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Over Ear Full Size Headphones with Solid Bass under $300

post #1 of 7
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Hey Everybody!

 

I've been looking around in the forums trying to find other posts that fit my bill so that I didn't need to post my own but there is just so much out there that I'm overwhelmed. This is my first post so here goes!

So I currently own the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and its been a blast. Its left me looking for more and I am looking for an upgrade.

I listen to classical music, orchestral music and movie soundtracks. I want the bass because with the M50 I feel like there is a certain emptiness at the low end. With orchestras and movie soundtracks there are some which I classify as "epic" music and it just doesn't sound as good without solid bass in it that really gives you the "feels" :) That being said, naturally I also want to be able to hear the instruments in the orchestra and want the headphones to be clear and have decent mids and highs. I have a preference towards a closed pair of headphones. I won't be amping the headphones but may consider getting one if it makes a big difference.

 

So like I said I was looking around the forums and I kinda found 3 pairs of headphones that looks like they fit the bill but of course I'm open to other suggestions.

 

Here are the headphones:

1.  Audio-Technica ATH-WS99
2. Beyerdynamic DT-990 (I know its open but I put it here because there were just so many suggestions for it)

3. V-Moda Crossfade M-100 (I was wondering if the cups on these are too small and it feels like an on ear. Can't get my hands on one to try it out)

Something else that is making it difficult for me to choose is that I want the new pair of headphones to be a decent step up from the M50 so that it will sate my desire for more for a longer amount of time :)

 

Sorry for the long post guys! I am still fairly new to all this so forgive me if I have overlooked something. I look forward to the incoming flood of wisdom :bigsmile_face: Thanks!


Edited by dunnowat - 4/10/14 at 7:48pm
post #2 of 7
If portability, ease of use and style are factors for choosing your headphone, then I would recommend the M-100.
The DT-990 is quite amp-finicky and definitely not suited to be driven just by phone.

Oh and about the size of the M-100's ear cups, they are smaller than the ones on the M-50. If you have particularly large ears then it may become a problem.
post #3 of 7
^^

What Slashfury99 said.

Since you want a big upgrade over the M50s, I would strongly recommend the HE-400s. I own both, and the HE-400 is far better. It is open, but the benefit of that is the much larger soundstage. That will add greatly to the immersion experience. I don't feel like the HE-400 adds significantly more bass emphasis (I have not actually compared them back and forth); however, the SQ of the bass is far more accurately detailed and textured. In fact, the planar magnetics make the HE-400 far more resolving than the M50s across the entire frequency range. Check out this review and notice how it rates in comparison with the others on the page: http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_HE400

The HE-400 is a somewhat insensitive phone. So while it would work with something like an iPhone or other devices, it really shines with more power from an amplifier. And because if it's potential to be highly resolving of detail, it does provide even better increases in SQ with a good DAC/amp setup.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the great advice guys! I'll again to look for a place to try out the M-100 to see how it fits on my ear. If its too small though, would getting the XL Memory Cushions be an option?

Thanks for the HE-400 suggestion as well. But I think its out of my budget. Hehe

post #5 of 7
The HE-400 is $299 most places. But right now, razordog has a $50 rebate on them, making them $249.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Over here where I live the HE 400 costs about $70 more than the M-100. I live in Malaysia by the way.

post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by dunnowat View Post

Over here where I live the HE 400 costs about $70 more than the M-100. I live in Malaysia by the way.

If you have a decent or good amp, the HE-400 is better than the M-100.
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