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Sorry, you guys who hang out a lot in this audio section probably get these threads posted like everyday. I know very little about audio products, so please just put up with one more smile.gif

SO my 13 year old sister's birthday is coming up, and she wants, you guessed it, BEATS. I know that while they are decent headphones, they are a bit overpriced and you can find much better.

I am trying to find a set of headphones that is around $150, and provides good quality with onboard audio, since I don't have a soundcard on my sister's mini itx computer.

She likes listening to bands like One Direction ect... THAT kind of music. She does not do any gaming so that's not important, its pretty much only for music.

Do you guys have any recommendations? I would be very grateful!
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Does she have a preference for over-ear or under-ear headphones?
Do looks matter? (I assume yes)
Would it be better to get a quality one at the top of the budget or get a really good price-performance headphone somewhere inside of the budget?

For now I can recommend a couple of favorites:

Audio Technica M50's are good headphones with nice reviews from even the guys over at head-fi. There are a couple versions - different kinds of cables, etc. that you can choose from. They also look nice, imo. smile.gif

Also from Audio Technica is the AD700. These are more suited to a specific sound though really they will work well on anything. They have a weird color but are probably the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.

If you want to get a more portable headphone (though maybe a little flimsier) you can look at Grados, but again they are more suited to classic-rock style music, with a really warm sound. They are not as comfortable but the Grado SR80i has gotten amazing reviews everywhere.

Hope you have luck!
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If she likes vocals and dont mind open headphones then Sennheiser has a ton of models
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post #4 of 11
She won't care how they sound she just wants to be down, just go with the Beats. If not, give her a good pair of in ear headphone that she will use and take everywhere like the Klipsch S4 for $32 right now and a $20 gift card so she can buy music.
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Originally Posted by AznRage View Post

Does she have a preference for over-ear or under-ear headphones?
Do looks matter? (I assume yes)
Would it be better to get a quality one at the top of the budget or get a really good price-performance headphone somewhere inside of the budget?

For now I can recommend a couple of favorites:

Audio Technica M50's are good headphones with nice reviews from even the guys over at head-fi. There are a couple versions - different kinds of cables, etc. that you can choose from. They also look nice, imo. smile.gif

Also from Audio Technica is the AD700. These are more suited to a specific sound though really they will work well on anything. They have a weird color but are probably the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.

If you want to get a more portable headphone (though maybe a little flimsier) you can look at Grados, but again they are more suited to classic-rock style music, with a really warm sound. They are not as comfortable but the Grado SR80i has gotten amazing reviews everywhere.

Hope you have luck!

Thanks for the suggestions! Ya looks do matter smile.gif. Those M50's look nice though I will check them out.
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If she likes vocals and dont mind open headphones then Sennheiser has a ton of models

Any models you suggest around $100-150?


willywill

I think you are right. She probably will want Beats regardless of the sound, just as a status symbol, but my parents are reluctant to shell out $200, so I thought I would look around for alternatives. May end up just getting those tho smile.gif

Appreciate the responses guys, +Reps
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post #7 of 11
That is really hard to say.

I know what my sister was like when she was 13 and I know what my friends sister is like at 13 now. My sister would only want the headphones because they look pretty and she would still probably paint all over them and ruin them.

My friends sister would probably want the best sounding audio possible and wouldn't care what other people thought.

I really don't know how to approach that. If I were in your shoes, I would just level with her. I would just ask why does she want beats? If she says something to the degree of "well everyone else has them" or something stupid like that, then tell your parents to buy her some beets and scribble by dre on all of them.

If she honestly thinks that they have good audio quality, then ask her how serious she is about having the absolute best audio quality.

If she is dead serious, then suggest used sennheiser HD580s. They are compareable to the HD600s and HD 650s for under 200.

If nothing else you can find some M50s for 100 bucks and then get a asus DGX for 50
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Maybe a pair of V-MODA headphones? They look flashy and pretty depending on what color you get. Maybe not the best for vocals though.

EDIT: although I just remembered the M80 would be great. And they're smaller.

The M50 is nice too, but unless they are powered by an amp I feel like you have to turn up the volume too much to be able to hear the music so that the bass becomes too powerful and actually hurts my ears frown.gif

For looks and I think they might sound good, I found out about these new headphones from Myth Labs. You can choose from a variety of colors and they have smooth, simple plastic like Beats.

I agree with the other person that suggested a pair of Sennheiser headphones, although I don't think they look pretty, the 558 could be great for her type of music. Or more expensive ones, but I hope they would be durable enough to handle whatever could happen.


Do you know if she wants over ear headphones or in ears? Some people don't like wearing overear headphones because they're too big.
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Sennheiser HD 518 or HD 558 is what you sould look at around that price range

The HD 558 is over i know
Edited by shilka - 4/3/13 at 7:54am
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Maybe a pair of V-MODA headphones? They look flashy and pretty depending on what color you get. Maybe not the best for vocals though.

EDIT: although I just remembered the M80 would be great. And they're smaller.

The M50 is nice too, but unless they are powered by an amp I feel like you have to turn up the volume too much to be able to hear the music so that the bass becomes too powerful and actually hurts my ears frown.gif

For looks and I think they might sound good, I found out about these new headphones from Myth Labs. You can choose from a variety of colors and they have smooth, simple plastic like Beats.

I agree with the other person that suggested a pair of Sennheiser headphones, although I don't think they look pretty, the 558 could be great for her type of music. Or more expensive ones, but I hope they would be durable enough to handle whatever could happen.


Do you know if she wants over ear headphones or in ears? Some people don't like wearing overear headphones because they're too big.
This could be a good pair for her, RadioShack carry the M-80 and they should have them on display so you can try them out for yourself
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