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Best on ear headphones

post #1 of 33
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Does anyone have on ear headphones they would recommend that: are comfortable for a very long time, are closed back, can be pleasant to listen to on a mobile smart phone without an amp, have strong bass but still a very clear sound (bass must not sacrifice clarity, separation, detail, etc), have a removable cable, and can be purchased for $200- $300
Edited by curtisngl - 12/1/13 at 7:25am
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JVC HA-S680 is your best option at just 81$, the bass is fantastic, sound is very transparent and they are crazy comfortable:

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

 

No removable cable, but at this price it shouldn't be an issue.


Edited by BenF - 12/1/13 at 7:38am
post #3 of 33
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But are they outdone by more expensive headphones?
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But are they outdone by more expensive headphones?

 

They are a huge improvement (both SQ-wise and comfort-wise) over the very loved in this community 150$ ATH-ES700.

Once you'll hear them, you will forget all about their low price.

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They are a huge improvement (both SQ-wise and comfort-wise) over the very loved in this community 150$ ATH-ES700.
Once you'll hear them, you will forget all about their low price.
Unfortunately it doesn't look like there's anywhere I can hear them before buying and next to no online coverage of these. They aren't well distributed in the U.S. are they? They do seem interesting with their "carbon nanotube technology" which I'm guessing is a bass reflex porting.

Update: I think most well balanced closed backs with bass porting will do, given they sound good. I'm tired of my open back around ears.
Edited by curtisngl - 12/1/13 at 9:28am
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Unfortunately it doesn't look like there's anywhere I can hear them before buying and next to no online coverage of these. They aren't well distributed in the U.S. are they?


No, they are only meant for Japanes market, as many great electronic products are.

Japanese have a bad habit of keeping the best for themselves.

 

You can get any of the 3 colors on eBay for 81$ shipped worldwide:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Victor-JVC-HA-S680-R-Red-color-Outdoor-type-Headphone-Carbon-Nanotube-F-S-/271332332176

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Victor-JVC-HA-S680-W-White-color-Outdoor-type-Headphone-Carbon-Nanotube-F-S-/271333864823

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Victor-JVC-HA-S680-B-Black-color-Outdoor-type-Headphone-Carbon-Nanotube-F-S-/281216875091

 

Amazon sellers are a bit crazy, 120$ for the white model shipped in US.

post #7 of 33
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Do they best suit any specific genre? I mostly listen to rock genres: rock, punk, metal, classic rock, alternative, rap rock.
With this I need good bass, but also great detail where all the instruments are set in a good sound stage. While further from the rock genre, in a song like "It's time" by imagine dragons, I want to hear all those little sounds dancing around my head
Edited by curtisngl - 12/1/13 at 10:48am
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Do they best suit any specific genre? I mostly listen to rock genres: rock, punk, metal, classic rock, alternative, rap rock

 

They sound fantastic with everything I tried, from AC/DC to Bop Alloy to Johnny Cash to classical.

They have a balanced signature, hard to imagine them failing a specific genre.

post #9 of 33
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Have you tried the bowers and wilkins P5? If so, how do they compare?
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Have you tried the bowers and wilkins P5? If so, how do they compare?

 

Haven't tried these.

See my profile for the gear that I have.

post #11 of 33
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Haven't tried these.
See my profile for the gear that I have.
The problem I'm having right now is believing headphones under $100 can sound better than those in the $200-$300 range (excluding beats). The carbon nanotube driver seems really cool though. I looked it up
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The problem I'm having right now is believing headphones under $100 can sound better than those in the $200-$300 range (excluding beats). The carbon nanotube driver seems really cool though. I looked it up

It's a low risk bet at 81$. And if you spend the rest on a good DAC/Amp, it will sound way better than any headphone at any price straight out of smartphone/laptop.

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It's a low risk bet at 81$. And if you spend the rest on a good DAC/Amp, it will sound way better than any headphone at any price straight out of smartphone/laptop.
Yeah I can agree with the low risk, it's just that my parents are very restricting with me buying things like expensive headphones. I have the money, but even buying this next pair I'm looking for will give me some trouble convincing them. What kind of amp are we talking about? I'd prefer to use a set of cans that perform very well without one.
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Yeah I can agree with the low risk, it's just that my parents are very restricting with me buying things like expensive headphones. I have the money, but even buying this next pair I'm looking for will give me some trouble convincing them. What kind of amp are we talking about? I'd prefer to use a set of cans that perform very well without one.


They sound best fed straight from ODAC, no need for amp in-between.

If ODAC is too expensive, go for the HifiMeDIY Sabre DAC:

http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=62&product_id=83

 

Don't worry about your next pair, these will last you for a while.

post #15 of 33
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They sound best fed straight from ODAC, no need for amp in-between.
If ODAC is too expensive, go for the HifiMeDIY Sabre DAC:
http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=62&product_id=83

Don't worry about your next pair, these will last you for a while.
Most of the time I listen from a smart phone. I need something that can sound great without the amp or if anything a cheap amp such as fiio's portable ones.
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