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Headphone Recommendations for $200 - $300

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Hello! I'm a "beginning" audiophile looking to purchase my first audiophile headphones. My budget is between $200 and $300. I listen to many genres including: rock, blues, big band/swing, some country, and some jazz. I mainly listen to upbeat but not necessarily "adrenaline-rushing" or dance music (this includes genres such as metal, electronic, dance); I like to be more neutral, I suppose. Sound is very important and I also wear headphones for a very long time so comfort is very important.

 

Also, would I be better off buying online or buying in-store? I am looking online at in-store prices and they are about $50 - $100 greater than what I could probably find used on amazon.

 

Thanks!

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Have you checked the buying guide that is linked on the first page of this thread?

 

Headphone comfort is a very individual thing.  Sizing and sensitivities are unique to each person.  We can point you to headphones that are generally considered to be comfortable and mention others that have garnered complaints for being uncomfortable.  However, the only way to know for sure is to wear them yourself for a time equivalent to your longest listening session.

 

This--plus hearing cans for yourself--preferably with the equipment you will use to power them, is very important consideration.  You should go to a store, Head-Fi meet or other place where you can do an on ears test.  Where you buy them may or may not be the same place.

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Originally Posted by AnthonyCalandra View Post
 

Hello! I'm a "beginning" audiophile looking to purchase my first audiophile headphones. My budget is between $200 and $300. I listen to many genres including: rock, blues, big band/swing, some country, and some jazz. I mainly listen to upbeat but not necessarily "adrenaline-rushing" or dance music (this includes genres such as metal, electronic, dance); I like to be more neutral, I suppose. Sound is very important and I also wear headphones for a very long time so comfort is very important.

 

Also, would I be better off buying online or buying in-store? I am looking online at in-store prices and they are about $50 - $100 greater than what I could probably find used on amazon.

What sources are you going to be plugging the headphones into?

 

I think it better to order on-line.

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