Looking for my first pair of cans
Oct 23, 2008 at 1:50 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 12

Jnyan

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Well, just coming up on this site, I feel I should get my first pair of cans to replace my low-quality IEMs. I mostly listen to rock/alternative music, and I have a budget of about $100 to spend here. I do not have any amp or other sound-enhancing products, and these would be for home use. I am looking for closed cans with a high(ish) sound quality for my budget, noise reduction is always a bonus but I am mainly just looking for quality and keeping almost all if not all of the sound in.
I was thinking of getting Equation's RP-21s but I am not sure if they are what I am looking for or if they will need an amp to sound good.

Thanks guys, sorry for the block.
 
Oct 23, 2008 at 2:33 AM Post #3 of 12

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This is for a 3rd gen. iPod nano.
 
Oct 23, 2008 at 2:38 AM Post #4 of 12

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I don't have much headphones suggestions for you but I would advise you to to have 3 or 4 options an lurk the FS forum to grab a deal.

DO check people's feedback when they are fairly new and have -500 posts (less than a year on Head-Fi)

Other than that, welcome to Head-Fi and... sorry for your wallet
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Oct 23, 2008 at 7:12 PM Post #5 of 12

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AKG K81Dj would be a solid choice for under $100, as would the Grado SR60 if you prefer an open design
 
Oct 23, 2008 at 10:50 PM Post #6 of 12

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Denon D1001k. excellent sound straight out of mp3 players, keep ALL the noise in (they don't totally seal OUT noise, however). Smallish for being over-ears. Comfy as hell, AND like $80 on amazon.

These always get recommended as first headphones.
 
Oct 23, 2008 at 11:30 PM Post #7 of 12

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Well if you're going for closed I can recommend the M-Audio Q-40's I cant compare them to the k81 but the k81 suffers from massive head clamp. The Q40s because of their metal hinges can be shaped to the necessary clamp you need by stretching them overnight over the long side of the box.

Other than those I havn't heard any other closed cans in that price range.

Common Recs are the aforementioned Denon d1001k and the Equation RP-21. With the common consensus that the Denons are the most comfortable of the 3.
 
Oct 24, 2008 at 1:11 AM Post #8 of 12

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Which do you think are better for me? The Denon 1001s or the RP-21s?
 
Oct 24, 2008 at 1:29 AM Post #9 of 12

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I think youd like the denons, jonathonjong where are you when we need you???? (hes a denon owner) he can tell you whether they would suit your needs haha.
 
Oct 24, 2008 at 1:41 AM Post #10 of 12

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Alright thanks for your help everyone!
 
Oct 24, 2008 at 3:38 AM Post #11 of 12

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Ta-da!

Erm...D1001s fit most of the OP's requirements. Sub-$100, closed, sound great, and are easy to drive. So, if the lack of isolation is not an issue - and it shouldn't be in a dorm/library/work setting - then the D1001s are for you. In my experience, though not in everyone's, leakage is very minimal. I get the feeling that some people experience leakage because they're getting a bad fit.
 
Oct 24, 2008 at 12:35 PM Post #12 of 12

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good lookin out.
 

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