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In need of assistance in finding decent, low-budget headphones; slight preference in bass, but overall mostly balanced; good isolation is very preferable; wide range of music.

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello, kind fellows here are Head-Fi. Like many others who have wound up on these forums, I'm in search of a pair of headphones that suits my needs. Seeing as I'm running on very little sleep, I should apologize in advance for any grammar errors. (;

 

I should start off with my budget: I'm on a tight chain, looking to spend no more than $80 (USD). The lower the better, of course, but sound quality is important to me. With that in mind, the absolute highest price that I can reach is $100. Anything that costs more is out of the question, and I would like to stay closer to around $50.

 

Unfortunately, I listen to a very wide variety of music. Some days I'll be in the mood for the screeching chords death metal, others the poetic rhymes of my favorite hip-hop artists. So, I'm sure that it's a hard to find a good set of cans that pertains to all my interests. Overall, I do want something with a little 'boom' to it, while not being too present in my bouts of raging metal. From the research that I've done, I've acquired a small amount of knowledge that leads me to believe that 'flat' headphones are not for me. Basically, I like bass. 

 

In the aforementioned research, I've come across a multitude of headphones that seem to meet this criteria. There's the much-love Koss PortaPros, which seem to be quite popular on these forums. I do admit that I find them a bit dorky, but in a pleasant way. I have also scanned through pages about the Creative Aurvana Live! headphones, which are a tad bit pricier. Also finding their way into my lineup is the RHA SA950i. Finally, I have also taken interest in the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 headphones. As you've noticed, all the above models are over-the-ear. While those are the best that I found, I am not exclusively interested in that type of headphone. 

 

Now, a weird side-note. I have a $100 gift-card to a clothing store that I do not intend on visiting. I have noticed on their website that they happen to have a few pairs of headphones. The best that I could find are the SOL REPUBLIC Tracks V8 headphones. I'm wondering how this compare to the above products.

 

I am looking to see which of the headphones that I've mentioned would be best for me. Still, if you know of any good headphones that I have not mentioned, please recommend them to me and tell of how they compare to what I've shared. In the end, sound quality is the most important factor.

 

I appreciate any help, and I'm sorry for posting a thread that I'm sure you have all seen before.

 

 

Links to the items mentioned:

 

Creative Aurvana Live! = http://www.amazon.com/Creative-EF0060-Aurvana-Live-Headphones/dp/B000ZJZ7OA/ref=pd_ybh_4

RHA SA950i = http://www.amazon.com/RHA-SA950i-Portable-Headphone-Titanium/dp/B008JFRRYK/ref=pd_ybh_1

Koss PortaPro = http://www.amazon.com/Koss-PortaPro-Headphones-with-Case/dp/B00001P4ZH/ref=pd_ybh_9

Audio-Technica ATH M30x = http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M30x-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUQW8/ref=pd_ybh_12

SOL Republic Audio Tracks = http://www.zumiez.com/sol-republic-tracks-v8-red-headphones.html

 

Two more that I forgot to list:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-280-Pro-Headphones/dp/B000065BPB/ref=pd_ybh_15

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATHWS55BK-Solid-Headphones/dp/B005BHIZU4/ref=pd_ybh_13

 

[EDIT:] I failed to mention some important details. I travel frequently, so sound isolation is rather important to me. It's not make-or-break, but it's a big factor to be considered in making my choice.


Edited by Deathly - 6/29/14 at 1:45am
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

It seems that this was lost in all the other threads. Could someone take a look and help, please?

 

[EDIT:] Another contender is the Logitech UE 6000. I could really use some help!


Edited by Deathly - 6/29/14 at 6:41pm
post #3 of 12

Creative Aurvana Live! headphones are very highly regarded, and are on the warm side, so you should get your bass. They generally fluctuate $60 to $100 in price, so they are in your price range and you should be happy with them. I would probably suggest them.

post #4 of 12

I like the Sony V6 as a low cost but great sounding set of headphones. But they are lacking in the bass. Still great headphones though.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by adisib View Post
 

Creative Aurvana Live! headphones are very highly regarded, and are on the warm side, so you should get your bass. They generally fluctuate $60 to $100 in price, so they are in your price range and you should be happy with them. I would probably suggest them.

 

Ah, yes, that's what I heard as well. Thanks! I was looking for a bit of reassurance on the CAL as I'd heard mixed reviews.

 

[EDIT:] How do they compare to the Logitech UE 6000? I'm sorry, I don't know much about the specifications and all.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Amish View Post
 

I like the Sony V6 as a low cost but great sounding set of headphones. But they are lacking in the bass. Still great headphones though.

 

Those were actually contenders as well, but - like you said - they're not exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you, though!


Edited by Deathly - 6/29/14 at 8:26pm
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post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by cripple1 View Post
 

The Monoprice 8323 is pretty good

http://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-108323-Premium-Hi-Fi-Headphone/dp/B007SP2CO2

 

 

Those seem to be a rather good choice; the ratings certainly speak highly of the pair. Would you (or anyone else) say that they compare to the Creative Aurvana Live! and/or Logitech UE 6000?

post #8 of 12

I can't really think of them comparing in any way to the UE6000. I've never owned anything from CAL!, so I can't help you there. Sorry.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cripple1 View Post
 

I can't really think of them comparing in any way to the UE6000. I've never owned anything from CAL!, so I can't help you there. Sorry.

 

Alright, thanks!

 

I'm coming down to a close competition between the Creative Aurvana Live! and the Logitech UE 6000. A real world friend told me that the UE 6000's noise-cancelling abilities makes them superior, but reviews claim that it isn't very effective and reduces audio quality. Does anyone have any input on which would be a better choice?

post #10 of 12

Honestly, anything with noise canceling is gonna degrade the audio, but that's not something your average consumer would notice. The noise canceling isn't the best as far as noise canceling goes, but it does the job alright and boosts the bass a bit without it being ridiculously overly exaggerated. The noise canceling doesn't work without working triple A batteries though. I'd probably go with the CAL! if I were in your position. Great reviews all around and no batteries to worry about. :)

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cripple1 View Post
 

Honestly, anything with noise canceling is gonna degrade the audio, but that's not something your average consumer would notice. The noise canceling isn't the best as far as noise canceling goes, but it does the job alright and boosts the bass a bit without it being ridiculously overly exaggerated. The noise canceling doesn't work without working triple A batteries though. I'd probably go with the CAL! if I were in your position. Great reviews all around and no batteries to worry about. :)

 

Ah, I see what you're talking about. I must admit that I hadn't noticed the battery requirement. I really appreciate your help!

post #12 of 12

Glad to help man. It was no problem. :)

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