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General purpose headphones around £40 - AKG K450s vs Philips Downtowns or alternatives

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Hello,

 

I'm looking for a pair of general purpose on/over ear headphones preferably £40 or under (I'm UK based).

 

My key priorities are:

 

Neutral-ish sound: I'll use them for mostly listening, but also dabbling in music production, recording and mixing. At this price I'm not looking for anything especially precise though.

 

Comfort: I'll probably end up wearing them for long periods of time, I have a medium/large head

 

Durable: I want them to last

 

Low sound leakage: They'll be used for listening to music mostly at home, but also on long journeys and studying. I generally listen to indie rock, ambient electronic or acoustic music - nothing very bass heavy.

 

 

At the moment, I'm looking at the AKG K450s and Philips Citiscape Downtown, also considering the Monoprice 8323s as a budget option. Today I tested the K450s, Sennheisser HD202s and Samson SR850s. I preferred the K450s all round - sound, build quality and comfort (also the SR850s leaked in and out a lot). I am very drawn to the look of the Downtowns though (in brown), much more so than the K450s, but nowhere nearby stocks them that I could test. I've read a lot of reviews, mostly very positive, but not everyone seems to find them comfortable.

 

What I want to know is whether anyone has used both the K450s and the Downtowns, to compare comfort and sound. Given I liked the K450s, will I like the Downtowns? I'm open to any other recommendations based on my preferences.

 

Thanks

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Hate to be that guy but...bump?

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