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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

For quite some time, I've been using the Sony MDR-1R that a friend let me borrow. However, with my birthday on the horizon, he's kindly wanting them back and I don't even have money for another pair. Even so, I found them to be too dark/warm and have found myself enjoying a 'v-shaped' signature more often.

 

After looking around on the internet, I'm considering three similarly priced pairs:

 

 

I would love some advice and your opinions on these and any other suitable headphones. Plus, I'm using an Asus Xonar U3 with my laptop; thought I should keep that in mind.

post #2 of 12

Not sure which of those is the most v-shaped, but if you can listen to some of them, either before buying (at a store in your area) or by ordering two or three from amazon and then returning the one(s) you like least, that is your best path, in my view. There is no substitute for actually listening yourself. Good luck!

post #3 of 12

AKG K550/551 should fit your budget but it will be quite different than Sony's.

if you want more bass, darker... well I don't know :)

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

You do have a good point, serman. I mean, listening to them will give me an accurate representation for me, though I'm not sure if the stores in my area would let me. And as for Amazon, it'd be pretty expensive to buy at least two of them in the first place, even if I'd return one of them in the end. That is how tight I am.

 

And cocolinho, the cheapest I found the AKG's were for £86. I might consider them, however I should have mentioned that £80 would be really stretching my budget.

post #5 of 12

I don't think the AKG's are what you are looking for anyway. The link you posted is to a company based in Hong Kong, they are routinely the cheapest (usually because they reduce the price by the VAT element) but are not trusted at all. If you google them you will see it for yourself.

 

For the UK I tend to stick with Amazon, Richer Sounds, Superfi, UK ebay'ers etc. Be wary of low prices, if it's too good to be true, there's usually a reason why.


Edited by taffy2207 - 4/2/15 at 10:06am
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Oh, thanks for that. I tend to let my guard down by accident, but at least I haven't laid any cash down...yet.

post #7 of 12

The Hd 439's are cheaper on Superfi but low stocks. They're rated #20 on here:-

 

http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-10384-sennheiser-hd439-headphones.aspx

 

But honestly I know nothing about them than what is written here. What is best is largely subjective.

post #8 of 12
These Dolphins are a great headphone for the money (not sure what they will cost in your currency), and Penon Audio is a good international vendor: http://penonaudio.com/brands/DONSCORPIO%20/DONSCORPIO-Dolphin
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Converted, they cost about £66, which is decent if you ask me. Though I'm still taking what taffy said into consideration.

post #10 of 12
The Dolphins are definitely a good price/performance value proposition at $100 here in the US.

Note that if you got the Dolphins and would prefer them to be a bit less bass heavy and have stronger highs and mids, many of us removed a piece of tape that Donscorpio has placed over the driver. Really does make a difference and easy to do (just have to get the pads off).

Here's a good review: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2657356
post #11 of 12

These may help :-

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/brainwavz-hm5-studio-monitor-headphones

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/audio-technica-ath-m40x

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-hd-439-headphones

 

Cel's post would definitely widen the choices (He helped me and basically Hi 5'd me when I bought my 550's)

 

It may be a good idea to post what type of music you will be listening too, that may help. The problem with the Sony phones is that I don't think they are that well known so it's difficult to gauge opinions on other phones against them.

 

I think you're suffering what we all suffer from 'Taking the plunge syndrome' the main symptom of which is the chronic fear that the moment you choose one and order it, something better will come along. Just do your research, narrow the list, take advice then take the plunge and buy. Just make sure the sound signature is right for you, there's lots of great headphones just make sure you find a great pair that matches the sound you require. :beerchug: 


Edited by taffy2207 - 4/2/15 at 4:38pm
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by taffy2207 View Post

Cel's post would definitely widen the choices (He helped me and basically Hi 5'd me when I bought my 550's)

Thanks for saying that smily_headphones1.gif

I still have my K550s. They have such a good sound. dt880smile.png
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Originally Posted by taffy2207 View Post

I think you're suffering what we all suffer from 'Taking the plunge syndrome' the main symptom of which is the chronic fear that the moment you choose one and order it, something better will come along. Just do your research, narrow the list, take advice then take the plunge and buy. Just make sure the sound signature is right for you, there's lots of great headphones just make sure you find a great pair that matches the sound you require. beerchug.gif  

I agree. I think you could stop right here with the four headphones in the thread, read some more reviews, and then just make your pick. Without actually listening, it's so hard to narrow down other than just make your best guess. You can keep researching, and researching, and it's like trying to buy entirely new foods you have never tried based on reviews. Can't get you but about 70 or 80% of the way there.
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