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Best headphones under $300?

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  1. J-Lieb
    I have audio technica athm50s but I'm looking for something with a little more feel to it. Specifically, I want to hear every little detail in the music. I listen to almost every genre so something close to a flat eq would be preferred. Must fit around ears. $300 budget with a little flex. I was thinking about AKG K701s. Advice?
  2. Xcuz
    What kind of music do you listen to more specifically?
  3. MalVeauX
    Hifiman HE-400
    Hifiman HE-300 (revision 2)
    AKG Q701
    AKG K550
    Beyer DT880
    Sennheiser HD600
    AudioTechnica AD900
    Ultrasone HFI 2400
    Denon D2000
    Very best,
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  4. J-Lieb
    Probably alternative, rock, and electronic. I would like the highs and lows to be most evident.
  5. ddcpitt
    Open: HD600 or HE-400 rev 2
    Closed: D2000/D5000 or T50RP Mad Dogs
  6. ostewart
    Soundmagic HP200
  7. J-Lieb
    the denon d2000s are $470 on amazon (I''m not buying used or refurbished). and they need to be closed back. im leaning toward akg k550
  8. wolfetan44
    Get the Mad Dogs by Mrspeakers.
  9. sonance
    I would pick the DT880 over the K701, although the latter isn't bad either. You're on the right track with the K701, I just prefer the DT880 and find it a little flatter sounding overall, since the K701 seems to have more of a dip in the mids. The HD-650 needs a real powerhouse amp (preferably balanced) and driven at higher volumes to get the best detail retrieval it's capable of, so I'd recommend these other alternatives for what you're looking for. Since you brought up the K701, I can guess you don't *need* closed 'phones, so at this price range I would recommend sticking to open phones to maximize bang for the buck.
  10. J-Lieb
    I was thinking about the k701s before I decided to get closed headphones, but now it's between the mad dogs and k550. Anyone have experience with both?
  11. HamilcarBarca
    Sennheiser's HD 600 and its HD 650 present an easy-to-drive load. They can be driven very well with the FiiO E5 and to their full capacity with (for example) the O2. There's not a bit of truth in the audiophile myth that they're "picky" or require "a real powerhouse amp."
    A balanced-line amp offers not even a single benefit for home or office users. Balanced lines are designed for noise rejection in EMI-saturated environments like studios and rock-concert stages.
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  12. MattTCG
    I'd go with the he400 or Maddog by Mr. Speakers. Both are great. 
  13. J-Lieb
    I should have mentioned that I will be using them with a Fiio E10. It looks like I'll get the Mad dogs.
  14. DontBend Ascend
    I'm in a similar position at the moment, and I am considering the V-Moda M-100 at the moment.
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  15. J-Lieb
    One person said that they missed their Mad Dogs after listening to the M100s. Other than that, I can't find a good comparison because the Mad Dogs aren't mass produced.
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