driver size has minimal effect to audio quality. Some mid-high end IEMs (not the armature ones) have tiny drivers, and they can push out some impressive sound. I know that most Beats bashers know what they're talking about, but you know that there are people out there who bash Beats simply for the sake of bashing, with little or no knowledge about what's going on inside (and outside) a Beats headset and why they sound that way (and how to correct it!).
Step 1: Obtain Beats Studio/Executive
Step 2: Rewire to become passive headphone
Optional: Install Bluetooth circuit for dual wired/wireless functionality
Step 3: ??????
Step 4: Profit!!
On another note, I have the AKG K701s (see my dp!), and I find the Sennheiser HD650 to have a better sounding "tuning" to me, if you know what I mean.