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Good Closed Over Ear cans for <$100

post #1 of 27
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Hi there guys/gals,

 

I hope you can help me find a good pair of headphones. So I'll just give you a little background, and then I'll list a few requirements and a few cans that I found.

 

So I only recently started researching about audio and ended up purchasing the Audio Technica WM55 headphones. So far I've really enjoyed them, but there were a few problems. For one the actual headphone is really small and while that would be a good thing, the pads rest on my over-sized ears (Will Smith-esque) and really begin to hurt when wearing them for about 45 minutes. The other problems were related to my phone. The headphones didn't come with an inline mic cable, while I knew that before I purchased them, I thought I would just be able to use the mic on my phone. I was wrong.

 

So I decided to ask for some recommendations here. With the wide variety and never ending brands available, researching can take forever. So I would really appreciate some help. I've listed the requirements below, beyond that I'm not really concerned about anything else.

 

           - Closed can

           - Over-ear

           - Rotatable, (DJ)

           - Detachable cable

           - Cloth pads or replaceable pads

           - Wide frequency response

 

So guys I hope you can name some recommendations for me to look into. I did find a few that I liked, but I wasn't sure if they met all my requirements.

 

JBL J88

Audio Technica M30x

 

Thanks in advance for any advice.

post #2 of 27

Take a look at the Shure SRH440. The stock pads sound best and aren't the most comfortable in the world, but they aren't that uncomfortable for me at least. Check them out, the local SamAsh near me had a bunch of pairs. You could also take a look at the Sony MDR-7506 as Beyerdynamic makes some replacement velour pads for them, but whether you'll like the sound signature is debatable. EDIT: no replaceable cable on the Sonys. They are sharp sounding and clinical, whereas the SRH440 are very neutral with some slight bass roll-off. Of course, there's the M50x but that's slightly out of your price range depending on where you look.


Edited by metal571 - 5/19/14 at 12:41pm
post #3 of 27

Donscorpio dolphin

post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 

Hey there Metal,

 

Thanks a lot for your input. I took on board what you said and decided to extend my wallet. After spending some free time doing more research over the past few weeks, I have narrowed down a few choices.

 

I have read a lot about the M50x, and the sound signature for the most part sounds like something I want. I am unsure about a few complaints that people had on this site and others with the treble. Apparently it can cause fatigue after an hours use. I am looking for headphones that I can literally wear all day, as I'll sometimes be wearing them for more than 8 hours straight.

 

Other than that I was quite happy with the M50x, there isn't any place I can go to listen to them as the Apple store didn't stock any. Only other issue was that the replaceable cable was proprietary.

 

In addition to the M50x, I also quite liked the V Moda Crossfade LP and the Sony MDR-1R Prestige.

 

I am a little confused as to what to go for at this stage, as like with the M50x, neither of these headphones were available for me to listen to.

 

Thanks.

post #5 of 27
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post #6 of 27
Actually the M40x is more neutral sounding and more correct sounding than any headphone I've heard in this price range now. I've purchased one and love it. Highly recommended and amazing price point. The only real issue is that it ha quite the closed in soundstage, but that's not exactly bad considering their price and the fact that they're closed. That's what I'd go for though. I'm selling my SRH440 because of the M40x.
post #7 of 27
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Thanks a lot for the tip Metal. I assume you've listened to the M50? If so, you found the M40 more neutral sounding? I might end up trying these, if I don't like them, I guess Amazon has a good return policy.


Edited by Qadri - 6/18/14 at 10:06am
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Qadri View Post
 

Thanks a lot for the tip Metal. I assume you've listened to the M50? If so, you found the M40 more neutral sounding? I might end up trying these, if I don't like them, I guess Amazon has a good return policy.

Absolutely. My friend has a pair in the lab here, but I haven't heard the M50x. The real issues with them is that the M50 has a slightly bright upper treble, which doesn't bother me cause my hearing only extends to about 15 kHz and it's nice to have a bit of shimmering detail up there, the inaccurate mids with a broad mild peak around 2 kHz giving electric guitars an unnatural sound for example, and a boomy bass that can be muddy sounding at times. The M40x fixes all of these issues, although its upper treble is still on the bright side, but it's never fatiguing. The mids sound absolutely natural, there's maybe 1 or 2 dB of scoop max around the upper bass giving a focused and clear sound to the rest of the sound sig, and it still retains that solid and hard hitting midbass of the M50 but it's not as boosted as the M50. So basically, they flattened the FR from the M50 eliminating the upper mid presence issue and the overly done bass, but the upper treble is still on the bright side but it is surprisingly grain-free for a headphone of its price. I really love the M40x, and I've tried quite a few closed cans in the $100 and under range. It's my new favorite closed $100 can, simple as that.

 

They are very neutral compared to almost anything in that price range. They strike a very interesting impression in that I could definitely check a mix on these since they will show flaws but won't present them so starkly as to be useless for general music listening (see: SRH440, K240S, 7506). That's what I love most about them.


Edited by metal571 - 6/18/14 at 10:15am
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input.

 

From your impressions of them, it definitely appears that the M40x are much better for analytical use vs the M50x. I wonder why then are the M50s so popular, maybe the bright treble response is what makes them stand out.

 

Anyway, I'll definitely be trying out the M40x and if you want I'll let you know my impressions of them once they arrive. Roughly how long is the burn in time, might I ask?

post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Qadri View Post
 

Thanks for the input.

 

From your impressions of them, it definitely appears that the M40x are much better for analytical use vs the M50x. I wonder why then are the M50s so popular, maybe the bright treble response is what makes them stand out.

 

Anyway, I'll definitely be trying out the M40x and if you want I'll let you know my impressions of them once they arrive. Roughly how long is the burn in time, might I ask?

The M40x is much more neutral, but they also show flaws in upper treble pretty easily. I honestly haven't burned mine in yet so I don't know. They sounded awesome right out of the box, but any peaks I would think should smooth out over time, although I don't really hear any part of the FR that dominates any other part right now anyway, so I'm just passively burning them in.

 

The M50x has more of a "wow" factor for the general audience. Definitely something I would recommend as a budding audiophile's headphone especially for portability because they include a short straight cable, but you can't trust the sound signature anywhere near as much as you can on the 40x.


Edited by metal571 - 6/18/14 at 10:33am
post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot Metal.

 

I'll be getting the M40x in that case. Once I have a few days with it, I'll know whether or not these are the headphones I want. I really appreciate the help metal.

post #12 of 27

It's a bit on the warmer, midbass-centric side, but the Ultimate Ears UE 6000 fits your budget, is closed back, easy to drive, and has a detachable cable. The passive isolation is pretty good. I never use mine with the noise cancellation turned on (the headphones become less neutral and have more boomy bass with nc active).

post #13 of 27
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Thanks a lot for the recommendation Biotek.

 

I'll be trying the M40x first, if that doesn't work out. Next stop is Logitech :D

 

That is one very nice looking headphone though. Very 'out there' while also elegant in a way.

post #14 of 27

what about these? they are similar sounding compared to the regular ProDJ100, plus the pouch, detachable cord, etc. and are now with a very good discount on them

 

http://www.amazon.com/Bennett-TBSE1-Signature-Edition-Headphone/dp/B005K5I9QW

post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by rebelinho View Post
 

what about these? they are similar sounding compared to the regular ProDJ100, plus the pouch, detachable cord, etc. and are now with a very good discount on them

 

http://www.amazon.com/Bennett-TBSE1-Signature-Edition-Headphone/dp/B005K5I9QW


I'm from the UK Rebelinho.

 

These are more expensive here than in the states and not just because of VAT. 

 

They cost almost £100 here ($160 roughly).

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