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Buying advice on a $100 - $150 budget.

Poll Results: Which headphones are preferred?

  • 0% (0)
    Denon AH-D1100
  • 100% (2)
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50
  • 0% (0)
    PS3 PULSE Wireless Stereo Headset
  • 0% (0)
    SteelSeries Siberia V2
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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,


This is my first post. I have looked at so many posts on this website and the community is really strong here. Everyone was especially helpful when I was doing research into my Fiio X3 which turned out to be an excellent purchase. I am now looking into getting a new pair of headphones. Stuff to consider:




1) MOST IMPORTANTLY: My budget is in the $100 to $150 range. This is really important.

2) I have looked at the Headphone Buying Guide which was passed around all over the forums and have decided to take my query directly to the community.

3) I'm a bit of a basshead. With that said, I'm not looking for muddy bass, but just pleasant bass (I have heard 50mm drivers are the way to go)

4) I'm also interested in a mic with the headphones/headset (for gaming purposes)

5) I will be using these headphones for listening to a variety of music (mostly hip-hop, classical, alternative rock, punk, trap music, rap, r&b, jazz, blues)

6) I will also be using the headphones for gaming purposes so a mic would be a nice bonus but really not 100% necessary if the sound quality outweighs the presence of a mic

7) VERY IMPORTANT: I'm looking for COMFORT. I have a really great pair of Able Planet Noise-Cancelling Headphones which press down on the top of my ear after hours of use. I have considerably big ears but not the biggest you've seen for sure. I plan on wearing these headphones for long gaming sessions and would prefer minimal heat, sweat and ear compression. I also wouldn't like the band that presses against the top of your head to press down too hard.

8) I would prefer nothing wireless or noise-cancelling. I'm not a fan of recharging/inserting batteries to use my device although one of the headphones I've been looking at are wireless but come with a built-in battery for charging, which I can live with if sound quality is good.


Here's a list of headphones I have looked into and am interested in purchasing. I'm really just looking for advice on what to get that meets my requirements and is within my budget. While these are just some possible options, I am VERY open to suggestions as long as it's within my budget on Amazon Canada or another Canadian website. 




- Denon AH-D1100

- Audio-Technica ATH-M50 (isn't everyone interested in these?) :)

- PS3 PULSE Wireless Stereo Headset

- SteelSeries Siberia V2


NOTE: Although I'll be using these headphones for gaming, I'll be using them more for listening to music than anything. Along with my Fiio X3 that is! This means that I have an DAC to plug into and will be able to listen to music at high frequencies with good sound. I'm leaning towards the ATH-M50's, but have heard that they can be uncomfortable for long periods of listening and have seen several mods to make them more comfortable. I don't really want to go out and buy new pads, I'd prefer for the headphones to be comfortable right out of the box. I have heard that the ATH-M50's have a beautiful sound and clean but not overpowering bass. I have also read that the Denon AH-D1100's have more bass and feel more comfortable but don't sound as nice as the ATH-M50's. I'm not too sure about the other 2 and I'm really looking for actual advice from members who have tried these phones out or own a pair.


TL;DR: Listening for long periods comfortably is my bottom line - even if that means dipping a little further into my wallet but still below $200 after tax.

post #2 of 4

My personal recommendation? A very good used pair of DT990 (32 ohm) from Amazon Warehouse Deals for ~$150.



My only concern is that the treble might be too hot for you, but it really gets top marks on all of your criteria. Just a fantastic headphone, and in a completely separate class from the headphones you've listed.


EDIT: LOL okay you live in Canada. Well, everything is twice as expensive there, so good luck.

Edited by viralcow - 4/29/14 at 10:16pm
post #3 of 4
The M50s are a very decent price for you in Canada compared to other headphones. I suspect that it will be hard for you to find a headphone for under $200 CA that will beat those for sound quality for your needs.

Comfort is such an individual thing that it will be hard for anyone to tell you for sure if you would find them so for long periods. However, typically I find closed, pleather pad earphones to be fairly warm after awhile.

If Amazon.ca has a good return policy, I'd go for the M50s and try them smily_headphones1.gif

If bass was not such a requirement of yours, I'd recommend the Sennheiser HD558. They are open headphones with comfortable velour pads. Open headphones will give you a bigger soundstage, a plus for gaming and for music.
post #4 of 4

The M50s are great for bassheads. I own a Shure SRH440 and that's what I usually recommend in this price range, but their bass probably won't be enough for your taste. What I would do is get the M50s and then also get a Creative Fatal1ty gaming headset (it's like $30) because it is comfortable with velour pads, lasts forever, and has powerful bass. The mic is also very high quality. It's still my backup gaming headset to my Hero modded, HD555-pad-replaced Sennheiser PC350. I'm just not a fan of stand up mics to be used when gaming as I use voice-activated mode on all my voip clients. You really can't beat the Fatal1ty, and yes I've heard the Siberia V2 and a bunch of other gaming headsets in the <100 price range like some Plantronics, Turtle Beach, etc. Head-Fi's gonna kill me for recommending a Fatal1ty but quite honestly I've gotta ask, what's better than it at the price range for anything gaming related? I certainly haven't found anything.


I'd be cautious about comfort on the M50s though. Their cups are a little small for me but I have big ears.

Edited by metal571 - 4/30/14 at 1:27pm
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