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Need help choosing a pair of inexpensive portable over-ear headphones.

post #1 of 10
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I listen to all kinds of music (rock, metal, alt, jazz, world, r&b, classical, hip-hop, etc., etc.) on vinyl through headphones. Here is my current and modest set up.

 

Sony STR-D790 Receiver/Amp
Technics SL-Q2 Turntable w/ AT92E cartirdge
Pioneer SE-205 Vintage Headphones
 
I also listen to Spotify on these mobile devices
iPhone 4S
iPad 2
Lenovo Thinkpad T60

 

Last year I bought a pair of Monoprice 8323s, and I liked the sound a lot. Although they got a little uncomfortable after an hour or so. I ended up giving those to my oldest daughter - she is starting to get into her own music. I also bought a pair of Monoprice 9397s - IEMs. I liked them as well, but they didn't fit my ears, so I gave them to my youngest daughter. All I have now is an old pair of Pioneer SE-205s (inherited from my father-in-law), but the left channel is in and out. They also tend to crush my head after about 20 minutes. So I need new headphones pretty bad.

 

IEMs don't work for me as I have weird ear holes.

 

I'm looking for entry- to mid-level, portable over-ear headphones that well represent a wide variety of genres. I'm pretty wide open to suggestion. Well maybe not wide open. I can't spend all that much.

 

Any help would be great appreciated.

 

 

Please and thank you.

 

Edited by chadmcclung - 6/5/14 at 8:46am
post #2 of 10

My suggestion would be the SoundMAGIC P30 - a good quality on-ear for the money. These are closed back - have you considered an open backed pair of headphones?

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the suggestion.

 

I'm worried about the comfort of on-ear. Also sound leakage. Not a big deal for home use, but I travel a lot and I'd want to keep my silly music to myself.

 

I'm not opposed to the idea of open back, I just probably wouldn't be able to travel with them.

 

 

I'd want to keep my budget under $100.

post #4 of 10

Over-ear - I read that wrong..sorry!

 

OK, the Sennheiser HD419 and HD429 are good for the money, and well under $100. Both are closed back.

post #5 of 10

Brainwavz HM5 

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

The Sennheiser HD 429 is intriguing.

 

The Brainwavz HM5 is a bit over budget. But they do look good.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by chadmcclung View Post
 

 

The Brainwavz HM5 is a bit over budget. But they do look good.

 

Take a look at this then - http://www.amazon.com/Over-Ear-Headphones-ComfortMax-Cushions-Earpads/dp/B0093PVTPS

 

Its the same , they'll not excel at Metal but they'll sound wonderful with everything else and since you are going vinyl , will be one nice set-up 

post #8 of 10

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-982-000079-6000-Headphones-Discontinued/dp/B0094S36RI

 

i think this can is more punchy...n less tunnelled sounding...than a HM5.

post #9 of 10
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Take a look at this then - http://www.amazon.com/Over-Ear-Headphones-ComfortMax-Cushions-Earpads/dp/B0093PVTPS

 

Its the same , they'll not excel at Metal but they'll sound wonderful with everything else and since you are going vinyl , will be one nice set-up 

 

I've seen these pop up a time or two in my research. I like 'em. The angled ear pads are interesting.

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Thread Starter 
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http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-982-000079-6000-Headphones-Discontinued/dp/B0094S36RI

 

i think this can is more punchy...n less tunnelled sounding...than a HM5.

 

Thank you for the suggestion, but from what Iv'e read so far, noise canceling headphone should be avoided. True?

 

Either way, the fact that the company has discontinued the model makes me not too eager to go after it.

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