Hello everybody and thanks for helping me . I am looking for the best open style headphones for under 200 dollars. I have 150 dollars put away for an amp that I can take on the move. I listen to Alt-Rock, electronic while I am gaming, Rock, sometimes Top 40 music ( I hope that doesn't make anyone angry. I know some people hate top 40 music but I like to listen to it occasionally ) and I listen to country sometimes. I do not care that much about the style, but I care a lot about Comfort. Thanks for reading.
Best open style headphones under 200 dollars.
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If you have $150 extra to put towards an amp, why not buy the Philips Fidelio X1s and get one of the best headphones that doesn't need an amp? You could even buy them used for about $200. Fit problems are seldom, but they can happen. However, it is by-far the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. If you want a more relaxed headphone that still doesn't need an amp, the Sennheiser HD 558/598 are good. They're lacking in treble, though. Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro is just slightly out of budget by less than $10, but if you get those, and you buy an amp to drive them, you'll enjoy them.
I'm not familiar with the foam mod or the K612s, sorry. I do know that you can mod the HD 558s to sound more like the HD 598s, which has smooth, rolled off highs.
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I have the K612. Great headphone, and I find them extremely comfortable. I have not tried it with an E17, but it does quite well with a C&C BH and FiiO E12 given that they are a bit difficult to drive. Probably depends most on your expectations for max volume, which is kind of hard for anyone to predict for you. You could ask questions in the K612 thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/216596/akg-k601-k612-pro-owners-unite