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Reeccomended open headphones under $200

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm gonna try to keep it short. I want a pair of open cans, I want somthing I can wear for long gaming periods and for listening to : Anamanaguchi, snarky puppy, ratatat, wookiefoot, walk off the earth. Anything help!

Thanks - Schwizzle ;3
post #2 of 17
Since I don't know those artists, and others might not as well, perhaps you can describe the type of music you like (at least what genre) and what kind of sound you are looking for?

Second, what are you going to connect them to? Some headphones need a headphone amp.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Jazz, folk, electronic, rock and chiptune. I would like somthing that has bass, but not overpowering. As for an amp I could always buy one if needed, but I'd prefer not to. It would connect to my PC, iPad and zune.
post #4 of 17

I'd at least have the Sennheiser 558 and 598's on your list, and if you need a closed set of headphones, the Beyer DT770's, though make sure to get the 32 Ohm version if you are going to connect it to portable devices.

post #5 of 17
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Ya, I was thinking of getting the 598's or possibly some Grados, but Ive heard those aren't too comfortable. The AthM50's are going for $100, but iv heard the soundstage and the mids are pretty weak. The 770s are nice, but I want something with a wide soundstage and preferably open. The 880s are very nice, except I'm not a huge fan of how they look and that price tag is a tad high, i would like to keep it closer to 150 rather than 200, unless its significant improvement. I might end up getting Grados with the L-cushions.

post #6 of 17
I'm a Grado fan, and I think the SR80i are a really good value. The L-cush pads will also take them 80% of the way (or more) to the SR225i sound.

However, I don't know if I would recommend them for long gaming sessions. I only wear Grados for maybe a couple hours at time.

The $150 price range (even $200) is tough for open headphones. DT990 Pro 250 ohm are one of the best in your price range, but you do need some kind of amp to run them. Otherwise, the HD558s would keep you in budget and you could do this simple tape mod to make them sound more like the HD598.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

I think I'm gonna go with the sr80i's. Thanks for all the help guys!

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Schwizzle View Post

I think I'm gonna go with the sr80i's. Thanks for all the help guys!

If you decide they are keepers, wash the pads gently in hand soap (not regular soap), and then gently squeeze them out and let them dry over night. This will soften the pads a little.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


If you decide they are keepers, wash the pads gently in hand soap (not regular soap), and then gently squeeze them out and let them dry over night. This will soften the pads a little.


Alright. Thanks for the help!

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Not too sure about the grados anymore tongue.gif I'm reading a lot about them and they have never ending comfort issues. I need comfy, I thought I might be able to fix it somehow, but the most people seem to be able to wear them for is 2 hours, I need to be able to wear somthing for much longer than that.
post #11 of 17

Woah, I like Anamanaguchi and snarky puppy too! (x Checking out the other artists right now!

If you like jazz and chiptune, you should take a look at protodome, and also aivi & surasshu. http://protodome.bandcamp.com/ http://aivi-surasshu.bandcamp.com/

 

Anyway, i'm not an expert on sound but i ordered the superlux HD-668, MartinLogan Mikros 90, and Koss KSC75 last week and they should be coming in about 3 days from now. I can tell you how they sound, if you want! I've also own v-moda M-80's so ill do it for those too.

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Schwizzle View Post

Not too sure about the grados anymore tongue.gif I'm reading a lot about them and they have never ending comfort issues. I need comfy, I thought I might be able to fix it somehow, but the most people seem to be able to wear them for is 2 hours, I need to be able to wear somthing for much longer than that.

Probably best. Look into the Senns and the Beyers. Much better known for comfort--especially since they have soft velour pads.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Just ordered some hd598's last night, i got a steal for $150!
post #14 of 17
Do you mind sharing where? I'm looking for a set also.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Jeepj667 View Post

Do you mind sharing where? I'm looking for a set also.
They're 180 on amazon, but some guy was selling them open box, check the used and the refurbished tabs.
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