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Purchase advice needed! Looking for bassy over-ears for under $200

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Budget: Sub $200 

Location: Canada

Source: iPod, Laptop (Don't want cans that need an amp)

Isolation: Not needed, 

Preferred Type: Over-ear and closed. Relatively large soundstage would be an added bonus. I'd take a open or semi-open pair that doesn't leak too much.

Tonal Balance: Strong bass impact, clear mids and highs. Bass that doesn't drown out the mids and highs. (My JVC cans have made me addicted to a strong bass impact)

Music: All music, Although somewhat a basshead.

Past Headphones: Sennheiser HD 201, JVC XX on-ear. The sennheisers were great for the price, but there wasn't anything special about them. The JVCs have sexy bass impact but are other wise mediocre.

More info: Preferably comfortable(My JVCs get uncomfortable and its an awful feeling). Don't want headphones that have a "boring" sound.

Interesting Headphones I've Seen:


- CAL! and CAL! 2 (don't know the differences)

- NVX XPT100 (heard they are very neutral and maybe boring but otherwise)

- ATH-M50 (heard that these are some of the clearest sounding on this list but worried about soundstage and comfort)

- Any sub 200$ Sennheiser cans (the selection is confusing)

- Superlux HD668b

- Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro



post #2 of 4

In the same rut as you, lol. Just started getting into it. So many good headphones out there, and it's hard to actually try them out without buying them. I'm probably gonna dedicate a day to search for them while I still got time. I listen to edm, pop, hip-hop/r&b, acoustic, and some rock here and there. Right now I've been looking at the Sony MDR-1R, Noontec Hammo's (though they're new and there's not many reviews on it), Logitech UE6000 (already shipping over here ;)  Phiaton MS 400 (they're probably more neutral) and the more expensive ones like the Sennheiser Momentums and the V-Moda M100. The V-Moda crossfade LP's are cheaper but I think the UE6000 will probably sound better (based on reviews). 


I've demoed the Sony MDR-1R and they're really light and comfy, but I think they kinda lack the bass I love. Good soundstage, they're easy on the ears so I imagine you can listen for hours w/ no fatigue. I wouldn't describe them as bright, although I haven't listened to them enough. I remember thinking "they're missing something," haha and it's probably the bass. I tried the V-Moda M100's at Brookstone (I think, not 100% sure it was them but I have to go back lol) and on first few minute impressions they sounded great, really rich, good bass, great clarity, soundstage, basically more V-shaped and fun sounding. Weren't as comfy as the Sony's but I love the sound a lot. Momentums look sexy but I think they're more neutral and have better musicality (again based on reviews). Have never seen in person though. I'll let you know what the UE6000 sound like once they come in.

post #3 of 4

There are actually several headphones that would be fairly good for you at way below $200. The first one being skullcandy crushers. I know, I know, a lot of people have a hate on skullcandy and especially the crushers because of the previous model, the skullcrusher, which where rubbish. Also if you think that you know strong bass impact, then you have never listened to the crushers before. They actually shake your head with the bass. I am sure by now you are saying,"well that's great but what about mids and highs". This is a sore spot for a lot of bassy headphones but the crushers actually do fairly well. They are certainly not on par with other $200 audiophile grade, mid range headphones but they do the job well especially with a eq. That leads me to the sony xb500s. I honestly believe that the crushers have a lot more bass but the sony's have a more realistic bass. The xb500s do much better at lower bass frequencies then the crushers and can still hit pretty hard all the way down at around 30 hz.  However in the mids and highs department they do pretty bad. But just like the crushers a Eq can massively help them out, which is true for almost all bassy headphones. Also as far as comfort goes, the xb500s are pretty much unmatched. They are like having two huge pillows around your head. The next headphone on my trusty list is really a laughing stock until you actually hear them. The headphone I am talking about the Panasonic RP-HTF600-S. You are probably on the floor laughing you butt off but just hear me out. They honestly have better mids and highs than the xb500s as well as having the same bass. They don't compare to the crushers as far as bass goes but they still have better mids and highs along with amazing lows. The comfort is good as well as the durability. The best thing is the price. At $30 they are a unbelievable steal. To sum these up everything is amazing, great lows, mids, and highs along with the added comfort and durability and price. 

      Overall the crushers have the best bass, the xb500s have the best comfort, but the real hero, the Panasonics, are best all around. Just look at the prices.


Crushers: $100- http://www.amazon.com/Skullcandy-Crusher-Headphones-Amplifier-S6SCFZ-072/dp/B00E1CS8QG


Xb500's:$110- http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-XB500-Diaphragm-Driver-Headphones/dp/B001RB24S2


Panasonics:$30- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MMEI8W/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER


 You could buy 3 Panasonics for the price of one of the other two. The bottom line is, just choose one that you like the best. All of them are great headphones and they all fit what you are looking for. I hope I was helpful.

post #4 of 4

Just to let you know the Noontec Hammo's are $85.99 on newegg.com, ending today!!! that's a STEEAAL. God I wish I had the money right now... 


Anyways, I got the UE6000 and they're very good, but I'm not head over heels for them lol. Bass is a little boomey but it's not detailed how i like it imo, the highs aren't "sparkly" and they seem kinda rolled off. Soundstage isn't impressive, but overall they do sound nice. I literally have been listening to them for about 40 minutes, so my opinion may change over time. I really like the noise canceling option, and when it's turned on it has a bit of that V-shaped signature and it's like a boost in bass and clarity.. that hiss though!!! haha. When it's off it sounds more neutral and honestly a little congested. I might be being a little nitpicky and trying too hard lol. But I really wonder how they compare to the Hammo's!

Edited by FlipE - 1/13/14 at 8:20am
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