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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

I've been lurking around Headfi for awhile measuring people's opinions to see if they coincide with my own, but I just think going straight for advice would be the best decision here.

So, without further ado, I'm currently on the look out for a pair of headphones no more than $200 or so dollars with everything needed to use them (amp, ear covers, etc). As for specifications, I really want a more comfortable pair, hopefully with some better sound quality as well. I listen to a wide-array of music, but not much that's too bass heavy, so I'd probably like more of a focus on mids. I've been on the lookout for awhile but I just can't decide. I've been using a set of Audio Technica's ATH-M30s for a few years now, but I'm tired of the ear and head pain I get from wearing them for extensive periods of time. Because of this I'd like to stay away from Audio Technica in general. I've tried a friend of mine's Beyer DT770s and definitely liked them for their comfort and sound quality, but he's into a lot of heavy metal/bass heavy music like Dupstep and trap, so I'm not sure they would be a great choice for myself. I'd really appreciate some input on this matter. Thanks a bunch in advance!

 

EDIT:

Here's a quick rundown to save time:

 

Headphones

Total price under $200

Closed system or very quiet

No Audio Technicas

Comfortable

Good mids-though I'm willing to sacrifice here for overall quality

Use with my laptop, iPod, and TV

Would prefer to be able to buy off Amazon


Edited by Seversil - 1/31/14 at 7:46am
post #2 of 23
Try the AKG k240. I have recently bought them and I think they cover all your requirements. I love them...

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post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 

I've actually been looking at those quite a lot, but I noticed they were semi-open system. I'd prefer to keep my music to myself, do they do that well enough?

post #4 of 23
Nope. You need a closed set of cans for that.

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post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 

Yeah. That's what I was afraid of. I'm sure they'd be wonderful otherwise.

post #6 of 23
Yes, sorry I missed that part... I've tried the sennheiser 280 pro, closed, zero leak, but I didn't like them. People seem to rave about the ath 50, but I don't think comfort is their strong side...

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post #7 of 23

If you want mid-centric, consider a T50RP. You'll have to mod it to make it closed, so it might make more sense to buy modded. I think ZMF is reasonably priced.

post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sudkcoce View Post

Yes, sorry I missed that part... I've tried the sennheiser 280 pro, closed, zero leak, but I didn't like them. People seem to rave about the ath 50, but I don't think comfort is their strong side...

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Any particular reason you didn't really like the 280s? Yeah, that's why I think I just want to stay away from Audio Technica in general.

 

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

If you want mid-centric, consider a T50RP. You'll have to mod it to make it closed, so it might make more sense to buy modded. I think ZMF is reasonably priced.

I've taken a look at them, you're right about focusing on buying it modded, as modding feels like it's a bit over my head, however I'd prefer to be able to purchase it on Amazon since I have a couple of gift cards for the site. Unfortunately, ZMF doesn't have FBA for whatever reason, so I'd have to buy directly from their site.

post #9 of 23

Marin Logan Mikros 90, it's actually on ear but have a good seal. 89$ now

post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mikroski View Post
 

Marin Logan Mikros 90, it's actually on ear but have a good seal. 89$ now

From the minimal knowledge I have of on ear headphones, they either seem to be a little too loose and fall off or clamp too tightly and give the user head aches/ear aches. How do these hold up on that front?

post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 

I have continued my search and found a couple headphones  believe align with my desires:

 

The Grado SR80s, SR225s, the AKG 550s, and 551s. Does anyone have any recommendations among these or of another pair which is of similar design and price range?

post #12 of 23
The Grados are all open phones. How about saving a little money and trying the Sennheiser HD449?

Other options might be the Shure SRH840 & the Sony MDR-10R
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

The Grados are all open phones. How about saving a little money and trying the Sennheiser HD449?

Other options might be the Shure SRH840 & the Sony MDR-10R

 

Haha, oops. I don't know why I'd worked into my head that they were closed. Out of all them I've seen so far, the Sennheiser's definitely are well within my price range and fit with everything I'm looking for. I've read about a lot of people not much caring for the comfort of the Shure SRH840s, the Sony's seem pretty good, but it sounds like they aren't really any better than the Sennheiser's you mentioned which are around $60 less. I'd say the Sennheiser's probably look like my best bet out of all the one's I've looked at so far. Thank you!

post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Seversil View Post
 

From the minimal knowledge I have of on ear headphones, they either seem to be a little too loose and fall off or clamp too tightly and give the user head aches/ear aches. How do these hold up on that front?


Mikros 90 is on tight side at first, but it will be better after one months. I think this is a very good phone for money and less than your budget. You can check its appreciate thread, first couple pages there will be lot of negative comments but after that you will find mostly positive.

 

Good luck :)

post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by mikroski View Post
 


Mikros 90 

This headphone has been poppin up more often than I like here on the recommendation thread...

 

i've never heard it, nor ever heard OF it

 

guys if this is a new headphone why don't we stick to the... tried and true classics. Not let these new members b our ginny pigs 

 

 

That said here is a pair of cans that I've owned, that I like and that have been around long enough for Head Fi members to have a good general idea of how they sound

 

http://www.amazon.com/SoundMAGIC-HP100-Premium-Folding-Headphones/dp/B0086YJ86Y

 

The Sound Magic Hp 100, the HP 100 sounded very nice, very clean bass and very VERY nice mids. It should run just fine from a lap top, and I think you'd enjoy it 

 

There is also the Shure 940 and 840, I owned and enjoyed the Shure 840 and the AKG K550 is another good headphone. 

http://www.amazon.com/AKG-K550-Closed-Back-Reference-Headphones/dp/B005CNR7B0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391236507&sr=1-1&keywords=Akg+K550

http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SRH840-Professional-Monitoring-Headphones/dp/B002DP8IEK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391236526&sr=1-1&keywords=Shure+840

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004MTE7EK/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391236542&sr=1-1&keywords=Shure+940&condition=used

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