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Best sub $200 pair of headphones for prog rock and 80's new wave?

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Hey, I'm in the market for a pair of cans anywhere from $150-$300 (at the most, if they are absolutely an upgrade) to listen to prog rock, new wave, etc. Stuff like Genesis, Tears for Fears, Hall & Oates, etc.

I am still a pretty big hip hop head and would like them to preform adequately in that regard as well (decent bass is a plus, but not a must)

Don't worry about the price of a DAC or anything either, but if they do require one, please let me know.

Thanks guys!
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I have always been a fan of Grado's.... These are in that price range..

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_786SR225I/Grado-SR225i.html?tp=60828&awkw=27294217105&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=7220340145&awdv=c

I have some 325's, and can attest to excellent reproduction! Not really heavy bass... but do well for almost any kind of listening! ( and I am an 80's fan also! thumb.gif)

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_786SR325IS/Grado-SR325is.html
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two headphones I own that hit the price range more or less


first (slightly under) AudioTechnia ATH-M50 (you may be able to find these marked down as the new M50X model is out (sound is reportedly more or less the same main difference removable cable the X model runs about $170

anyways I have had these for over a year and they are rather sturdy and they go with me to work and out and about and on airplanes and whatnot.. these are easy to drive and you don't really need an amp for them (however I use mine with a little fireye mini+ on the go or with my E07K/E09K at home frequently .. sounds nice with a amp but not really necessary per se).


I also got last November a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80's ... honestly these headphones are on my head when i'm at home basically all the time I am using headphones ...I absolutely love these headphones these tend to be around $200~ you can use these without an amp... but a amp is nice to have with them.


both of these headphones are pretty fun the DT770 Pro 80s have good amounts of base (not too much for me) but plenty....


if you live near a GuitarCenter they should have the M50X's and DT770s to check out..(they can price match I think also...)
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DT770/880 would be the way to go IMO
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I own most every model of Grado, including the GS1000/PS1000/RS1, my first pair being a limited edition of the SR225 with the mahogany cups. They are some of the best headphones at each respective model's price point, but I will say that the 225's are actually better than the 325s, and cost less.

The Grado's aren't for everyone, but most people have horrible taste and very few have such a perfect refined audio palette as myself tongue.gif

My number one suggestion, if you can't find Grado's to try before you buy, are the phenomenal AKG Q701's. They're a far better balanced headphone than the Beyers, which btw are decent enough, but they are quick becoming the next Sennheiser in that they're considered to be great when they're simply above average. I like them, but I think they are exceptionally unexceptional; no glaring flaws, but no real strengths either, basically there's nothing about them that you can't find elsewhere. They're like having a "safety school".

Q701's fit your music tastes far better, too. I don't listen to the same stuff, but the only band I really love, and have even accompanied on tour, are Sigur Ros. I use some of their songs for testing equipment because it is so complex, and layered, and I am frequently surprised at hearing things I never did before. (check out their songs "Staralfur", " Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa", and "Hoppipolla"... It is incredible music).
   
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