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Headphone use for Music!

What type of headphones under 200$ would you guys recommend for music use
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Hifiman 400i. Without a doubt the best headphone for its price right now. Planar speed and detail, incredibly smooth frequency response, measures great, sounds great. Lacks a little soundstage but its pretty ubiquitously a step above Senn 650, which is above 58x
hd 58x is the best for the pries
6xx with tube amp or 4xx with solid state amp. I find the 6xx's to be more accurate and 'audiophile' quality. The 4xx's have fuller sound and Ifind them to be more fun.
Open or closed @Higgo?
How good is your hearing experience? Casual or psycho-maniacal-audiophile-jedi level?
Have you owned headphones before or is this your first steps in to this sadistic, wallet-emptying hobby?
People use headphones for music ?
Through all these years.....CD900ST for sure
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.
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Where did you buy it and what was the price? After K7XX, i hv yo be a bit more careful as the quality cud vary..
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williamlee
I bought my K7XX in May 2015 from here. After that, in the same year, I got my K712pro at USD$260 (brand new, including shipping) and sold my K7XX away
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.
The_Jniac
you're not going to find them for less than $250+ used nowadays. they're not made anymore and the few places where they're still in stock, people are price gouging them. glad I got mine for cheap for $55 because they're a steal for that price.
For what? Producing music or listening to music?
Koss Porta Pro $41 on Amazon. There's also a MassDrop version as well. Don't be fool by the price. This is hand down the best headphone for its price point. Lifetime waranty doesn't hurt neither!
YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS! All MassDrop audiophile will agree with me.
V Moda M100s too if you listen to hip hop and EDM. They have a “fun“ sound to them and are very durable. Always pack them when on a holiday
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+1 for m100 and XL pads.
g6100s
Agreed, they really surprised me with their sound quality the first time I put them on. One of the few "bass heavy" headphones that I truly enjoyed :)
Audioquest Nighthawks. Why ? Aesthetics and comfort aside they have a warm mellow sound signature which doesn’t neglect the low end. Did I mention they’re pretty easy on the eyes ? Easy to drive as well if you don’t want to go the portable amp route..
How wide of a soundstage are you looking for and do you have a decent headphone amplifier?
I would recommend the Grado SR80e, sell for around 100$. 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.
foobarfizz
SR80 are the best $100 headphones on the market.
Massdrop's Sennheiser HD6xx ! 199.95$, 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.
Details... details...
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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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.
qu11355
Haha I've heard everything here as well, but I only own the he400i. Polar opposites XD
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.
In my opinion, I find them quite unbalanced. Vocal are "in you face" and the bass is a quite 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.
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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]
Makishanuto
M40x sound way better than M50x.
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.
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There are also people who believe $5 Monk's are better than M50x so yeah, it is totally something personal, one may like 40 over 50.
Turkay
I haven't heard the M40. I own the M50 also and absolutely love them. I also own the Massdrop Hifiman 4xx and Sennheiser HD700. They're all different but I can't pick a favorite.
Brainwavz HM5 are a good neutral headphones for much less than $200. audio technica ath m40x is a good choice as well. Audio Technica msr7, if you dont mind a bit of a colour to your music.