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best under $200 over-ear headphones for my needs

post #1 of 17
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I've been wanting to buy some nice pair of headphones for awhile now but become very indecisive when picking one.



The type of music I'll be listening to:

Pink Floyd (I would like a 'spacious' sound but not necessary)
Nirvana (I want the drums to kick)
Brian Eno
Radiohead
Enya
Some Hip-Hop (Would like decent bass, not a basshead)
Jake Bugg (mainly acoustic guitar)



The type of sound I want:
Nice bass, sub-bass, drums that kick, spacious sound, overall clarity.




Budget:

Something around $150 but I'm willing to spend another $50 if worth it.


Headphones I've considered:

Ath M50
SR80i
HM5
598

THX A BUNCH
Edited by PinkFloydQ - 3/8/14 at 7:09am
post #2 of 17
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Anyone? Pls
post #3 of 17

open or closed? portable or strictly home use?


Edited by b0000 - 3/8/14 at 3:40pm
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
doesn't really matter I'll probably never take out of house
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by b0000 View Post

open or closed? portable or strictly home use?
doesn't really matter I'll probably never take out of house
post #6 of 17
Stay away from open cans, since they lack in Subbass.

Go for:
UE6000
ES FC300
ATH WS99
Martin Logan Mikros 90
post #7 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Stay away from open cans, since they lack in Subbass.

Go for:
UE6000
ES FC300
ATH WS99
Martin Logan Mikros 90
which of those would u say have the best sound stage
post #8 of 17

if you increase your budget a bit, you can get an open can with good sub-bass, the philips x1.

 

Closed cans usually don't have good soundstage.

post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by PinkFloydQ View Post

(Would like decent bass, not a basshead)

...

The type of sound I want:
Nice bass, sub-bass, drums that kick, spacious sound, overall clarity.

Beyerdynamic DT990 250 ohm for $145 on Amazon might be the best choice for you. Open headphones which will have a more spacious sound than any closed headphones. Good bass and well known for clarity. However, they do need a headphone amp. For instance, a lot of onboard computer audio wouldn't support it, but most internal add-on sound cards would. For use with portable devices (phones/mp3 players) you'd need something like the FiiiO E11.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm leaning towards the the Philips x1 now, but i forgot to mention my source will be an Galaxy S3 do you think the can perform good alone
post #11 of 17
Philips X1 are 30 ohm headphones with 100db sensitivity. They should work fine with all portable devices. So unless you decide you want even more volume out of them, you should not need a headphone amp.
post #12 of 17
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I'm really considering the X1 what are the probabilities of these dropping in price
post #13 of 17

I would say B&W C5

post #14 of 17
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What's a good and cheap replacement cable for the X1?
post #15 of 17

any cable works. People like the v-moda cable

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