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#1 9 years ago

Hey guys, my old headphones broke, so my parents gave me $180 to buy new headphones. I listen to music a lot, so i'm looking to buy some really nice new headphones. There are tons of em out there, and i don't really know much about them. What's a really good pair of headphones i could get for that price range, without exceeding $180 by more than $10-20. Also, i hate ear buds, i like the huge over ear headphones. Also, i play fretless bass, but i'm in college, so not to disturb my suitemates, i plug my headphones into my amp when i play my bass. In short, quality bass is a must in my new headphones.

Thanks guys!




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#2 9 years ago

Get some audio technica headphones. They're awesome audiophile quality.




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#3 9 years ago

Sennheisers hands down, visit the website sennheiser.com I have steelseries Neckband.. steelseries.com theyre £55




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#4 9 years ago
Junk angel

Huh, sound?

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#5 9 years ago

grado sennheiser akg

At least those would be my brands of choice :)




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#6 9 years ago

Grado SR-225: Retail is a pretty consistent $200. Excellent choice for the price range, just about the perfect sub-$200 can for fans of rock & metal. They're open, however, and aren't a good choice if you need to block a lot of incoming or outgoing noise. Not likely that you're going to be all that objectionable if you're using them in place of a bass monitor. They're also not the most comfortable cans for extended periods of use. Even I have to take them off after an hour or two. Can be remedied by aftermarket pads and mods.

Beyerdynamic DT770/Pro: The 80-ohm can carried (exclusively?) by GC in the US, at least. Beyer might have an 80-ohm version of these available for sale direct by now. Closed cans with CRAZY bass. Combichrist and KMFDM are great fun on these cans. They do like to be amped, however. Even the baby 80-ohmers (Beyer used to make 600-ohm studio cans, exclusively). List was $200, but it's GC... you can always talk them down.

Sennheiser HD555: No direct experience with these, but I respect the HD600 and HD650. General consensus is that they're "dark" and "veiled" (especially compared to Grados) but those that like the sound, love the sound. The HD555 lists for $180, and are about as comfy as they Beyers and their sexy velour cups, maybe more so.

AKG and Audio-Technica really don't make anything useful in this price range, though both (AKG, especially) are quality brands.

Now there's the recommendation you'll think you hate: Etymotic ER-4S. They're IEMs, before anyone says something stupid on the matter, as sound incredible, especially when attached to a good source and chain. Best of all, you'll have near perfect noise isolation.




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#7 9 years ago
C38368;4812174Sennheiser HD555: No direct experience with these, but I respect the HD600 and HD650. General consensus is that they're "dark" and "veiled" (especially compared to Grados) but those that like the sound, love the sound. The HD555 lists for $180, and are about as comfy as they Beyers and their sexy velour cups, maybe more so.

You're right that the HD555 can sound a bit veiled/muddy, but at the same time it seems to work well somehow. But that might just be because when I listen to my headphones it's normally because I want to listen to something loud and bassy at the wrong time of day - in which case it's normally a kind of music that suits a set of headphones that favours bass over clarity anyway.




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#8 9 years ago

woohoo! I just got my new HD555's in the mail today, and all i can say is WOOOOOOOOOOOOW. These are seriously good! The sound quality is unbelievable! Thank you for the suggestions guys!




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#9 9 years ago

Good to hear that you like them. Now go forth an get an amp. Oh yes, good amp + good source = very good things.




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#10 9 years ago
C38368;4816484Good to hear that you like them. Now go forth an get an amp. Oh yes, good amp + good source = very good things.

An amp? Like my bass amp? How will that help :clueless: As far as a source, i've just got my iPod Touch, what's a good source?




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