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post #1 of 23
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I am currently trying to find a pair of cheap, over the ear closed headphones (cannot go over $60) and I really do not have much knowing about headphones at all. Im going to be listening to a lot of rock and a little bit of electronic here and there. I also will be listening to some pop. I might play some video games with these headphones but it really isn't that important to me. I will be using these headphones on all of my mobile devices and will be listening to things like YouTube and podcasts late at night, although im sure that won't be a problem. A detachable cord is preferred but not needed. Durability is very important to me because I treat my headphones horribly (to give a bit of a note here, most of my earbuds start to have major problems within a few weeks and stop working entirely within a few months) and I really want something that I can use until I save up enough money for something like some Audio Technica ATH-M50s. Noise isolation is also very important to me because I have a very loud family that has 7-8 kids (most are cousins) around the house on the weekends, and also in a few weeks I will be going on a flight so I don't want to disturb anyone with sound leakage or have them disturb me. On a last note, I want something stylish enough that I won't be embarrassed wearing them in public. They don't exactly have to be trendy like beats headphones, but they can't look like tin cans strapped on my ears like the Koss PortaPros. Any suggestions for headphones would be greatly appreciated, as this will really bring out the stress in my life needing to purchase some new crappy earburds from the dollar general.
post #2 of 23

That's a rather tall order to fulfill for the price range you've given...The Sennheiser Px-80's (http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PX-80-Over-Ear-Headphone/dp/B00EE23G74/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404623945&sr=8-1&keywords=sennheiser+headphones+px80) have fairly decent sound quality for your budget, but they might not do the trick in terms of noise isolation. They're also not overly durable being that they're a mostly plastic/thin metal construction but so long as you don't step on them (like I did with mine) they should survive *some* abuse.

 

If you're willing to double your budget there's a lot more offerings out there. I have the Sol Republic Tracks (V8 Sound Engine model, retail $100) and they're decent for the price (fairly bassy, recessed mids, and laid back treble). But they're ridiculously durable and modular and the cables disconnect. They're modular in that you can swap out the headbands (they have a number of colors) and the Sound Engines (speakers pods) as well. Plus the stock cable has an inline 3-button remote. The play/pause function of it isn't compatible with my phone (Nexus 5) but it it should be with any iDevice. The volume buttons work just fine for me. If you search for them on this forum the universal consensus is that you can literally throw them against the wall and they'll still work. I listen to a lot of metal and dubsteb on them and I think they'll work well for your musical tastes..that is if they're not too far out of your budget ;)

 

Another pair of earbuds you might consider (and I'm about to catch a lot of crap for this....) are the Bose earbuds...I've also used those while deployed and they're very durable with decent noise isolation. I personally don't like Bose's sound anymore but as an interim solution they might work. But once again you'd have to double your budget.

 

My $0.02

 

Josh
 

post #3 of 23

The only thing that comes to mind would be the Koss ProDJ100 (http://www.amazon.com/Koss-ProDJ100-Headphones/dp/B003X1BEKI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404624337&sr=8-1&keywords=koss+dj+pro+100). Although they are labeled as "DJ" headphones, they tend to be well liked around here and play well with many different genres. They are supposed to have a relatively neutral sound signature and should be adequate for both rock and electronic. They are easy to drive (don't require an amp) and are closed so they should isolate rather well. I actually just bought a pair of these for a co-worker and he seems to like them so far. Some people will put these on the same scale as the M50 even with the considerably lower price tag. Regardless, I'm sure these will be a substantial upgrade compared to anything sold at a dollar store.

 

I haven't listened to these myself and I'm not fond of recommending headphones I haven't spent a good deal of time with but I'm not sure what else could be acquired in your price range that will meet your needs. Perhaps somebody else can suggest something but I would look into the DJ100.

 

- Roy

post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by Sharingan View Post

I am currently trying to find a pair of cheap, over the ear closed headphones (cannot go over $60) and I really do not have much knowing about headphones at all. Im going to be listening to a lot of rock and a little bit of electronic here and there. I also will be listening to some pop. I might play some video games with these headphones but it really isn't that important to me. I will be using these headphones on all of my mobile devices and will be listening to things like YouTube and podcasts late at night, although im sure that won't be a problem. A detachable cord is preferred but not needed. Durability is very important to me because I treat my headphones horribly (to give a bit of a note here, most of my earbuds start to have major problems within a few weeks and stop working entirely within a few months) and I really want something that I can use until I save up enough money for something like some Audio Technica ATH-M50s. Noise isolation is also very important to me because I have a very loud family that has 7-8 kids (most are cousins) around the house on the weekends, and also in a few weeks I will be going on a flight so I don't want to disturb anyone with sound leakage or have them disturb me. On a last note, I want something stylish enough that I won't be embarrassed wearing them in public. They don't exactly have to be trendy like beats headphones, but they can't look like tin cans strapped on my ears like the Koss PortaPros. Any suggestions for headphones would be greatly appreciated, as this will really bring out the stress in my life needing to purchase some new crappy earburds from the dollar general.


You have champagne taste on a beer budget.  Keep an eye on this thread for a deal on refurbed UE 6000:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/692119/the-deals-discussion-thread-read-the-first-post/6015#post_10686737

 

The other option is to stay with IEM's.  Check the buying guide:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

post #5 of 23

The Koss are very bass-light without a dedicated amp + bass boost and sound very clinical. Music such as rock and electronic aren't going to be very enjoyable because of the peaky treble + light bass and metallic midrange (but you may hear differently from me). But on the upside, the imaging is very above average for its price range. They sound more like studio headphones than DJ headphones.


Edited by leadbythemelody - 7/5/14 at 11:13pm
post #6 of 23

I personally would recommend the Sony MDR-ZX100's which are very fun headphones to listen to. They might not be ultra-detailed, but they have a really solid and quick bass for rock/electronic music and don't make you cringe with pain. Isolation is subpar, but you can always turn up the volume a little more :). I use these as workout headphones so I always toss them around and the cable gets tugged on all the time but they don't break easily. I've had em' for two years. If you really want more isolation with the same sound quality minus some bass but more resolution (and remote/volume controls), go with the Sony MDRZX300IP/B. Sony is your best bet for headphones under $80 in my experience.


Edited by leadbythemelody - 7/5/14 at 11:39pm
post #7 of 23

Used "like new" UE 6000 (two color choices) can currently be had from an Amazon third party seller for under $50 shipped.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

Used "like new" UE 6000 (two color choices) can currently be had from an Amazon third party seller for under $50 shipped.

+1

This seems one of your best bets for good sound with your current budget.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

+1

This seems one of your best bets for good sound with your current budget.
I have taken a look at these, and they seem to definitely meet what I want, but I have a few questions about the UE 6000. How do they hold up after a year or two of near daily use, and can they be bought in a retail store (Best Buy, Guitar Center, Walmart, etc.) in that price range?
post #10 of 23
The UE6000 have been on closeout for a while now. Might be hard to find in retail stores, and probably not for $50.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
Okay, I'll see if I can get it on amazon. My father usually doesn't approve of buying things on the internet, but I'll see if I can convince him. Also, I heard that the Audio Technica ATH-M30 are pretty good. Does anyone here have any experience with them?
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Sharingan View Post

Okay, I'll see if I can get it on amazon. My father usually doesn't approve of buying things on the internet, but I'll see if I can convince him.

Buy yourself an Amazon gift card at the drug store smily_headphones1.gif
post #13 of 23

Logetichs UE 6000 got them yesterday with shipping for 55 Dollars new in open box .. got detachable cable can fold and with the carrying case .. retailing at 200$ when they released

I think it's a steal .. you can buy them from Ebay or Amazon Used Like new.

 KG Jag recommended them to me thanks

post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by lolrko View Post
 

Logetichs UE 6000 got them yesterday with shipping for 55 Dollars new in open box .. got detachable cable can fold and with the carrying case .. retailing at 200$ when they released

I think it's a steal .. you can buy them from Ebay or Amazon Used Like new.

 KG Jag recommended them to me thanks


Glad to help--enjoy!

post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 

Unfornately after buying my $55 Amazon Gift Card to spend on a new pair of Logitech UE 6000's i have came a few cents short after tax and shipping. Is there any other headphone equivalent for such a good deal, or will i just have to wait for prices to go down another dollar or two?

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