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After trying out my brother's ATH-ES7's I was wowed by the difference in sound quality between iems and big headphones. I was looking to get a pair of nice headphones that are <$150 and I came across these AKG's. Give me your opinions on them , OR if you think they're absolute rubbish or just not good headphones please recommend me a pair!
    
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The K171 is decent, but its big brother K271 is better (now discontinued, so your best bet would be eBay).

Other good options in the $150 range include Grado SR125, SR225 (used most likely), BeyerDynamic DT770 Pro 80, and Sennheiser HD580 (again, used).
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The K171 is decent, but its big brother K271 is better (now discontinued, so your best bet would be eBay).

Other good options in the $150 range include Grado SR125, SR225 (used most likely), BeyerDynamic DT770 Pro 80, and Sennheiser HD580 (again, used).
I know this is out of my price range, but what about the k271 mkII? Also, are there such things as closed Grados? I'm probably going to be using these on the bus or on a plane, so the open headphones don't work for me...
    
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The K271 MKII appears to be a new release from AKG; as such I'm not familiar with it.

The K271S is the model that was recently discontinued, and it is very competent (tried and true) for a closed headphone in the sub-$200 range. It has always seemed to be overlooked and underrated as AKG has been far removed from their glory days with the K1000, K340, etc.

It's a shame you need a closed headphone. For your budget there is more of a selection for open models such as Grado. Honestly, I do not find my SR225's to leak very much sound, to the point of being near-inaudible unless I really find the need to rock out. They do let nearly all sound from your environment in, but it is a small trade-off for the sense of airiness that is added to the signature.

I might also add that if open headphones ever become an option, you may wish to consider the K701. It is a stellar headphone that outperformed the Sennheiser HD600 (another very well-known headphone) in my personal experience.
Edited by Aura - 6/16/08 at 8:09pm
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Isn't the K701 a little out of his price range though? Looking at price-to-performance it will be hard to top the Grados.

Be forewarned that to get the most out of the higher-end headphones you will want to look for an amp. Most conventional sources such as soundcards and mp3 players can't supply the necessary current or voltage needed to reach the headphones' full potential. The K701 for one is a very current hungry phone, while the HD600 needs a lot of voltage.
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Hmm... Maybe Ill think about grados then since they're supposed to be stellar headphones. For the amp, I'm going to try and build a chu moy amp. For the grados, which do you think has the best price/performance ratio?
    
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Aura and I will tell you that the SR225 is the sweet spot, but others feel that the MS-2 (Alessandro, a close cousin of the Grados) is the best price-to-performance. I don't think you can go wrong with either. But the SR225 can be found for $150 used.
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If you are willing to consider open headphones, I don't think there's a better deal out there than the Sennheiser HD580s. I got mine for $150 and they're simply fantastic.
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Aura and I will tell you that the SR225 is the sweet spot, but others feel that the MS-2 (Alessandro, a close cousin of the Grados) is the best price-to-performance. I don't think you can go wrong with either. But the SR225 can be found for $150 used.
Argh...the MS-2's look really good.... but they're $300...
Now I'm torn between the HD580's and the SR225's...
    
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Argh...the MS-2's look really good.... but they're $300...
Now I'm torn between the HD580's and the SR225's...
The HD580 will be the better all around phones, but it isn't as easy to drive as the SR225. The SR225 will be better for rock by far, but it can't compete in terms of sound stage and air.
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