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Neutral headphones with slight bass bump. Portable would be a plus.
price? open or closed back? Do you have an amp or will it be out of a phone?
$100-$200 closed back headphones that will be driven out of my phone
1More Triple Driver Over-Ear is worth a read, IMO. A bit over budget. There is also the SoundMAGIC HP151. Also worth a look-see. Very nice.
Soundmagic hp151 look interesting but people say they break a lot in the reviews on amazon
Take a look at the PSB M4U 4’s. Currently 149 and one of the best iems I ha e heard to date.
Beoplay H6 2nd generation
Keep an eye out for Sennheiser’s HD 7 or HD 8 DJ headphones, both of which have been discontinued. I just purchased the HD 8, which was selling for $390, for $148. B&H offered it on one of its 24 hour sales. It is currently selling the HD 8 for $230.
The HD 8 is extremely well-built and comes with two cables, two sets of earpads and a very nice hard case. Spare parts should be available for a long time.
Also, Bang & Olufsen has discontinued all of its Beoplay wired headphones. I have the H6 (first generation) and really like it, although I can’t say that it stresses bass. I’d keep an eye out for the H6 over the next few months. There may be some very good pricing.
The big difference between the two H6 versions was the added (sub) bass in the Gen 2 version. The mid bass is actually a tad recessed so they’re not very punchy but they have good low end extension and rumble. If neutrality is your thing, either version of the H6 is good, Gen 2 just pumped up the bass and efficiency without an amp.
People who have a problem with Bang & Olufsen as a brand should watch metal571’s review of the H6 (second generation) on YouTube.
Despite being discontinued, current pricing remains up there at about US$300, which is $100 more than jaemitchell2000 is prepared to spend. At $200, which we may see from some sources in the next couple of months, they are a really, really good deal. Just realise that things like replacement earpads, being real leather, aren’t cheap.
That said, my Miniature Schnauzer decided that my H6 headphones, which I had placed on the floor, were a toy and had a great time chewing up one of the earpads. Bang & Olufsen’s NY store, when I explained what happened, replaced the victimised earpad for free
They do get great reviews, the only major audiophile reviewer I know of that didn’t like them was Tyll, and that was the first gen version. I got my pair for $250 at the B&O store. I went in to try them and was really impressed, but they were listed as $300...then the sales guy mentioned they were “actually on sale” for $250 and I couldn’t really say no. Yes, for that price and even for $300 I found them to be very good. Great sound and quality materials, and they’re very handsome.