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Need help choosing closed headphones. Not planning to amp. Rock'n'roll and EDM, and some of everything else. Under 300 (strong preference for under 200, and even more for under 100)

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Hi, I'm trying to get a pair of closed headphones. I've searched for other recommendation threads but I feel like I have a particular set of preferences that might result in some unique recommendations.

 

I'm not planning to use an amp with them at all.  This is a pretty firm point for me. 

 

I mostly listen to classic rock and EDM, though I dabble in rap, classical, and other genres as well. 

 

Durability is very important. I'm a clumsy and often absent-minded student, and these things will be going in and out of my backpack (I'm open to using a case) a lot and I definitely don't want something I need to be very delicate with. A lot of my stuff tends to break.

 

I have IEMs (they're good but I don't particularly like them in any way, so I'll leave out the model to avoid prejudicing your recommendations) before but I'm frustrated with the lack of comfort and I end up only using them in scenarios where full-size headphones would be equally or more convenient.  I have a strong preference for around the ear headphones.  On-ear headphones make my ears hurt quickly.

 

I know that I want closed backs because they'll get a lot of use in the library and other communal spaces where open headphones would just be rude to use.

 

Full-size vs portable is not very important to me. My backpack is spacious and I don't put much in it.

 

As for price, 300 is a hard cap.  I would really prefer to go as low as possible. If there's a sub-$100 headphone that is 80% as good as the $300 one, I'd buy the sub-$100. I'm very willing to compromise on durability for a much lower price.

 

I hope I've been descriptive enough of what I'm looking for.  I'd really appreciate any recommendations that you guys have.

 

Thanks!


Edited by PalmTree - 12/4/13 at 10:53am
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Hi,

 

You should consider Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80)

 

Best Luck!

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I'm seeing the UE6000 recommended a lot on these threads, but haven't heard them personally. They are noise cancelling and from what I understand the bass is a lot better when it is activated, when it is off the bass is less ,but the quality is still good. That might be a good verstile headphone for you as you can use the Noise cancelling when listening to EDM and hip hop and use it of when you listne to rock'n'roll. They are portable, but not sure about the build quality. They are around $100

 

One of the best build quality headphones is the M50s(folds up too), which was my first introduction to better sound quality. I know a lot of people think it isn't any good, but I always liked it. Bass was nice for EDM, but not overpowering for other genres. I haven't heard many of the newer headphones, so their quality might now trump the M50s. They can be had in red on amazon for $101.

 

It seems someone else is looking for what you are looking for too so maybe take a look at their thread.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/693575/looking-for-closed-over-ear-headphones-around-200-dt1350-m-80-srh840-hfi-580-hd-25-1-ii-pro700mk2

 

Note: the HPs they are looking at are in the 200 dollar range, around the middle of your budget.


Edited by alterndog - 12/4/13 at 5:21pm
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Thread Starter 

I just ordered the red M50s!  Thanks for the suggestions, particularly alterndog :)

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