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Suggestions for a first-time buyer?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by dancetoexpress, Feb 1, 2011.
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  1. DancetoExpress
    Hello Head-Fiers! I posted asking for advice in the "Don't start a new thread" thread, but I have trouble finding it, so I am sheepishly making a new thread.. I'm not what you would call an audiophile, but I certainly do notice the little things in audio more than the average person (or so I think). I have no prior experience with headphone purchase, heck the only audio equipment I own is my Logitech ClearChat Pro USB (headset for general gaming lol) and DiddyBeats (Before you go crazy and attack me for owning them, I won them as part of a Beats Facebook contest).
     
    Though I certainly do enjoy my DiddyBeats(huge step up from the default Apple headphones), I'm looking to buy over-the-ear headphones because I find them more... comfortable. My needs are not really specific; I don't demand more bass or anything like that, I just want something that is: noise-canceling(or at least blocks out sound), gives good sound on a wide range of music styles (pop, rock, indie), and here's the killing point (affordable/great for the price). Like I said before, I don't really have prior experience with headsets, but I was impressed by the Beats by Dre demos at Best Buy and such stores. (Yes, I know people find Beats atrocious compared to Sennheiser and such).
     
    So to sum it all up, I'm looking for some guidance on purchasing headphones that are affordable for a college student (willing to spend up to $200), sound good with different genres of music, and aesthetics are a plus (Yes, I like how Beats look, but I'd much rather have sound quality>looks). I'm just going to be using the headphones for.. casual listening/studying. Another useful feature I would like is to have headphones without sound leaking, because well.. I don't want other people hearing my music in a quiet setting (like a library).
     
    I hope this isn't rambling on too much, and thanks in advance!
     
    Edit: I would be using the headphones for my computer/laptop/iPod, so yeah.. I don't have a Soundblaster card or anything :\
    I'm open for any suggestions; a friend of mine suggested the MDR-7506


     
  2. winma
    Welcome to head-fi!
     
    After reading all your requirements, the ATH-M50's come to my mind. 
     
    They are good performing different music genres, minimal leakage, sound good unamped, and great SQ. 
     
  3. DancetoExpress
    Ooh, the ATH-M50 does look quite nice.
     
  4. Headphonez


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    Yea, definitely the M50S!
    To me, the M50s are kinda an all purpose headphone and thats just want you want.(some people might have different opinions)
    Amazon they sell for around $160 which is within your budget but the price will sometimes change
    But there are plenty of other options as well, just look around the forums [​IMG]
     
     
  5. DancetoExpress


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    Haha, I was just looking these up on Amazon. I see that a seller has them for around $120, so that's not too bad. It's certainly a lot better than the Beats by Dre I was fascinated by (looks-wise). But how portable are these? Say I wanted to go for a walk with it and my iPod. I'm not expecting them to be super-portable, that'd just be a plus in my book.
     
    Edit: Well after looking at a bunch of reviews and being recommended these, I purchased the M50s :) I can't wait for my first "real" headset :)
     
     
  6. Headphonez


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    they are noticeable, but not TOO big
     
    this is just a pic from google, and it kinda shows how big they are on the head
    [​IMG]
     
    these are all the things that the M50s comes with, as you can see it's some-what collapsible and plus it includes a carrying pouch thing!
    [​IMG]
     
    Edit- Congrats on your new headphones! [​IMG]
     
  7. DaveLinx
    The Sony's your friend recomended are not bad. I have the MDR-V6 (very similar) and though not loved around here, they are great headphones that I enjoy eventhough I have more expensive ones. Easy to drive, built like a tank and a truly classic headphone that I have no regrets about getting and keeping. (Can't say the same about my DT990's which is much more of a love/hate relationship.)
     
  8. JSoriginal
    +1 for the sony's being portable and a solid performer quite tough headphones too in the last 2 years I have had them they sure took a beating and still look new.
     
    ATH-m50's are well respected around here from what I have seen so far, i would suggest if you are close to any music stores to go and see if you can audition them. you could also start a thread looking for a close headfi'er with a pair that would let you audition.
     
    Best of luck.
     
    @ Dave, looks like i am following you around with your v6's everywhere... 
     
  9. classakg


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    We look forward for impressions. They are nice hp's for the money. 
     
  10. DancetoExpress


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    Oh don't worry, I'll be sure to give my impressions once I get them hehe. They're going to get here around Thursday and I can't wait x-x
     
  11. JSoriginal
    Congrats on the new purchase, just be warned... don't be surprised if in 2-3 months you are broke as a joke and constantly wanting to buy more equipment to push the limits of how awesome music can sound. I know I am on a downward spiral in that direction, Thanks Head-Fi...
     
    Cheers mate & anxious to hear what you think coming up from consumer grade best buy type stuff.
     
  12. ssavage
    I bring my M50s to school like once a week :3 pretty portable if i say so myself. also, they can turn and rest on your breasts kinda if you hang them on your neck. a lot of hps cant turn left to right 
     
  13. desktophifi


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    Do you have pictures? [​IMG]
     
  14. JamesMcProgger


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    x2
    I remain eskeptical at words.
     
  15. Confispect


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