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Open or Semi-Open Headphones good for classical/jazz/vocals under $200?

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Need to keep actual price paid closer to $100 but an under $200 pair might be found for used or refurb so said $200.  Have had Grado, Sennheiser and Ultrasone before but has been some time since had a decent set of phones.  Prefer some openness as opposed to closed.  Prefer Circumaural the most if affordable.

 

The Utrasones I had I think were the HFI 2400's but are currently above my limit.  Liked the AKG K240 MKII's and had Sennheiser HD518 HD 558's.  Grado's were SR-60i and SR-80i models.  Not that any sounded bad from what I recall, but liked the Grado's the least.

 

Listen to mostly lossless FLAC or ALAC with sometimes streaming Internet radio and will be listening to some movies.  Currenty have two connection options.  Mac Mini with 3.5mm jack or Onkyo A9555 integrated amp with 6.5mm jack.  Down the road might look at other options like USB Dac from Mac to Onkyo or even something like FiiO amp/dac out of the Mac Mini if I sell the amp.

 

High candidate right now is the Sennheiser HD558 which I can get right under $100.  Does any know about Beyerdynamic models?  Any open/semi ones in my range?

 

Would really appreciate some feedback as I hope to buy this week if possible.

 

Oh, to repeat mostly classical symphonic & non-symphonic, lots of vocals in jazz/folk/pop.  Like a good soundstage. 

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I don't really have any advice for you - but I do have a question - how do the Senn HD558 compare to the AKG K240 Mk II? I don't really need another set of open 'phones, but I've always been curious how those two compare. I did like the AKG K240 (it was an older version) better than the Grado SR60.
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DT990 Pro 250 ohm are currently $150 on Amazon. With that higher impedance, they should work OK with your Onkyo amp (most receivers and amps are good with higher impedance phones), but not good for computer use without a headphone amp.
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Last owned the AKG's two years ago and the Senn's a year ago.  I think I preferred the sound of the Sennheisers.

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