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Best budget headphones <$30?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm torn between the Philips HP170 and Sennheiser HD202. I mostly need these headphones to listen to music while other people are playing music w/ semi-loud (maybe around 50dB) speakers. thanks.
post #2 of 16
You sure you really need closed headphone??

Because: ...
http://www.ecost.com/ecost/ecsplash/...sp?dpno=518069
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by simplelife
You sure you really need closed headphone??

Because: ...
http://www.ecost.com/ecost/ecsplash/...sp?dpno=518069
Well, I'd definately prefer closed because the people next to me have really loud speakers and I don't have room to put speakers in here .
post #4 of 16

Then again, there's the...

PX 200 for $29.99 on the same website, but they're refurbs. Does that mean I get other people's crusty earwax residue?

Anybody have refurb horror story? If not, Im about to get the 200's as soon as I get the green light
post #5 of 16
20$ for koss KSC-75 and then you get 25% off til the end of the month (just search for koss code on the forum). If it's as good as the KSC-35, it's the best buy there can be. It's open though ...
Closed..... not much <30$ except the PX200 refurbs and the HD202. The PX200 is more dependant on fit but I like it better.

-Taurui
post #6 of 16
For me, the best phone for ~ 25 Euro I've heard still is the Creative HQ-1300 (= Labtec Elite 840 with slight cosmetical differences).

Greetings from Hannover!

Manfred / lini

P.S.: However, these phones are open constructions.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hmm with all these other non-closed headphone recommendations, do you guys think that open headphones can filter out outside noise at a medium volume? I don't like my headphones too loud (for example on my Koss UR 19 I turn up my PC volume al lthe way and the volume adjust on Koss only halfway).

I don't thinK i want to buy a refurb from ecost due to their low reseller rating.


Also is a volume adjuster on headphones recommended, or is PC volume adjust better? Also I'd prefer at least a 8ft cord. Thanks.

So far my choices are :
Closed:
Philips HP170
SENNHEISER HD 457
Sennheiser HD202
KSC-75
Creative HQ-1300

Open:
Sennheiser PX100 refurb (if refurbs are safe)
Sennheiser PX200 refurb
post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lech
Hmm with all these other non-closed headphone recommendations, do you guys think that open headphones can filter out outside noise at a medium volume? I don't like my headphones too loud (for example on my Koss UR 19 I turn up my PC volume al lthe way and the volume adjust on Koss only halfway).

I don't thinK i want to buy a refurb from ecost due to their low reseller rating.

Also is a volume adjuster on headphones recommended, or is PC volume adjust better? Thanks.

So far my choices are :
Closed:
Philips HP170
SENNHEISER HD 457
Sennheiser HD202
KSC-75
Creative HQ-1300

Open:
Sennheiser PX100 refurb (if refurbs are safe)
Sennheiser PX200 refurb
nope, open wont filter anything. goes straight through. only way is to tune the volume up. so i guess you should go with the closed option.

the HP170 are decent, but i believe the PX200 will sound better (never heard the px200, only the HP170). last time i used hp170 they were like my thrashing cans.. just dump em in the bag and go..throw the bag on the floor etc. u get the idea.
post #9 of 16
The creative HQ-1300 are open, the PX200 are closed.

Out of what has been mentioned, i like the creative and the KSR75. The PX200 were too restricted for me. The drivers seem to be built for open back. The HP170 arnt bad for $20. but i would get the KSC75 before those for the same price.

I would get the KSC75 or the creative/labtech 840
post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by skip2alou
PX 200 for $29.99 on the same website, but they're refurbs. Does that mean I get other people's crusty earwax residue?

Anybody have refurb horror story? If not, Im about to get the 200's as soon as I get the green light
for refurb i think they send back to the company to clean it off. the refurbs i got come in good condition. this is probably the best deal for closed phone at this price.
post #11 of 16
I had the Sony EX71 for a while, and they were actually quite enjoyable (at least with the large tips) and provided what I felt was a really good value. I've heard that the EX51 is the same product but without the short cord and extension. That would be my suggestion as a good closed headphone under $30.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the help, I'm going to have to make a tough decision between
labtec 840,
PX200 refurb, just checked out a review that says it isn't that great: http://www.headphone.com/layout.php?...tID=0020080020
Sennheiser HD202
KSC75.

This narrowing down is helping much so much! I haven't read many positive reviews on PX200 and I read that it is only semi closed, so I think I may not use that one. For the Koss KSC75's I can't find any reviews of, so my choice is between Labtec 840 vs. Sennhesier HD202 vs. Koss KSC75.

Also do you guys suspect any problems w/ cord length? I had a problem with some cheap headphones a while back that I could not get close enough to me from the back of the computer. Also is a volume slider on the headphones important for quality or does PC Speaker not distort sound with these quality headphones?

I looked at the Sony EX71 , but I'm not into earbuds .

Thanks so much!
post #13 of 16
I have a pair of Sennheiser 280s. They're closed and they sound real good. They also block out a lot of external noise. I usually take them with me when I have to fly because you'd be hard pressed to find anything that reduces outside noise better without going to a real expensive noise-cancelling set up.

They're just a little more than what you wanted to spend, but they're real tough to beat for closed headphones anywhere near that price range.
post #14 of 16
Mmm... I would recommend the Sennheiser mx 550 then, or the PX100's if you can get it for cheap, at circuitcity for $25 . I own the HD202, and I don't like the fact about the treble isn't as good as I wanted. But, its closed, so yeah, you can hear your msuic easier. The bass is superb though for its price, but I never regretted getting it.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LazyAzN
Mmm... I would recommend the Sennheiser mx 550 then, or the PX100's if you can get it for cheap, at circuitcity for $25 . I own the HD202, and I don't like the fact about the treble isn't as good as I wanted. But, its closed, so yeah, you can hear your msuic easier. The bass is superb though for its price, but I never regretted getting it.
I'm not looking for open headphones atm since I mostly want good headphones to get rid of outside sound, but I may consider earbuds after what everyone says, and they seem to close more air than closed headphones.

How does the MX 550 compare to the Labtec 840, Koss KSC75, Sennhesier HD202, any ideas? I'm thinking to get the Senn HD202 soon, or maybe wait till xmas for a sale .

EDIT: Don't bump this up anymore, started a post w/ a clearer question here: http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?p=1049548
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