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Recommendations on Which Headphones to Buy?

post #1 of 13
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First off, this is my first time on this forum, and also my first post. If you could bare with me, and notify me if i make a mistake, break a rule, or do something that shouldn't be done. Thank you.

EDIT: I was told i posted this in the wrong part of the forum the first time, and have now moved it here, where it was recommended.

I am thinking about purchasing a set of over-ear headphones, but am unsure what to get. I currently have a set of Sennheiser CX300II Bass driven earbuds, which have been amazing in my opinion, and i loved them over all. Thing is, the cable is very thin, and the connection to the actual earpiece was not made in a very good manner, along with the audio jack's connection. They produce great sound, but am afraid they may stop working because of the wear and tear. I am not very gentle with them, and is probably the main reason they are falling apart after such abuse. For this reason, i would like to purchase a fairly decent set of over ear headphones. My price range is $100-$130. I listen to a lot of electronic music, including but not limited to: Dubstep, Glitchstep, Trance, Hip-Hop, Chillstep, Liquid, Nightcore, and a few other sub-genre categories, along with classical, orchestra, and some indie. I would prefer something that has a

higher capability of playing bass enriched music (Looking for something on the bassy sound of things.) than the average headphone. I would also like a set (if possible) to have a retractable mic like the Razor headsets do, for time to time skype calls. Brand wise, i don't care too much, but would prefer something like Sennheiser or Bose; I have had an excellent experience with the first and have heard of good things from the other. Skullcandy is alright, but i consider them a sell-the-brand name type company like Beats, and wouldn't really want to get anything from them. (I started off with Skullcandy Titans, and i loved them. They broke after 3.5 years, but was worth it for $40. Also have a pair of Inked, also good, but ehh...) Needs to be: Good quality, Durable, able to play most categories of music, but more centered on bassy-electric, preferably a retractable mic, when worn, they shouldn’t overheat or get too warm, would want the cover rings to be nice soft and silky (I have VERY sensitive ears, to touch and warm things. They get irritated very easily by things being placed directly on them.) and needs to be over ear; No sit on ear. As stated, $100-$130

I am not too picky of brand as long as it fits with what i have asked for above.

Also, they will be mainly used with laptops, PCs, and mobile devices such as Kindle Fire HD, iPod touch, and other android/apple/windows/java/linux/unix based devices.

Should also mention it should have a high range of playing frequencies, such as infrasound and other binaural beat type of sound.

post #2 of 13

looks like Audio-Technica ATH-M50 might be your best bet.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

They seem alright, but are on the higher end of my budget.. (Not because i wouldn't get it, but will pursuade me to continue looking for a little bit.) Doesn't say much about having additional bass abilities... And it seems more for someone who would sit in an office listening to the security radio rather than someone who listens to dubs... I shall keep it in mind, but it isn't exactly what i am looking for...

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by RocketPenguin View Post

it seems more for someone who would sit in an office listening to the security radio rather than someone who listens to dubs

Well, actually, that's more of a studio monitor style, as per their official name. LOL

If you going to get picky about how headphones look, too, you are probably going to miss the best sound quality. Most popular stylish headphones suck when it comes to sound quality for what they cost.

Look into the M-Audio Q40. Cheaper and supposedly more bass than the M50 (I have not heard the Q40). But yeah. They have a studio monitor look to them, too.

Then, Donscorpio Dramas. You order them from Hong Kong because they are not a US brand. More Beats like level of bass. Research and ask questions about them in the Chinese/Asian brand thread.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

I wasn't talking about the physical look- I am perfectly fine and would actually prefer it to look more bulky DJ/professional mixer like than Beats or Skullcandy. It was what they are recommended for. It sounds as if they are made for listening to speech, not music. 

And by the looks of the reviews for the M40's, it looks like the padding is made cheaply and the wire isn't so great. According to reviews.


Edited by RocketPenguin - 5/1/14 at 6:16pm
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by RocketPenguin View Post

was what they are recommended for. It sounds as if they are made for listening to speech, not music. 

I've never heard that before (lol).

Here's a review of the M50s : http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/audio-technica-ath-m50
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

It looks like thats what i may be getting, any other recommendations? What are your views on the Sennheiser HD280? Both my brothers have a pair, and both enjoy their quality. I too have tried them out, and they are alright, but in my opinion need more bass and the soft ring thingies need to be more circular. How do they compare to the M50s?

What is the difference between the M50 and the M50x?


Edited by RocketPenguin - 5/1/14 at 6:32pm
post #8 of 13
I've only listened to those briefly, and it has been a while. I wasn't impressed with those. Sennheisers just don't do it for me. Personal taste thing.

If you want some good, bigger bass, save up for the Ultrasone HFI-580. They are fun smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Well, i shall be purchasing the M50's off of Amazon hopefully tomorrow or the day after. It seems that the strait cable one doesn't come with warranty, which is quite odd.... also $9 cheaper for the strait cabled set...

post #10 of 13
How about factory refurbished:
http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sdtid=6824810&sku=ATHM50SRFB&ref=cj
http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sdtid=6824810&sku=ATHM50RFB&ref=cj
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Doesn't refurbished mean they where once used?

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by RocketPenguin View Post

Doesn't refurbished mean they where once used?

Yes, but with one year warranty smily_headphones1.gif
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

Eh, I'll just pay the $30 extra to get a new pair with free shipping.

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