Your Thoughts on a few Portable under-$70 Headphones
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Hello.
I've been enjoying my Denon 2000 with rockboxed ipods and a Meier Audio Move amp.
Love their sound but.....they're suited for listening from a favored armchair and not at all to take out and about.
 
I've come up with a list of under $70 portable ones and would like some advise from people who know these cans.
 
Here it is:
 
-JVC HA-S 160S Flats
-KOSS KSC-75
-KOSS PortaPro
-JVC HA-S 400
-JVC HA-S 500
-JVC HA-S 650
-SENNHEISER PX100
-SENNHEISER HD238
 
Ok, up to you now

shoot and say what you think of them
 
Thanks,
Huck
 
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This one's easy, go with the S500.
 
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Yeah, the s500
 
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Hi, thanks.
......Why so easy?
...and second best?
 
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Because you can't get better portable headphones than s500 for that money - that's why. Why would you ask for the second best when you can get the best? 

 
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Thirded - the s500's are the best. Second best would probably be the s400's, though I would probably give the porta pros a go. Lovely open, bassy and fun sound.
 
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Thanks a lot for the advise on the s500 cans and also thanks roscopervis about suggesting to maybe give a go to the portapro as second best....in fact that's the reason why I asked: I had the "suspicion" that the koss ones could be close to the top:wink:.. @ Walkmanrocks: I think I could like the V80 but on amazon warehouse could only find the M80 at that price ..(??) But any other suggestion that's not on my "beginner's" list is certainly welcome. :)
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Rrright!
Thanks walkmanrocks.. Well, if M80 and V80 are the same headphone, I'll go for it. You shure they better the other ones, right? I'm asking because I have now way of trying them over here....
 
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The S500's are great, but I would buy the M80/V80's on build quality alone. They also sound pretty good too :)
 
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Hello.
I've been enjoying my Denon 2000 with rockboxed ipods and a Meier Audio Move amp.
Love their sound but.....they're suited for listening from a favored armchair and not at all to take out and about.
 
I've come up with a list of under $70 portable ones and would like some advise from people who know these cans.
 
Here it is:
 
-JVC HA-S 160S Flats
-KOSS KSC-75
-KOSS PortaPro
-KOSS SportaPro
-JVC HA-S 400
-JVC HA-S 500
-JVC HA-S 650
-SENNHEISER PX100
-SENNHEISER HD238
 
Ok, up to you now

shoot and say what you think of them
 
Thanks,
Huck
 
The ksc75's are brilliant. They excel in every area but unfortunately the highs are a bit too hot for me.
 
The portapros are outstanding, if you like a dark and bassy pair of headphones. Superb for rock and hiphop, but amazing also for movie listening and game playing. Very good for classical as well.
 
The sportapros are similar to the portapros but they have a wamer sound signature since they produce a touch less bass. Also, I've read that they don't like to be pushed to extremely high sound levels but I consider this type of listening inadvisable in any event.
 
I'd say spend $20 on the sportapros and be done with it.
 
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Thanks to all for the details.
For a start I posted a WTB thread here for the V-Moda.
 
In the meantime I'll see today if I can try the Koss somewhere....not easy here in the good old South of France.
They seem to be (I talk about the Porta pro/Sporta Pro) top of the list of the most liked/disliked in the entry level category.

 
@newphones: I heard about the Sporta Pro: only thing is I don't quite like their "plasticky" look.......
 
..........if only the Denon 2000s weren't that bulky...!
Huck
EDIT: Uh Oh!!! Didn't realize the VModa V80s for $87 on Amazon Warehousedeals was only for........a limited time
they seem to be gone...ouch
 
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Had the chance of listening to the Porta Pro all evening.
For their price (just over 30$) they are very very enjoyable.
Of course when compared to the Denon (bought them used for 200$).......

But really really nice and light to wear. People around you don't much hear you listening also, despite their small size.
 
QUESTION: The 45$ JVC HA-S500 would be much better, right?
 
If yes....for those I would have to buy them sight unseen, 'cause here they only stock the HA-SR500 which seem an altogether different (worse) cans......
 
Thanks!
Huck
 
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