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Here is a rough price list from Curry's in the UK.

 

I have my eye on the HD205's currently. Can you reccommend a better set of Sennheisers (or anything else worth considering) for, preferably, under £100?

 

Will be used on my PC for gaming (Guild Wars 2) aswell as on my HD7 for music. My musical taste is varied but mainly trance, liquid drum and bass, techno aswell as some Eminem, Linking Park, and Nickleback.

 

I like the tight fit so if anyone brings that up (I noticed it was the main negative in user reviews on Amazon) it doesn't bother me as I have tried them on. I demoed them with some of my own music and thought they sounded fairly good for the price (better than Beats aswell as the Sony and Philips sets on demo) and my wife couldn't hear anything from them while I was wearing them which was a bonus.

 

Thoughts and opinions please?

 

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Audio questionaire form
 

  1. State your budget! £100 max. Preferably less. Would prefer around the £50 mark.
  2. State your music tastes. My musical taste is varied but mainly trance, liquid drum and bass, techno aswell as some Eminem, Linking Park, and Nickleback.
  3. State what perks are highly desirable (low impedance, heavy bass, excellent for gaming etc..) No in ear headphones. Balanced sound with decent bass depth and good build quality. Closed back. The less noise they make the better. Would prefer gold plated connections.
  4. State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example). Will be used on PC (no soundcard, just onboard audio) and HD7, possibly on my Home Theatre kit aswell.
  5. State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better. Will be used for games, music and movies. On the move and stationary.
  6. State where you live and offer some sites that are known for having good prices / being reputable so we can help recommend you products in your country's currency (like Amazon or ebay). UK. Don't know any cheap sites for this sort of stuff. Maybe Richer Sounds? Comet is good also as I get discounts there.

Edited by Lifeshield - 8/20/12 at 2:53pm
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post #2 of 7
IMO, dont buy any headsets online YET.
Try them somwhere first.
Because THE most important about such closed big headsets is, how comfortable they are for you.
If you have a big ear, the sennheiser circumaurals are a good choice.
Since you need good bass, you have to buy a closed one.
The next question is sweat. A closed big one, with leather or rubber pads will sweat your ear, and become warm inside very fast. So you cant use them for a longer time, and you risk ear infections too. (besides that i dont like when the headset is sweating me around my ears too). This is why i would not buy the HD200 (nor any other brands with a design like this). So there you go with a TEXTIL pad circumaural headset...
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post #3 of 7
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I dont intend to buy online. I will likely be buying at Retail. Probably Comet as I work there and get a discount (unless they dont have what I'm after, though they have HD205's which I've tested and liked), though I intend to drop by HMV and see what they have to offer also.

Really I'm.just after some opinions about the other Sennheisers in my price range. If no one can suggest a particular model that's better I'll likely go with what I've already tried(bass wasn't too bad but not overly deep, good balance though).

Regarding the set you suggested can you link a few suggested pairs of this particular type please?
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post #4 of 7
Any specific reason to stick to Sennheiser brand-wise? There are plently of good brands out there.

Fill out form, it'll help: http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/most-commonly-recommended-audio-products
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post

Any specific reason to stick to Sennheiser brand-wise? There are plently of good brands out there.

 

Because they're probably the best available to me at the price range I am after in the UK at retail unless someone can suggest to me a better option (which was why I opened this thread, lol). I've also heard nothing but good things about them mostly.

 

Also while I only tried out about 6-7 pairs of headphones, the Sennheisers were clearly the best of the bunch, beating out contenders from Sony, Philips, Beats ( I wasn't that impressed by them as their bass just sounds bad and drowns out the rest of the track I was using for comparison too much), and Skullcandy, not just in sound balance but also in build quality.

 

I saw some Sony XB500's suggested in the main thread, but, while some stores carry them in the UK, I couldn't find any to test (or even on the shelves).

Added form to main post.


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post #6 of 7
As for the point 4... i would forget about the integrated sound. ANYTHING like a xonar dx will sound a lot better, especially if you buy good sennheisers.
(and for your question, i would go with the HD558 at least wink.gif )
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As for the point 4... i would forget about the integrated sound. ANYTHING like a xonar dx will sound a lot better,

 

That's not an option. Once I get my second HD6870 a soundcard won't fit in my case. If I ever use anything I would likely just hook my AV reciever to my PC via HDMI.

 

I have drawn up a shortlist, bar a visit to Richer Sounds to try out some of what they have to offer there, anyway. HD201's, HD205's, or some Sony XB300's (found a pair in my shop and tried them, they were pretty good actually). Think I'm a little more drawn to the XB300's as they offered good bass without drowning out everything else.

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