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Best open back headphones for $200

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone, I'm looking for an open back headphone that focuses more on mids rather than bass. Also, I'd like them too have a nice natural sound and I'm willing to stretch my budget a bit. I've been analyzing the Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250 and they seem to be pretty good for the buck. Any suggestions? I really appreciate any feedback from the community. 

post #2 of 28

Have you heard the Grado SR series?

post #3 of 28
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I have, they look and supposedly sound amazing  but i heard they are uncomfortable and honestly i don't know which Grado would be the best for my budget

post #4 of 28

Nothing will come close to the (discontinued) Sony SA3000 for natural sound, I prefer them over the Sennheiser HD800. Get them while you can!

 

$218.95

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-SA3000-DJ-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B0007N55KU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1386005224&sr=1-1&keywords=sony+sa3000

post #5 of 28

ATH-AD900X is great at 200$.

Its previous version (non-X) earned A+ for value in the Battle Of The Flagships thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13

The "X" version is a big improvement over the old one, so you can't go wrong.

post #6 of 28
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Are they really that good? I'd definitely buy a pair if they're better than HD800's. The amazon reviews say that they're fragile, is that true? 

post #7 of 28
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Are they really that good? I'd definitely buy a pair if they're better than HD800's. The amazon reviews say that they're fragile, is that true? 


They are better value-wise, HD800 is still better SQ-wise.

They are not fragile, unless you actively abuse them.

post #8 of 28
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Hey BenF, 

The ATH-AD900X really caught my interest, so I'll go with these! Thank you very much everyone!

post #9 of 28
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Hey BenF, 

The ATH-AD900X really caught my interest, so I'll go with these! Thank you very much everyone!

I own the ATH-A900X closed version and I've been tempted myself to also get the ATH-AD900X open headphones.

What sources are you plugging the headphones into?

post #10 of 28
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I own the ATH-A900X closed version and I've been tempted myself to also get the ATH-AD900X open headphones.

What sources are you plugging the headphones into?

I don't own an amp yet, I was planning on buying both the headphones and the amp at once so I'm not entirely sure on which amp to buy.

post #11 of 28

Yeah, I'd get 1 of these:

ATH AD900x

MDR MA900

Fidelio X1

DT880

post #12 of 28
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I don't own an amp yet, I was planning on buying both the headphones and the amp at once so I'm not entirely sure on which amp to buy.

Is this for a PC or receiver or portable audio device or other?

post #13 of 28

DT880/990/600s can be had in that price. 

post #14 of 28

Yeah, MA900 and X1 for portable (its debateable for the AD900x), amp for Beyerdynamic.

post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Is this for a PC or receiver or portable audio device or other?

 

Definitely PC, any suggestions?

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