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Newbie here, looking for a solid set of $150-$200 headphones

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Hey guys! I've been interested in Hi-Fi audio for some time, and I've had a number of decent sounding cans, but never anything outstanding. I started (didn't we all?) with some trash pair of skullcandy earbuds. I've since owned Klipsch S4's and V-Moda Remix earbuds. As far as headphones go I had Sennheiser 428's for a while before they broke and I replaced with sony noise cancelling headphones. I can't be bothered to remember what they're called, but I can say that I've been using them for almost 8 months and I'm a little disappointed with the sound. I probably should've bought the MDR-7506's that everyone seems to love, but alas, I didn't. So here I am, looking into a set of good headphones between $150-$200. I've been looking into the TMA-1's as well as the M50's, and was wondering which of the two is for me, as well as if there were other headphones that would fit the bill. Oh, and if someone else recommends Beats by Dre, I will find where you live and I will hunt you down. Please. Don't. Thanks in advance for your help!
post #2 of 7

What genre(s) do you listen to most?

What's your source?

Will you be using an amp?

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Thread Starter 

Thank you for the quick reply!  I've been looking into getting a dragonfly for my laptop (a macbook pro), but I do have an older stereo amplifier that I use when I'm at home.  Not sure what the model is, I generally use it to power tower speakers rather than headphones, but lately I've been using it for both.  I'm not too picky when I'm listening to music through my phone, so I don't use any sort of amplifier for that.  I listen to everything from electronic to classic rock and modern pop/rock.  Artists like I Monster, The Shins, Pink Floyd, Nero, Blood Orange, Queens of the Stone Age, etc.  Sorry I should've mentioned that in my post.

post #4 of 7
One model worth considering is SRH840. It works with many genres; it certainly plays rock well. I would describe it as clear and warm. It has a V-shaped sound with decent bass. There's certainly nothing offensive about it. I suppose that it will work for electronic too because of its clarity and reasonable bass, but you might ask on the SRH840 thread.

You can use it with our without an amp. It's durable and comes with a detachable cable and extra earpads. You can also replace the pleather earpads with velours and the coiled cable with a straight one, based on your preferences. The only thing I don't like about it is that the headband is heavy, but that can be modded to get it comfortable. It retails new for up to $200 and I've seen it on the FS board for as low as $130. If it were a little cheaper, it probably be as popular as ATH-M50.
post #5 of 7

+1 Shure SRH-840

 

You should also consider SoundMagic HP100.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/soundmagic-hp100-premium-over-the-ear-folding-headphones-black

 

Best Luck!

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thanks guys!  I haven't made a decision yet, but you guys are seriously making this choice that much harder XD

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Originally Posted by IRL Mila Kunis View Post
 

thanks guys!  I haven't made a decision yet, but you guys are seriously making this choice that much harder XD

Haha, I can give you some help:

 

HP100 are probably a bit more comfortable and have better bass extension (sub-bass). Shure SRH-840s have more punchy mid bass, and provide more isolation.

 

You can't go wrong with any of this headphones!:beyersmile:

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