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Need help choosing between locally available over-ear Headphones

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Hello everyone,

 

Today I had my my usual USB headphones [Microsoft Lifechat LX-3000] die on me, usual crackling, buggered copper cable etc.

So i'm having a look around for some headphones I can pick up locally, but I don't want to make this decision without someone of experience giving their opnion.

 

These are all around the $40 range. It should be noted that I listen to mostly dance and rock stuff [Think DJ Fresh and Queens of the Stone Age], so I do like my bass response, but I don't want to have a completely muffled mid-high range either. I seem to pick up on high range the most, around 7500-10 000hz, but I do want some rumbling bass to go with it.

 

Here are the best $40-ish looking ones I've found, can anyone give their opinions?

 

Sennheiser HD201 ($37)

Sony MDRMA100 ($34, some kind of sale price)

"PIONEER Dynamic Over-Ear Headphones SEMJ721R" ($40)

Sony MDRXB200L ($40)

Sony MDRXB200D ($40) [Not sure if its the same headphone with a different style to the last]

"Yellowstone Retro over-ear Headphone" YSRHP1BK ($30) [Probably cheap because they are awful?]

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated, take note these also need to be durable as well, particular in the cable [in this case it lasted 1.5 years, maybe 2] I don't want these going like the last one did.

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The problem with budget headphones is that they don't have the best quality control. Even good brands like Sennheiser or Sony will tend to malfunction within two years. So don't get your hopes up too high- all you can do is pick a good brand and wish you got a lucky pair.

 

Also, do you have a Best-Buy nearby? I was looking at this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/headphone/3084288.p?id=1219087320840&skuId=3084288

It uses the same carbon nanotube driver in the well-reviewed JVC S500, and a few head-fi'ers have said that they sound decent. Also, I think it's the best looking of the bunch.

 

If not, the best on your list would probably be the HD201. Standard fare budget cans, I know a lot of people that are happy with it, and apparently it's pretty durable too.

The MA100 is going for as low as $14 online, $8 used in like-new condition on amazon... please don't spend $34 on it.

The Pioneer MJ721 is known to be an overly-plasticky bass-heads can that's not very comfortable. I do believe R stands for red. If you like that color scheme, it might not be bad.

The Sony XB lines (XB200L&D) have way too much bass IMO. I haven't heard these particular ones but I have heard the higher-up XB600 and XB920 and unless you're a strict basshead you should not get them.

 

Have not heard of the Yellowstone's, so won't comment, but I don't think it's a reputable brand (at least that's known to the HF community).

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