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post #16 of 20
If your ears are pretty sensitive then the K518s are probably not for you.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by nfskyosho85 View Post

I think comfort is a top priority. My ears are quite sensitive so I'll need either very comfortable cans or very comfortable earpads on good sounding headphones. Are the Downtowns worth $30? They are originally $100 but are they worth $30?
 
 

Value is relative and it's hard to put an actual price, but I'd feel comfortable paying up to $50 for them.  That said, $30 is a pretty good price.  I paid about $40 for them when I bought them for a friend.  They won't compare well with top sets in the price range in terms of clarity and refinement, but they are more comfortable than average and have a very consumer-friendly sound.  The only issue you might realistically have comfort wise is the pads may get a little warm, but I think that's a general flaw with any closed set.

 

That said, I do think SQ-wise, the S400 punch pretty well above the $25-30 price tag and can be compared to $70-100 sets.  I find them on par with, if not better than the Sony MDR V-6s for instance.

post #18 of 20

Superlux HD-681 (red rings) and do a Fran`s hardware filter mod - suits your genres well and is cheap. Only thing would be getting velour pads and soldering skills. For less modding you could get "updated" HD-681 EVO.

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Value is relative and it's hard to put an actual price, but I'd feel comfortable paying up to $50 for them.  That said, $30 is a pretty good price.  I paid about $40 for them when I bought them for a friend.  They won't compare well with top sets in the price range in terms of clarity and refinement, but they are more comfortable than average and have a very consumer-friendly sound.  The only issue you might realistically have comfort wise is the pads may get a little warm, but I think that's a general flaw with any closed set.

 

That said, I do think SQ-wise, the S400 punch pretty well above the $25-30 price tag and can be compared to $70-100 sets.  I find them on par with, if not better than the Sony MDR V-6s for instance.

 

 

Thanks for the detailed response! How does the S400 compare to S500? On Amazon, it's about $10 more (including shipping fees). Would you say that it would be worth it to just get a pair of S500s?

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Superlux HD-681 (red rings) and do a Fran`s hardware filter mod - suits your genres well and is cheap. Only thing would be getting velour pads and soldering skills. For less modding you could get "updated" HD-681 EVO.

 

Thanks, but not planning to do any modding. Are these uncomfortable without velour pads?

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by nfskyosho85 View Post

 

 

Thanks for the detailed response! How does the S400 compare to S500? On Amazon, it's about $10 more (including shipping fees). Would you say that it would be worth it to just get a pair of S500s?

 

 

I honestly can't say unfortunately. Never tried the S500s, but I'm sure there are several direct comparisons on this site. S500's are known to be more bassy from what I hear.

 

Also, if you don't mind open headphones and don't plan on using it in public, the Superlux HD681 and HD668 really are good options, modded or not.  They're light and let your ears breath a bit since they're open. Not sure about the 681, but the 668 is pretty treble heavy though so if you're treble sensitive, avoid it.

 

Even more options include several Takstars and Somics. There are several threads dedicated to them, and apparently they're supposedly on par or better than the Superlux.  They may stretch your budget though.

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