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As the title says - I am looking to buy a new pair of headphones. Budget is ~100$ but would prefer to spend 50-60$. Looking for over the ear headphones. They must be closed - I don't want to be leaking sound.

Another thing that is important to me is the headband - I would prefer something similar to the Steelseries Siberia v2 because I don't like to worry about breaking the headband.

I have looked at different models but since I don't know how each one sounds (and don't have anywhere to test them) I decided to ask here for advice.

EDIT: I just want to add that I would be using the headphones mainly for gaming somewhat for movies and very rarely for music.
Edited by Niksy - 12/4/12 at 4:12am
post #2 of 12
well if you want to go cheap

I have and love the JVC HA-RX700 headphones (using a AudioTechnia microphone for my game chat here...)

anyways they are generally around $35~ish bucks and i find them awesome


i have on order (haven't got them yet) Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones which i have heard great things about ... I'm very excited to give them ago..and when they get here I'll post back ..however... i got mine on amazon a could days ago for right about $100 however i just looked and they are $154 (ouch) at amazon now... but if they kick butt (like i'm hoping they will) i'll let you know and maybe they will go on sale around $100~ish again soon?



but I have been very pleased with my HA-RX700s i really enjoy these headphones a lot.

oh i guess amazon wants $37.99 for them right now (as of the time i'm posting anyways..the prices on headphones seems to bounce all over the dang place ..so keep an eye out for deals.)

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HARX700-Precision-Sound-Headphones/dp/B0013OWPV4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1354589508&sr=1-1&keywords=ha-rx700
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the recommendations, atarione!

I looked around for the JVC headphones and sadly if I want to buy them I'd have to import them as I could not find a retailer that sells them.

The ATH ones are 1)Over my budget and 2)not sold locally as well frown.gif
post #4 of 12
may want to check out the 'superlux' brand of phones, good budget brand and im pretty sure that one of the 30-40$ closed models is very popular as far as modding goes. so that may provide the best bang for the buck if your willing to get your hands dirty; that being said they arnt terribly pretty or compact if your going to be traveling with them. as the post above says if your willing to max out your budget the Ath-m50 is a very popular choice, but you may have some trouble finding it below 100$. (i know it was at that price within the past week though)


other headphones that might be worth mentioning(near top of your budget) would be the Ath 700 and the Sennheiser 595, the 700 supposedly lacks bass and the 595 has some cracking issues but both are pretty popular entry models and could probably be found in your budget:: note the 595 is discontinued, might be hard to find. they are also both open but i believe the 700 has a closed version


edit: also saw this thread http://slickdeals.net/f/5633702-Sony-MDR-7506-Professional-Folding-Headphones-79-99-FREE-SHIIP?p=55664202#post55664202

pretty sure the older versions of this are pretty well reviewed aswell
Edited by godftw - 12/4/12 at 6:29am
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For around $100 used, you can find ATH-M50's, HFI-580's, and HFI-780's. I'm in the same boat as you. Having some realy trouble deciding between these.
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They look like a good pair of headphones but I have a feeling that they will easily break.
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Originally Posted by Niksy View Post

They look like a good pair of headphones but I have a feeling that they will easily break.

Here's a written review.
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Overall this is a classy looking headphone in gloss black and dark chrome. It has a slightly flimsy feel due to a bit of creakiness in the bails and delicate design, and I doubt these would take the beating that pro headphones are designed to take, but otherwise I thought these were a very good looking and nicely build pair of headphones ... especially at this price point.

Here's a video review.
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http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-full-size-sealed

Personally, if you keep an eye out, the ath-m50's go on sale a lot and I got mine for about 100. They are fantastic for the price range.
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post #10 of 12
I've been looking for a pair of new cans as well actually, and I've been struggling in a similar price range (about $60 max).

My understanding is that most closed headphones are more bass heavy with generally a smaller soundstage. These both translate into (generally) headphones that are less ideal for gaming. The heavier bass can drown out detail in game (like footsteps not being heard over explosions), and the smaller soundstage can make it harder to determine where certain sound effects are coming from. So just be aware of that going into it. I have no experience with cans (yet), but this seems to be the prevailing thinking going on out there..

So for your price range, the superlux models seem to be very, very well regarded. The 668b and 681 are their most popular models, but both are "semi-open", so they're not going to isolate as well as a closed can, but will be better than an open can. Their closed models that I've heard good chatter about are the 669 (closed version of the 668b), and the 661. I've heard great things about both of them, and are not quite as bass heavy as some of the other closed cans I hear talked about (monoprice 8323, panasonic rh600, etc).

Good luck choosing man smile.gif.
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