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Looking for the most comfortable headphone up to $200 price point, for movies and pop music

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

First of all I would like to thank you, members of Head-Fi, for pointing me to great two headphones that I own at the moment: The M50s and Q701.

 

I recently gave a person the M50s, as she is newbie in the audiophile area and she mostly listen to her stuff from her Macbook or TV speakers.

 

However I guess the m50s were not as comfortable as I expected on her head so can you suggest any headphones?

 

The priorities are:

 

- Extremely comfortable and light-weight for long hour of use.

- The best sound quality for movies, japanese anime and pop music (specially k-pop).

- Should be ok without an amp. Mostly will be plugged in an intel i5 MacBook Pro 2011.

- The reasonable price point for me is $135 but I can add up to $200 if there is really something exceptional.

- I generally think it should be Over-the-ear but if you think on-ear will satisfy more, please suggest.

 

While the q701 that I own is kinda light and comfortable, but the head band is really bad. I remember trying the HD598 at a Virgin store on my travels and it was really comfortable but I am not sure if it matches my priorities. I tried researching but I kinda get lost when the discussion gets around bright and dark sounds :p.

 

Thanks for attention!

post #2 of 12

Look at MA900. It's very light. If you have a small head (you usually find that smallest size notch is still too big), you'll want to add some padding to the headband to get the right fit.

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Look at MA900. It's very light. If you have a small head (you usually find that smallest size notch is still too big), you'll want to add some padding to the headband to get the right fit.


Yup--that sounds like a good way to go.

post #4 of 12

Sometimes HD600s go for $200, but very rarely. 

post #5 of 12
MDR MA900, ATH AD900x, ATH A900x, HD558.
Really, as long as they're open and NOT Grados you're cool.
post #6 of 12
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Sometimes HD600s go for $200, but very rarely. 


Unfortunately in the U.S. that never happens.  Back in 2011 before Senn imposed their MAP, I picked up a pair for $270 on an Amazon super special.  The list price back then was "only" $315. 

 

You have to go used at that $200 price point--and be very patient and lucky.

post #7 of 12
I meant used, sorry.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys! I will read more about MA900. 

 

One more question- comparing the HD598 to MA900 in comfort, do you think it is very close or the MA900 has superior comfortability? 

 

Sorry if this was a silly question, but we don't have that much of high quality headphones over here and I have to order online based on your opinions :)

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by kasusiro View Post
 

Thanks guys! I will read more about MA900. 

 

One more question- comparing the HD598 to MA900 in comfort, do you think it is very close or the MA900 has superior comfortability? 

 

Sorry if this was a silly question, but we don't have that much of high quality headphones over here and I have to order online based on your opinions :)

 

Both cans are generally considered to be comfortable.  However, headphone comfort is a very individual thing.  Sizing and sensitivities are unique to each person.  We can point you to headphones that are generally considered to be comfortable and mention others that have garnered complaints for being uncomfortable.  However, the only way to know for sure is to wear them yourself for a time equivalent to your longest listening session.

post #10 of 12
Some find the clamp of the HD600 to be uncomfortable...others don't feel a thing. If you really want a sure thing, the MA900 is the HP to get; it's lighter than a feather and is a great neutral-ish phone.
post #11 of 12

I seem to remember deeper earcups on HD598. It also has a more universal fit, but MA900 is lighter so that's another trade off.

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

I seem to remember deeper earcups on HD598. It also has a more universal fit, but MA900 is lighter so that's another trade off.
Right: kasusiro, how large are your ears?
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