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Good, inexpensive all-around headphones?

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I've only used fairly cheap headphones before, but my latest pair is starting to bite the dust and I'm looking to get something nicer. I've done some searching, but can't seem to find quite what I want. The things I'm looking for seem to contradict each other a lot of the time. I've been getting really into drum and bass music recently, so I'd like good strong bass. On the other hand, I enjoy classical music, so a nice balanced sound is really important to me too. From what I've heard, the Koss Portapro headphones give good sound, but they also seem to leak a lot, which doesn't work for me. I've also been looking at the JVC HA S660s, but can't seem to find any detailed reviews. I wear glasses and have had problems in the past with uncomfortable headphones so I'm not sure if an over-ear pair would cause discomfort and leak sound.

 

Basically, I'm looking for:

- strong but not overwhelming bass

- good sound isolation

- a comfortable fit with eyeglasses

 

I'm on a tight budget, so anything I buy anytime soon would have to be around $50-60. Can I get what I'm looking for at that price, or am I better to make do until I can afford something more expensive?

post #2 of 4

Splurge the money and get a Shure SE115m. You'll thank yourself b/c of shure's 2 year warranty and the sound quality is entry-level audiophile on the go. 

 

-Strong bass, but wouldn't call it for bassheads

-Very comfortable and isolates -26dB

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Originally Posted by gradofan1 View Post
 

Splurge the money and get a Shure SE115m. You'll thank yourself b/c of shure's 2 year warranty and the sound quality is entry-level audiophile on the go. 

 

-Strong bass, but wouldn't call it for bassheads

-Very comfortable and isolates -26dB


That's a pretty big step up in price from the SE215k. Is there that big of a difference between them?

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http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SE115M-K-Earphones-Dynamic-MicroSpeaker/dp/B003NVM89Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1393370424&sr=8-4&keywords=se115

 

It's about the same price, $100-130. Be glad you're not buying the $999 SE846 :P 

 

As I previously posted numerous times, the previous generation shures are much better than the current generation, imo, because they fit deeper into the ear canal, resulting in better isolation and bass response. I have 10 shure models, from the SE115 to the SE535, and honestly, the SE115 has better bass than the SE535 because of its dynamic versus BA drivers.

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