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Recommendation for portable on-ear headphones with great character in terms of sound and isolation under 100$

post #1 of 23
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 I want to buy a new portable, closed headphone but my budget is limited to no more than around 100$. I am totally open-minded. Information in my possession on this topic is very limited. I only have information AKG and Audio Technica. Therefore, i need your recommendations and i also want to make use of your experiences. Lastly, i am a professional jazz musician. Normally, i mostly like to listen Jazz but i also listen fusion, classical music and sometimes electronic music. Probably, i will use this headphone in ipod classic. I am walking and travelling a lot. Particularly, i am pretty sick about car and bus noises. Hence, isolation quality is also  important as much as sound quality. Anyway, i do not want to use noise cancelling ones. Thanks a lot...

post #2 of 23

Have you considered getting a 2nd hand headphone?

If you're open to this idea you might be able to snag a Sony MDR-1R or Audio Technica M50 for around that price if you're lucky.

post #3 of 23
Fischer clones even though they're very bulky sound good and will definitely isolate.

ProDJ100 / TBSE with M50 pads is another good choice. Less bulk but less isolation.

A different idea would be to get an IEM such as RE400 and use large eartips. Best luck!
post #4 of 23
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Actually, i always face some problems second hand products. Therefore, i mostly try to avoid them. Claritas, i like your recommendation and i keep them in my mind but i think an on-ear headphone will suit me better. As you said, Fischer clones are definitely isolate but not brilliant in sound quality, i think very bulky sound can disturb especially while listening jazz stuff. 

post #5 of 23
Sorry, I left out a comma:

Fischer clones even though they're very bulky, sound good and will definitely isolate.

My point is they sound good but aren't easy to carry around town because they're bulky. I just don't want you think I was saying they sound bad.
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 

 Good one :D. I really imagine bulky sound in my mind and trying to adapt in jazz music :D. Joking aside, if they are bulky, i think they do not give me comfort in daily life.

post #7 of 23
I didn't have any major complaints about the Kosses though you definitely need to replace the flimsy stock pads. I was surprised by how black the background is and how immediate vocals sound. Comfort is better than average, build quality is a good deal better than average, and the whole thing folds neatly. TBSE is an especially good value because it comes with a case and a detachable cable.
post #8 of 23
100$ won't get you far, I mean you dont have a lot of things worth mentioning around that priceline, your best bet is to hopefully find a model worth 200-250 and get it in 100s on sale or used in good condition. That would yield you the best product, just stick with a good brand that have products of good quality around that price range.

Shure,Sennheiser and such should get you something pretty good if you hunt.
Edited by lostinclarity - 8/25/14 at 3:09pm
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by lostinclarity View Post

100$ won't get you far, I mean you dont have a lot of things worth mentioning around that priceline, your best bet is to hopefully find a model worth 200-250 and get it in 100s on sale or used in good condition. That would yield you the best product, maybe a lower end Shure or a Sennheiser could work at 100-150 if you hunt a bit.

The first point is very overstated, but the other point is always good advice.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Mehliana View Post
 

I only have information AKG and Audio Technica. Therefore, i need your recommendations and i also want to make use of your experiences. Lastly, i am a professional jazz musician. Normally, i mostly like to listen Jazz but i also listen fusion, classical music and sometimes electronic music. Probably, i will use this headphone in ipod classic. I am walking and travelling a lot. Particularly, i am pretty sick about car and bus noises. Hence, isolation quality is also  important as much as sound quality. Anyway, i do not want to use noise cancelling ones. Thanks a lot...

 

Did you consider the ATH-M40x?  Aside from the fact that it doesn't include the 4ft [straight] cord, it seems like the way to go.


Edited by souhikyaku9 - 8/25/14 at 5:56pm
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 

Actually, i didn't consider it but after you post it i made a little research and i think it will suit me like you said. However, it looks like big and wide and it is also an important criteria for me. On the other hand, despite the fact that i have headphones for using in recordings and studio stuff if i will buy a ATH-M40x it also give me a different character and opportunity in this regard. I am very confused now :). I think that I should ask this question can you recommend me any other headphone which have similar technical features with M40x but smaller and more handy in daily life using.

post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Mehliana View Post
 

. . . can you recommend me any other headphone which have similar technical features with M40x but smaller and more handy in daily life using.

 

I'm out of ideas.  If you were willing to go on-ear, you could go smaller, but then the isolation would suffer.  Maybe consider the Onkyo ES-FC300 for $99 on Amazon, it has a reputation for good isolation (all things considered).

post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by souhikyaku9 View Post

I'm out of ideas.  If you were willing to go on-ear, you could go smaller, but then the isolation would suffer.  Maybe consider the Onkyo ES-FC300 for $99 on Amazon, it has a reputation for good isolation (all things considered).
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/delightful-onkyo-es-fc300-and-es-hf300
post #14 of 23
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 Firstly, thank you guys i tried to look at all the possibilities you recommend me and now, i think the best solution in my case is increasing the budget and i allocate 200$ to buy a new headphone. Actually, i really like V-Moda XS in terms of portable and compact design. However, i am not sure the sound quality of it. Nevertheless, i cannot find much information about the insturmental quality of these headphones especially in jazz music. On the other hand, Beyerdyanamic T-50p looks like have a better isolation and sound quality but it is not so portable that to use in daily life. I also do not think Momentum or B&W P5 will suit me in this regard. Similar to T50p, ATH ESW9 is also interested me but it is also not portable and with 42 mm drivers it seems that it is diffucult to pocket it. I am again open to your recommendations. Taking all the above mentioned points into consideration, is the V-Moda XS the best option or are there any other options which can provide me more in this price range?

post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by Mehliana View Post
 

 Firstly, thank you guys i tried to look at all the possibilities you recommend me and now, i think the best solution in my case is increasing the budget and i allocate 200$ to buy a new headphone. Actually, i really like V-Moda XS in terms of portable and compact design. However, i am not sure the sound quality of it. Nevertheless, i cannot find much information about the insturmental quality of these headphones especially in jazz music. On the other hand, Beyerdyanamic T-50p looks like have a better isolation and sound quality but it is not so portable that to use in daily life. I also do not think Momentum or B&W P5 will suit me in this regard. Similar to T50p, ATH ESW9 is also interested me but it is also not portable and with 42 mm drivers it seems that it is diffucult to pocket it. I am again open to your recommendations. Taking all the above mentioned points into consideration, is the V-Moda XS the best option or are there any other options which can provide me more in this price range?

Most prefer the dt1350 and t51p over the t50

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