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I'm looking for a pair of headphones I can use for music at home and to take with me. The Beats by Dre are one of the best looking headphones I have ever seen but I would never buy them. I like my bass but keeping the quality at the same time. Wondering if the Soul by Ludacris SL150 is worth the $200, probably not, they look very sleek though. What are your suggestions?

Edit: My budget is max of $300 (preferably under $250).
My types of music involve a lot of electronic and a lot of older hip hip/rap (after bigger and pac but before Drake and lil wayne)
Edited by Polar3D - 2/12/13 at 8:55pm
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If the sound signature you're looking for is a headphone with some bass, I would recommend these:

1. ATH-PRO500 MK2 - $142
2. ATH-M50 - $125
3. V-Moda Crossfade LP - $200

You could probably find the ATH-M50 around $100 dollars, since I just referenced Amazon.
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 2/12/13 at 11:44pm
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I would recommend the ATH-M50 but those aren't really looker headphones that you require. I really like the Mk2 better than the M50 because it's not as dark sounding as the M50 and still offers plenty of bass, plus it looks way better (comes in red and black). Mind you the M50 also comes in white for $130, so that's also another option. There is also another version which is the ATH-PRO500 that is only $90 but I've never really listened to them. I would suggest you try to find a place that offers a chance to listen to the headphones before you buy anything. That's what i did and ended up buying the MK2 (in red), it just sounded better when I compared it to the following headphones (I was trying to find some headphones with bass since I already have some Senns):

1. ATH-M50 (I tried both white and black - the black sounded better because it was already burned in) - highs and mids are recessed while the bass is forward. Dark sounding and sound stage not all that wide.
2. ATH-Pro500 MK2 - Sounded not as dark as the ATH-M50, highs were definitely clearer but still provided a nice low end punch. Sound stage is wider than the M50 but not like a Senn.
3. V-Moda Crossfade - The bass sounded muddy / muddled to me and highs weren't to my liking. Very little sound stage here as well.
4. Marshall Major Black - Didn't provide the bass I was looking for and was more mid forward with clear highs, I liked the sound but not as much as the MK2, also has a very narrow sound stage. - $135

I also tried a lot of other headphones but none of them offered the bass of the 4 above (well the Marshall is borderline)

As for the V-Moda, I personally would only buy this if there was no MK2 then M50 then Marshall available. For the price, I feel like they're way too expensive though they look good but sound ok compared to the Audio Technica's.

Edit: I tried out all the headphones using .flac files with my Ipod Video 5.5 rockboxed using the LOD via my fiio E11 set to flat or zero so I would hear the music as is. I took some Rap, R&B, Trance, House via Dr. Dre, Snoop, LL Cool J and some Infected Mushroom and other house trance music.

Another plus for the MK2 is the fact that in comes with 2 cables a coiled and a straight cable which is awesome! I prefer the coiled when lugging it around and use the straight at home.
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 2/13/13 at 10:43am
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Now I just need to go back to the place and start listening to some AKG's they have lined up there! This is really a hobby that's starting to become expensive! Lol!
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When you say "take with me" do you mean listen on the go or just take them from A to B and then listen? If on the go, we should probably rule out any open headphones and ones that are more loose, like the Denon D2K's and Beyer DT770's. I personally think that the AKG K550's are a pair handsome cans. I just sold one a few hours ago in fact in the marketplace! The downside however, is that the bass leans heavily towards accuracy and not booming like some prefer for hip hop. If not on the go, I strongly recommend looking into the Denon D2K's or Beyer DT770 Pro's.
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the $450 beats pro by dr dre, perform worse than any audiophile headphones within the 100-200$ bracket.

i also suggest u buy a pair of Audio Technica ath-m50's
    
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