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70$-100$ Entry headphone for my AMP? Help appreciated :)

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Hello!

Preparing for a larger purchase and breaking into entry headphones+AMP combo this year. Going to purchase either this BlackFriday/Cyber Monday deals or more likely Christmas depending on when the deals are stronger and I pass off cheaper.

 

Total budget: 400$

AMP: 250$ Audio-GD NFB-15 + shipping (EU)

Budget for headphones: 70~100$

Main Music:  Iron Maiden (metal), Rihanna (pop), Michael Jackson (pop).

Secondary Music: Voltaire (dark cabaret), Avantasia (power metal), Bijelo Dugme (rock), Pegboard Nerds (dubstep), Sub6 (electronic), Astrix (psychedelic trance), game soundtracks, movies, PC use.

 

Headphones I found, however nearly all are rated 4.5-5  so it's a bit hard for me to find anything without digging the whole world out:

Sennheiser Momentum On Ear, 100$

Audio Technica ATH-AD700X, 97$

NVX Audio XPT100, 80$

AKG K 240 Semi-Open, 70$

Sennheiser HD 598 Over ear, 97$
Sennheiser HD 380 Pro, 115$

Anything else in 70$-100$ range that I don't know of!

 

Headphone preferences:

Full size - Circumaural: home use only

Open/closed - uncertain still

My ear size: slightly large (in case it matters)

Other: Prefer comfort so I can use them for several hours (6~) without issue

 

I am not an audiophile (yet) and my knowledge is of what I have read in past few days while checking out all this stuff.

 

If you were me (with your knowledge), what would you pick?

Thanks!


Edited by Twoop - 11/28/14 at 4:29pm
post #2 of 7

K240 is most neutral. They're often used in studios but your choices are almost random. While you think you want something neutral in practice you'll probably want something a little smoother and user-friendly like the momentum. What type of music are you listening to?

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Actually the XPT100 is probably the most neutral of those. The K240 is a neutralish can with a smooth midrange but the sub-bass is rolled off pretty substantially. We do need more detail though in terms of what type of headphone you really want.

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Originally Posted by ahunatu View Post
 

K240 is most neutral. They're often used in studios but your choices are almost random. While you think you want something neutral in practice you'll probably want something a little smoother and user-friendly like the momentum. What type of music are you listening to?

Originally Posted by metal571 View Post
 

Actually the XPT100 is probably the most neutral of those. The K240 is a neutralish can with a smooth midrange but the sub-bass is rolled off pretty substantially. We do need more detail though in terms of what type of headphone you really want.

 

For type of music I listen to, my main list is this: Iron Maiden (metal), Rihanna (pop), Michael Jackson (pop), Voltaire (dark cabaret), Avantasia (power metal), Bijelo Dugme (rock), Pegboard Nerds (dubstep), Sub6 (electronic), Astrix (psychedelic trance), game soundtracks, and watching movies.

 

The headphones I would keep at home, mainly used on PC where they will be connected to audio-gd NFB-15. Full-sized (Circumaural preferably or a comfortable Supra-aural).

 

I have only had open headphones until now, briefly tried my friend's closed ones and quite enjoyed how clean the sound. Uncertain on open or closed, guess I would enjoy both or something in between if there is such a thing.


Edited by Twoop - 11/28/14 at 8:22am
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Any suggestions?

post #6 of 7

I think the XPT100 would be a great starter. It punches way above its price category and isn't so analytical or sharp as to annoy you.

post #7 of 7
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Thanks for the suggestion, I added a lot more info in the original post.

 

What would be the sound description for the music I listen?

Looking for more input if anyone has something to suggest :)

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