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I'm looking to spend $75 or less for some decent circumaural headphones to use for home listening and gaming. Unfortunately, this rules out choices like Grado SR60s and some others. I find over-ear headphones to be quite uncomfortable over longer periods (I use PortaPros for travel and I can't wear them for over 2 hrs, but that's fine for travel). I've tried Senn HD2xx/4xx and found them much too tight on the head. I haven't really found a pair noted for their comfort (2-3+ hrs) and value.

A few questions:
Has anyone heard of

?

Are the Sony MDR-V6 phones circumaural or not? I've read reviews complaining that they don't quite fit over your ears. What size are the pads?

Any suggestions?

EDIT: I've heard that AD700s are exemplary for the $90-100 mark, but I'm highly reluctant to go over $75 because I use headphones about 5% of the time I game and 25% of the time I listen to music. I'd rather get a sub-75 set and look for a better stereo receiver, but are near-100 headphones worth the difference? The AD700s in particular have piqued my curiosity.
Edited by JoeWalsh - 3/2/11 at 8:59pm
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You can get a pair of Sennheiser HD555's on Amazon for $85.


These are absolutely worth every penny if you ask me.
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The AD700s will most likely be the most comfortable headphones to ever sit atop your head. Also, if you use them for travel keep in mind that they are open which means sound will leak out and in. The A700s are almost identical except they are closed and will isolate the sound better. They are just as comfortable though the earpad material is different. You lose some sound positioning in games but gain a bit more bass (some say the AD700s have very little). The A700s are usually a bit more expensive but I love mine to death. Audio Techinca has amazing customer service (see here).
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yeah. get the hd555's and mod them to the hd595s.

and fishy, id like to add that the high end sennheiser headphones such as the 555 and 595 are extremely comfortable.

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With the high recommendations for HD555s and AD700s, my main question is:
Will I really notice the difference between a $60 set (I've heard that modded JVC RX-900s can compete with 100-150 range headphones) and a $90 set? I'm using a Xonar DX.
The difference needs to be worth it because:
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeWalsh View Post
I use headphones about 5% of the time I game and 25% of the time I listen to music.
Since both the HD555 and AD700 have been mentioned, is the comparison in this review true?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post
yeah. get the hd555's and mod them to the hd595s.

and fishy, id like to add that the high end sennheiser headphones such as the 555 and 595 are extremely comfortable.

velvet
I don't know if I would call HD555s high end Sennheisers, but they are an alternative to the AD700s that are respectable.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeWalsh View Post
With the high recommendations for HD555s and AD700s, my main question is:
Will I really notice the difference between a $60 set (I've heard that modded JVC RX-900s can compete with 100-150 range headphones) and a $90 set? I'm using a Xonar DX.
The difference needs to be worth it because:


Since both the HD555 and AD700 have been mentioned, is the comparison in this review true?
I would rather use RX700s modded for gaming than RX900s. The bass on the RX900s kill it for gaming.

The thing about the Rx700s/900s is that they offer you bass and are great ALL AROUND headphones, but when it comes to gaming, you want the widest sound stage possible and nothing gives you that like AD700s.

If you want ALL AROUND headphones that give you good gaming and great music at a REALLY affordable price, you should mod the RX700s.

If you want sole purpose blood seeking headphones, you want the AD700s.
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It sounds like I'll be wanting RX700s, however...I was reading this thread and a few others and it seems that the general consensus is the RX-900s are more comfortable. Are the 900 pads for sale anywhere? As I said before, comfort over extended use is a big factor here.
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I have the HARX900's and they are extremely comfortable. I believe you can buy some earpads off the JVC website. I have been using the 900's for gaming and they are great. They have been praised for bringing great bass that doesnt destroy the soundstage. Do the felt ring mod to open up the highs and mids a bit. They have a semi open design that provides good bass and soundstage, and I don't think they can be beaten for the price.
Edited by Battou62 - 3/3/11 at 10:42am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeWalsh View Post
It sounds like I'll be wanting RX700s, however...I was reading this thread and a few others and it seems that the general consensus is the RX-900s are more comfortable. Are the 900 pads for sale anywhere? As I said before, comfort over extended use is a big factor here.
Yes, the RX900 pads are for sale on JVC's website for ~$16 per pad (not per pair).
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Hmm...at $16 per pad I might be just as well off with the 900s themselves. I was reading this thread and it looks like pulling the felt rings might get me what I want. I'm okay with bass.
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