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post #11 of 21
My recommendation is the HFI-580. This phone is a treat. Its a true audiophile grade headphone for under $150.

Head-Fi.org is the best place in the world to learn about phones.

Here is a link to one (of many many many) for this model.

I wouldnt steer you wrong. I have thousands tied up in phones and trust me. You dont need to to have 90% of what i have. Less than 200 gets you that far!

http://www.head-fi.org/t/531691/revi...i-580-vs-sr-80

I felt generous. Here are a few more.


http://www.head-fi.org/t/556509/revi...-vs-pro700-mk2

http://www.head-fi.org/t/538289/revi...-80-comparison

http://www.head-fi.org/products/ultr...phones/reviews

And here is a link to overstock where you can buy a oair on sale today for $139.49

http://www.overstock.com/Electronics...tml?cid=123620


If you want a second recommendation on the other end of the spectrum check out the grado line. They are fantastic but are open phones. Something in your price range might be the SR 80s for about $100 or the SR125is for under $150.
Edited by bce22 - 10/28/11 at 5:27pm
post #12 of 21
I have the Superlux 668B. I know in canada you can buy them for $49 +$10 shipping. They do ship to the US for a slightly higher cost, about $15 CAD.
http://www.pawmusic.com/
What I like about the 668B is the weight, very light and actually quite comfortable.
Another reason is the flat sound it has. There is no sort of amplification, that some headphones has.
So what you hear, is what you hear naturally.
    
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I had a pair of plantronics gamecomm 377 an loved them. Great audio for both gaming, music and movies. I could hear people across the map in games.
Rofl I'm 100% positive this guy is joking.

I had a pair of Plantronics, whether it be the 377 or the 700 or whatever, and they are the biggest pieces of crap I have ever rested on my head. Not only did they squeeze my brain like a damn guillotine, but the plastic headpiece broke in a matter of months. Absolute rip of for a $60 pair of headphones at Best Buy. Pathetic. Plantronics makes crap anyways.

On that list, heres my 2c:

Best overall phone (quality, durability, looks): Denon
Most durable phone (also fantastic sound - probably won't even tell the difference from the Denon unless you're amazing): Sennheiser
Best phone for the price: RX900
Honorable mention: ATH M50

Once again, I haven't tested any of them and that's the real thing. All I can tell you is that Denon and Sennheiser are the two most known companies in the world for not only their headphones, but various other electronic acoustic components as well. Denon does a lot with DJs.

For durability, looks like Sennheiser would take that imo. The JVC's look like they might do well since you can get a second pair if they break for the same price as the Sennys.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
I'm also a member on head-fi.org and I've read a lot of reviews there.

The HFI-580 was pretty high on my list when I was doing my initial research but when I laid out all the headphones in the list above the higher price point threw me off. The only reason their canceled out is because the HFI-780 can be had for just a little more. While my budget can extend to $150 I'm not sure that the HFI-550 is worth $80 more than the RX900 when I can also purchase an amp with that money.

EDIT:
xyeLz - yea, I just ignored Maddog7771's post
Edited by roadlesstraveled - 10/28/11 at 5:31pm
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by roadlesstraveled View Post
I'm also a member on head-fi.org and I've read a lot of reviews there.

The HFI-580 was pretty high on my list when I was doing my initial research but when I laid out all the headphones in the list above! the higher price point threw me off. The only reason their canceled out is because the HFI-780 can be had for just a little more. While my budget can extend to $150 I'm not sure that the HFI-550 is worth $80 more than the RX900 when I can also purchase an amp with that money.

EDIT:
xyeLz - yea, I just ignored Maddog7771's post
Totally understand!

My opinion is to spend as much as you are comfortable with on the phones. This is your biggest bang for the buck. A semi-crappy pair of phones will not sound good amped but a decent set of phones will. I love my amps and my above 80ohm phones really need it to open up to their full potential. If you get a pair of phones that are relatively easy to drive you wont need to amp it and will still get that eargasm effect when you throw in your favorite tunes.

Remember your buying phones for music. When it comes to gaming the sound track is so compressed that really good phones sound worse than semicrappy phones.

Good luck with your purchase. It really sounds like your thinking this through.
Edited by bce22 - 10/28/11 at 5:40pm
post #16 of 21
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Would you consider the RX900's as "semi-crappy"? I just checked through the prices again and I can get the RX900's from Newegg for $47.99 with free 2-day shipping...even more temping. From some of the reviews I've read on head-fi they said that these headphones benefited pretty well from an amp.

I'm just worried about dropping a ton of cash on a pair of headphones and then not like them.
post #17 of 21
I found the RX700, with is similar to be too much of the low end. There wasnt any clear definition of any midrange.
From people I talked too, the RX900 had a lot more deep low end. Too me that just takes away from the natural sound of music and gaming.
The other issue I did find, was the weight, there not light at all.
    
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I actually ended up buying two pairs of headphones and one of them was even crossed off in my above list. I went this route because I don't have much experience with different sound signatures and this way I'll get a better idea of what I like.

The two I ended up buying are the JVC RX900's and the Samson SR850's. After doing more research I found that the Samson's are a very good set of cans for the money. So in the end I spent just under $88 for both. The two main headphones that I may still end up purchasing in the future are the DT770's and the HFI-580's.
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Bummer... no Grados on the list? I've been enjoying a set of SR80s for almost a decade. They've been reliable cans that are always great to listen to.
     
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Have you looked at the classifieds on Headfi? Some pretty good deals on there now in your price range.
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