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Best soundstage for CLOSED headphones under 200$ ?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I am looking for the best soundstage for CLOSED headphones under 200$ ? What I am looking for are headphones that sound like opens cans... but being closed. I have a pair of Renkforce CD340 with Shure 940 velour pads and these are the most open sounding closed cans I ever heared. If you hace a pair of Ypga cd340 OEMs give these pads a try, and you might have found you favorite home/office phone.But I am looking for something portable.

 

To sum up:

- closed headphones

- must sound very "opened"

- comfortable pads (original or upgrade)

- portable: no need for amp, foldable would be a +

- if possible under 200$

 

Any idea?

post #2 of 7

AKG K550 (probably the best, a bit over your budget), Audio Technica ATH-A700X and ATH-A900X (the second best) Brainwavz HM5 or Soundmagic HP100, as far as I remember. Maybe the Shure SRH440 too, but I've read opinions on both sides considering soundstage.

post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by rebelinho View Post

AKG K550 (probably the best, a bit over your budget),

Not if you don't mind going factory refurbished. Harman has them for $130. Price/performance, that's DEFINITELY by far the best value for soundstage in a closed headphone you will find in your budget smily_headphones1.gif

See if they will ship international.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, thanks for the answers. I can get them new for around 200$ locally. I just wanted to be sure I am not missing something before pulling the trigger.

 

Also, I wanted to check the more portable options, as the AKGs don't fold I believe, so they might be in danger in my EDC bag.

post #5 of 7
They definitely do not fold. Sorry. Not the best for backpacks.

Check into the smaller AKG K545.
post #6 of 7
DT660?
Easy to drive, fold, great soundstage
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

How does the DT660 soundstage compare to the AKG K550?

 

Did someone try the SRH440 with HM5 pads? How does it compare soundstage wise to other references like AKG K550, DT660 or HM5?

 

Finally, I have still an order going for the Yamaha MT220. Does anyone know how these would compare to the other references we have here?

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