Aug 31, 2016

Headphone use for Music!

What type of headphones under 200$ would you guys recommend for music use
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To my ear AKG is accurate too. I hv only heard 612, which is not bad and perhaps better then m40x.
Then 712 which sound nice at high freq, perhaps even nicer then m70x.
I hv 2 stax and grado RS2 but now I love my audio technica ath m70x. To me it is very accurate and electrostatic like sounding of transparency. Of course it will reveal if your source is grainy too.
Be careful after a year of use the headphone join cud break. I broke 2 m70x already in the last 2 years. Its the small plastic piece that connect the headphone speaker to the bridge. Very bad design defect here.
The solution is to add some strong resin to the inner side of the small platic piece before it broke.
I also hv m40x, it is more accurate then m50x.
However the high and dynamic is lacking. Because it cane with 3 meter wires that has high capacitance and resistance. When I use my m70x 1.5meter ( or 1.2?) The sound is more open and my dynamics. I suspect it cud still sound better with shorter or better cable.
No M40x is not sounding as good as m70x, but not too bad. at 1/3 the price I cud effort to bring around even if I lost them some where.
6XX for sure. But you need an amp for that.
Sennheiser 6XX-$199 or 58X Jubilee-$149
AKG K7XX-$199
HIFIMAN 4XX-$169
SHP9500s are a great headphone. Basically HD600s with a bit more treble and slightly better bass extension.
For what? Producing music or listening to music?
Koss Porta Pro $41 on Amazon. There's also a MassDrop version as well. Don't be fool by the price. This is hand down the best headphone for its price point. Lifetime waranty doesn't hurt neither!

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS! All MassDrop audiophile will agree with me.
V Moda M100s too if you listen to hip hop and EDM. They have a “fun“ sound to them and are very durable. Always pack them when on a holiday
g6100s
If you get VModa's the "XL cushions" are definitely worth the upgrade
Audioquest Nighthawks. Why ? Aesthetics and comfort aside they have a warm mellow sound signature which doesn’t neglect the low end. Did I mention they’re pretty easy on the eyes ?
Easy to drive as well if you don’t want to go the portable amp route..
How wide of a soundstage are you looking for and do you have a decent headphone amplifier?
I would recommend the Grado SR80e, sell for around 100$. They are on ear and seem to get a lot of complaints for that. But I enjoy my Grado SR225 (at the 200$ price point) a lot more than I enjoy my Senhesser HD650 when it comes to sound and they were more than half the price.
Massdrop's Sennheiser HD6xx ! 199.95$, under 200$!
I have a pair of audio technica ad ath 700x they have a very comfy fit on any head and the audio quality is very good for the price, not so portable though
for me id do the sony mdr-xb950b1
Sony MDR1A.. you can probably find a set for 200... or momentum 2.0, but you'll have to search.
A little more information would be very helpful.

For home use or portable.
Will these be running off a phone/PC or do you have a DAC/AMP to power said headphones.
Do you prefer a balanced sound or a v shaped signature or big bass?
Looking for open or closed headphones.

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I own a pair of Westone in-ear monitors. Wired. Tiny, light, comfortable with my small ears (unlike Shure), noise cancelling (can be dangerous outdoors!). They're loud, there's absolutely no need for preamp. Unfortunately they go for more than $200.
Fabiana
Noise Isolating is a better description as noise cancelling usually refers to the active noise cancelling.
If it's under$200, go with the vmoda m100, 2nd choice Philips L2, 3rd audio Technica m40x. I've owned all of them. I recommend m100 the most.

If you go up in the $200+ , hd650, hd600, X2, he400i. They are all excellent options. You can't go wrong with any of them. I own all except he400i. I recommend hd650 the most.

Skip the hd598, m50x. I owned both as Well.
M40x>m50x. Hd600,650 > hd598

I hope this will help you in your decision making.
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I listened to both m50 and m40x, and m40x sounded much better. They had bone of those things you mentioned that the 50 had. I couldn't listen to the m50 for nore than an hour, while I forgot I was even wearing the M40x because the sound was so pleasent.
issak
Yeah, I understand the M40x is considered a better alternative by many. It's what I would get if I was getting something not to expensive for portable use.