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Suggestions for $200 Comfortable Over-Ear, Music Oriented Cans

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Well I have been lurking around here for a while but have never really had the extra capital to invest in any decent headphones. I have had multiple $40-$80 cans that have all failed me in some way, whether in comfort, sound quality, or build quality. I figure I would probably save myself the time, effort and money, and just invest in a decent pair of headphones. 

 

I prefer over-ear to on-ear, I will be using the internal DAC in my iMac so portability is not needed. Don't care about style but do care about comfort. They will be used mostly for music and possibly some light gaming. Music I listen to most would be: Punk, Post-Hardcore, Ska, Metal, and Johnny Cash. I am NOT a bass head. I like a noticeable bass but nothing too powerful. 

 

$200

Comfort

Sound Quality

Build Quality

 

So far I have considered:

HD 598

V-Moda M-100

Shure SRH840

AKG Q701

 

So can anyone convince me or rule out any of these, or suggest something better? I think I included any pertinent information but if more is needed let me know. Also I can spend a little over $200 but I would like to keep $200 as a good median. 

 

post #2 of 6

The HD598 and Q701 are both good choices. Are you ok with open-back designs? 

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Yup both are fine with me. Those were the 2 main ones I was considering. Was slightly concerned about the build quality of the 598s though. Heard that some peoples plastic frames cracked...

post #4 of 6

Sounds like, based on your genre preferences, you might want to try Grados. The Grado SR225i sits right at $200 and from what I heard it is the "smoothest" of the non-reference Grados. But if you want to save some money you could try the SR60i or SR80i, which are $80 and $100. The good thing about the SR60i is that it's cheap enough where you won't have buyer's remorse.

 

edit: if you decide to get the SR60i and find them uncomfortable, try grabbing a pair of these "bowl" cups, they are supposedly more comfortable


Edited by markHPS - 1/22/14 at 10:42am
post #5 of 6

As far as I know the 598s don't crack like previous models. I own the 555s and they cracked.

Sennheiser makes some great products; the 598s are just not my choice of color.


Edited by Nihl - 1/22/14 at 11:25am
post #6 of 6

My friend has had them for awhile now, and hasn't had any issues with the HD598. If you are rough with them then anything can break.

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