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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
First off I'd like to say hello to everyone here. This is my first post. I know this is the right site for being educated on sound quality. Now I have a favor to ask. I have a 100 dollar gift card to RadioShack and I'd like to get a nice pair of headphones. Their selections aren't the greatest so it makes it even harder to choose. I already own the koss portapro and the Bose ae2. Can someone check out the RadioShack site and possibly see what's worth buying around 100 dollar mark.
post #2 of 15

I would go for the following, in this order:

 

Sennheiser HD229/Sennheiser HD 280 Pro (I like well isolating headphones, and the 229 might sound better)

AudioTechnica ATH WS55/Sennheiser HD429 (a matter of looks/comfort, more personal, but the HD429 take the lead)

Sony MDR V55 (uncomfortable)

AudioTechnica ATH T400 (too expensive)

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your help. So you think the 229 will sound better than the 429? The headphones you picked were the same ones I was looking at.
post #4 of 15

the 429, for me, are the 2nd worst headphones of the 4xx series, with the 439 being the best, followed by the 449. the rpoblem with the 429 is that they are less comfortable than the 439, and have a "harsh" treble, and I don't like that at all. they're not bad, but don't suit my needs/likes.

 

the 229 are more comfortable (thanks to the stupidly low weight, less than 100g), have better isolation (even if they are on ear) and a warmer sound. the advertised bass kick is a gimmick, on the good side. they are detailed, with a nice envolving sound, without having bass all over it. and you can get them at a fair price. but they have drawbacks too, like being too small for some, the build quality is ok, and isolation works mostly for keeping noise and, so they do leak a bit.

post #5 of 15

I've been researching a bit more and my initial suspicions were comfirmed: the WS55 are the best headphones. Adavantages favouring the HD280 Pro are the more mainstream comfort and perhaps isolation. Swap them on my list for the HD229. I was confunding them with the HD239. Even the looks of the HD229 are, lets says, horrendous :D 

 

the only problem with the WS55 (as a side note these would be the headphones I would have bought, before starting searching more thoroughly) is the long term comfort. But if you can try them on before buying, you can see if they fit you well

post #6 of 15
I've never done it, but I know that there are ways to sell gift cards and get most of your money out of them. Then there would way more choices for you smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I've never done it, but I know that there are ways to sell gift cards and get most of your money out of them. Then there would way more choices for you smily_headphones1.gif


I know. I'd love to get rid of these gift cards for cash. Lol I already have the Portapro,v-moda bass freqs,and the panasonic rp-jhe 120 for portables. Plus I have the Bose ae2 for at home but I want another nice pair of headphones for when I'm home. The Bose are so underwhelming.
post #8 of 15
Google and see. Given that everything at Radioshack is full retail on headphones and such a limited selection, even eighty-five cents on the dollar for your gift card would give you more buying power.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Google and see. Given that everything at Radioshack is full retail on headphones and such a limited selection, even eighty-five cents on the dollar for your gift card would give you more buying power.


I'm going to look into that. Thanks for the advice.

Now I'm thinking about getting the Sony mdr v6 from amazon. These seem to be a trusty set of headphones.
post #10 of 15
Yep. The V6 (or 7506--almost exactly the same) are a good value and are very durable headphones. For ~ $100, there are also quite a few pairs you could look into. ATH-M40X, Creative Aurvana Live!, NVX XPT100, Takstar Pro 80, Shure SRH440, for example. I recently ordered some Donscorpio Dolphins from Hong Kong to try out (I'll have them this week). So many choices if you are not limited to Radioshack smily_headphones1.gif
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Yep. The V6 (or 7506--almost exactly the same) are a good value and are very durable headphones. For ~ $100, there are also quite a few pairs you could look into. ATH-M40X, Creative Aurvana Live!, NVX XPT100, Takstar Pro 80, Shure SRH440, for example. I recently ordered some Donscorpio Dolphins from Hong Kong to try out (I'll have them this week). So many choices if you are not limited to Radioshack smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

Those dolphins look pretty sweet! From the reviews I read they must be impressive sound-wise too.

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Those dolphins look pretty sweet! How much is the shipping?
post #13 of 15
Free if you don't mind the slow shipping (2 or 3 weeks). $20 if you want it in around 1 week.

Several people have described them as comparable in quality to some of the more popular $150 to $175 headphones. I'm really looking forward to hearing them. I've already gotten some really good Chinese audio equipment from other manufacturers.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
I've been busy lately and didn't have time to check the responses. I noticed radioshack.com also has the jvc has400. Now I'm deciding between the jvc has400,audio technica ws55,sennheiser 280 pro or whatever headphone you guys recommend that's best for 100 or under. I already have the portapros so I'd prefer something different. I also have the Panasonic rp hje120(which is pretty impressive for the price). I just want something good. I'd appreciate the help.
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
We'll how are they?
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