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I apparently have much to learn on the realm or audio... I am by no means an audiophile. But as of right now, I have no headphones; mine are lost/stolen, and I am in need of some new ones (was planning on getting some new ones soon anyway.) I have a budget of UNDER 150... please OCN audio peeps help me out. These will be for music only, and over the ear with nice bass is preferable. Can't wait for suggestions!
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What exactly do you mean by "nice" bass? Do you like huge quantities of bass, or accurate, clean bass that underlies the rest of the music?

Also, what genres of music do you normally listen to?

We can work from these questions much more easily.
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post #3 of 14
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What exactly do you mean by "nice" bass? Do you like huge quantities of bass, or accurate, clean bass that underlies the rest of the music?

Also, what genres of music do you normally listen to?

We can work from these questions much more easily.
um wow... I didn't know there would be such differences?...

I don't want bass that blows my ears off, but I guess is clean but completely noticeable. I listen mostly to alternative and such... some metal and some indie. Little/no rap or hip hop.

Does that help?
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Bass can vary greatly between different headphones.

Here are some options:

- BeyerDynamic DT770 Pro 80. I'm a little hesitant to recommend this pair because it is extremely bassy, and without a headphone amp the 770's low spectrum can be muddy and really uncontrolled. However, it is still a very good entry pair and works well with the genres you're interested in. This is a closed, over-the-ear headphone.

- Grado SR80/125/225. I list these three together because they are in the same lineup but increase in price (and scale accordingly). SR225's can be found in the $150 range over @ www.head-fi.org in the sale section (used condition). The bass in Grado is more of the controlled, tight variation that I hinted to earlier. This brand is often regarded as the quintessential headphone for rock music. Expect high energy, a forward presentation (meaning that you feel like the band is right in front of you), and sparkling treble. Grado does not need an amp to sound as it should at stock configuration. These are open, on-the-ear headphones.

- AKG K271S. This pair has been discontinued, but I believe www.ttvj.com still carries it (look on ebay as well, you'll find a better deal no doubt). An underrated headphone that really seems to do well with most genres in general. Bass isn't particularly impressive in quantity, instead underlying. This pair would do very well with more mellow music, such as jazz. Again though, this is just solid all-around and I doubt you'd feel dissatisfied with it for alternative, etc. This is a closed, around-the-ear headphone.

- Sennheiser HD595/HD580. Both of these will be ~ $150 if purchased used. I recommend the 595's because they really do not require an amp and should perform decently with most genres. The HD580 is far superior but requires an amp to really shine. Sennheiser is generally noted for classical and jazz music, but the 580 is very competent with all varieties of rock. Both pairs are open and rest on-the-ear.

What would I pick? Probably the K271S or SR225.
Edited by Aura - 7/5/08 at 9:08pm
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he forgot to mention Audio technica, but truly they only offer ~100 and ~200 models, and my main suggestion would be the DT770 Pro 80s, as they're great for your entry into the world of hi-fi audio, they're a great unit, and they have much room for improvement although they can stand on their own as well. I'd say get the DT770s, off of ebay, and then later, when you feel the time is right for an upgrade, look into an amp
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he forgot to mention Audio technica, but truly they only offer ~100 and ~200 models, and my main suggestion would be the DT770 Pro 80s, as they're great for your entry into the world of hi-fi audio, they're a great unit, and they have much room for improvement although they can stand on their own as well. I'd say get the DT770s, off of ebay, and then later, when you feel the time is right for an upgrade, look into an amp
First I'd like to say thanks to you guys for helping me out! I am a liberal +rep'r for those who take their time to help me Now its probably just me, but buying an AMP for HEADPHONES??? Really?? I thought an AMP was supposed to AMPLIFY.... I am not one of those people who like to blow their head off when they listen to music ya know? And can they really require that much power? But hey i'm sure you guys know more than me in this realm... that just seems a bit over the top. Also I've briefly looked at a few of these models (not the one that H311scr3am suggested yet) and to be quite honest they are well rather ugly lol I am vain just so you know.... if they could look decent as well that would be nice!
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ahhh spoil sport, they need to be pretty now?

These are some of the Audio Technicas in your price range:

A700s
AD700s
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I bought a fine set of headphones from radioshack for $25. Have dial volume control on each phone, comfortable and fine sound quality.
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ahhh spoil sport, they need to be pretty now?

These are some of the Audio Technicas in your price range:

A700s
AD700s
wow these look really nice... lol that's about all I can tell from them. 10 bucks over budget but i think I can manage that Are these as awesome as some of the others suggested, or should I go with ugly but high quality phones?
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A headphone is meant to deliver quality audio into your earholes. Visual appeal is simply a byproduct.

I personally would prefer all of the headphones I listed over the A/AD700 models. It's not that I have a bias against Audio Technica, but I think the lower tier headphones have nowhere as much value as the higher-scale models (AD1000, 2000, etc.), and not as much value as a headphone such as Grado SR225's or Sennheiser HD580's.
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