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Need some new headphones, but which ones should I get?

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Thread Starter 
Ok, so I currently just have a cheap $40 mp3 cd player with the cheap included headphones. I mostly listen to "heavy" techno/trance/DDR songs and I'm considering getting either the Sennheiser HD280 Pro, Sony MDR-V6, or the Grado SR-60s. I mainly want closed air headphones, but if the sound is really that great, I may consider open air. So, my price range is around $85. Which one should I get? Another question, do they come with the appropriate jack for cd players? I saw this picture:

And I noticed that that jack is too big for a cd player. Do the MDR-V6s and the HD280 Pros come with the jack for use with a regular cd player? Thanks.
post #2 of 283
The cheap Philips models usually do an astoundingly good job for their prices - thus it might be a good idea to compare the SBC-HP200. It's ~ 15 Euro over here.

Greetings from Hannover!

Manfred / lini

P.S.: For surprisingly good open cheapies I'd recommend to check the Creative HQ-1300 or Labtec Elite 840 - both are essentially the same phones, just with minor cosmetic differences (Labtec was aquired by Creative a while ago...).
post #3 of 283
I believe both the V6 and 280s come terminated to a mini-jack (which is what you want), but in the picture someone has put a converter on both.
post #4 of 283
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by lini
The cheap Philips models usually do an astoundingly good job for their prices - thus it might be a good idea to compare the SBC-HP200. It's ~ 15 Euro over here.

Greetings from Hannover!

Manfred / lini

P.S.: For surprisingly good open cheapies I'd recommend to check the Creative HQ-1300 or Labtec Elite 840 - both are essentially the same phones, just with minor cosmetic differences (Labtec was aquired by Creative a while ago...).
I'm actually looking for some higher quality headphones, in the $80 range. Should I get the Sony or the Sennheiser
post #5 of 283
Azure: Even if you intend to spend more, I'd recommend to compare. For example, I'd take the 99 Euro DT531 over the 225 Euro DT880 any day...

Greetings from Hannover!

Manfred / lini
post #6 of 283
Thread Starter 
Why am I only finding foreign web sites when I google the SBC-HP200? Anyways, what's wrong with spending the extra and getting Sennheiser HD280 Pro or the Sony MDR-V6? Aren't these good headphones for their cost?
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Azure - I am in the same search as you. Did you know that you can get the SR-80's for $76.50 shipped (SR-60's for $59.50) from Canbridge Soundworks right now? I have also had the Alessandro MS-1's recommended to me. These are made by Grado but are tuned a bit differently and have a more neutral sound that the SR series.
post #8 of 283
Thread Starter 
I really don't know about all this neutral and natural sound stuff with headphones. I've basically only used cheap headphones all my life, so I'd like some really nice ones now for a big change, and I want closed cans too.
post #9 of 283
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Originally Posted by Azure
Do the MDR-V6s and the HD280 Pros come with the jack for use with a regular cd player? Thanks.
Yes. In that picutre, both headphones have the adapter for a full-size headphone jack screwed on.

For portable use, particularly with techno/trance, I'd go with the V6s, as per the review in my sig.
post #10 of 283
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I heard that the ear things, the soft ones, tend to fall off. I also heard that they tend to get very hot.
post #11 of 283
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Originally Posted by Azure
I heard that the ear things, the soft ones, tend to fall off. I also heard that they tend to get very hot.
Yes pleather ear pads do wear out, but it last quite a while before the replacement (say 4-5 years). You can buy V7506 replacement pads for 9 bucks so it's not something you should be too concerned about. My last pair of V6 lasted until last year since late 80's (it's served me nearly 16 years or so before my wife ran over it with the car by mistake ). Your ears will get hot and sweaty but you can replace your ear pads with Beyer's (cost more than Sony's pads) which are more comfortable and drier.
post #12 of 283
Thread Starter 
Where can I buy the Beyer's pads and how much do they cost? I don't really feel like spending some more $ on ear pads, though. So, I'm still thinking the Sennheiser HD280Pro might be better.

EDIT: Since the late 80's! They're that old?
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post #14 of 283
I listen to a lot of techno/trance ambient, I use a set of Etymotic ER-4p for portability, but I also own a set of Sony MDR-7506 (essentially the same as the V6). The 7506's are very bass heavy and slightly muddy sounding, if you're a bass head you may appreciate them. The sound is good but not great, there are probably better sounding phones in your price range. The MDR-7506 comes with a mini plug and a 1/4 plug adapter.
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Buy Headphones for Portables

I wouldn't buy the big closed can headphones you're considering because your portable CD player probably won't have enough power to drive them. You are then looking out buying a headphone amp too. Buy headphones made for portables, which are more efficient and easier to carry around with your portable. I'll refer you to http://www.headphone.com/ - check out the reviews. I bought some Sennheiser PX100s and they sound good. The PX200s have the same driver, and they are a closed design but reportedly don't sound as good. The Koss Portapros are also good.
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