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Best closed and bright headphone under $200

post #1 of 10
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Hi,

 

I'm looking to spend under $200 on a portable pair of headphones I intend to use during subway commute. I listen to mostly classical music (frequency range 50-10000) and need something with a detailed mid-range and a bright treble. Comfort is also important. Large ear caps preferred.

 

Sony MDR-V6 seems to have the bright treble and an ok mid-range but doesn't look very comfortable at least in the pictures.

 

Any suggestion is appreciated!

 

Franklin

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Originally Posted by bigbonustoday View Post
 

Hi,

 

I'm looking to spend under $200 on a portable pair of headphones I intend to use during subway commute. I listen to mostly classical music (frequency range 50-10000) and need something with a detailed mid-range and a bright treble. Comfort is also important. Large ear caps preferred.

 

Sony MDR-V6 seems to have the bright treble and an ok mid-range but doesn't look very comfortable at least in the pictures.

 

Any suggestion is appreciated!

 

Franklin

 

The Beyerdynamic DT1350 is $179 from Amazon and sounds almost exactely like the headphone you're looking for. :) The cups are smaller but they're definitely not uncomfortable. I could wear them longer than my other portables. 

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I find the MDR V6 pretty comfortable. They're a recording studio standard and as such, would have to be comfortable to be worn for long periods of time.

 

I also recommend the ATH ES700 and the Sennheiser PX100. The ATH is more mid-centric, plus they look just great. The PX100 IMO, is the ultimate portable can - small form factor, excellent sound quality up and down the spectrum and pads can be swapped to affect comfort and presentation.

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The Beyerdynamic DT1350 is $179 from Amazon and sounds almost exactely like the headphone you're looking for. :) The cups are smaller but they're definitely not uncomfortable. I could wear them longer than my other portables. 

How does Beyerdynamic DT1350 perform in the treble range? I saw some frequency response chart on Headroom.com and the 2k-6k range looks sluggish.

 

Thoughts?

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How does Beyerdynamic DT1350 perform in the treble range? I saw some frequency response chart on Headroom.com and the 2k-6k range looks sluggish.

 

Thoughts?

 

Sluggish? Interesting. They're brighter than my HD25-1 II, that I find to be quite bright. The DT1350 has less of a V-curve than the HD25-1 II though and sounds more even across the board. I didn't find treble detail lacking at all. I really believe they are the best portable for classical music under $200 and I think I've heard and owned a lot of them. :) Just read some reviews on them and try 'em. :)

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How does Beyerdynamic DT1350 perform in the treble range? I saw some frequency response chart on Headroom.com and the 2k-6k range looks sluggish.

Thoughts?

How can a graph look sluggish ? I don't follow that one.

Also thought of another can that receives rave reviews for its classical capability: the DT 660.
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How can a graph look sluggish ? I don't follow that one.

Also thought of another can that receives rave reviews for its classical capability: the DT 660.

as in, the dt1350 doesn't produce a very good sound at the 2k-6k range.

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as in, the dt1350 doesn't produce a very good sound at the 2k-6k range.

 

That's a pretty large part of the audible spectrum! That would mean the DT1350 wouldn't sound very good at all, while it's actually one of the best reviewed portable headphones around. :)

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as in, the dt1350 doesn't produce a very good sound at the 2k-6k range.

Gotcha. Well just remember, graphs are only lines on a page. They rarely tell the whole story.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by bigbonustoday View Post
 

Hi,

 

I'm looking to spend under $200 on a portable pair of headphones I intend to use during subway commute. I listen to mostly classical music (frequency range 50-10000) and need something with a detailed mid-range and a bright treble. Comfort is also important. Large ear caps preferred.

 

Sony MDR-V6 seems to have the bright treble and an ok mid-range but doesn't look very comfortable at least in the pictures.

 

Any suggestion is appreciated!

 

Franklin

 

I listen to quite a bit of classical as well as other styles of music (Bartok to Zebrahead).  The Sennheiser HD25-II is always my recommendation for closed back, isolation and an excellent all around set of headphones.  You should be able to easily find them for under $200.  Mind you that they are on ear, but I have never had any complaints about comfort once changing to the velour pads.

 

Good luck in your search.

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