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Which Pair Should I Get For $200?

post #1 of 15
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Okay, so I'm looking to buying myself a pair of headphones. My budget is $200 and I'd really like to stay in that range. So, I've looked at a few... Such as Logitech UE6000's, Audio-Technica ATH-M50's, VMODA Crossfade LP2's... All of them sound decent, but I want the best bang for the buck. I want a pretty good amount of bass, but with good high's too and nice mid's. I'd be very open to other pair's, so please if you like a different pair better, then please tell me about that. :)

post #2 of 15
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Also to note, I will be using these primarily through my Samsung Galaxy S3 for listening to music. I listen to everything... from Alternative Rock to Rap, Hiphop, and Dubstep. I'd maybe someday invest in getting an amp for my computer, however.

post #3 of 15

Are you primarily looking for a pair of closed headphones?  Also, are you open to on-ear headphones as well?  (ones where the cuts rest on your ears as opposed to going around your ears).  Here is a list of a few good headphones under 200 dollars that I think would work well for your genres and setup.  On-ears are typically more uncomfortable since they will put pressure on your ears, but they are typically smaller and more portable for use on the go.  Full sized headphones can be very large with long cables, making them strictly suitable for home-use.  I would pass on the V-Moda LP2s, as they aren't known to be too good.  The M80 and M100s are much better headphones if you want to go V-Moda route.

 

Closed Around-Ears:  ATHM50, Audio technica A900, Creative Aurvana Live

Closed On-Ears:  V-Moda M80, Sennheiser Amperior (129.99 right now on Newegg, great deal), Beyerdynamic DT1350

 

Open Around Ears:  Sony MA900, Beyerdynamic DT990

post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by GaryPham View Post
 

Are you primarily looking for a pair of closed headphones?  Also, are you open to on-ear headphones as well?  (ones where the cuts rest on your ears as opposed to going around your ears).  Here is a list of a few good headphones under 200 dollars that I think would work well for your genres and setup.  On-ears are typically more uncomfortable since they will put pressure on your ears, but they are typically smaller and more portable for use on the go.  Full sized headphones can be very large with long cables, making them strictly suitable for home-use.  I would pass on the V-Moda LP2s, as they aren't known to be too good.  The M80 and M100s are much better headphones if you want to go V-Moda route.

 

Closed Around-Ears:  ATHM50, Audio technica A900, Creative Aurvana Live

Closed On-Ears:  V-Moda M80, Sennheiser Amperior (129.99 right now on Newegg, great deal), Beyerdynamic DT1350

 

Open Around Ears:  Sony MA900, Beyerdynamic DT990

Do you like the UE6000's at all, or are they not very good? I kinda like how they're decently stylish and seem to have rather decent reviews. However, I'd like to know a few responses from experts on the site about that. That's of course why I came here.. (;

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by GaryPham View Post
 

Are you primarily looking for a pair of closed headphones?  Also, are you open to on-ear headphones as well?  (ones where the cuts rest on your ears as opposed to going around your ears).  Here is a list of a few good headphones under 200 dollars that I think would work well for your genres and setup.  On-ears are typically more uncomfortable since they will put pressure on your ears, but they are typically smaller and more portable for use on the go.  Full sized headphones can be very large with long cables, making them strictly suitable for home-use.  I would pass on the V-Moda LP2s, as they aren't known to be too good.  The M80 and M100s are much better headphones if you want to go V-Moda route.

 

Closed Around-Ears:  ATHM50, Audio technica A900, Creative Aurvana Live

Closed On-Ears:  V-Moda M80, Sennheiser Amperior (129.99 right now on Newegg, great deal), Beyerdynamic DT1350

 

Open Around Ears:  Sony MA900, Beyerdynamic DT990

There's a really good deal on Amazon for the Sony MDR-1R cans, how do those fare? 

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Trevaughn95 View Post
 

There's a really good deal on Amazon for the Sony MDR-1R cans, how do those fare?

I've owned a pair of MDR-1Rs before and liked them quite a bit.  However, 200 dollars is about the normal going price on them, and is not really that great of a deal.  I have seen them go down to about 160-170 on sale before.

 

I have not heard the UE6000s, but have heard that they were decent (they have gone as low was 85 dollars shipped on sale before).  However, in reading direct reviews, many people have said they are below the Creative Aurvana Lives in sound quality.  The Creative Aurvana Lives are one of my favorite all time pair of headphones and I definitely think that it'd be hard to beat them for their 75 dollar going price on amazon.  The MDR-1Rs are definitely more stylish, but after having owned both in the past, I think the Creative Aurvana Lives are a much better deal as they are both pretty much equal in the sound quality/signature department.  I also found the Creative Aurvana Lives to be a lot more comfortable with similar sound signature to the ATH-M50 (although the M50s are more durable and can fold up).

post #7 of 15

Another good pair of headphones that I forgot to mention earlier are Beyerdynamic DT770s.  If you hunt on ebay, you may be able to get a pair of refurbed/open box for around 120 dollars.  I think overall these would be your best bet especially for your genre of music listed.  They will definitely crush M50s/Creative Aurvana Lives/UE6000s/MDR1Rs in overall soundquality.  Be aware that they're huge though with a long cord, so that pretty much makes them only good for home use.

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by GaryPham View Post
 

I've owned a pair of MDR-1Rs before and liked them quite a bit.  However, 200 dollars is about the normal going price on them, and is not really that great of a deal.  I have seen them go down to about 160-170 on sale before.

 

I have not heard the UE6000s, but have heard that they were decent (they have gone as low was 85 dollars shipped on sale before).  However, in reading direct reviews, many people have said they are below the Creative Aurvana Lives in sound quality.  The Creative Aurvana Lives are one of my favorite all time pair of headphones and I definitely think that it'd be hard to beat them for their 75 dollar going price on amazon.  The MDR-1Rs are definitely more stylish, but after having owned both in the past, I think the Creative Aurvana Lives are a much better deal as they are both pretty much equal in the sound quality/signature department.  I also found the Creative Aurvana Lives to be a lot more comfortable with similar sound signature to the ATH-M50 (although the M50s are more durable and can fold up).

I was looking towards more of a stylish pair for the moments since I will be using them out in public quite often, not saying the Creative's are ugly but they aren't as eye appealing as the UE6000's or the MDR-1R's... I might keep my eye out for the MDR-1R's for a price drop of more, if I could I think I might get a pair of those. I like how they look and they seem to have pretty decent sound. As I'm getting older, I'm definitely becoming more of an audiophile. I currently own a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's... While they do have very good high's and good mid's, I feel the low's lack a little bit... And they make you look really funny when wearing them.. lol.

post #9 of 15
Don't forget the Shure srh840. I actually prefer that to the audio technica m50.

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post #10 of 15

You can get a pair of UE6000's here for 80 bucks from tigerdirect

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?sdtid=6424144&EdpNo=8588329&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&utm_source=Linkshare&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=lw9MynSeamY&AffiliateID=lw9MynSeamY-dUhzlF70sf_D7yzRpfKaKQ

 

Another thing to consider in case you didn't already know.  The UE6000's have active noise cancelling (can use batteries), and can also work in passive mode with noise cancelling turned off.  Without noisecancelling on, it's considered to have pretty good sound quality, similar to that of the Creative Aurvana Lives and M50s, although maybe slightly less.  With noise cancelling on, the bass is boosted and people say that it can somewhat lower the sound quality, but would probably be great for electronic/hiphop/etc. 

 

If you like the look of the UE6000, I would say go for it.  I owned the MDR-1R's for a few months and although I liked it, I felt that it's way over-priced.  I also felt that it was a somewhat relaxing/more laid back pair of headphones too, so I think that noise cancelling/bass boost of the UE6000 would suit you better for those times where you're craving some bass.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by GaryPham View Post
 

You can get a pair of UE6000's here for 80 bucks from tigerdirect

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?sdtid=6424144&EdpNo=8588329&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&utm_source=Linkshare&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=lw9MynSeamY&AffiliateID=lw9MynSeamY-dUhzlF70sf_D7yzRpfKaKQ

 

Another thing to consider in case you didn't already know.  The UE6000's have active noise cancelling (can use batteries), and can also work in passive mode with noise cancelling turned off.  Without noisecancelling on, it's considered to have pretty good sound quality, similar to that of the Creative Aurvana Lives and M50s, although maybe slightly less.  With noise cancelling on, the bass is boosted and people say that it can somewhat lower the sound quality, but would probably be great for electronic/hiphop/etc. 

 

If you like the look of the UE6000, I would say go for it.  I owned the MDR-1R's for a few months and although I liked it, I felt that it's way over-priced.  I also felt that it was a somewhat relaxing/more laid back pair of headphones too, so I think that noise cancelling/bass boost of the UE6000 would suit you better for those times where you're craving some bass.

I think I will go with the UE6000's! I can always work my way up to better headphones in the future.

 

One question, will the UE6000's do very well hooked up to a headphone amp? Say, the Fiio E17? Or could the possibly be a waste? I also have a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's, could those benefit from an amp? Sorry, I'm just starting to learn about this stuff. Thanks for the help, though!

post #12 of 15

From my experience, most headphones do benefit from amping. The only exception that I've noticed was the Sennheiser Amperiors.  This is most likely because of its 18 ohm impedance, making it very sensitive and easy to drive, hence amping easily distorted it.  The UE6000 and HD280 probably would sound better when amped, but possibly by a very small margin.  Amping is mainly used for high impedance headphones or those with low sensitivity, such as the 300 ohm Sennheiser HD580/600/650, or the Beyerdynamic 250/600 ohm headphones. 

 

I see that you're using a Galaxy S3, I'm currently using the same phone.  The GS3 has a pretty decent dac and internal amp built into it already, so I would most likely pass on the E17.  It would most likely only improve the sound quality very marginally.  If you want a huge step up in sound quality, I would perhaps invest in a decent desktop dac/amp setup for your computer, such as the Magni/Modi, O2/Odac, or the Audinst MX1 is also very good (this can be had for around 100-110 dollars used on the forums, and is considerably better than the E17 in my opinion).

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by GaryPham View Post
 

From my experience, most headphones do benefit from amping. The only exception that I've noticed was the Sennheiser Amperiors.  This is most likely because of its 18 ohm impedance, making it very sensitive and easy to drive, hence amping easily distorted it.  The UE6000 and HD280 probably would sound better when amped, but possibly by a very small margin.  Amping is mainly used for high impedance headphones or those with low sensitivity, such as the 300 ohm Sennheiser HD580/600/650, or the Beyerdynamic 250/600 ohm headphones. 

 

I see that you're using a Galaxy S3, I'm currently using the same phone.  The GS3 has a pretty decent dac and internal amp built into it already, so I would most likely pass on the E17.  It would most likely only improve the sound quality very marginally.  If you want a huge step up in sound quality, I would perhaps invest in a decent desktop dac/amp setup for your computer, such as the Magni/Modi, O2/Odac, or the Audinst MX1 is also very good (this can be had for around 100-110 dollars used on the forums, and is considerably better than the E17 in my opinion).

Would the UE6000's sound good with rock? I've been going back to a lot of rock recently.

post #14 of 15
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Don't forget the Shure srh840. I actually prefer that to the audio technica m50.

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Same here. For classical and jazz SRH840 are my current fave headphone that I own. I own Creative Arvuna Live! and did have ATH m50 and don't remember the two sounding similar. CAL has far more bass and M50 sounded flatter to me.

post #15 of 15
I listen primarily rock and classical. Personally I found the DT770 (80 Ohm) to be unpleasant, both physically and aurally. The spiked treble and the bump in the 60hz neighborhood left me struggling to hear the rest of the frequency spectrum. Bass overwhelmed orchestras. With rock the bass was visceral, but the treble made rock unlistenable for me.

Just a thought, an extra $100 and you could consider the NAD HP50, which is stylish, audiophile and on my list for next to audition.

Just my 2 cents.
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