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Need help choosing a pair of over-ear headphones under $200, mostly for hip-hop and rap

post #1 of 10
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Currently, I am looking at the Audio Technica ATH-M50.

I don't really care about build quality, just sound quality. 

I plan on using them with my iphone (4), so would you guys reccomend a portable amp? If so, what kind?

As I said before, I mostly listen to rap music, but I have basically every genre in my music library.

 

Any responses are greatly appreciated, thanks!


Edited by donkeykong877 - 11/10/13 at 4:42pm
post #2 of 10
The V-Moda Crossfade LP2 is a fantastic bassy headphone which is easy enough to drive, and though I know you don't care about it, they are fantastically built and aesthetically pleasing.
post #3 of 10
It will provide an extra boom and kick to your music of choice, the ATH M-50 is a bit overrated IMO
post #4 of 10

agree with above. The m50 to me are a bit overrated. Theyre not really portable, and to me at least, theyre not too comfortable. The LP2 are extremely bassy. A better solution to me is the vmoda m80. They have a little better resolution and overall a more genre friendly sound signature while still being a bassy headphone. The difference is LP2 = full out bass head headphones vs m80 = bassy headphone.

 

I could also suggest sennheiser HD 25 ii. The Sennheiser Amperiors, which are the metal versions of the HD 25 ii are actually on sale now and theyre pretty good too (although to me theyre not that comfortable either).

 

The Soul By Ludacris line is also being discontinued so being sold very significantly cheaper prices. They wont sound as good as the other options mentioned but noteworthy for the price.

 

As for amping, the only ones that will really benefit from amping is the sennheisers, and even those dont really need all that amping. 

post #5 of 10
The M50s are a very good all around headphone if you get them for $125 or less. I think they are fine for portable use. Just as an over ear, they are bigger than on ear headphones that are typically described as portable headphones. However, they are fairly hardy in construction and fairly easy to drive (headphone amp would only benefit them a little)

I recently got the Onkyo ES-FC300. It's on ear, but I like it better than the M50. They have a fairly balanced signature with good bass quality (just not heavily emphasized). Very easy to drive with an iPhone. Here's a review: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/delightful-onkyo-es-fc300-and-es-hf300-page-2
Edited by cel4145 - 11/11/13 at 7:57am
post #6 of 10
The poor case, awkward cord, and a bit too much heft eliminate that as an option, at least in my opinion. Don't know about that on the. Only I though, have not tried them.
post #7 of 10
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The poor case, awkward cord, and a bit too much heft eliminate that as an option, at least in my opinion. Don't know about that on the. Only I though, have not tried them.

If someone wants a better cable, they can buy the ES-HF300 instead. Note that Tyll did not find any audible difference between the flat cable and the more expensive one.

I don't understand what you mean by "heft" being a problem. They weigh less than the V-Moda Crossfade LP2 you recommended: 240g vs 260g.

As for the case, if someone wants a hardshell case, a $20 Slappa case would work fine.
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Maybe they aren't heavy but it's strange, from what I tried I had more fatigue, I don't know why it just was hotter, and FELT heavier, probably because it had less clamping.
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Maybe they aren't heavy but it's strange, from what I tried I had more fatigue, I don't know why it just was hotter, and FELT heavier, probably because it had less clamping.

Are you talking about the M50s or the Onkyos? I'm guessing the M50s? I just looked it up. The M50s are about 10% heavier than the Crossfades, which is negligible. So yeah. Most likely how the fit works for you is what determines how they feel more than the actual weight difference.
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Originally Posted by donkeykong877 View Post
 

Currently, I am looking at the Audio Technica ATH-M50.

I don't really care about build quality, just sound quality. 

I plan on using them with my iPhone (4), so would you guys recommend a portable amp? If so, what kind?

As I said before, I mostly listen to rap music, but I have basically every genre in my music library.

 

Any responses are greatly appreciated, thanks!


JVC HA-S500 closed, on-ear, folding headphones, $60.

The 36-Ohms HA-S500 should be a little easier for the iPhone to drive.

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