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Heh, I guess I'm on a kick of referring to myself in the 3rd person lately.

Heres the story: I have, use, and love my Ety ER6i's. They are lacking in the bass department, but the mids and treble are clear, crisp, and not fatiguing at all. Isolation is amazing, too. They're great, but now I want more.

I'm looking in the $60 to $70 neighborhood, and see a few big players. It's hard to miss the Grado SR-60 and Senn HD-205s, and then for a little more dough there are the Senn HD-485's and the SR-80s.

But, what about the little players? The AKG K26 P seems to get great reviews, as does the Koss Porta Pro. (But it's butt-ugly,and I hear the bass can be a tad bloated.)

Basically, if I like to listen to a little bit of everything (from Jack Johnson to Duke Ellington, Metallica to the NY Phil) What is a good set of cans for just about everything, that would be driven easily from a iPod for now? (Definatly getting a portable amp soon, but that is a work in progress....)
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I have used the Grado SR-60's and I was blown away by them

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SR60s not good for gaming, tiny soundstage. Great for metal/rock though.
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You don't like the 6i bass response? I just got the regular 6 isolators, which have lower output and a flatter response curve. However, they have an awesome bass response if you jam them in as far as you need to and also use the EQ on your player. But if you want a good set of full-size cans, then the SR60s are pretty nice. I think Sennheiser has some good stuff in that price range.
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HD 435's are decent for bass and in your price range, but their open and let in some sound.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826106020
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I'm gonna say go grab some KSC75s if you haven't heard them. I got them a couple weeks ago, they're fantastic for the $15 or so they cost. Different sound from my warm Senns and V-Moda vibes, but great fun to listen to.
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Originally Posted by Chipp View Post
Heh, I guess I'm on a kick of referring to myself in the 3rd person lately.

Heres the story: I have, use, and love my Ety ER6i's. They are lacking in the bass department, but the mids and treble are clear, crisp, and not fatiguing at all. Isolation is amazing, too. They're great, but now I want more.

I'm looking in the $60 to $70 neighborhood, and see a few big players. It's hard to miss the Grado SR-60 and Senn HD-205s, and then for a little more dough there are the Senn HD-485's and the SR-80s.

But, what about the little players? The AKG K26 P seems to get great reviews, as does the Koss Porta Pro. (But it's butt-ugly,and I hear the bass can be a tad bloated.)

Basically, if I like to listen to a little bit of everything (from Jack Johnson to Duke Ellington, Metallica to the NY Phil) What is a good set of cans for just about everything, that would be driven easily from a iPod for now? (Definatly getting a portable amp soon, but that is a work in progress....)
Grado purposefully do not have a flat frequency response. They boost the bass and treble so that it sounds "full" at low listening levels. A lot of people really like this and it fits their listening habits. However, if you listen at high volumes or are looking for a more realistic monitor type sound, these wouldn't be for you. Have you ever heard a pair of Grado?
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other headphones to seriously consider in your price range:

Senn PX100: open, great bass $50 or less
Senn PX200: closed, not as good as px100, but closed $50 or less
Koss KSC75: clip-ons, often referred to as 'poor man's Grados' $20 or less
Koss KSC35: clip-ons, little sibling of 75's give them a recable and some like them better
AKG: k81dj: closed cans, do get better w/ an amp, react well to EQs, bassy, good isolation $70 or less

I have personally listened to all these headphones and they are worthy investments. The other AKG's and Grados that were mentioned wouldn't be bad either. If they are mainly for portable use and you want some isolation then the k81dj's would be a very, very good choice. They clamp a little bit, but you can fix that for the most part and they do have a little bit of bass bloat, but that can be fixed with a couple mods or a recable. Then you'll have probably the best portable can for under $150
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Grado purposefully do not have a flat frequency response. They boost the bass and treble so that it sounds "full" at low listening levels. A lot of people really like this and it fits their listening habits. However, if you listen at high volumes or are looking for a more realistic monitor type sound, these wouldn't be for you. Have you ever heard a pair of Grado?
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I'm gonna say go grab some KSC75s if you haven't heard them. I got them a couple weeks ago, they're fantastic for the $15 or so they cost. Different sound from my warm Senns and V-Moda vibes, but great fun to listen to.
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other headphones to seriously consider in your price range:

Senn PX100: open, great bass $50 or less
Senn PX200: closed, not as good as px100, but closed $50 or less
Koss KSC75: clip-ons, often referred to as 'poor man's Grados' $20 or less
Koss KSC35: clip-ons, little sibling of 75's give them a recable and some like them better
AKG: k81dj: closed cans, do get better w/ an amp, react well to EQs, bassy, good isolation $70 or less

I have personally listened to all these headphones and they are worthy investments. The other AKG's and Grados that were mentioned wouldn't be bad either. If they are mainly for portable use and you want some isolation then the k81dj's would be a very, very good choice. They clamp a little bit, but you can fix that for the most part and they do have a little bit of bass bloat, but that can be fixed with a couple mods or a recable. Then you'll have probably the best portable can for under $150
I'll definatly be checking out the KSC75s, hadn't really looked at those yet. (At that price, I might just go and buy a pair today. )

I appreciate all the suggestions and info guys, I'll definatly expand my research now.
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