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Most accurate heaphones for under $200 new?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I just got a Line 6 Pod HD, which is a digital guitar amp modeler that emulates great classic amps.  As a result I'm looking for super accurate headphones that don't color the sound.

 

Can someone please tell me what open back headphones for under $200 are known to be very accurate and not too bassy?


Edited by 11mastervolume1 - 2/10/14 at 6:43am
post #2 of 10

sennheiser hd598 if you want open.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

My friend recommends Grado SR60i and 80i as being very accurate open back headphones.  Any thoughts?

post #4 of 10

Grado are not accurate.

Look at HD598 or K612 pro

post #5 of 10
SONY MDR MA900. Must they be open? The Martin Logan Mikros90 is the most accurate headphone i've ever heard but it's closed. Check out the Mikros 90 thread.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

SONY MDR MA900. Must they be open?


I was told closed backs have more bass and this amp is notorious for too much of it.  So, yes.

post #7 of 10

AKG K240 MkII

post #8 of 10

The AKG K612 Pro is the most accurate and natural sounding headphone I've come across under $200. I've owned or heard the MA900, HD 598, DT 880 Pro, K240, etc. They all have noticeable flaws when compared to the K612. It does need proper synergy though and it's not an easy headphone to power, a desktop amp is a must for them. If the extra cost of a desktop amp isn't an option. The MA900(which is discontinued so it won't stay around $200 for long) is probably the best option in terms of easily powered and not too system picky headphones. The HD 598 is also quite neutral and is easy to power.


Edited by kman1211 - 2/12/14 at 1:46am
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions.  Out of the more accurate, open back headphones models, which ones are considered brighter with less bass?

post #10 of 10

I'm going to have to agree with other users and recommend Sennheiser HD 598's.

I wouldn't necessarily call them "bright", but they are accurate without being boring. They are by no means a bass monster, but they extend well and the sub-bass doesn't feel restricted. The bass that is there feels very tight and controlled.

I ordered the AKG Q701 at the same time as my 598's and sent the 701's back. While they felt flat and true-to-life, they were very low in energy. The 598's were more of a pleasure to use.

However, if you're looking for the most accurate, flat headphone that won't sugar coat a thing and offers zero help in the bass department, I believe the AKG Q701 is your best bet and they can be had for $199.99 on Amazon right now.

 

On a side note, the Q701 is very comfortable and has a soundstage that seems to go on forever; by far the largest I've ever heard.

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