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Id like the most convincing advice on what to spend my money on! :P Headphone Buying advice Needed

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Thread Starter 

Help

Im a student on a tightish budget and im looking for a new pair of Headphones.

Over the past 4 days ive literally seen every model there is on amazon ebay etc etc pored over a million makes and im totally shocked at the number of choice :O

Anyways, im looking for closed back and circum aural headphones, well i say that but basically i want headphones which offer good noise isolation for use on the tube and plane and such.

Im lookking for goodish bass (Im not a bass head though) but good sound quality over all with more emphasis on something that makes electronic and house music sound good.

My budget is 60ish pounds but im swaying towards 80ish pounds (Maximum) because im so confused

Currently in my shortlist are the skull candy crushers, Audio technica ATH M40X and M50 and maybe the avantree audition headphones.

Uncertain about them all due to unnecesary bass maybe i can get something for a better price that doesnt go that over the top for bass, lack of bass lack of bass and uncertain about the audio quality as it has so many features for such a low price (For the 4 headphones respectively)

Please help! Open to all suggestions :)

(My first post on this site hope it was okay :P)

post #2 of 9
AKG K451 mate. Under 50 squid and awesome!
post #3 of 9

I'm not familiar with the price in UK so what I'm talking about is the price in the US. Also, you might want to expand your considerations to supra-aural ones.

 

If you might have the capability to go for a higher budget (or you can save up slightly more) you can go for V-Moda M80, $150. Under 100, Grado SR60 and 80 are no-brainers. AKG K451 as crashtest33 mentioned is also a solid choice. Audio-Technica M50 (or 50x) can also be solid.

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Thread Starter 

Nah man see the thing is ill be suing them in noisy areas like on the train andplane so i need good passive noise cancellation and im justnot convinced supra aural ones can do that :/ the V modas look totally briliant but the thing is theyre so damn overpriced in UK, they go for about 120ish dollars in us but theyre going for 120 pounds which is like 250 dollars its not worth paying nearly double :/

post #5 of 9

the K450 are really good sounding, but isolation is mediocre. Also they are on-ear. I have them, and I'm upgrading for the Brainwavz HM5 (in england go for the Jaycar's, too cheap to be true actually) for exactly that, as I need good isolation and the AKG can't provide it.

 

if you could extend your budget the HD25 II would be perfect for you. Also, as I've said to other people, have a look at the Don Scorpio Dolphin, they have more bass than the HM5, similar isolation, and depending on your tastes, better looks.

post #6 of 9
If you're after better isolation in that price band and you want a headphone for music pleasure rather than an amazing neutral studio monitor (m50's), I definately look at the Focal Spirit One. Over ear maybe not quite as good sounding as the HD25 but better isolation and cheaper.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks! Il take those things into account!

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If you're after better isolation in that price band and you want a headphone for music pleasure rather than an amazing neutral studio monitor (m50's), I definately look at the Focal Spirit One. Over ear maybe not quite as good sounding as the HD25 but better isolation and cheaper.

yes, the Focal Spirit One. I reckon it is too expensive for him, at least on amazon.com they are over 200 bucks. Also, more isolating than the HD25 II... I don't know, as I've never tried them, but the HD25 II is often considered as one of the most isolating headphones (at the level of shallow insertion IEM's). But sure they are really good headphones!

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Originally Posted by crashtest33 View Post

If you're after better isolation in that price band and you want a headphone for music pleasure rather than an amazing neutral studio monitor (m50's).

M50s are not neutral. They do have some bass emphasis. But they are a good sounding headphone for the money.

Check out the Lindy HF-100s. These are the same as the Brainwavz HM5 that rebelinho mentioned and the Fisher FA-003s. One manufacturer makes them all, and then they get branded for different sellers. See the discussion here:
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

I also own the Donscorpio Dolphins that rebelinho mentioned. They also have some bass emphasis, but the boost is centered lower in the subbass region than the M50s. More portable than the M50s.
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