Originally Posted by standardguy
I'm struggling with deciding on a pair of budget headphones. I've looked at Grado Sr60e's and Philip SCH9500s. . My budget is pretty low at 80$ max but i would appreciate any input and other headphone suggestions. Thanks!
Get a pair of Superlux HD-668
You don't necessarily need an amp to drive them but they do sound nicer through em of course and have no problem taking an amped signal.
I've used the grado (wooden) and unless you like a very open acoustic sound which honestly unless your 50 years old, you probably don't, the Grado's are probably not for you. They sound great but definitely don't have the sound stage to satisfy a variety of genres at the same time. I haven't personally used the Sr60e's but the signature is probably the same.
imo step up your budget and just get the Sennheiser 558 that is the best value imo at that price range. It has a more broad sound stage and will suit more variety of music much better. You won't have to amp it to get good bass on the 558's compared to the Sr60e's which, if you want that punchy bass will need to be ran through an amp.
I also suggest finding a pair of used high end headphone too. People often upgrade and a HD650 you can find cheap at times. You won't ever need a different pair of headphones with the HD650's, they are exceptionally magical.