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Solid cans, but not the best value

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Pros: Good sound quality in highs, super durable, less boosted bass than forerunners, cleaner look and sound

Cons: Can be uncomfortable, get dirty easily, better sound for the money, terrible soundstage

These are pretty solid cans, especially if you're a fan of electronic music as Sol Republic (a company I'm a huge fan of) has pretty much tuned their cans for that exact genre, as can be seen from their overall sensibilities with marketing, etc. Don't let that statement fool you though, these aren't boom-tastic basshead cans like say the Beats Solo HD or something along those lines. With their "Ultra" version of the popular Tracks line Sol Republic has toned down the level of bass while still making it more tight and high quality and cleaned up the higher registers in an attempt at audiophile territory. Did that attempt pay off? Well, sort of.   First of all, if Sol Republic was...
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An utter classic

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Pros: Everything about this headphone, especially for the price

Cons: Made from cheap materials once you break them down, can be blown out easily if you listen to music loud

The Grado SR-80 has been on pretty much every list of best value in headphones ever made (or at least any that know what they're talking about) and they're there for a good f***ing reason. These are probably some of the best audiophile headphones priced under $150 dollars ever made. They have a great sound all the way from their warm, fun bass to their nice and detailed mids, to their fairly open and airy sounding highs. This last bit is enabled by their open-backed design, which does allow some sound to leak, but you know that if you're buying open back headphones. There's really not much to say. These headphones look great, sound great, feel great, and have an insanely great price. If...
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Bouncy, yet acurate headphones loud and detailed enough to be the ultimate for dancefloor mixing

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Pros: Sound is literally perfect for DJing, incredibly travel ready, durable, packed with DJ special features, unfairly cool looking

Cons: Can by harsh on ear cartilage if worn for long period, high price tag, that famous "big red B"

Wow, where to even start with the insane, surprising, and amazing looking package that is the Beats Mixr? Well I'll start by saying this: these are headphones exclusively for DJs and people who are going to be listening to music that has been created using electronic rhythms or beats (house music, trap, dubstep). That's IT. If you try to listen to The Beatles or Arcade Fire on these your ears will puke. They're just not for that. These are headphones made for the sole purpose of listening to and DJing electronic music. However, if that's what you're in the market for then whoa boy Dr. Dre and crew have cooked up a delicious treat that you can't help but fall in love with.    I...
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The ultimate entry-level audiophile headphones

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Pros: Solid bass, detailed highs, fairly neutral curve, great for studio mixing, ridiculous price value

Cons: Metallic tint to sound, doesn't sound "real", highs grating when loud

Ahh, the Audio Technica ATH-M50: possibly one of the most positively talked about headphones of all time, and a smash hit for Audio Technica. This headphone really hasn't stopped selling like hotcakes since it's release. Walk into any college and you're going to see almost as many kids walking around with these as Beats (ok well maybe half as many). This is because people have been recommending them to audio noobs pretty much for as long as they've been a thing, so for many people this is the begining and end of their experience with Hi-Fi audio, as many people I've recommended these to say they're good enough for pretty much everything and never buy another pair of headphones until they...
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Punchy and fun, yet classy and refined, all in a premium portable package.

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Pros: Bass is articulate and solid, tons of punch, very detailed highs and mids (even if the mids are a bit recessed), great build quality, beautiful

Cons: Too bassy for audiophiles, ear pads could be softer (hurts ears after too much use), limited soundstage

This is a really fun headphone, especially for on the go use from day to day. The bass is really nice and punchy, but it isn't that annoying "Beats Solo HD" rumbling bass that gets in the way and muddies the sound. It almost has a slightly held back, but warm round-ness to it. It makes rocky music and a lot of tight indie music (see Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, Morning Benders) and some hip hop sound great (see Earl Sweatshirt, Nujabes, DJ Cam, Blackstar), but they don't have the thumping sub bass of something like a Beats, Sol, or even ATH-M50 can that allow you to hear the raw bass energy of music like Trap or Dubstep, both genres literally designed around that sound. You probably won't...
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