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Headphone recommendations for a budget consumer?

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this is my first thread, and i have been reading all over the internet for information on headphones. ive decided i need some direct instruction for this recommendation. 

    To begin, i am a secondary school student who is involved in extracurricular activates that require 1 hour (give or take) bus rides every week or so. Ive been living on koss portapros, and am looking for another pair with better isolation (preferably closed-back), but under the budget of 60$. i am also on the computer more than not, and i am looking for comfort that will match the portapros. sound quality is also a big factor, i listen to pop, ambient and electric. in my research, i have been looking at the sennheiser hd 419 and the Audio Technica M30, but i am open to more recommendations. i would also appreciate a comparison between these two, and which one of the two you would recommend. I listen on a sansa fuze, and would prefer an amp NOT required, but itll be taken into account. 

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A $60 budget is very limiting.  You will get more in that price range from an IEM.  However, the buying guide linked at the top of this thread will give you a few choices to consider.  Link:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

post #3 of 4

Get the JVC HAS400 headphone. It is only around $25  has great detail and overall sound quality, and feels quite sturdy. You could also try an isolating earphone. The Soundmagic ES18 IEM sounds quite excellent for just $12 on Amazon. I suggest that you buy both of these.

 

Some people have never tried an IEM(in the ear isolating earphone). Some people love them once they get used to them, while others can't stand them. Spending just $12 on the Soundmagic ES18 would be a good way to try one.

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I recently bought a pair of Tascam TH-02 headphones. They cost about $30. They have very good sound for the money. But, they feature a 10' cable.  These phones are suited more for larger heads.  So, those of us with small ones might have to wear a baseball cap while listening to these. Check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzz_JsdrFnA .

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