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~$50-100 headphones as upgrade to Sennheiser HD202 and Monoprice 8320

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,


I started my foray into decent audio with the HD202's, and then the Monoprice 8320. I preferred the sound on the 8320 much more (the HD202's seemed somewhat muddy compared to the monoprice). I want to upgrade to some bigger cans that would provide more isolation and better sound quality.


I'm looking for something that is good for classical/instrumental music. I've been looking into the JVC HA-S500, but will that fit my genre of music? Also, the HD202 seemed to put too much pressure on my jaws, does anybody know whether JVC's are more comfortable?


Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 21

The S500 would not be the best choice for classical. The S400 is better balanced for that purpose, and cheaper.


However, neither one is bigger than the Monoprice. Comfort is subjective, but the JVCs are on-ear headphones that I don't find comfortable for more than an hour or so.


Full size isolation for classical under $50 is a tough call. Maybe the Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) for $50?

post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 

clarification: the monoprice I mentioned were the in ear variety that has the super long thread here on head-fi.

post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 

I may be able to push it up to ~100. How about the ATH-M50? I'd have to wait for the price to drop obviously, but soundwise?

post #5 of 21

Ah, my mistake. I thought you were talking about the also-much-talked-about-here Monoprice overear phones!


The rest I said stands. For classical you'd get a lot better results with open cans that would give you a wider soundstage, but if you need to be closed I think that Takstar/Gemini would be pretty good.


The Beyerdynamic DT660 is reportedly an excellent classical closed phone (see the thread on that very subject) and can be had for $90 sometimes used or open-box from Beyer. I have one in the mail right now. Might be worth saving up for!

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post #7 of 21
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Hi, thanks so much for your recommendations. I should probably clarify my music genre, it's Indian classical music (I listen to the instrumental variety), so the music would consist of a violin/flute/sax as the main instrument, accompanied with a percussion instrument. I guess that would bring it closer to jazz? Not exactly sure what genre it would be...


Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UWPHTaBxXE around 3:00. The recordings I listen to are CD rips and are of better sound quality, however.

post #8 of 21

Look into


Brainwavz HM5- Balanced, warm and good Bass

Shure SRH440- Detailed, Balanced, Tad cold but excellent for vocals

Skull Candy Aviator- Balanced, Mid-centric with a nice tone 

post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the advice!

post #10 of 21
Rockit Sounds R-Studio, warm balanced with a big soundstage.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks. How are the Ultrasone 580/780? Also the m50 is at $100 now if that changes anything.. Also I should mention that I won't be able to get an amp for some time, considering I'm a college student on a strict budget


i'm trying to have as many options as possible. also should add that a large amount of music i listen to are movie soundtracks / scores (e.g. Time by Hans Zimmer)

Edited by gdtechie - 11/3/13 at 1:03pm
post #12 of 21
Not sure on the Ultrazones but the M50 are a fun, Balanced headphone. They are quite congested abd muffled sounding at that price point I think the HM5, Aviator are better alternatives than the M50. The M50 are durable and will last you a long time.
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 

The aviators are selling at $80 on amazon. Were they not selling at $150 last year? Not sure if these are the same ones.. 



post #14 of 21
That's the ones. Make sure you get the one with the detachable cable. They are a steal right now!
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks, they look like my best bet right now! Anyone else have any input on the aviators? Couldn't find much about them on here..

What are their strengths and weaknesses?


Also, how are the Sennheiser HD439?

Edited by gdtechie - 11/4/13 at 1:19pm
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