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post #1 of 18
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Hello Head-Fi community! I am in the market for a good pair of headphones and I was just about to buy the beats (the price dropped since they came out with a newer line of headphones) until one of my friends stopped me. He showed me his pair of headphones that he said he bought for only 120 dollars and they sounded better than the beats. Upon some research I found the headphones he showed me to be the ATH-M50. I was thankful that he saved me from buying them. Now I want a pair of headphones for myself that will sound better than the beats with the same amount of bass but better clarity throughout the spectrum. The best headphones I have owned was an old pair of Brainwavs M2 IEMs that was given to me. They unfortunately broke after only three weeks. Since then the only headphones I have listened too are my Senn 419 and SkullCandy hesh 2.

 

That being said, I am a poor college student and my absolute max budget is $200. I am looking for over the ear headphones with decent isolation because I am an athlete and I will be wearing these to travel on the bus. I also want them to be portable and have a removable cable.

 

My list of factors from most important to least important

 

1. Isolation (would like to block out the loud bus noises and frequent conversation around me)

2. Portability (folding up is a must)

3. Build quality (just enough to take a drop or two)

4. Removable cable (not necessary but I have been known to tug on cables a lot)

 

I listen to mainly hard rock, metal, and dubstep but I have tracks from all genres. I want the emphasis on the bass and decent bass extension but not to where it drowns out the mids too much. The treble should at least be acceptable. I will also be using only my  Iphone 5 as a source, so I will not be using an amp unless someone can recommend headphones and an amp under $200. Sound stage is a plus but not really needed.

 

The headphones I am considering

 

ATH M50 (M50x)

ATH-PRO500MK2

HD 280 Pro

SRH750DJ

AKG K 240

 

Thanks for helping!

post #2 of 18

Goofy as it might sound, take the Monster DNA on-ear for a test drive. I was genuinely impressed with them. 

post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post

Goofy as it might sound, take the Monster DNA on-ear for a test drive. I was genuinely impressed with them. 
Do they offer decent isolation? One of my teammates had those I should be able to test them out.
post #4 of 18
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Do they offer decent isolation? One of my teammates had those I should be able to test them out.

 

They seemed to for me. I still say they're my favorite overall "street" headphones. Look slick, really solid build, good sound, super comfy, not too big. 

post #5 of 18
Logitech ue 9000 for 250 or ue 6000 for a bit less than 200
post #6 of 18
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I have heard some bad reviews on the ue 6000 for some slight hissing due the the noise canceling feature. They do come with a hard case witch is a plus. Any other suggestions?
post #7 of 18
Monster inspiration or buyer dynamic cop could be possibilities, or for on ear, vmoda m80 and with the hissing, it is not very noticeable unless you are not listening to any music with it
Edited by Sonic7381 - 3/10/14 at 5:35pm
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Originally Posted by Sonic7381 View Post

Monster inspiration or buyer dynamic cop could be possibilities, or for on ear, vmoda m80 and with the hissing, it is not very noticeable unless you are not listening to any music with it

Those ue 6000 are looking really good, especially with the noise canceling feature. I am torn between them and the ATH M50x which do you think is better for hard rock's guitars and drums?
post #9 of 18
Crap, now I'm looking into this and there is another I found that might be good too. I think the denon d1100 would be like an ath m50 with better bass. The ue6000 will probably not be the best for rock, as their highs are not all that airy, but they could still easily handle it. The best way to find the best for you is to just try it out. I would suggest ordering both the denons and the ues for 100 each on amazon, test each one for a couple of days, and send back the one you don't like as much.
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Originally Posted by Sonic7381 View Post

Crap, now I'm looking into this and there is another I found that might be good too. I think the denon d1100 would be like an ath m50 with better bass. The ue6000 will probably not be the best for rock, as their highs are not all that airy, but they could still easily handle it. The best way to find the best for you is to just try it out. I would suggest ordering both the denons and the ues for 100 each on amazon, test each one for a couple of days, and send back the one you don't like as much.

The d1100 don't look too attractive though. I think I will pass on them.
post #11 of 18

Just saw that the UE 6000 is now $96.00 US on Amazon which is a great deal for them.  Really enjoyed them and actually liked the passive sound signature more than when the noise cancellation was turned on.  The noise cancellation does have a slight "hiss" but many active noise cancellation seem to have this characteristic - it does however give a boost to the low end which you may like if you were looking for some extra bass.  Got these because I wanted something with active noise cancellation for traveling and realized after use that the feature does little for me. A nice over the ear headphone with a good seal is sufficient for me. 

 

Not sure if you found the answer to your case question, but it's a soft padded case.  Also, just wanted to let you know that you cannot replace the pads on these.  Maybe they updated this, but mine could not be replaced. Granted the way I damaged mine will likely not happen, but if yours were to wear out or become uncomfortable over time, you might need to get new headphones.  Might not be a big deal, but part of the reason I gave mine away. Figured I'd let you know though.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Sikedaman View Post

Just saw that the UE 6000 is now $96.00 US on Amazon which is a great deal for them.  Really enjoyed them and actually liked the passive sound signature more than when the noise cancellation was turned on.  The noise cancellation does have a slight "hiss" but many active noise cancellation seem to have this characteristic - it does however give a boost to the low end which you may like if you were looking for some extra bass.  Got these because I wanted something with active noise cancellation for traveling and realized after use that the feature does little for me. A nice over the ear headphone with a good seal is sufficient for me. 

Not sure if you found the answer to your case question, but it's a soft padded case.  Also, just wanted to let you know that you cannot replace the pads on these.  Maybe they updated this, but mine could not be replaced. Granted the way I damaged mine will likely not happen, but if yours were to wear out or become uncomfortable over time, you might need to get new headphones.  Might not be a big deal, but part of the reason I gave mine away. Figured I'd let you know though.
Thanks for the info! Sounds like these headphones are more fun then they sound! And they look better than the ATH M50x in my opinion. Is the sound over all better?
post #13 of 18
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Also I might use these phones for when our team does conditioning. So I will be using them while running.
post #14 of 18
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I have also heard a lot of good things about Ultrasone HFI-580 and their subwoofer like bass. Many placed them higher on their list over the ATH M 50. Has anyone tried these out?
post #15 of 18

Don't get me wrong; I liked the sound of the UE 6000, but it might not be what you are looking for if you are looking for a Beats-like sound signature.  Doubt you will hear too many negative criticisms of the ATH M50x given the price range.  I know you gave a maximum of $200.00 as your budget, but if you have a Brookestone near you, demo a pair of V-Moda M-100s.  I know they have a retail price of $299.99, but I picked up mine for $230.00 with a sale they had going on for 20% any purchase > $250.00.  Not sure if the V-Modas really should have been part of the sale, but they have similar online coupons and in store sales all the time.  Sorry for the crap advice and not trying to spend your money, but I think these would hit every item on your wish list and really close to your price range if you can get them on sale.  Just wanted to throw it out there for consideration.    

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