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I'm using Sennheiser HD202's. Honestly to me they sound great so I'm looking for something comparable that offers a mic. Also if they were 5.1 that would be nice but my Xonar sound card seems to do a virtual surround sound that sounds great in my opinion. Prefer to keep it under $75 and for that much money I'd expect them to sound a bit better. Any suggestions?
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Don't bother with 5.1 Surround Sound in headphones. In order to meet the standard, headphone makers have to shove 4 drivers in each earcup. This results in the use of smaller, crappier drivers being used compared to the ones you'll usually find in stereo headphones. The end product is most of the time a headset with a sound signature characterized by muddled mids.

For your budget, I would get the Superlux HD668B and a clip-on microphone if you don't have one already. Here is a review.

http://www.greenflymusicsupply.com/s...nes-p4076.html

Either that or the Samson SR850, which is basically the same thing (Superlux is an OEM for Samson), but the SR850 has a bit more bass.


Edited by decimator - 10/4/11 at 8:16am
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I highly recommend a boom mic or the zalman clip on mic with a good set of cans. If you want to stick with closed cans try ATH-A500.
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Also, check out this thread in the Online Deals section. You can get factory-refurbished AD700's for $65.
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I ordered a Zalman clip, I'm hoping it will be sufficient though as the room I'm in has quite a bit of background noise.

Are these headphones being suggested going to be a big improvement over my HD202's?
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post #6 of 7
If they sound great why replace them?
post #7 of 7
music taste?
intended use of headphone?
other things to consider?

you have 30 points, assign them to how you like it to sound:

Bass:
Mids:
Treble (highs):
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