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Audiophilia: Headphones, Amps, DAPs, and Empty Wallets

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  • MyDcmbrMyDcmbr Registered User regular
    I like the AKG K240 for around $50 myself. http://a.co/f52XOFB

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  • Casually HardcoreCasually Hardcore Get over yourself. Registered User regular
    Whats a good $50+ set of non earbud headphones these days

    Depends on a lot of things. What are you using it for? Do you need it to be portable? Open back or closed?

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    I'm looking for a sub-$100 pair of headphones, mostly for gaming but also for music. I've mostly been going off of Zeos' Recommendation List. I really like everything I've seen about the Phillips SHP9500's, but I'm concerned about sound leakage. I'm guessing all open headphones are pretty much going to be bad about that?

    For closed, he recommends the ATH-M40x and the Status CB-1's. Thoughts on either of these? He hated the ATH-M50x's, but said the 40x's were a huge improvement. Any other suggestions? Main things I'm looking for:

    Sub-$100
    Good construction, won't break easily after moderate use (I'm looking at you "gaming headsets")
    As little bleed as possible (so I can game around my wife without bothering her (her desk is right next to mine) or rock out at work without anyone else hearing
    Good for gaming, which I guess needs a decent soundstage and bass

    It would also need to be okay without an amp. My motherboard supposedly can drive up to 600 Ohm speakers with DAC features, but I don't know how good it is, and my work laptop has nothing. I'd be up for a pad upgrade in the near future, but probably not now.

  • QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    I'm looking for a sub-$100 pair of headphones, mostly for gaming but also for music. I've mostly been going off of Zeos' Recommendation List. I really like everything I've seen about the Phillips SHP9500's, but I'm concerned about sound leakage. I'm guessing all open headphones are pretty much going to be bad about that?

    For closed, he recommends the ATH-M40x and the Status CB-1's. Thoughts on either of these? He hated the ATH-M50x's, but said the 40x's were a huge improvement. Any other suggestions? Main things I'm looking for:

    Sub-$100
    Good construction, won't break easily after moderate use (I'm looking at you "gaming headsets")
    As little bleed as possible (so I can game around my wife without bothering her (her desk is right next to mine) or rock out at work without anyone else hearing
    Good for gaming, which I guess needs a decent soundstage and bass

    It would also need to be okay without an amp. My motherboard supposedly can drive up to 600 Ohm speakers with DAC features, but I don't know how good it is, and my work laptop has nothing. I'd be up for a pad upgrade in the near future, but probably not now.

    This is based on my own, very limited, cheap ass experience.

    For open, they bleed sound. Like a motherfucker. I love my grado sr80's off an amp. I've listened to cans costing far far more that my grado's came out ahead of. I've also listened to cans costing far FAR FAR more that they could not beat. Anyone in the room will know what you are listening to. You may want new foam cushions for longer listening, depending on personal preference. That warranty is for real, they replaced my cans 3 days before it ended because the left ear had developed a slight pop that I suspect is more to do with putting them in and out of my magni (schiit stack) than anything.

    For semi-closed (a made up term I just decided on for not technically sealed but other people won't be annoyed) , honestly, the koss porta pros still sound better than they have ANY right to. And they certainly don't need an amp. And for me at least are comfortable for dayyysssss. And they toss in your bag. And if they DO die (I've never had a set die that wasn't due to traumatic injury to the cord) you just...buy another pair. They won't seal out ambient noise, but for me that is a plus.

    Reading over your post again, if you want a mic built in to a set of decent headphones...I suddenly have no help. Not because that is a bad thing to want, but because I don't have any aside from some $25 logitech ones from staples that are...fine, I guess.

  • djmitchelladjmitchella Registered User regular
    I have some SHP9500s, and they sound great -- but, yes, they are open backed and sound will get out (and also in, if you want to be able to cut out external distractions).

    And while they're very comfortable compared to headphones that are too tight, they're almost _too_ much like that -- they always felt a bit insecure on my head, even after some significant bending-in. But if you want to avoid sound escaping, they won't do it, you'll want closed-back for sure.

    http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-over-ear-sealed has a pretty wide range; I have some Sennheiser HD201s which were cheap as chips, were plenty robust for what I needed, and sound just fine for the money, so I'd guess the HD202s are okay as well; the monoprice ones he recommends also get a lot of good reviews, and these could very well be enough for you if you want to avoid going down the path of spending more and more.

  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    Reading over your post again, if you want a mic built in to a set of decent headphones...I suddenly have no help. Not because that is a bad thing to want, but because I don't have any aside from some $25 logitech ones from staples that are...fine, I guess.

    For a mic, I just plan to get something like the Vmoda BoomPro or the Antlion Modmic.
    I have some SHP9500s, and they sound great -- but, yes, they are open backed and sound will get out (and also in, if you want to be able to cut out external distractions).

    And while they're very comfortable compared to headphones that are too tight, they're almost _too_ much like that -- they always felt a bit insecure on my head, even after some significant bending-in. But if you want to avoid sound escaping, they won't do it, you'll want closed-back for sure.

    http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-over-ear-sealed has a pretty wide range; I have some Sennheiser HD201s which were cheap as chips, were plenty robust for what I needed, and sound just fine for the money, so I'd guess the HD202s are okay as well; the monoprice ones he recommends also get a lot of good reviews, and these could very well be enough for you if you want to avoid going down the path of spending more and more.

    Cool, I'll check those out. Thanks!

  • BolthornBolthorn Registered User regular
    This may be helpful, maybe not. I love the ATH-M40x but I use them for audio work, recording, first pass mixing, etc. I don't use them much for just casually listening to music. I don't use headphones much for listening to music at all. The sound profile is very flat, which is great for creating/mixing music. If you want the music to sound pretty close to how it was recorded, then these would be great. Or if you have some extra EQ between the music and the headphones that you could use to color the sound to your liking.

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