Originally Posted by zunehdrocks
Its just so hard for me to believe because the mikros 90 are currently priced a third of its original msrp. The harmon kardon is half. And the polk audio ultrafocus 8000 is known as one of the best sounding noise cancellers by innerfidelity btw
The Mirkos was msrp around $300, it's now discoutinued... like not even a year after it's realease, the Harmon Kardon have a blue tooth and what they call an "extra bass" and as for the Active Noise Cancellers... that's a different topic all together, Ultimatly active noise cancellation is a form of distortion, so if your on a plane they are great, out side of a super noisy enviorment there "sound quality" is truley moot,
if you have $200 to spend, I'd spend about $150 get something like a Used [buying second hand here on Head Fi will save u a fortune :3, and we head fi members take care of our gear] and reseve the other $50 for pads or an amp ect...
for around $150 [including second hand] you have many good headphones, the K550, the Shure 840, the Sound Magic HP 100, the Beyer Anniversy 32 ohm DT 770 [kinda hard to find but sounds good] along with the Beyer DT 1350, the V Moda XS [which is about $220 new, if you can find it used it should be around $175 ish]
So there are a myriad of very good sounding options for around $150-200
and at $100 ish dollars, you have the Logitech UE 6000, the Audio Technica A900x and the Shure 440 along with the Koss DJ 100 TBSE, and the Audio Technica ATH M550x, all very good sounding options,
the Harmons, Polks, and Mirkos sell not only sound but also "life style" the price also includes the over head for the marketing, and the reaserach into the looks, if you look at more serious Headphone Companies, like Hifiman, Beyerdyanix, AKG, SennHesier, Audeze, Audio Technica, for better or worse a lot of their headphones kinda look the same, the money NOT spent on "It needs to look GOOD" goes into better sound overall, and almost all of those companies offer "round" headphones, the notion of a Square headphone houseing, seems purely asthetic imo, and implimenting it must run up the cost as well... granted maybe not buy much but... if your main goal is GOOD SOUND, then skip the companies who are selling Sufficent sound with GOOD LOOKS and FEATURE