Aug 31, 2016

Headphone use for Music!

What type of headphones under 200$ would you guys recommend for music use
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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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40x is more neutral, vocals sound better. The bass on m50x is not that good.
I personally prefer the m40x
M50x has gotten a lot of hyper over the years. Some of us think too much.

I sent my pair back after about 10 days. Highs where harsh, mid-range/vocals where a bit recessed and bass was a bit a bit too much into the mids. There was an uneveness that made them sound a bit unbalanced, hard to explain but just sounded off.

Many people prefer the M40x over the M50x. I haven't heard them so can't comment. If you never had good headphones the M50Xs might impress, but if you heard good headphones you may also find them lacking.

Audio is very subjective though.
Monoprice has, without a doubt, the best planar headphone set under, but just, under $200.
Check out their Monolith m560 on the mono price website.
len_sevs
I have the M560 and wouldn't really recommend them to most people.

iIn my opinion, I find them quite unbalanced. Vocal are "in you face" and the bass is a bit lean. I want to turn up the volume to get more bass impact, but them the vocal become very shouty and painful.

If you really like to hear vocals they might be for you. I just don't enjoy them as much as my other headphones.

Like anything else there are some glowing reviews and some not so much. I'm on the not so much side.
If you're willing to listen to a neutral headphone, K7XX is fantastic. Really.

Assuming that you don't have an amp, (which, if you do, you may as well find either a HD6xx or a DT880), you're quite limited.

Open back headphones give you "better soundstage" in general. These headphones include the
HD598C/s/whatever.
These headphones are a pretty good "bang for the buck".

And of course, the obligatory ATH-M50x.
Unless you've been listening to complete shit, these headphones aren't amazing. In fact, for the price, they almost feel underwhelming. It's a shit closed back with average mids and average highs. It doesn't actually excel at anything--and that's what makes it an amazing all rounder. You're probably confused--I just told you that they're not amazing, but yet you say it's an amazing all rounder?

As much as we can create headphone recommendations for you, it's ultimately up to you to choose your own purchase. Consider this:
What genre do I listen to? If I listen to EDM songs, I might find the V shaped headphones with amazing highs and amazing lows better than a neutral pair of headphones. If I listen to orchestral and classical, I might wanna check out the K7xx with it's amazing soundstage and neutral sound signature.
Makishanuto
The 598C's are the closed version of the 598's... may have been a typo but wanted to clarify that.
ElectronicVices
I do enjoy many EDM genres but mainly funk and jam / phish. Either way, I do need it to be crisp but I'd be willing to sacrifice a bit for some solid bass. I hope that you can make a recommendation based on this and some pictures of my lifestyle. [moderated]
Where will you be listening and do you have a proper headphone amp?
I'm throwing in a vote for the Blue Lola. I use them at work or from a portable source and they're pretty decent. You should be able to snag a pair just over $200 new or just under that used, and you won't have to worry about amping them.
If you listen to a variety of music styles buy an ATH M50x, There is absolutely no better value under 200$ and it is such a pleasure to have them over your ears. I slept many times having them on.