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My friend is in need for his first pair of cans. I am a gamer guy and can only take him so far. He is planning to use it with his mp3 player and laptop so nothing way to bulky.
Budget: under 120.
Tastes: everything but an emphasis on hip-hop, rap, jazz, and classical.
I told him he need good bass for hip-hop and rap and he said he wanted to focus more on the details in the music.
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Hi, I have been using AKG K240's for years. (Including throughout my entire audio production degree.) They definitely do not have that bangin' bass if you really want to feel the music (hip-hop, anything electronic, etc) but they have killer mid-range, so the details really pop. It definitely is a different sound than most people are used to listening to though, since most consumer cans have super exaggerated highs and low. I'd suggest trying before purchasing anything though. I haven't really listened to a lot of other headphones extensively that I liked, so that's my
Hope my rambling was halfway useful.
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Since you already have the AD700, I assume he has tried them, and it seems he is looking for the same sound in a not so bulky package. The closest I have found is the Grado SR60. Its about mid entry level cans, that have a great sound and are about half the size as the AD700s. Another great sounding smaller headphone is the Senn HD238. Its a little more expensive though. Both are 32ohm cans and will play fine on portables, but also will sound good when gaming. If he wants closed, the Senn PX200 would be my first choice, or the AKG K81. The good thing is your in the Bay area and there should be plenty of places to try out some cans. Guitar Center is a good place to start, but I bet there are lots of music centers in your area.
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I have the 595's and they are awesome, the 555's are pretty similar. The 595s are 50 bucks more on Amazon too by the way.
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I think the HD555 are too big for him. He has tried my ad700 and liked them but wanted something better for music. dunno wat he means by that but ill ask him. ill look into the Grado SR60. are the rx700 good for his tastes?
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RX700's are very nice headphones, but they're enormous. I can't imagine anyone wearing it in public.
Perhaps the Audio Technica M50's would do.
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Originally Posted by v193r View Post
My friend is in need for his first pair of cans. I am a gamer guy and can only take him so far. He is planning to use it with his mp3 player and laptop so nothing way to bulky.
Budget: under 120.
Tastes: everything but an emphasis on hip-hop, rap, jazz, and classical.
I told him he need good bass for hip-hop and rap and he said he wanted to focus more on the details in the music.
Does he absolutely want cans? For his uses, it looks like he might benefit from a really nice pair or IEMs.

If you're going the route of cans, I would definitely recommend the M50s as the previous person mentioned. It is decently sized and won't break your wallet. The only thing is, although it has decent bass, it doesn't provide the best detail, which is what your friend seems to be looking for. hope this helps
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I think the HD555 are too big for him. He has tried my ad700 and liked them but wanted something better for music. dunno wat he means by that but ill ask him. ill look into the Grado SR60. are the rx700 good for his tastes?
He will probably like the feel and sound of the Grados. SR60s for budget, the 225s for a Cnote more if he is really into his music.
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i think the m50 a bit too much. i think the SR60s are the best bet.
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actually, i really enjoy my m50s
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