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So, I'm presently in the market for a budget pair of headphones (~$75) and I haven't got any sort of idea what I should be looking for. I've tried to do some research but all this talk of sound signatures and sound stages means little to me as I've nothing to compare things to. I currently use a pair of Razer Tiamats which I got on a rather nice sale and are undoubtedly the most comfortable headphones and most immersive in games that I've ever had (I know the general sentiment about "gaming" headsets and particularly Razer 'round here so I'll not go on about these). They are of course not suited brilliantly to music, though.

 

I've got no preferences really, I'll likely enough end up buying multiple pairs over the next little while so I'm interested in any recommendations you might have. I'll go into some details on what I know I'd like and what I listen to below.

 

One thing I know for sure is that I would like them to be open, I'm really not a fan of cancelling out outside noise, freaks me out a bit. They'll be used only at home, at my computer so no need to be concerned over portability/leaking. 

 

Here are some artists to help you get a feel for what I listen to:

- Blue October

- Crywolf

- The Cure

- The Decemberists

- Great Lake Swimmers

- Iron & Wine

- Red

- R.E.M

- Saosin

- The Smiths

- Thousand Foot Krutch

- We Came as Romans 

- 30 Seconds to Mars

 

Just sort of a random bunch, should give you a pretty good idea though. Don't expect anyone to look 'em all up, just figure if you recognize them it could be a sort of guide.

 

If there's anything I should have mentioned, but didn't, let me know.

 

Feel I should also point out I'm searching in Canada, checked Amazon and a few that I see recommended frequently are quite a lot more expensive on the Canadian side. DT990s as an example at least on Amazon are $80 more than on the US side.


Edited by Kuultas - 5/28/14 at 7:33am
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SR60i + L-cushions
PX100-II
KSC75 + Parts Express headband
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thumbs up on Blue October

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Shopping in Canada...

 

Stay Off Canadian Amazon they have outrageous prices.

 

Quite a few headphones you can get from B&H in NYC, they charge the HST and usually broker it you your door for around $10

The Headphone bar in Vancouver has free shipping Canada wide, a great retailer.

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

SR60i + L-cushions
PX100-II
KSC75 + Parts Express headband

 

Thanks for the recommendations, heard some good things about the SR60is, the others I'll have to look into.

 

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thumbs up on Blue October

 

:D

 

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Shopping in Canada...

 

Stay Off Canadian Amazon they have outrageous prices.

 

Quite a few headphones you can get from B&H in NYC, they charge the HST and usually broker it you your door for around $10

The Headphone bar in Vancouver has free shipping Canada wide, a great retailer.

 

Checked out the shops you recommended and prices are definitely better, thanks for that. 

 

Figure I'll give this one last bump, see if anyone has any more thoughts, otherwise I'll likely do some research and choose between the three Claritas recommended. One I'm curious about though is the Samson SR850s, I've heard great things but also heard they are sort of harsh and analytic, I don't mind something that colours the sound a little, I'm just looking for something really engaging. The budget can be stretched if need be, but I'd like to stay around the area specified, at least for now. 

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