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Need some input on phones for Rock/Blues/Metal under $200

post #1 of 10
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Hello everyone. Long time lurker... anyways...

Looking for some nice headphones under $200 USD. I will be mainly playing through my iPhone 5S/iPad, but also through my mac. No dedicated audio equipment. Sources range from ALAC 24/96(48 for iOS), to 256 AAC.

Things that are important to me are portability, comfort, and of course good, balanced sound. I will require closed back for isolation(train, office). Either on-ear or over the ear options. No in-ear please.

Just as a test i recently picked up some SOL REPUBLIC Master Trackes MFI(Over the ear), but im returning them. Things I don't like are comfort, and muddy bass. My ears dont fit in the pads, and they seem to push on my jaw too much. Also, for some songs like the entire ...And Justice for All album sound muddy(could be 256/AAC??). Anytime there's a lot of lower range guitars, they sound muddy to me... I'm no audiophile but clarity is important to me. I like bass when it's supposed to be there, but I hate it when i feel like it overwhelms the mids. Punchy bass is ideal.

Music I like ranges from:
Led Zeppelin
Black Sabbath
Billy Joel
Elton John
RATM
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix
Some Jazz and Classical, Acoustic work
Megadeth, Metallica, etc

Basically, Heavy Metal, Hard/Classic Rock, Blues, Some Folk Music, jazz, and recently some classical.

Some phones I've been looking at based on online reviews are the AKG 272 HDs, UE6000, Sennheiser Amperior/Mementum(On ear), AIAIAI TMA-1, vmoda xs/m-80. New only, not refurbished/used. Also, 2 cans is not an option. I really need one all-arounder that will work the best .

Any and all help is appreciated. Let me know if I've left anything out that might help.
Edited by silver8ack - 6/22/14 at 10:01am
post #2 of 10

Look into grados

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
I guess you overlooked the 'require closed back' part. Lol. Unless there's something I don't know about.
Edited by silver8ack - 6/22/14 at 11:43am
post #4 of 10
Fun sounding:
Yamaha pro 500
Donscorpio dolphin from penon audio

Neutral:
Yamaha mt220
Roland rh300
Harmon kardon cl
Soundmagic hp100
Edited by zunehdrocks - 6/22/14 at 4:27pm
post #5 of 10
Before deciding on either fun sounding (not exactly basshead) and neutral sounding, try to demo a good monitoring headphone. Maybe you could order a koss prodj100 off of amazon and then return it and see if you truly want a neutral can.
post #6 of 10

K272s were my first pair of 'real' headphones.  They have a great sound signature for the genres you mentioned and are very comfortable but they're poorly built and will be a total PITA for mobile use.  They're also fairly big/bulky but that wasn't a problem for me.  The plastic is way too weak where the headband connects to the cups and after years of use it's cracked and required me to solder the connections inside the cup, I've 3d printed parts to fix them (as all parts for them are discontinued) but I would look into the K550s or K545s rather than the 272s.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

I went to my local bestbuy to return the Sol Republics and they had the Sennheiser Momentums On-Ear on sale for $150.  I wanted to see if they had the V-Moda XS, but they didn't.  Anyway, couldn't pass up the momentems for 150.  I really like them so far!

 

Might still try to grab some XS in the next couple weeks to compare.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Ok so after "living" with them I'm not sure the on-ear momentums are for me. I like the sound a lot, could probably do with a touch less bass. However there is almost no noise filtering with these things. I guess it's the pads? I know on-ears aren't great at sealing out noise but these seem really bad. It does seem to be a major con for these cans.

I will probably try to test some more cans. I really like the sound of these but after riding the train today I realize I need better passive noise cancellation. Also wearing them all day while on the computer makes my ears ache a bit(glasses).

So any over the ear cans , under 200, that have a very similar sound signature to the on ear momentums? Even if there's slightly less bass I'd he happy with that. Definitely no more.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by silver8ack View Post

Ok so after "living" with them I'm not sure the on-ear momentums are for me. I like the sound a lot, could probably do with a touch less bass. However there is almost no noise filtering with these things. I guess it's the pads? I know on-ears aren't great at sealing out noise but these seem really bad. It does seem to be a major con for these cans.

I will probably try to test some more cans. I really like the sound of these but after riding the train today I realize I need better passive noise cancellation. Also wearing them all day while on the computer makes my ears ache a bit(glasses).

So any over the ear cans , under 200, that have a very similar sound signature to the on ear momentums? Even if there's slightly less bass I'd he happy with that. Definitely no more.
Velodyne vquiet (havent heard these but tyll likes these)
Soundmagic hp100 ( this will definitely will have less bass)
Donscorpio dolphin (supposedly has really good isolation... Probably has more treble)
Edited by zunehdrocks - 6/24/14 at 3:28pm
post #10 of 10
Haven't heard the HP100s myself, but people seem to like them and they might be a good fit for your needs.

AKG K545 might do it for you. Dolphins are very nice for the price. smily_headphones1.gif
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