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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!
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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
http://www.head-fi.org/products/superlux-hd-668-b
or
Sennheiser 558
or
used 650

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.
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I really enjoy my Audiotechnica ATH-M40x cans. Right in your price range if you can catch a sale.
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There is a used pair of 558s i can get for 65$ I will probably end up getting. Thanks for the recommendation.
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There is a used pair of 558s i can get for 65$ I will probably end up getting. Thanks for the recommendation.

Good choice.
They won't disappoint, next you should get an amp/dac combo. Fios makes some good entry level ones.
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There is a used pair of 558s i can get for 65$ I will probably end up getting. Thanks for the recommendation.

SHP-9500 runs circles around the entire Senn 5xx lineup, and I even like it better than HD650, pair it with the Fiio K1 $40 dac/amp and the shp-9500 beats some $400 head fi setups I have heard.

I am currently using $450 HE-400i planar headphones, and I still prefer my shp-9500 for gaming. lol
    
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SHP-9500 runs circles around the entire Senn 5xx lineup, and I even like it better than HD650, pair it with the Fiio K1 $40 dac/amp and the shp-9500 beats some $400 head fi setups I have heard.

I am currently using $450 HE-400i planar headphones, and I still prefer my shp-9500 for gaming. lol

The SHP-9500 is good but the build quality is definitely not on par with Sennheiser. The HD650's are magically comfortable, the SHP not so much tbh.

They definitely don't compare to the HD650's though. The HD650's are 300ohm headphones so definitely need a decent amp to power.
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Never heard the HD558, but I had the HD555 a while back and they were great. Light on bass, but there really wasn't anything they did wrong. Great for gaming, music and movies. Alternatively, if you can find them, at times, the DT880 and DT990 (stick to 32ohm versions) slope down to around $80 if you don't mind them used. But for $65, I'd go with the HD558.
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Never heard the HD558, but I had the HD555 a while back and they were great. Light on bass, but there really wasn't anything they did wrong. Great for gaming, music and movies. Alternatively, if you can find them, at times, the DT880 and DT990 (stick to 32ohm versions) slope down to around $80 if you don't mind them used. But for $65, I'd go with the HD558.

Sennheiser's have more of a reference tone so the notch down on bass is actually a more accurate representation of the music.

DT880/990 are definitely recommended if you like a punchy bass! But imo, if you aren't listening to reference, you are listening to an entirely different track. The added low frequency takes away from the mid and top end where you will lose very subtle sounds in the actual production which imo is what makes higher end headphones attractive.

Maybe as an audiophile you learn to analytically listen to music as opposed to just listen to music for the music. Not sure if its a good thing but its a thing...
If you are happy, that is all that matters. Try going to a high end audio store and trying out some headphones. I don't live in a crazy city (I live in Toronto), and there are stores here that have rows of high end headphones to try. It is pretty unreasonable to buy a product that is that price and not be able to try it, especially when it is such a subjective type of product.
Edited by b0oMeR - 4/17/17 at 10:44pm
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I've appreciate all the responses to this post I ended up getting a good deal on a pair of dt990 32 ohms I I enjoy them because I do listen to lots of heavy metal and classical where the punchy bass does shine
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