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Selecting a <$70 Circumaural Headphone Based on the Following Criteria

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I want to buy a headphone for the following purposes written in order of their priority:

1. Music (I listen to many types of genres. From Enya to Linkin Park to Combichrist ... I listen to many genres of music)

2. Noise Isolation (I've realized that I can't get Noise Cancellation Headphones in my budget)

3. Gaming

 

The qualities that I desire are written in order of their priority:

 

1. Sound Quality

2. Durability & Build Quality

3. Comfort

4. Noise Isolation

5. Design

 

I've selected the following headphones but I'm unable to make a final decision due to lack of experience. I've used cheap in ear earbuds till now and this will be my first expensive headphone purchase.

Sennheiser HD 429

Audio Technica ATH-M30

Skullcandy Hesh 2.0

Philips O'Neill The Stretch

SteelSeries Siberia

 

Any other suggestions besides these headphones are quite welcome. I can't cross the budget mentioned in the title.

Thanks!

post #2 of 9

Drop the Hesh 2. They are NOT good. 

 

My vote is the M30s. I haven't tried them, but stacked against what I know about their big brother it's what I would call a safe gamble.

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
 

Drop the Hesh 2. They are NOT good. 

 

My vote is the M30s. I haven't tried them, but stacked against what I know about their big brother it's what I would call a safe gamble.

Yeah, I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Audio Technica ATH-M30 and the Philips O'Neill The Stretch(Confused about SHO9560 and SHO9565BK ... the latter has a mic and volume control but has lesser reviews than the former). Any suggestions?

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by chosentorture View Post
 

Yeah, I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Audio Technica ATH-M30 and the Philips O'Neill The Stretch(Confused about SHO9560 and SHO9565BK ... the latter has a mic and volume control but has lesser reviews than the former). Any suggestions?

I know nothing about The Stretch cans, except that the BK seems to cost twice as much. 

 

The reason I'd get the M30s is the M50s have an amazing reputation and the amazon reviews for the M30s are stellar. 

post #5 of 9

i got the UE6000 for $69+ shipping a couple months ago.  looks like they are $79.99 now.  but i am very impressed at that price point.  check out their reviews on youtube or innerfidelity as they did hold a place on the wall of fame.  since getting them, i've had 3 friends purchase them after listening to mine.  they have good isolation and are marketed as active noise cancelling, however, the "noise cancelling" is rather weak as it just seems to boost the bass, mids and highs and overall power when turned on.  they still work on passive mode and provide a fairly balanced response.

 

i am pretty new to the headphone game, but i have a pair of bose AE1 triport, sennheiser cx500 IEM and these UE6000 blow them out of the water. 

 

i think these headphones nail your list of priorities for the price.  

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8588329&CatId=6240


Edited by luberconn - 2/14/14 at 10:58am
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
 

I know nothing about The Stretch cans, except that the BK seems to cost twice as much. 

 

The reason I'd get the M30s is the M50s have an amazing reputation and the amazon reviews for the M30s are stellar. 

 

The BK cans are cheaper than simple SHO9560 cans in my country.

I just checked it out and the M30s are significantly expensive in my country. Looks like I have two options left ... Sennheiser HD 429 or the Philips O'Neill The Stretch

post #7 of 9

Also take a look at Koss Pro DJ100. Very underrated at the 40 dollar price point. 

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by chosentorture View Post
 

 

The BK cans are cheaper than simple SHO9560 cans in my country.

I just checked it out and the M30s are significantly expensive in my country. Looks like I have two options left ... Sennheiser HD 429 or the Philips O'Neill The Stretch

I can talk for the HD439 (Similar to the HD429 but not equal). In fact the soundstage for a closed headphone in this cans is very good (Good for gaming). The M-30 maybe sound good, the M50 have a great reputation but is known for the small soundstage. In terms of sound quality, the HD439 have rolled off highs, excelent mids and quality bass. The comfort is top notch on me, some time ago i listen music in this cans for 7 hours straight and no problems (However my ears feel warm, obviously). The noise isolation is pretty average (Due to cloth pads).

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by juan1894 View Post
 

I can talk for the HD439 (Similar to the HD429 but not equal). In fact the soundstage for a closed headphone in this cans is very good (Good for gaming). The M-30 maybe sound good, the M50 have a great reputation but is known for the small soundstage. In terms of sound quality, the HD439 have rolled off highs, excelent mids and quality bass. The comfort is top notch on me, some time ago i listen music in this cans for 7 hours straight and no problems (However my ears feel warm, obviously). The noise isolation is pretty average (Due to cloth pads).

Thank you for that suggestion. I've decided to buy the HD 439. One of the most useful features in these headphones is that they have a detachable cord. I've heard that the HD 4XX series has thin cables and the ability to detach the cable if it gets damaged is amazing. I'm also expecting the sound quality and comfort to be good enough for extended hours of usage.

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