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Student needing help choosing a pair of over-ear headphones, intended to be used at home, mostly for rock.

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Thread Starter 

Hey ,

I am new here and haven't owned any great headphones except the Sennheiser's Hd 202 and they just died on me so I am in need of a new pair of headphones. I am a heavy user, will probably use it for over 4 hours each day. I will be mostly using it in closed environments like my home or the library. I am not an audiophile though I do get finicky. As for what I will be using them to listen, I listen to a whole range of music from classical music to dubstep, but in the end I mostly listen to rock. I will be using it mostly with my laptop and my windows phone (a nokia lumia). I am on a tight budget and won't be able to spend over $60. I would prefer headphones which can deliver good sound, if possible across multiple genres,  with good bass and soundstage. Build quality and comfort are also important, portability isn't much of an issue.

So far I have narrowed it down to the following-

 

Audio Technica ATH-T400 

Audio Technica ATH-M30
Superlux HD668B
Panasonic RP-HTF600-S

 

I am getting them all for around $50, give or take a few.

There isn't much information about the T400 though one of my friends keep telling me it is by far the best sounding of the 4.

If you have any better suggestions please let me know. The more I research the more confused I end up. Any other decent cans available out there for a budget?

Thanks a ton!

post #2 of 9

I've heard both the ATH-M30 and the HD668B. I think both of those phones would be good for rock. I might give the edge to the audio technicas for their good all around performance. I think the HD668B is slightly more comfortable, though (although audio technica headphones are plenty comfortable themselves).

 

I think the best thing you could do is wait and save up an extra $40 and grab the ATH-M50s on amazon (I've seen them on Amazon for around $100). It's a very popular headphone on this website for people who are just getting started with hi-fi.

 

It was also the first good headphone I owned and I've held on to it. It has a warm and lush sound that is very engaging and moderately detailed. Really, it's perfect for rock. If you decide to upgrade with an amp or a dac in the future, the ATH-M50 will scale with it and perform even better. It's also extremely durable, folds for travel, and comes with a bag.

 

Good luck with your search!


Edited by DangerToast - 12/31/13 at 9:09am
post #3 of 9

Also, keep in mind the HD 668B is semi-open so sound will leak out. It's not really suited for the library.

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply, I am aware of the M50s since wherever I've searched they've been unanimously tipped as must buys, I would love to buy them though I was thinking of buying them in the summer and making do with another pair of cans for the time being, guess will have to borrow a pair till I save enough for the M50s. I was thinking of buying a Fiio E6, is it any good?

post #5 of 9

You could consider the Creative Aurvana Live! headphones. They cost about $60, which is in your price range, and get fantastic reviews. If I remember right, they are a good all-rounder.

 

The M50s are fantastic, but the tight clamp could be a problem for long listening and they don't have the best soundstage. They will be good for dubstep and rock, but not for classical music due to the recessed mids. I haven't tried the Creative Aurvana Live! but from what I hear they might be a good choice to consider.

post #6 of 9

I have owned almost every Sony headphone out there and when it comes to budget & sound, the Sony MDR V-150 (under $30) is none like any other. Cheap & rugged. If you like deep bass, you'll enjoy it and wont go BROKE.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks guys for the replies. I have read good things about Aurvana Live, they are supposed to be Denons in disguise, more bang for your buck. I guess I'll have to find a store and check how they sound myself.

I know it may sound stupid, but are the headphones store keep for demos properly burned in? 


From my experience with sony, they are pretty sturdy. The sony xbr300 were the only cans I have ever owned that never broke down. My dog did end up chewing the wire in the end.

post #8 of 9

I own the Panasonic's you referenced above and love them. Best you can get for $30-$40. I listen to dubstep, rock, alternative, but mostly Scandinavian metal. They sound great. They do leak sound but that keeps your eardrums from aching too. My wife keeps stealing them to play Zelda on the 3DS! Any questions just ask.

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Rockit Sounds R-Studio

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