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Best over-ear closed headphones for under $100?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

New to headphones and looking for the best under 100$! (smaller on ear, not full size)

 

Thanks!

 

*edit: sorry, shouldve put "on ear" in subject. Testament to my newbieness


Edited by holyflea - 4/4/14 at 10:23am
post #2 of 26
Thread Starter 

Bump..

 

Any off the top reccomendations?

post #3 of 26

Well...that depends on several factors, including your preferred sound signature.  However, you can start with the CAL! (not the CAL! 2)  and here:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-ear-pad-sealed

 

and here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

post #4 of 26

You can go in and edit the title if you want.

 

SR80/60 or MS1 are my faves in this category.  I have bought and re-sold an SR60 three times.  I now have the latest SR60i model incoming next week... Don't ask why. its a disease I guess.

post #5 of 26

I've not tried those but some people recommend sony xb600 as good over ear below 100$... don't trust me on that tho

post #6 of 26

XB = extra bass.  So unless you're a basshead, those are not for you.

 

Are you seeking open (they leak; don't isolate, but usually have better sound stage) or closed...or you don't care which...

 

My suggestions were aimed at closed cans.

 

Kramer5150 suggested some well regarded open ones.


Edited by KG Jag - 4/4/14 at 1:29pm
post #7 of 26

Not sure about op, but for me it does not matter if cans are closed or open. I just heard that xb600 is a fun bassy headphone and that's also what I am looking for so i just wrote that here, so the op can research or maybe add it to the list of headphones to give a try at the shop

post #8 of 26

Look into the UE 6000. Not sure what you mean by "not full size" but these should fit the bill.

post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies guys.

 

Not really sure what I prefer, Im really just looking for something with nice sound to use at the gym lol.. Does closed really make a big difference over open in terms of NC?

 

So its looking like the SR series has gotten 2 looks so far, theyre pretty solid I guess?

post #10 of 26

If plan to use them in a public place, you should get closed cans.

post #11 of 26

Correct, if you are using them around the gym, no way will an open headphone work. 

post #12 of 26
Thread Starter 

Ok, so closed it is.

 

So if Im looking for best on-ear closed headphones under 100$, would KNS-6400 be the best bet?

post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by holyflea View Post
 

Ok, so closed it is.

 

So if Im looking for best on-ear closed headphones under 100$, would KNS-6400 be the best bet?

 

I personally think UE 6000 is the best bet for your money.

post #14 of 26

The UE 6000, which is currently at closeout prices--that fall into the OP's budget--is certainly a value purchase.  The 6400 is also a good can; perhaps more durable but (by objective measures) not up to the normally 2x the price UE 6000 in sound quality.  Of course there are many other good cans in this price range.

 

But whether "it" is the best in the gym; best for a particular sound signature; etc. is a matter of both what factors are considered (most of which haven't been addressed) and what personal preferences (e.g. preferred sound signature) are.  How important is durabiity; how important is weight; how important is isolation; how important is low sound leakage; how important is e detachable cable; how important is high efficiency; how important is...?

post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

The UE 6000, which is currently at closeout prices--that fall into the OP's budget--is certainly a value purchase.  The 6400 is also a good can; perhaps more durable but (by objective measures) not up to the normally 2x the price UE 6000 in sound quality.  Of course there are many other good cans in this price range.

 

But whether "it" is the best in the gym; best for a particular sound signature; etc. is a matter of both what factors are considered (most of which haven't been addressed) and what personal preferences (e.g. preferred sound signature) are.  How important is durabiity; how important is weight; how important is isolation; how important is low sound leakage; how important is e detachable cable; how important is high efficiency; how important is...?

 

Well, Im very newbie to all this, so not sure what you mean by sound signature.

 

In regards to other questions: Im looking for well balanced sound, nothing to bassy, nothing to high on mids. Just great quality sound. I want something that is comfortable and durable. Noise cancellation/isolation isnt huge for me, as long as there is some with the over ear cupping (and is comfortable). Dont want them to be too massive and bulky, so maybe the smaller the better (but isnt really a deciding factor). Detachable cable not important. Dont know what you mean by efficiency..

 

I was reading the UE 6000 reviews and I noticed a couple people saying they started hearing white noise and crackling soon after purchase.. This makes me weary of buying, but of course I wanted your guy's opinions on this first.

 

*edit: Also, are there any shops in NYC where I can go to listen a selection of headphones? (sans best buy ofc, or any other silly chain)


Edited by holyflea - 4/5/14 at 10:43am
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