100 $: Open HeadPhones, Very High Quality, JVC S400 or SuperLux 681 or Philips UpTown?
Mar 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 8

antigen

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Hi,
 
I have a budget of 100 $.
 
 
What do you suggest with a superlative sound?
 
- headphones OPEN
- with low impedance (for iPod)
- hifi sound for FLAC file
 
 
I have see good review of:
 
- JVC S400
- Superlux 681
 
What do you think is better?
 
There are other alternative?
 
I have see the Philips UpTown... what do you think?
 
Thanks!
 
Mar 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM Post #2 of 8

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Quote:
Hi,
 
I have a budget of 100 $.
 
 
What do you suggest with a superlative sound?
 
- headphones OPEN
- with low impedance (for iPod)
- hifi sound for FLAC file
 
 
I have see good review of:
 
- JVC S400
- Superlux 681
 
What do you think is better?
 
There are other alternative?
 
I have see the Philips UpTown... what do you think?
 
Thanks!

Of the 3 phones you mentioned only one is open namely the superlux, so choose the Superlux.
 
Mar 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM Post #5 of 8

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Why S400 and not S500s?
 
Mar 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM Post #6 of 8

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The S400 and the Uptowns are both closed. If you're looking for open headphones for under $100, then you don't have too many choices. The Superluxes, SR60/80i, or lower end Senn's like the HD518 are commonly recommended. You'll have to pick the one that fits your sound preferences the most.
 
I'll throw in a rather obscure set of cans: The AKG K142HD.
 
Harman is selling off some refurbished models on eBay right now and you can easily snag one for under $50 (http://www.ebay.com/sch/harmanaudio/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686).
 
Semi-open, relatively easy to drive, comfortable velour pads, super light yet rugged build. The sound is surprisingly good, and my favorite among the mid-tier AKG's (K240, K172, K272, etc). Has the most bass extension and impact of them all, to the point the midbass gets a bit wooly-sounding. They're still mid-oriented and the trebles are a bit laid back, just like the others. Soundstage isn't as wide as I'd expect from its "semi-open" design but it's very cohesive with a good sense of depth.
 
I can nitpick about the sound quite a bit but at the $50 price point they are quite the bargain. I also think it looks very good- the matte steel over shades of green is a pretty pleasing combination.
 
Just my 2 cents.
 
Mar 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM Post #7 of 8

MalVeauX

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Quote:
Hi,
 
I have a budget of 100 $.
 
 
What do you suggest with a superlative sound?
 
- headphones OPEN
- with low impedance (for iPod)
- hifi sound for FLAC file
 
 
I have see good review of:
 
- JVC S400
- Superlux 681
 
What do you think is better?
 
There are other alternative?
 
I have see the Philips UpTown... what do you think?
 
Thanks!

 
Heya,
 
Superlux HD668B
Samson SR850
AKG K240
AudioTechnica TAD400
 
Very best,
 
Mar 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM Post #8 of 8

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The K240 is not a headphone that will impress out of the box. They need at least 50+ hours of burn in to improve mids and bass. 
 

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