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Inexpensive over-ear headphones for a beginner in the headphone world.

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Hey, I'm new to head-fi, and I'm looking to buy a pair of circumaural headphones. I don't have much experience in the headphone world, so I'm a little lost when it comes to getting a new pair of headphones. I listen to a wide range of music, including classical, folk, hip hop, rap, and indie. I'm not exactly an audiophile as i don't have much experience with headphones, but i have fairly discerning ears. I'm not a huge bass person, but i would rather have tight, clean bad that doesn't take focus from the rest of the music. I mostly want clarity, a good soundstage, and a non-fatiguing sound. I would like to spend no more than $100, and i want a pair with decent isolation but that are still portable. Closed headphones are a must. Any recommendations? I've been looking at the Koss ProDJ100, ATH-M50, and Sony MDR-V6, as all of those are commonly recommended. But I just can't seem to find a single pair of headphones that fit all of my criteria.
Edited by ebeaver35 - 11/27/13 at 8:41pm
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Heya,

 

Koss DJ 100

NVX XPT100

Brainwavz HM5

Shure SRH440

KRK KNS 6400 & 8400

Samson SR950

 

Very best,

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The Superlux models offer good value for money.

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I forgot to mention that I will be using the headphones almost exclusively without an amp. MalVeauX, would that change your recommendations?

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Hey, I'm new to Head-fi, and I'm looking to buy a pair of circumaural headphones. I don't have much experience in the headphone world, so I'm a little lost when it comes to getting a new pair of headphones. I listen to a wide range of music, including classical, folk, hip hop, rap, and indie. I'm not exactly an audiophile as I don't have much experience with headphones, but i have fairly discerning ears. I'm not a huge bass person, but i would rather have tight, clean bad that doesn't take focus from the rest of the music. I mostly want clarity, a good sound stage, and a non-fatiguing sound. I would like to spend no more than $100, and i want a pair with decent isolation but that are still portable. Closed headphones are a must. Any recommendations? I've been looking at the Koss ProDJ100, ATH-M50, and Sony MDR-V6, as all of those are commonly recommended. But I just can't seem to find a single pair of headphones that fit all of my criteria.


Gemini HSR-1000 closed headphones, $56.

JVC HA-S500 folding on-ear headphones, $60, more portable then the Geminis

 

JVC HA-S680 folding, semi-on-ear, headphones, $80.

Guess they contact just around the outer edge of the ears.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/690493/the-jvc-ha-s680-s400s-and-s500s-big-brother-is-here

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So i think I've narrowed it down to the koss prodj100, the ath-m50, shure srh440, and the sennheiser hd280 pro. What would you guys recommend between those?
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