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Let me get this right, he's got a budget of $80, you give him a set of headphones that are not only double but more than triple his budget. Logic... It's funny sometimes.

In addition to that, if he were going to blow $300 on headphones, he'd be better off with some Ultrasone 550 pro's
post #12 of 27
It's hit or miss really. There is not any particular "brands" that are good, there are "good models".

The best headphone for myself that I have tried for under $80 hands down is the Sony MDR-XD200. http://www.amazon.ca/Sony-MDRXD200-MDR-XD200-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B0007N55NW

I have tried 10 or so different kinds over the years in this price range, including other Sony models, I always come back to these. This my third pair of them. I use them for work in tough environments so after a few years I will usually pick up a fresh pair.

One pair I found at Radio Shack on sale for $19.99. The local price is around $40- $50.

They sound even better after a few weeks of use. One time I just took the drivers out of my used pair and put them in the new. lol (I was shortening the cord which is 12' long, so I had it apart and my soldering iron out anyways.) In reality they do not take long to break in, and they sound nice while doing so. They will warm up a bit and the bass will sound less restricted.

-They are comfortable. They are the most balanced and cozy headphones I have tried. They stay on your head well when you move around, I wear them for 10 hours a day at times doing cabinetry and carpentry work.
-Good sound. The have a good response. Nice sounding bass, non enhanced. (Compared to Xtra Bass models which while having more bass sound terrible.) These have decent bass AND treble.
-Cheap (value) Quality made components that as I said handle my work environment. They even take the cold which makes most headphones brittle. I'm not saying they are indestructible, just durable. It does not matter how good the headphones are if the plug crackles.

So out of the 10 -12 pairs of headphones I tried, these are the only ones I would recommend. The rest were a complete waste of money. I tried all different styles too. Some pairs just stopped working after a few months and sounded bad by comparison when they worked.
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post #13 of 27
They sound better because they need burn in time, you can use pink noise or your normal genre of music and they, just like a fine wine, get better with age until they reach their peak.

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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

Let me get this right, he's got a budget of $80, you give him a set of headphones that are not only double but more than triple his budget. Logic... It's funny sometimes.
In addition to that, if he were going to blow $300 on headphones, he'd be better off with some Ultrasone 550 pro's

Like I said I realise that he has a budget, I also budget for things but then I see something that might last me 20 years as opposed to 3 years and work out the efficiency of it over that period, I went and bought a pair of sony headphone for about £60 they lasted 2 years before they were falling apart, my P5's get used every day for gaming since release date so about 3 years ago, if I put them back in there box and gave it to you, you would think they had never been used,.

Also I linked the "used like new" pair that were $200 so not 3 times the price.

Sometimes it's good for people to point out a more expensive better quality route because they may have not considered things from that angle, if not... ignore me!
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OCN isn't really a good place for this question, unless you want a bunch of 14 year olds telling you to buy Corsair. I'd head over to head-fi.
+1 for SR80i's though. But there's definitely many options in the $80 range.

Actually, I have yet to see anything that bad that has been recommended. There are several audiophiles that patrol this thread category, so the sound card topic has essentially become a quick response head-fi.

Later tonight I will be ordering the audio technica ath-ad500. If you look around people are saying that it is pretty good if you equalize it. For 55 bucks you get some nice big around the ear headphones with decent mids and highs (again for the money). Might be worth a shot, but I can't say for sure until they are on my head.
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post #16 of 27
OK, so 2 and a half times the budget....

Either way, there are plenty of headphones out there that are of a good quality with which he doesn't need to blow stupid money.
post #17 of 27
so many blind recommendations without even knowing the general purpose of the headphones, music preference, etc.
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

Actually, I have yet to see anything that bad that has been recommended. There are several audiophiles that patrol this thread category, so the sound card topic has essentially become a quick response head-fi.
Later tonight I will be ordering the audio technica ath-ad500. If you look around people are saying that it is pretty good if you equalize it. For 55 bucks you get some nice big around the ear headphones with decent mids and highs (again for the money). Might be worth a shot, but I can't say for sure until they are on my head.

Cool. I'm partial to the Koss PortaPros, personally. smile.gif
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What are you using them for?

I mean you've got the sennhieser ones which are pretty good. If you're looking for cans then skullcandy make some nice ones, but again it depends what you're using them for

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Skullcandy are not good. That would be a very poor recommendation for headphones.
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you should be more concerned over the product as opposed to the brand. good brands do make crap products.
This is true.
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

If you can find a good deal, you could probably swing the grado SR80i for around 90 or less if it goes on sale. Those are very good for the money.
That would be a poor choice for gaming which is one of his needs.
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OCN isn't really a good place for this question, unless you want a bunch of 14 year olds telling you to buy Corsair. I'd head over to head-fi.

+1 for SR80i's though. But there's definitely many options in the $80 range.
That is incorrect. Head-fi is just as poor a community. Only difference is people that you would hope have more knowledge will answer you with conviction and have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. Either that or you'll be waiting months for a response.
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I know you said you looking under $80, but I thought I'll throw this at you anyway, a good pair of headphones can last a life time, my old man got some top of the range pioneer headphones when he was 18, he's 58 now and they still sound 100 times better than most headphones out here today.

Why not buy these http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003IHUHGE/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

And never let the need for headphones cross your mind again?
Those aren't even good headphones despite coming from a good brand. Excellent example of good brand bad headphones. They're not BAD, they're just not worth their price.
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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

Let me get this right, he's got a budget of $80, you give him a set of headphones that are not only double but more than triple his budget. Logic... It's funny sometimes.

In addition to that, if he were going to blow $300 on headphones, he'd be better off with some Ultrasone 550 pro's
Ultrasone Pro 550s are half that price and would not be the best headphone at the 300 dollar range.
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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

They sound better because they need burn in time, you can use pink noise or your normal genre of music and they, just like a fine wine, get better with age until they reach their peak.

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Burn in has minor effects and people that say they completely changed as a result of burn in are completely exaggerating. Burn in can help tame sibilance. Burn in can help bass response to an extent. Burn in can sometimes open up the mids and more importantly burn in can fix any glitches a headphone has out of the manufacturer doors. Glitches consist of "TCH" noises that sporadically pop up. Very rarely do ALL of those things happen and TBH, that's a very poor quality can out of the manufacturers door if it helps all those areas.

Short of those minor changes, burn in does not effect the headphone all that much.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jamdox View Post

OCN isn't really a good place for this question, unless you want a bunch of 14 year olds telling you to buy Corsair. I'd head over to head-fi.
+1 for SR80i's though. But there's definitely many options in the $80 range.

Actually, I have yet to see anything that bad that has been recommended. There are several audiophiles that patrol this thread category, so the sound card topic has essentially become a quick response head-fi.

Later tonight I will be ordering the audio technica ath-ad500. If you look around people are saying that it is pretty good if you equalize it. For 55 bucks you get some nice big around the ear headphones with decent mids and highs (again for the money). Might be worth a shot, but I can't say for sure until they are on my head.

THe AD500s should be similar to the AD700s. You can EQ the bass all you want, but you won't get bass out of them. Not any that's good or enjoyable. The rest of the spectrum really doesn't need to be EQ'd as it's enjoyable out of the box. Sure, you can EQ for fun, but unless you like headphones really bright, you won't want to mess with them much.


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OCN isn't really a good place for this question, unless you want a bunch of 14 year olds telling you to buy Corsair. I'd head over to head-fi.
+1 for SR80i's though. But there's definitely many options in the $80 range.

The people who I trust with good opinions here are mature adults thanks.

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