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Are there any open back circumaural headphones for around £150 with respectable bass?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I've been using a pair of Aurvana Live's of the best part of a year now, but when they broke I had to revert to my old sound magic PL30's until they get replaced. They obviously sounded horrible, but I found I really liked the much more open sound.

I started looking at the Senn 558 & 598 but it sounds like they're a bit lacking in bass for me. I listen to mostly electro house, liquid dubstep and chillstep, and while I'm not a crazed basshead, I do want a reasonable amount.

 

I'm planning on spending around £150, and will be playing straight from a macbook pro.

 

Does what I've described even exist or am I best just going for a better closed ear set?

 

 

P.S. I'd never dream of buying on-ear headphones so don't even go there!

post #2 of 10

Yeah, at that price, good quality thumping bass in an open-headphone is a bit of a dream without considerable EQ'ing. 

 

You might want to consider these closed-backs:
Beyerdynamic DT770 (32 ohm)

Audio Technica ATH-M50

post #3 of 10
Beyer DT990 pro is only £135 on amazon. Would need amping though ...
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by sinnottj View Post

Beyer DT990 pro is only £135 on amazon. Would need amping though ...

+1

Those are such a good deal, if you can afford an amp like the FiiO E11 to go with them, that's the way to go. smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 10

Sony MDR-XB-700 or MDR-XB1000 have very unique style of bass. I own both HD598 and MDR-XB700 and somehow I found MDR-XB700 very attractive. However I sometimes i get tired of them, thinking they are too much overemphasized

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Sony MDR-XB-700 or MDR-XB1000 have very unique style of bass. I own both HD598 and MDR-XB700 and somehow I found MDR-XB700 very attractive. However I sometimes i get tired of them, thinking they are too much overemphasized

The resolution of the XB series doesn't touch the quality of the other suggestions - but they certainly have louder bass and can be more 'fun' sounding if you crave/need a bass-drop. 

But they're really teenagers headphones. Nothing you'll hold on to happily for 20 years.

post #7 of 10

There's the phillips fidelio x1, and perhaps the ma900 with some EQ.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Those fidelio x1's do look extremely tempting! :rolleyes:

post #9 of 10

+1 on the X1 - great bass for an open headphone, and can be found at very reasonable prices, especially used.

post #10 of 10

The AKG 240S have an exaggerated bass. They go for $80. 

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