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Best headphones under $200

post #1 of 38
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Hello, I am new here at Head-Fi.org I am currently on a quest to find a pair of headphones that will suit my financial, style, and quality preferences. I have a budget under $200 which I believe is a good price range. I have not ever used a "decent" pair of earbuds or headphones because of my budget. However my old headphones broke and I am currently looking for a good replacement. I prefer an over-ear headphone. A few things I really value in headphones is of course the sound quality but also the style. I prefer very stylish headphones that look cool and sound amazing as well ( If it is VERY embarrassing to walk around, then maybe its a no go) . For example, I really like the look of something with leather or hip (v-moda lp and I also like headphones with leatherish accents audio technica ath-m50xbl edition). I really listen to a lot of Rock, from pop rock to classical rock to progressive rock. I also listen to hip-hop/rap/pop and i also listen to electronic.... Basically I would/might prefer neutral sounding headphones (sadly, my limited choices from past audio equipment does not help me in any case right now :P). I am not looking to use an amp but please, if the headphones are what i am looking for, i can opt for some fiios as well. One thing i forgot to mention, when listening to vocals, i really prefer the mids and the high vocals anywhere form ronnie james dio to steelheart's Miljenko Matijevic. If there are headphones that sound good in all three ranges-bass, mids and trebles- and they look cool under two hundred dollars,  i would not mind buying an amp to go with it. I usually listen to my music on my ipod and on my computeri know i really went in depth into what i wanted but i found that most threads from titles like mine do not specify what they are looking for which causes confusion. I prefer that my headphones are either neutral or warm sounding rather than bright and very bassy. And thank you very much for reading through all of this. FYI- i have thought about the audio technia ath m50x bl edition, the beyerdynamic custom one pros, and the v moda crossfade lp's- they might not sound the best but they still look amazing. If there are other great choices please help me out and post them. THANK YOU.

post #2 of 38
Thread Starter 

A few things i forgot to mention. I prefer a closed-back headphone so that no sound will leak out. I will also use these headphones for 1 to maximum 2 hours at a time so something comfortable will help. 

post #3 of 38

well basically yeah, the crossfade lps and ath-m50xs are what i would recommend, good choices! try before you buy if you can between those two! :) hey, good luck!

post #4 of 38

Fun sounding cans: Yamaha pro 400 and 500 

Donscorpio dolphin

audiotechnica ath m50

vmoda xs

polk audio buckle

If you are not sure if you want a neutral or basshead can it would probably be best to get something in the middle


Edited by zunehdrocks - 6/21/14 at 5:58pm
post #5 of 38

I believe the yamaha pros and donscorpio dolphins benefit from an amp

post #6 of 38

Let me recommend to you the Sound Magic HP 100, closed back, very comfy, stylish metal looks, good build

 

and about $200 new 

post #7 of 38
I would recommend the ath-m50x, they perform great with all kinds of music genre and suits your budget as well.

With the detachable cable its more convenient as a portable headphone. smily_headphones1.gif
post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

Let me recommend to you the Sound Magic HP 100, closed back, very comfy, stylish metal looks, good build

 

and about $200 new 

The sound magic also has a Detachable Cable, and has a better sound over the ATH M50X

 

:3

 

there is also the Shure 840 with a Detachable cable, which also sounds better than the ATH M 50X

post #9 of 38
Could only recommend what I have and not forcing you to buy it if you don't like what ive recommended..

Just helping out a brother.

Please I'm not getting into an headphone debate which might lead to off topics.

If I've offended anyone by not agreeing with his recommended headphones, my apologies. smily_headphones1.gif
post #10 of 38

forgive me for the trolling, If he's looking to spend up to $200 he should, most headphones around the $200 mark can be gotten used for less, and they sound amazingly well! There is nothing wrong the the ATH M50X, still for a little more money you can get a much better headphone

 

now if you want to spend up to $200, then get a headphone that works well in that price range,

 

I might how ever be a little out dated with my prices... I was un aware that the ATH M50x was $169 >.> the ATH M50 is around $119, I don't remember it even costing that much <.< 

 

 

Non the less, the HP 100, the ATH M50X and the Shure are all good brands, I still think how ever for the money the Shure and Sound Magic will offer you better sound, now if you like how the ATH M50X looks over the other two, then go right ahead :3

 

now if you REALLY want to save some MONEY, the Logitech UE 6000 tends to go on sale for around $90 or so dollars, you can also get it online at eBay for around $119, and it sounds pretty great, whats SO great about the UE 6000 is its... almost like having two headphones. THE ue 6000 has a passive and active modes, the active mode has a boosted bass and treble, where as the passive mode is much more linear, so it works super well for multiple genres of music 

post #11 of 38

Massive price drop in the UE 6000, can get them here for as low as $94, I've showed them to my mate, he didn't have second thoughts of buying them and he enjoys them a lot. 

 

My friend listens to heaps of rock and heavy metal music and uses them everyday while in the bus. Only had a few minutes auditioning them because saw this worried look in his face that I might mess them up lol. He got the white versions and the UE 6000 actually looks very stylish. Also thinking of getting a pair for myself. :D 

post #12 of 38
Thread Starter 

i also noticed the huge price drop in the ue's I was actaully thinking of getting them but I am hearing about the dolphins and the hp 100s which were not as popular as they are now even up to a few months ago. Are they newly made headphones or are they just suddenly surfacing out of nowhere? They sound very enticing. Also, i would not mind getting an amp if needed. Are there any moderate amps from ipod source mp3 files? How are the fiio e6s?

post #13 of 38
Thread Starter 

Also i did look into the dolphins and the hp 100s and i have noticed that the hps do not look as stylish as i might want. However, thank you for the dolphin recommendation as they are very minimalistic, yet very stylish at the same time ( i wish they had like leather accents with the white would fall head over heels <3) Also i have heard about comfort ability issues on the shure 840s... many people seem to change the pads to velour ( if i remember correctly) which helps with the comfort but kills the color scheme (style) and becomes more leakable. I would prefer something with less leakage- i just like to listen loud and dont want people judging me for listening to the occasional gangnam style ;). thank you everyone ughhh so hard to decide but the ue's and their new price is just too irresistible... and yet the dolphins and audio technicas look so cool >o<.  

post #14 of 38
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Originally Posted by seobon View Post
 

i also noticed the huge price drop in the ue's I was actaully thinking of getting them but I am hearing about the dolphins and the hp 100s which were not as popular as they are now even up to a few months ago. Are they newly made headphones or are they just suddenly surfacing out of nowhere? They sound very enticing. Also, i would not mind getting an amp if needed. Are there any moderate amps from ipod source mp3 files? How are the fiio e6s?

 

 

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Originally Posted by seobon View Post
 

Also i did look into the dolphins and the hp 100s and i have noticed that the hps do not look as stylish as i might want. However, thank you for the dolphin recommendation as they are very minimalistic, yet very stylish at the same time ( i wish they had like leather accents with the white would fall head over heels <3) Also i have heard about comfort ability issues on the shure 840s... many people seem to change the pads to velour ( if i remember correctly) which helps with the comfort but kills the color scheme (style) and becomes more leakable. I would prefer something with less leakage- i just like to listen loud and dont want people judging me for listening to the occasional gangnam style ;). thank you everyone ughhh so hard to decide but the ue's and their new price is just too irresistible... and yet the dolphins and audio technicas look so cool >o<.  

I had the Shure 840 with stock pads, I didn't find it un comfortable :/

 

how ever the UE 6000 does NOT need an amp, as it has one inside of it, where as the HP100 or Shure 840 or ATH M50X might benifit from an amp, if you get something like the Fiio E6 [it was the first amp I had and I enjoyed it] get the Fiio LOD cable for your iPod as well 

post #15 of 38
The yamahas have a pretty big price drop as well
The yamaha pro 400 went from $300 to $150 and the yamaha pro 500 went from $400 to $200
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