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Looking for a pair of headphones under <$80. Portability, good sound, decent bass, comfortable, modest isolation/leakage. I mainly listen to EDM (House/Techno/Trance/DnB), but also some Classical and Old School Rap/Hip Hop. These cans will be largely used on-the-go (buses, libraries, planes, walking outside). Sadly, I power these headphones only through my laptop, a LG G2 smartphone, and an old iPod Touch. In the future, I plan to purchase a FiiO.

 

I purchased the Sennheiser HD280 Pro's a few days ago for $67. The sound and bass is OK, isolation/leakage is great, durability is awesome, pretty comfortable, however they were very bulky and heavy especially when listening to music for a long period of time.

 

Open to any recommendations and suggestions. 

 

One thing to note: I have big ears.

 

After browsing around the forums, I've made a list of which headphones appealed to me the most based on reviews:

-Creative Aurvana Live! (CAL!): $74

-Superlux HD681 Evo: $37

-Superlux HD668B: $39

-Gemini DJ HSR-1000: $55

-Sennheiser HD518: $80

-JVC HA-S680: $60

-Panasonic RP-HTF600: $30

-Takstar HI-2050: $46

 

.....Thank you!

post #2 of 11
You have some great choices there. The music I listen to primarily is electronic - trance, techno and some hip hop. I own the Superlux 668b and the Gemini. While I appreciate the clarity and balance of the 668b, it definitely lacks in bass - particularly sub-bass to my ears. The Gemini, on the other hand, is fantastic for the music I listen to. The bass is deep and extends without messing up the mids and highs. I get goosebumps on a regular basis from these phones. Believe it or not, it sounds significantly better from my Nook HD+ with a fiio eo7k than it does from my pc or MacBook Pro using a Schiit Vali/Modi stack. You would not be disappointed with these at all. Even unamped thay are great.


Oh - I also have the HTF600 and it is nice but not in the same league as the Gemini (also known as the Takstar Pro 80). The CALs are supposed to be great also. The Taktar HI2050 will be too bass light for your music and probably the Senn 518 too. Definitely look into the JVC S680s too. They have definite potential for your music tastes.
post #3 of 11
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Thanks for your response. Could you tell me how is the isolation/sound leakage with the HSR-1000's? Are they comfy? 

 

My top 3 before posting were definitely the CAL's, HSR-1000's, and Superlux HD681 Evo's. I'll definitely look into the S680s, since they are almost identical to the S500s, but with larger earpads.

 

CAL!:

From what everyone says on here, the CAL's sound is fantastic, durability is average, but the earpads may be to small for my ears.

 

HSR-1000:

Everything you said in a nutshell. Ideal for EDM. Not sure about the build quality on these.

 

HD681 Evo:

Great sound. Exceptional bass and comfort because they come with an extra pair of Velour earpads.  Isolation might be a problem since they are open ear headphones.

 

Hmmm...difficult decision. Any other inputs?

post #4 of 11
Also look into the JVC HA-S500. Very portable, easy to drive, and great sound signature for EDM and Rap/Hip Hop.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Also look into the JVC HA-S500. Very portable, easy to drive, and great sound signature for EDM and Rap/Hip Hop.

How do those compare to the JVC HA-S680? Do the HA-S680s just have bigger earpads?


Edited by Cr8tiveMind - 3/30/14 at 10:29am
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Cr8tiveMind View Post

How do those compare to the JVC HA-680? Do the HA-680s just have bigger earpads?

I have no idea. You could ask in the S500 thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/621063/the-jvc-ha-s500-appreciation-fan-thread
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Cr8tiveMind View Post

Thanks for your response. Could you tell me how is the isolation/sound leakage with the HSR-1000's? Are they comfy? 

My top 3 before posting were definitely the CAL's, HSR-1000's, and Superlux HD681 Evo's. I'll definitely look into the S680s, since they are almost identical to the S500s, but with larger earpads.

CAL!:
From what everyone says on here, the CAL's sound is fantastic, durability is average, but the earpads may be to small for my ears.

HSR-1000:
Everything you said in a nutshell. Ideal for EDM. Not sure about the build quality on these.

HD681 Evo:
Great sound. Exceptional bass and comfort because they come with an extra pair of Velour earpads.  Isolation might be a problem since they are open ear headphones.

Hmmm...difficult decision. Any other inputs?
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Cr8tiveMind View Post

Thanks for your response. Could you tell me how is the isolation/sound leakage with the HSR-1000's? Are they comfy? 

My top 3 before posting were definitely the CAL's, HSR-1000's, and Superlux HD681 Evo's. I'll definitely look into the S680s, since they are almost identical to the S500s, but with larger earpads.

CAL!:
From what everyone says on here, the CAL's sound is fantastic, durability is average, but the earpads may be to small for my ears.

HSR-1000:
Everything you said in a nutshell. Ideal for EDM. Not sure about the build quality on these.

HD681 Evo:
Great sound. Exceptional bass and comfort because they come with an extra pair of Velour earpads.  Isolation might be a problem since they are open ear headphones.

Hmmm...difficult decision. Any other inputs?

The comfort on the HSR1000 is excellent even with the stock pads. I put the Brainwavz HM5 pads on mine and the comfort is even better, as well as the isolation and bass response. The build quality on these is impressive - not lots of plastic. I feel like they could take a beating like being thrown in backpack, etc. They don't fold and earcups don't swivel so not as portable as some. I also think they look great. If you compared these with the Superlux 668b, you would think they were a lot more expensive.

I found that the Superlux 668b was very uncomfortable even with velour pads. It's probably just my ears because round cups never work. It also looks really cheap. Sound is beautiful at times but not with electronic for me.

You should check out the JVC S680 thread. Plenty of people compare the two. The general consensus is that the S680 is way better than the S500 both in comfort (cups are bigger) and in sound quality IF you follow the recommended burn-in procedure.

Two more recommendations - the JVC HA-M70 and the RSA SA 950i.
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The comfort on the HSR1000 is excellent even with the stock pads. I put the Brainwavz HM5 pads on mine and the comfort is even better, as well as the isolation and bass response. The build quality on these is impressive - not lots of plastic. I feel like they could take a beating like being thrown in backpack, etc. They don't fold and earcups don't swivel so not as portable as some. I also think they look great. If you compared these with the Superlux 668b, you would think they were a lot more expensive.

I found that the Superlux 668b was very uncomfortable even with velour pads. It's probably just my ears because round cups never work. It also looks really cheap. Sound is beautiful at times but not with electronic for me.

You should check out the JVC S680 thread. Plenty of people compare the two. The general consensus is that the S680 is way better than the S500 both in comfort (cups are bigger) and in sound quality IF you follow the recommended burn-in procedure.

Two more recommendations - the JVC HA-M70 and the RSA SA 950i.

I really appreciate your input. I've narrowed down my choices to either the HSR1000 and S680.

post #10 of 11
I am interested in the JVC S680 as well. Head-fier PurpleAngel just received the S680 and is burning it in and will soon be giving his impressions and will compare to the HSR-1000 which he also has. Go to the S680 thread for his comparison in the next day or so.

If you choose the HSR-1000 I found that giving it a good 200 hour burn-in really made a difference. Fantastic phones! I can't imagine that EDM gets better than this. I also put the Brainwavz HM5 earpads on and it makes a really great phone even better.
post #11 of 11

I would strongly recommend the Sony MDR-7506. I think they're right at your price range, and come highly recommended from many in the know. For example, see here: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-150-over-ear-headphones/

 

I own them and even though I have better phones, I tend to use them the most. They're classic, and just awesome.

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