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Looking for a pair of headphones less than $300.

post #1 of 6
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So I've recently been looking into a new pair of headphones. As said above I would like a pair under $300 but I can go slightly over. I will be using them at and away from home. So a lower impedance would be nice but I can buy a mobile amp if I have to. I mainly listen to electronic music. I prefer open air headphones but closed are fine to. If you have any questions just ask.

 

Headphones I've looked into (tell me if any are way off of what im looking for):

-HifiMAN HE-300

-Sennheiser hd 598

-Beyerdynamic DT-880 32ohm

-AudioTechnica M50S

 

Thank you.

post #2 of 6
Just to verify, you know that open headphones have zero isolation and people will be able to hear your music if you using them in public.

For electronic music, the HE-400s would be my top choice, and they are now on sale for $299. They are not very efficient, so you would eventually want an amp to drive them to higher volumes, but otherwise their low impedance makes them suitable for portable devices.

See this review and notice how it rates compared to other top headphones that are in the review index: 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
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The HE-400 is a fantastic choice for electronic music. They have a very fast, controlled, powerful bass, lots of detail and separation, and an aggressive overall presentation. They convey the crunch and texture of synths very well. 

I own an HE-400, and it can be driven from mobile devices without an amp. My laptop, iPad, and Sansa Clip can all drive them fine (though I have to max the volume on the Sansa Clip). That said, an amp provides clarity and refinement in addition to just volume. While the HE-400 doesn't need loads of power, it does greatly benefit in sound quality from an amp and a DAC. Compared to mobile devices, my DAC/ amp setup provides deeper, tighter bass, larger soundstage, and greater separation between instruments. So I would still recommend an amp even though it's not absolutely required. 

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I own an HE-400, and it can be driven from mobile devices without an amp. My laptop, iPad, and Sansa Clip can all drive them fine (though I have to max the volume on the Sansa Clip).

That's what I find with the Sansa Clip, too. Sort of crushes the dynamics a little at full volume. The HE-400s just need a little more power smily_headphones1.gif
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That's what I find with the Sansa Clip, too. Sort of crushes the dynamics a little at full volume. The HE-400s just need a little more power smily_headphones1.gif


I definitely agree. The Sansa Clip is not ideal at all. I just wanted to emphasize that the HE-400 can be an enjoyable purchase even without an amp. Some people tend to get scared away if they think a headphone *needs* an amp. Of course, I still recommend one. 

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I definitely agree. The Sansa Clip is not ideal at all. I just wanted to emphasize that the HE-400 can be an enjoyable purchase even without an amp. Some people tend to get scared away if they think a headphone *needs* an amp. Of course, I still recommend one. 

I agree. They even sound good with my Note 2, only it's headphone amp is weaker than the Sansa Clip, so I can't quite get it to the volume I would like.
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