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Budget: Up to $50 if it's worth it, but the lower the better (I'm looking in the $30ish range).

Music Tastes: Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal (eg. Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Who, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, etc.)

Perks: Excellent for gaming and a good all rounder. Stellar build quality and comfort.

Products I already have: Honestly, nothing in particular. I'm using onboard sound and have built an amplifier, but I'm not going to be using it any time soon.

Usage: This will mostly be connected to my desktop and be used as the primary audio device. It will occasionally be connected to portable devices, but it will never leave home. I plan on using this for gaming, rock music and occasionally other genres, TV shows, and cinematic quality productions.

Location and Sites: I'm in the United States, and I'm willing to use any reputable site (Amazon, Newegg, eBay, Buy.com, etc.)


Here's the thing. I have a Plantronics Gamecom 377, which has been pretty decent for gaming (increased my K/D ratio across the board over my previous cheap set) but only acceptable for music. Most importantly though, the build quality was subpar and it just broke yesterday after 25 months of use (the plastic band cracked a year ago, and separated yesterday). It's currently being held together with electrical tape until I can get a replacement.

So, I'm looking for a set that can match the Gamecom in gaming capabilities, outclass it in music, and hold up much better to regular usage. After browsing a few sites, the JVC RX700 seemed like a good option (with excellent build quality), but apparently it's poor when it comes to rock music. So, I've arrived at a dead end. Perhaps modifications can help enhance the mids?

I know my budget is rather low, but I'm not willing to invest too much into a good audio setup quite yet. Nevertheless, I appreciate getting the best quality for the money.

Thanks!
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JVC HA-RX700... poor at rock music? Its rock performance is one of the reasons why people buy the RX700's! I have a pair and I would say that with the addition of some mods like the felt-removal mod, the RX700's REALLY open up!
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JVC HA-RX700... poor at rock music? Its rock performance is one of the reasons why people buy the RX700's! I have a pair and I would say that with the addition of some mods like the felt-removal mod, the RX700's REALLY open up!

Heh, well I have never tried them myself to make my own verdict, but I've heard that while the RX-700's excel in many things their mids aren't the greatest for rock music. Would you say the felt removal mod (or any other mod) made any noticeable improvements as far as mids are concerned? I did see them recommended in the stickies for rock music, but it did mention that they weren't designed with rock in mind.

Also, just noticed that the RX700's don't have in-line volume control, which might be a minor annoyance. Not a deal breaker if all else is well, but perhaps there are comparable options that come with it?

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Is isolation an issue?
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Is isolation an issue?

Not particularly. My current set is open-ear and I can really go either way.
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Then the Samson RH600 will suit nicely.
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Then the Samson RH600 will suit nicely.

Hmm, been looking through a few reviews of them and they seem like decent options. Would you say they have a noticeable edge over the RX-700s in rock music?

More importantly though, there aren't too many reviews out there, but I've seen at least 4-5 that mention discomfort. I have a relatively large head, so a large number of headphones aren't overly comfortable. Any thoughts about that?

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Sony MDR-V6 or RH600
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post #9 of 11
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The MDR-V6 is beyond my budget constraints. I'll continue looking into the RH600s, and might go with them if they prove to be comfortable. Right now it's between those and the RX700. Does anyone have any inexpensive solutions for an in-line volume control?
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The MDR-V6 is beyond my budget constraints. I'll continue looking into the RH600s, and might go with them if they prove to be comfortable. Right now it's between those and the RX700. Does anyone have any inexpensive solutions for an in-line volume control?

Not many 'phones in that price range that focus on quality are going to have inline controls. You can buy a separate one for cheap, but beware that badly made ones will degrade the signal quality. The option I prefer is getting a volume control program. Check out 3RVX - free, custom hotkeys, custom volume notches (in %), custom display options (display time, fade time), and several skins. I believe the dev's site is down, but he has download links up.

Also, I have both RX700s and 900s (latter felt modded) and listen to rock and blues almost exclusively. I don't really have complaints, especially for the price, but I've heard the Samsons are great, too.

Also also, the RX700s are currently $35 on Amazon (they've been tending toward $50 for a while).
Edited by JoeWalsh - 4/26/12 at 11:39am
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