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Hi Guys,


Been reading these forums for a few days and was hoping you would be able to give me some pointers in purchasing some new headphones.


A bit of background. I've owned a pair of AKG K450 for the past 18 months and simply had enough of them now. I've treated them with nothing but care yet I've been through 5 replacement cables within that time. Other than the cable they have been a decent set of headphones however at no point have they really given me that wow factor.


So I've now decided to make the change. I've always preferred the over ear headphones so will now be looking to purchase a pair.


I'm no audiophile to be honest however I can appreciate it when something sounds good. I often read people stating that certain headphones are warm/clear/neutral etc and don't really know what the majority of this means. I'd love it if someone could enlighten me.


My budget for the new set are around £150, I don't really want to go above this. 


My music tastes are quite varied but I suppose my real passions are good rock (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains etc). I listen to a fair bit of indie, hip hop, electronic, and instrumental music as well but the rock and indie are my real base.



The headphones I've been reading a lot of great reviews about are the SoundMagic HP100's, everywhere I look people seem to be rating these very highly. I'm tempted to purchase a pair but have a few questions.


Would these suit my music tastes?

I'm generally going to be using them at my desk at work and commuting on the train. What are they like for a commute? They have a curly cord, what is this like for walking? I do a 30 min walk/train that usually has me standing up so I'm a bit concerned that they may become heavy/uncomfortable/awkward during this time. I'd love to hear from people who have used these in similar situations.


Anyway apologies for the lengthy opening post, I was just hoping someone could point me in the right direction as to whether the SoundMagic's are a good choice for my requirements and any other advice people may be able to give.


Many thanks.



post #2 of 3

Welcome to the forums Jibber.


I wish I could help you with your decision but doubt I can.  The SoundMagic headphones you mentioned certainly look nice but I've never listened to them so cannot recommend them one way or the other.  I've been listening to Sennheiser HD600s for a few years and like them very much.  They offer crystal clear sound and are very comfortable for long listening sessions.


A couple days ago, I ordered a pair of Mr. Speakers Mad Dog headphones.  They seem to be highly regarded my forum members.  In ordering the MDs, I'm looking for a bit more isolation without sacrificing and of the details I've enjoyed with the HD600s.


Another pair of headphones I'd like to try are the Audio Technica M50.  Thease are supposed be offer great base and isolation.


The music I enjoy, in order of preference, is Jazz, pop and finally, to a small extent, country..



Good luck with your search.

post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thanks Willieboy, I'll be sure to check out those headphones.


Sorry guys, just realised I should have posted this in another forum. If it can be moved I would appreciate it. 



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