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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Looking for insight into a headphone purchase. Here's my details and I'll answer any questions.

Current: Sennheiser PX-100, purchased January 2008.

Reason for desired upgrade: They are failing due to the cord coming apart at the headphone jack. If this wasn't happening I'd continue to use them.

Budget: Absolute limit of $100.00 before tax. Would prefer to shop at Amazon, NewEgg, or local stores.

Preferrences: Now prefer over the ear as opposed to on ear for my next purchase. Long term reliability and ease of repair a must. So, detachable cord and ear pieces required. As for sound quality, I can rarely if ever tell the difference between FLAC and MP3. I don't cringe when using Bluetooth (and my phone doesn't even use AptX). I listen to music on one of three devices; Sansa Clip, my phone, and my PC using a Topping amp. So I'm not concerned with extreme sound quality. If you can recommend a $40 set that is "good enough," that would be fine.

I'm currently looking at the Shure SRH440 due to various threads on this board. Just wanted to see if there is a better alternative based on my needs.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for any suggestions that you may offer.
post #2 of 9

Hi mate,

 

What kind of sound do you like?

Neutral. Bassy etc etc

Something similare to the sennheiser?

post #3 of 9
Look into:
Martin Logan Mikros 90 (best closed can under $400 IMO)-somewhat neutral
UE6000- dark (easy on the treble), bass heavy, look great.
post #4 of 9

Sony MDR-7506. It doesn't have a detachable cable, but has everything else on your list and is extremely reliable long-term, less than $100 (could even find cheaper used), collapsible, etc. etc. etc. It is the recommended headphone under $150 by The Wirecutter (see here: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-150-over-ear-headphones/ ) and I can also personally recommend it - I love mine. They can also be modded and will accept a number of different pads which will also alter the sound & comfort.

 

FWIW, in the same review above they looked at the Shure 440's and had this to say:

 

Shure SRH440 – too many downsides to consider with the others in the field. That said, when I started researching the SRH840 Pro were out of the price range (over $200), but Amazon has had a sale recently that might make them worth consideration. However, even with the discount they are more expensive than our Sony winners.

I would agree that the SRH840 would be worth considering if you can find them in your price range, but not the 440's.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tan1415 View Post
 

Hi mate,

 

What kind of sound do you like?

Neutral. Bassy etc etc

Something similare to the sennheiser?

 

I'm not versed in sounds well enough to know how to properly describe it. I'm largely ignorant. So anything with a similar sound to (or higher quality version thereof) my existing Senheisrs would be preferable.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Look into:
Martin Logan Mikros 90 (best closed can under $400 IMO)-somewhat neutral
UE6000- dark (easy on the treble), bass heavy, look great.

The Martin Logans look good, and are $87 at Amazon. I'll take a deeper look at them.

The Logitechs look appealing as well. They're discontinued so I'll have to jump on them soon. Thanks for both recommendations.

 

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Originally Posted by thievesarmy View Post
 

Sony MDR-7506. It doesn't have a detachable cable, but has everything else on your list and is extremely reliable long-term, less than $100 (could even find cheaper used), collapsible, etc. etc. etc. It is the recommended headphone under $150 by The Wirecutter (see here: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-150-over-ear-headphones/ ) and I can also personally recommend it - I love mine. They can also be modded and will accept a number of different pads which will also alter the sound & comfort.

 

FWIW, in the same review above they looked at the Shure 440's and had this to say:

 

Shure SRH440 – too many downsides to consider with the others in the field. That said, when I started researching the SRH840 Pro were out of the price range (over $200), but Amazon has had a sale recently that might make them worth consideration. However, even with the discount they are more expensive than our Sony winners.

I would agree that the SRH840 would be worth considering if you can find them in your price range, but not the 440's.

 

While I appreciate the recommendation, a detachable cord is a deal-breaker for me. In 3-4 years or sooner, when the cord begins to wear, I'd rather spend $5-$15 on a replaceable cord than replace the entire headset as I'm doing now. Again, I apologize if I am coming across as dismissive, but I simply will not consider items outside of my criteria.

post #6 of 9
Are these for portable use outside of the home? You didn't really say.

See if the Fischer FA-003 and Brainwavz HM5 seem something you would like:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585281/review-brainwavz-hm5-a-new-neutral-champ
http://www.head-fi.org/t/491632/review-fischer-audio-fa-003-a-neutral-champ

These use the same cups and drivers--same sound. One manufacturer makes them and then they get rebranded by different sellers. You can get the NVX Audio XPT100 version for $80.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Once again, I want to thank those of you who have made recommendations. However, it would be greatly appreciated if you could offering reasoning behind your choices, IE, why your recommendation is better than the Shure SRH440s. So far, I've merely gotten a few recommendations that fit the bill, but I don't understand what makes one better than the other.

 

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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Are these for portable use outside of the home? You didn't really say.
 

 

Varies. Primary use will be to wear them on the train and then the subsequent walk from the station to my office building. I will also wear them often at work. So, a closed design is probably better for me than an open design. I rarely use them at home, and when I do, it's when my 2 year old is asleep (my office is in the adjoining room), so closed again wins out.

post #8 of 9
Yeah. You probably want something more portable than the HM5/FA-003. Those are big smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

I opted for the monoprice 8323. They fit my criteria and were dirt cheap (I paid $34 after shipping/tax). For a non-audiophile for me, the next noticeable jump in quality seems to be at the $150 price point. Comfort may be an issue, we'll see. But that would have been a problem on the Shures as well.

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