Hello Head-Fi Community,
I am looking for the best pair of headphones available within a $100 budget.
I recently lost a pair of headphones that served me well for several years, and I'm looking for a pair of cans for all purposes. I have looked here for a long time and am still conflicted on what to get. These will be my first audiophile headphones, so I can't critique anything. I am hoping you guys can help.
I want to be able to take these headphones to school, work, and to trips. I'll take care of them but they shouldn't break any time soon. I want to be able to use them for several years.
In terms of music, I listen to a mix of "orchestral" sounds and hip-hop. Here is a few samples (off the top of my head) to give a better idea:
And here are some headphones that I've looked at:
JVC HA-S680 - costs about $75 (shipping included) from Japan -- looks good and seems relatively cheap. I'm just afraid about the lack of reviews and it might just be too bass-friendly. The few reviews that this has are pretty positive, though.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50s - probably the best pair of headphones with a reasonable budget. It might be a bit too big and it's a bit over budget. I might bite if I see a good deal.
NVX Audio XPT100 - seems balanced, but a bit too flimsy if I were to carry it around everywhere.
I've tried the CAL! and the sound quality is excellent. We already have one at home, though, so I don't think that's an option here.
I would prefer over-ear cans, but this is not necessary.
Thanks for the help! I'm open to any questions if you guys think that would help.