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Originally Posted by PCSarge View Post

audio is something ive had an ear for since i was very young all the way back to the 70s yamaha stereo and turntable i have now from my father.

my ears are sensative to out of tune music, bass thats louder than the mids drives me up the wall. yet noone else in my family can hear much of a difference until i balance out the stereo properly.

if i could find a single pair of goddamn cans that provide the balanced sound i want ( im talking 70s and 80s rock, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Pink Floyd being my most common listening choices).

i can pickup a $150 pair of cans, even $200 pairs of cans and walk away disgusted with how overpowered the bass is and never buy any.

can anyone reccomend a pair thats closed with balanced sound ( i walk to work alot and hate hearing ambient noise in my music).

i would greatly appreciate it and so would my ears. thank you.


Hmm, sounds strange to me, this whole thing. There are a bunch of really high-end cans, that would work for you I guess.
But sub 200, I have no idea what to recommend. You are right cheap cans tends to be bass-heavy, but is it really as bad?

Going audiophile on a budget ain't easy tongue.gif Good luck, hope you find something!
Edited by PureBlizz - 1/11/14 at 3:29am
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meh. he'll just look like a hipster. Maybe cultivate a pair of mustachios and get a really pretentious scarf to go with the giant headphones.

har har ive been wearing over ear headphones all my life, they also make great winter earmuffs. in ear headphones bug me because they never stay in...my ears apparently dont like them at all

i demo'd a pair of fostex T50RP at a local dealer here....he looked at me funny when i said get the plug off your crummy demo player and let me plug what i listen to into them. all i can say is, for what ive seen in the price range they sound amazing i stood there for about a half hour cycling through songs.... and then came home and ordered a pair off amazon.

i dont care how hipster or nerdy i look, in the name of good sound looks mean nothing.
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+1 for Fostex T50RP.

I wrote a long ass paragraph before noticing you said you already bought them biggrin.gif posting anyway for future reference, although from the little I did hear the Fostex IRL I can say you definitely made a great choice.

The AKG K272 HD are well isolating, comfortable and durable headphones under $150, I definitely recommend them too! Grado SR80 also comes to mind from the ones I've listened but they're a bit more sharp, if your ear is sensitive to high sounds you might want to opt for the AKGs instead (the Grado also lacks isolation), I use the AKGs as work phones when outmixing artists on live gigs, the noise isolation is sufficient for that too. However, so far the best budget headphone i've heard was the Sennheiser HD558, if you don't mind the lack of isolation. There was just something in the sound that didn't leave me asking for anything more. Later I googled some and found a frequency response graph for it, and surprisingly it's one of the flattest headphones in the price bracket one could find! I've included a pair of Beats for the giggles for you to compare. I also included my other recommendations and as you can see, the Grado are more emphasized in the upper midrange, and the Sennheiser is the flattest.

Whether this correlates with your subjective opinion regarding sound quality of the individual headphones is up to you (and several other measurable and debatable merits such as distortion, transient response, and depending on your source output impedance, possibly the impedance curve of the headphone. At least for me my own findings have correlated with the frequency response graphs I link to you below,, and I would say I've been educated with the matter through research, both through my jobs and hobbies so you can take my word for it.

However, one should always listen to their headphones before purchase, preferably in a situation where you can compare several headphones head-to-head off the same source and material you are familiar with. If you can't find any of these or their close derivatives, buy something else you can get your hands on, because it would suck to buy something off a recommendation without actually liking the end-product.

Here's the freq. response graphs: http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=2861&graphID[]=3281&graphID[]=353&graphID[]=1383&scale=20
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Good choice man! For anyone else who is looking for something similar, but perhaps cheaper and easier to drive without an amp, the Brainwavz HM5 are worth a look for sure.
They isolate really well and have a balanced sound signature that responds well to eq. Pads are super comfortable. Sound stage is pretty good but they are closed obviously. Comes with a portable cable and a long one for home. I actually bought a clone, the NVX Audio XPT100.
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AKG K701 have one of the flattest frequency responses around for sub $200



Comparable with HD800's which are pretty much one of, if not the best cans you buy without entering the electrostatic realm of high fidelity cans
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