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Looking for a (semi)portable over-ear headphone for about $150-$200 dollars.

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for a new pair of (semi)portable over-ear headphones, mainly for listening to music.

The genres i listen to are: (Chill) Trap, Drum and Bass, Future Garage, Hip Hop, Rap, Liquid and Alternative Rock just to name a few, so good bass is a must but i don't want it to be overpowered (like Dr. Dre Beats), mids and high need to be decent too.

 

My other demands are:

-Decent build quality, since i will be using them outdoors and at school as well and i will be carrying in my backpack along with some books, a laptop etc, and just for the overall experience.

-Removable cable, since i've had lots of broken cables over the years and i've already murdered a Nokia BH-604 while it was in my backpack :P.

-Not necessarily noise-cancelling but i don't want too much sound to leak.

-Not too extreme or too basic, i like classic designs (like the Fidelio L1) and modern designs (like the Custom One Pro or ATH-M50) that aren't too 'showy'.

-No need for an AMP, i'll be using them with my smartphone and laptop.

-Enjoyable sound.

 

I've already done some research myself and this is what i've looked at and/or tried so far (didn't read detailed reviews on all of them and/or try them all):

 

-Beyerdynamic DT 770 (tried these): Nice headphones, great build quality (but i didn't really like the plastic shells), no detachable cable, really comfy, design is a bit boring and not really my taste, sound is great but doesn't really fit the music i listen to, maybe a bit too big.

-Beyerdynamic DT 990 (tried these): Same as the DT 770, sound is slightly better but of course lots of sound leakage because of the open design.

-AKG K 167 (tried these): Meh build quality, meh sound, okay design, not that comfy.

-Philips Fidelio L1 (haven't tried): Nice design, look like they've got a decent build and sound quality, from what i've read they do have noticable sound leakage.

-Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (haven't tried) Nice design, look like they've got a decent build quality, like the customization, from what i've read the sound seems good but not great, the bassport seems like a nice feature, look comfy.

-Audiotechnica ATH-M50 (haven't tried) good sound but too balanced, no detachable cable (although there are mods), okay design.

-Teufel Aureol Real: (haven't tried) good sound but too balanced, look a bit plasticky and not that sturdy, okay design, can try them for 8 weeks with a full refund, cheap compared the rest.

 

The only two i would consider buying out of this list are the Fidelio L1 and the Custom One Pro.

 

My budget is 150-200 dollar's/100-150 euro's, but i am willing to spend a bit more for a substantially better headphone.

 

Hopefully you guys can help me out, thank you in advance :).

 

 

 

Edit: ordering from China and/or a Chinese brand isn't a problem for me, i've got 2 earphones, 1 headphone and 2 smartphones from China and they're all great.


Edited by Remcom00 - 1/4/14 at 3:01pm
post #2 of 9
My top recommendation is the ATH WS99. I've heard every can on that list (owned). Except that last one. The ws99 is made for the genres you like.
post #3 of 9

Fidelio L1 don't leak much, but are quite dark sounding and a bit nasal. I think ATH WS99 should definitely be a better pick.

 

Best Luck!


Edited by Me x3 - 1/5/14 at 3:32am
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

The ATH WS99 do look like a great pair of headphones, only downside is that the cables aren't detachable from the headphones but this isn't a big problem for me.

 

The only big downside about these headphones is probably the price.

I've found them on Ebay, out of Japan for about $226/€167, wich isn't too bad but there's still a chance that they'll end up at customs, in which case they'll cost me about $333/€245 (worst case scenario). They don't always end up at customs and it's a bit hard to predict how much they'll charge but i am not willing to take the risk.

Like i said, it's not a problem for me to order something in the US or Asia but not if there's even a slight chance of having to pay such a high price for them.

If they're $200/€150+ i'll have to pay extra custom fees, which drives the price up even higher, so if they were any cheaper then that i could have taken the risk.

 

I could get them out of Germany or the UK (i live in western-europe), but they'll cost me about $300-340/€220-250, way out of my budget.

 

The Beyerdynamics Custom Pro One on the other hand (which i'll probably get because they seem to fit my demands better then the Fidelio L1) cost 'only' $225/€166, with 3 years of warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee, so i can just send them back and get a full refund if i don't like them, which is a big plus for me.

 

 

 

There's also the WS77 but from what i've read the build quality on those isn't great and they're about as expensive as the Custom One Pro, and they've got the same cable as the WS99.

post #5 of 9

I can tell you not to get the Fidelio L1.  Its bass could be tighter, and it interferes with the midrange.  Its isolation is poor, and its soundstage is nothing better than a closed headphone.


Don't go with the M50 since it doesn't compete with the cans you've heard.

 

The momentum on ear should be considered.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks, the Momentum on-ear look great and i've already seen some good deals on it :).

I'll be ordering a headphone next week, it will probably be the Momentum (stilll have to look at some reviews though).

post #7 of 9
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Thanks, the Momentum on-ear look great and i've already seen some good deals on it :).

I'll be ordering a headphone next week, it will probably be the Momentum (stilll have to look at some reviews though).

Where have you seen good deals? I must know as I'm considering picking a pair of these up!

post #8 of 9

I think you should also consider SoundMagic HP100 and Shure Srh-840.

 

Best Luck!

post #9 of 9
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Where have you seen good deals? I must know as I'm considering picking a pair of these up!

 

I've seen one over here for $218/€160, but i don't know if they ship outside of the Netherlands (i live there so it's not a problem for me).

There's also some nice deals on Ebay, like this one.

I've seen them go on Ebay at auctions for about $160/€123, so if you're lucky you can get them for next to nothing.

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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post
 

I think you should also consider SoundMagic HP100 and Shure Srh-840.

 

Best Luck!

Thanks, but i'm probably getting the Momentum on-ear since they're nice and compact.

I'll probably get a pair of big over-ear headphones like the Brainwavz HM5 later this year for gaming and mastering, so i want something smaller for now :).

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