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Cheap, Rugged, Neutral

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Just like the title, could you guys recommend me some decent over ear headphones with the following criteria? 

 

Cheap - Less than $75 (unless they're extremely good for the value)

Rugged - Something I can throw into a backpack once I'm at the office or when I get home and can switch to my HP50's.

Neutral - This is subjective but think NAD HP50...ish, I know my budget doesn't really call for an HP50 comparison. Far from neutral but    

               I can deal with sound quality similar to Bose QC15's.

 

A few other criteria I have:

 

Not "look expensive". The main reason I want to get these cans is so that I can use them on the train ride to my work during the summer in the city, and I don't want them the scream, "rob me!" 

 

Decent isolation, but not too good, I still want to be aware of my surroundings (Yes, sorry I am paranoid freak :D)

 

I was looking into Noontec Zoro, Monoprice 8323, Sony MDR7506. I saw the Slickdeals front page ad for the Noontec's and was about to pull the trigger, but the Beats knockoff-look drove me away. I'll be listening with an iPod Nano or a Samsung Galaxy S4, so the output quality isn't going to be too great anyway, but I want these cans to be able to "replace" my HP50's when the situation needs.

 

Thanks in advance for any responses!

post #2 of 5

Koss prodj100 with m50 pads are amazing in this price range.

http://www.cowboom.com/product/761730/

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ATHM50EarPad\

They're pretty neutral aside from the forward mids

post #3 of 5

According to the reviews, the donscorpios are an amazing value. They are pretty neutral but a little aggressive on all frequency ranges. If you want more info, you'll have to go to the asian headphone thread because I don't own these myself.

http://penonaudio.com/DONSCORPIO-Dolphin

http://www.head-fi.org/t/684159/chinese-asian-brand-info-thread-headphones-iems-amps-dacs

review:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2657356

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Originally Posted by SlinkyDink View Post
 

Just like the title, could you guys recommend me some decent over ear headphones with the following criteria? 

 

Cheap - Less than $75 (unless they're extremely good for the value)

Rugged - Something I can throw into a backpack once I'm at the office or when I get home and can switch to my HP50's.

Neutral - This is subjective but think NAD HP50...ish, I know my budget doesn't really call for an HP50 comparison. Far from neutral but    

               I can deal with sound quality similar to Bose QC15's.

 

A few other criteria I have:

 

Not "look expensive". The main reason I want to get these cans is so that I can use them on the train ride to my work during the summer in the city, and I don't want them the scream, "rob me!" 

 

Decent isolation, but not too good, I still want to be aware of my surroundings (Yes, sorry I am paranoid freak :D)

 

I was looking into Noontec Zoro, Monoprice 8323, Sony MDR7506. I saw the Slickdeals front page ad for the Noontec's and was about to pull the trigger, but the Beats knockoff-look drove me away. I'll be listening with an iPod Nano or a Samsung Galaxy S4, so the output quality isn't going to be too great anyway, but I want these cans to be able to "replace" my HP50's when the situation needs.

 

Thanks in advance for any responses!

lol

I thought the exact same thing when I saw them

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Originally Posted by zunehdrocks View Post
 

According to the reviews, the donscorpios are an amazing value. They are pretty neutral but a little aggressive on all frequency ranges. If you want more info, you'll have to go to the asian headphone thread because I don't own these myself.

http://penonaudio.com/DONSCORPIO-Dolphin

http://www.head-fi.org/t/684159/chinese-asian-brand-info-thread-headphones-iems-amps-dacs

review:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2657356

Thank you so much for the recommendations, I'll have to read through the links you gave me and see what other options I should consider.  My travel orders aren't until the end of may so I have quite some time, that asian hp thread is a great source, can't believe I never came across that.

 

Thanks again!

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