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(Edit: help me choose) Over-ear, inexpensive headphone recs for jammin' (electronic, prog, jazz, rock, everything)

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hi, first post. I wanted you to rec me good headphones that are reasonably priced (US$100-150 would be what I'm aiming for, though a bit more wouldn't be that bad).

 

I mainly would use them for listening to music. I listen to a plethora of genres: hip hop, electronic (idm, downtempo, garage, glitch, etc etc), jazz, progressive rock, metal (many subgenres, growing off it a bit), alt rock, post rock, pop, folk, hardcore, a bit of classical, post-hardcore, blah blah blah. I don't expect there to be a headphone that plays all of them flawlessly (I specially enjoy sound fidelity in electronic, prog, hip hop, jazz, post rock and such); anyways, I'm open for all sorts of recs.

 

Also, perhaps, maybe, I might get a bit into creating music via DAWs (for leisure, nothing serious), so bonus points for that!

 

As of now, I have a pair of ATH ANC27 (active noise cancelling). The sound quality is decent (a bit bass heavy but I like my bass), yet they are not very comfortable (they clamp hard and I get weary of them in a while); I also got tired of all the hassles of ANC (I bought them without much knowledge about headphones). I also have an iPod Classic. I mainly listen in my computer, and less often in long bus rides. I do not own an audio amp, interface, or custom soundcard at the moment.

 

I was looking at different headphones - the classic ATH M50's, Beyerdinamic DT 770, KRK KNS 8400, etc. It's a bit overwhelming how many choices there are out there. I'm basically looking for something with great sound quality for the price, and that is comfortable for long sessions - I wear glasses for reading and studying, might mention that.

 

So yeah, rec me headphones. Thanks!


Edited by nc nc - 12/6/13 at 10:16am
post #2 of 20

What will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?  Is portability important?

 

An alrounder has to be neutralish or at least balanced.

post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 

I'm considering buying an amp along with my headphones - one that's not expensive. For now, they're directly plugged into my laptop input. I'm not in a hurry by the way, for once I want to make a well-thought purchase. Portability adds bonus points, but is not THAT important (as long as it's not a burden carrying the headphones around).

 

I've heard that some neutral headphones feel a bit lifeless (no experience there); balanced and clear might be more appropiate terms. If the cans excel more at one genre than other, I don't mind that much as long as they're fairly versatile.

post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 

Take that about neutrality back. I guess it's good, as long as the cans don't sound lifeless. Again, not much experience.

post #5 of 20

if you can get an amp to drive them the DT 770 250ohm might be what your looking for.

post #6 of 20

Currently at under $100 from Amazon, the Logitech UE6000 is probably the best can for you.  Read more about it here:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/surprisingly-good-logitec-ue6000-and-ue9000

 

The DT 770 mentioned above has recessed mids (therefore not a good alrounder); is very large; and needs an amp.

post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 

Logitech? You got me there - I'd expect their headphones to be better at gaming and such, while being only "good" or "decent" at listening to music.

post #8 of 20

That was my first reaction as well.  Every now and then a good surprise pops up its head from a least suspected source.

post #9 of 20

i don't know how much over 150 you are willing to go, but if you can spend 200 you could get the SoundMAGIC HP100. 

 

it is supposed to be a good neutral headphone. 

 

it will probably sound pretty good un-amped and will get even better with one (nice upgrade for you to get later).

 

HP100 info: http://www.head-fi.org/products/soundmagic-hp100-premium-over-the-ear-folding-headphones-black/reviews/7035

 

if that's not what your looking for then the Brainwavz HM5 might be another good option. 

 

HM5: http://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-HM5-Studio-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B006MA9XXM/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_0

 

if none of those fit the bill then the UE6000 might be your best bet.

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by nc nc View Post
 

So yeah, rec me headphones. Thanks!

For something that should work well as a portable, JVC HA-S680, $81

iPod should easily drive them and should also work plugged directly into the computer.

post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 

So far, thanks for the recs.

 

@Ginron it's always an option to go up to $200, as long as the cans are worth it and have lasting value. I'll research about those 3 you mentioned.

 

@PurpleAngel how do the JVC HA-S680 fare against their more pricey alternatives?

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by nc nc View Post
 

So far, thanks for the recs.

 

@Ginron it's always an option to go up to $200, as long as the cans are worth it and have lasting value. I'll research about those 3 you mentioned.

 

@PurpleAngel how do the JVC HA-S680 fare against their more pricey alternatives?

I own the HA-S500 and I like their sound, My best guess (from reading reviews) is the HA-S680s offer improvement over the HA-S500 & HA-S400s.

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

Not sure on how well the S680 compare to the higher priced alternatives.

A lot of the good Japanese headphones are only sold in Japan

and the HA-S680 are only sold in Japan.

post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 

Head-fi's! I want to make good use of Amazon deals, and these are my current options:

 

- Either Beyerdinamics DT770 Pro (250 Ohms), Brainwavz HM5 or KRK KNS8400, + FiiO E11 Portable (is this h-p amp worth it? does it need anything else? etc)

SoundMAGIC HP100 (no amp)

- ATH M50 (not sure, just adding them here because everyone loves them and their price is friendly; same for Logitech UE6000)

 

Which would youn rec? Thank you in advance!

 

Edit: apparently the FiiO E11 cannot be used while charging, but it's a referent for price range


Edited by nc nc - 12/6/13 at 8:38pm
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by nc nc View Post
 

Head-fi's! I want to make good use of Amazon deals, and these are my current options:

- Either Beyerdinamics DT770 Pro (250 Ohms), Brainwavz HM5 or KRK KNS8400, + FiiO E11 Portable (is this h-p amp worth it? does it need anything else? etc)

SoundMAGIC HP100 (no amp)

- ATH M50 (not sure, just adding them here because everyone loves them and their price is friendly; same for Logitech UE6000)

Which would youn rec? Thank you in advance!

Edit: apparently the FiiO E11 cannot be used while charging, but it's a referent for price range

The Brainwavz HM5 are bass light, KRK KNS8400 are decent.

 

AKG K550 (only 32-Ohm) not a bass heavy headphone, but otherwise the audio grows on you.

HarmanAudio (AKG) sell refurbs on eBay, with factory warranties, my winning bid was $180.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AKG-K550-Reference-Class-Hi-Fi-Headphones-Closed-Back-Design-/390717104333?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item5af88de0cd

 

There are also several used ones for sale on eBay.

post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

The Brainwavz HM5 are bass light, KRK KNS8400 are decent.

 

AKG K550 (only 32-Ohm) not a bass heavy headphone, but otherwise the audio grows on you.

HarmanAudio (AKG) sell refurbs on eBay, with factory warranties, my winning bid was $180.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AKG-K550-Reference-Class-Hi-Fi-Headphones-Closed-Back-Design-/390717104333?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item5af88de0cd

 

There are also several used ones for sale on eBay.

 

Do you rec saving the amp money and just getting a good pair of headphones?

 

By the way, it seems like the KRK are way too studio-oriented for my purposes (maybe I'm wrong, I've just read the reviews).

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