Best Closed Headphones for $80
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I showed my friend my setup and now he wants to get into headphones. He is looking for a good set of clkosed cans for around $80. He wants to pair a fiio e11 with them too. I have suggested the Koss DJ100. He is also interested in the Shure srh 440 and the KRK kns 6400. Feel free to express your opinions on these headphones and others.
 
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The DJ100 (or TBSE) are very good headphones, and a very good buy at the $50-$70 they tend to run for (if Tuesday Morning still has the TBSE for $50, that's what I would suggest). The other pair of cans I'd suggest are also from Koss, the R/80, which are also very good performers (and tend to be about $30 on Amazon), but come with less accessories/perks than the TBSE.
 
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A few questions, 
Which headphones did your friend try? does he like a certain musical genre? 
 
The shures and the KRK are neutral headphones. 
 
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My friend tried my DJ100s, which he liked, but is also looking at other options if there are better ones. My friend tends to listen to rap.
 
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I'm not sure there's many better options under $100 than the DJ100, especially if you can get the TBSE for $50 (just check Tuesday Morning's site, it was still up last I knew (a few days ago)). I can think of a few >$100 models that are perhaps different, but not out and out better, if that makes sense. R/80 is probably a little bassier, but more cramped-in sounding as well.

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Just checked Amazon - the TBSE are about a dollar less than the DJ100 right now. I'd say saving a dollar to get a hard-case, removable cable, and free album is worth it. :p

Looks like TM still has them too:
http://www.tuesdaymorning.com/tony-bennett-signature-edition-stereophones/1255982.jsp
 
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Look into a JVC HA-S500. Warning. You will want one after you get one.
 
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I guess the Koss headphones is the most logical way to go. 
 
(i've seen the HA-S500's a couple of times, anything similar to his big brothers? RX700/900?)
 
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Nothing like the RX700,RX900..These sound more like $150-$200 portables. Look for the thread for impressions.
 
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Nothing like the RX700,RX900..These sound more like $150-$200 portables. Look for the thread for impressions.
 
Interesting, i will do some reading. 
 
To the Op, good luck. Keep us posted. 
 
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Thanks guys im TheEvilNarwhal's friend ... i went with the Koss TBSE1's with a Fiio E11 and the Fiio L9 LOD. Thanks for the help all!!
 
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