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Oh jeez yet another looking for headphones thread!

Well, yes it is...lol! So, I have looked around and done some research, but I just want to get some opinions from you guys first.

Here's some things about me in your decision making process!

Music: Rock, Metal, Piano, Pop, Disco, Techno, Freestyle, Spanish
Primary Use: Music
Secondary Use: Movies/Shows (Netflix)
Useful Features: Portability
Budget: ~$100

Lastly, since I will most likely be using them around campus, I don't want them to look ugly or huge looking or anything, actually, something that looks simple like

would be perfect.

Suggest away!
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tbo, most of the best over-ear headphones in that price range are somewhat large and visually unappealing. Have you given any thought to a set of good in ear headphones? Try looking at a set from klipsh or ultimate ears. If you are set on over-ear headphones, then look for a good pair of closed cans. Open cans have a better sound stage (especially in your price range) but they bleed sound and are not good for walking around campus. They also lack bass which is not good for your music preferences. Closed cans generally have a greater bass presence and do not bleed sound. The trade off is a smaller sound stage and sometimes less accuracy in the music. Really the best you could do for your price range would be a set of Audiotechnica M50s. They are a great sounding and easy to drive set of closed headphones and they don't look half bad either. M50s are pretty highly regarded in the audiophile community. They retail for around $150 but I have seen used pairs go for around $100-$110. Try and buy a set off of a member here or on headfi.
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tbo, most of the best over-ear headphones in that price range are somewhat large and visually unappealing. Have you given any thought to a set of good in ear headphones? Try looking at a set from klipsh or ultimate ears. If you are set on over-ear headphones, then look for a good pair of closed cans. Open cans have a better sound stage (especially in your price range) but they bleed sound and are not good for walking around campus. They also lack bass which is not good for your music preferences. Closed cans generally have a greater bass presence and do not bleed sound. The trade off is a smaller sound stage and sometimes less accuracy in the music. Really the best you could do for your price range would be a set of Audiotechnica M50s. They are a great sounding and easy to drive set of closed headphones and they don't look half bad either. M50s are pretty highly regarded in the audiophile community. They retail for around $150 but I have seen used pairs go for around $100-$110. Try and buy a set off of a member here or on headfi.
Yeah, I've been looking at the M50s, they don't look too bad. IEMs tend to hurt my ears and give me fatigue, something I want to avoid with cans. Also, closed cans would be best, don't want sound leakage. Any others you can recommend, over $100 is okay as well.

I checked out the HD555s, but I personally think they look ugly.
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Yeah, I've been looking at the M50s, they don't look too bad. IEMs tend to hurt my ears and give me fatigue, something I want to avoid with cans. Also, closed cans would be best, don't want sound leakage. Any others you can recommend, over $100 is okay as well.

I checked out the HD555s, but I personally think they look ugly.
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i use these and they are pretty awesome

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...04399&Tpk=g930
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Wow that's great actually, and cheap too!

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i use these and they are pretty awesome

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...04399&Tpk=g930
That seems more for gaming, and wouldn't I look odd with headphones that have a mic built in?
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Yeah, I've been looking at the M50s, they don't look too bad. IEMs tend to hurt my ears and give me fatigue, something I want to avoid with cans. Also, closed cans would be best, don't want sound leakage. Any others you can recommend, over $100 is okay as well.

I checked out the HD555s, but I personally think they look ugly.
Ok well you could look at a couple different pairs.

Audio-Technica ATH-ES7
Audio-Technica ATH-A700
Beyerdynamic DT770
Sennheiser HD25-1

Of those listed above, the Senns are probably the most portable. The DT770s are nice but a little big and kindof expensive. I would take the M50s over the other two audio-technicas I listed (especially the a700 since they are larger and sound muddier). I would still say that the m50s are by far the best option in your price range. As for the hd555s, they are good for gaming because of their sound stage but they lack base response and aren't all that enjoyable to listen to for music. I also agree with you that they are kindof ugly.

That deal which renji listed looks pretty good.
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i use these and they are pretty awesome

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...04399&Tpk=g930
Lol!!!!! Those will have horrible sound quality compared to dedicated headphones from any reputable audio company such as Sennheiser, Audiotechnica, or Beyerdynamic. Also, his listed uses are for music and movies. What is he going to use the headset for?
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Does it need to be foldable?
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