or Connect
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Help and Getting Started › Introductions, Help and Recommendations › Recommendations for over the ear Headphones 300$
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Recommendations for over the ear Headphones 300$

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,I got swamped in all the recommendations and info I read about the topic
And I really need help. So thx

I'm interested in:
Over the ear.
300$ range.
Mainly for indoor use with portable devises like Ipad and IMac for music. Mp3 files 320 Kbps.
With great sound prefer it balanced and clear as it can gets.
*Sound isolation or sound leakage are not an issue.

Really appreciate some help. I'm just lost.
post #2 of 7

look at these closed/portable options: Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear ($300 on sale), nad viso HP 50 ($300), AKG K545 ($200 on sale at razerdogaudio), and the Sony mdr-1r ($200-or-less). If you are a basshead, you can consider the V-moda M100 ($300ish) + $20 XL pads.

 

all of them should be comparable in sonic quality; mostly differ in sound signatures. All are I have not personally heard the mp50 or the k545, though I read on the k545 that some people though the k545 outperformed both the more expensive momentums & hp50. Note the Momentum Over-Ear has small earcups, so real life usage may be more on-ear.

 

edit: if its indoors use only, you can consider the AKG K550 ($220ish - closed) or the AKG Q701 ($220ish - open)... or Sennheiser HD 598 ($200ish - open). these headphones are rather bulky or are open so will leak sound out/in, so they are not suitable for commuting, but they would be fine for sitting at home listening.

 

I reread your post & saw you don't mind sound leakage, so I would go for the AKG Q701 vs Sennheiser HD598 vs Beyer DT990 32ohms. These are all open options. You will find better sound stage & generally better sound quality with open, while closed are good for portable use & can have more bass.

 

Note sound quality does not correlate with price above the $200 range.


Edited by money4me247 - 12/21/13 at 8:29am
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Mush Thanks for the help.
What if spend some more and buy the B&W P7 for 400$ is Their worth the price or it's more chic than sound? and if a really enjoy them on portable devices without any DAC and AMP?
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post

look at these closed/portable options: Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear ($300 on sale), nad viso HP 50 ($300), AKG K545 ($200 on sale at razerdogaudio), and the Sony mdr-1r ($200-or-less). If you are a basshead, you can consider the V-moda M100 ($300ish) + $20 XL pads.

all of them should be comparable in sonic quality; mostly differ in sound signatures. All are I have not personally heard the mp50 or the k545, though I read on the k545 that some people though the k545 outperformed both the more expensive momentums & hp50. Note the Momentum Over-Ear has small earcups, so real life usage may be more on-ear.

edit: if its indoors use only, you can consider the AKG K550 ($220ish - closed) or the AKG Q701 ($220ish - open)... or Sennheiser HD 598 ($200ish - open). these headphones are rather bulky or are open so will leak sound out/in, so they are not suitable for commuting, but they would be fine for sitting at home listening.

I reread your post & saw you don't mind sound leakage, so I would go for the AKG Q701 vs Sennheiser HD598 vs Beyer DT990 32ohms. These are all open options. You will find better sound stage & generally better sound quality with open, while closed are good for portable use & can have more bass.

Note sound quality does not correlate with price above the $200 range.
Mush Thanks for the help.
What if spend some more and buy the B&W P7 for 400$ is Their worth the price or it's more chic than sound? and if a really enjoy them on portable devices without any DAC and AMP?
post #5 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maxims92 View Post

Mush Thanks for the help.
What if spend some more and buy the B&W P7 for 400$ is Their worth the price or it's more chic than sound? and if a really enjoy them on portable devices without any DAC and AMP?

I personally did not think so, but you'll find a lot of P7 fans on its thread. It's my opinion that at after $200 the sound quality is generally pretty similar for the highly rated headphones and the biggest difference you'll find is between sound signatures, and that you hit your max performance:price ratio at $300.

 

none of the options I listed requires a amp/dac (and that includes the P7). some ppl say they notice a significant improvement in sound quality w/ a dac/amp but I personally haven't found that to be the case for the mid-fi closed portable headphones. ymmv tho

post #6 of 7

The P7 is designed for portable devices, so it should be fine without an amp. A better DAC or amp will always make a difference unless the headphone can't keep up with it. That doesn't mean it's necessary to enjoy the headphones though, or that it's always worth the money. 

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help guys. Just bought the P7
And really enjoying them.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Help and Getting Started › Introductions, Help and Recommendations › Recommendations for over the ear Headphones 300$