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Best headphones for under $350

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by jslade, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    These are good but also look at the new budget Hifiman cans. If you can find some used Grado RS-2s in this range then that would be ideal. I use Grados for my professional classical recordings. They sound more accurate than Senns on string instruments.
     
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  2. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Well-Known Member

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    Audio-technica ATH CK-10 if you can find them
    Etymotic Research ER-4P
     
  3. Nerkg

    Nerkg Well-Known Member

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    arent the senns open? thats gonna cause major problems for people around you, its like having a radio on, very loud. and in my experience the e7 is wothless even when docked on the 9, i had both with the akg 700, no where near enough power, i wasted my money and learned my lesson, new people always buy the E7 and regret it. imo i would get a phone that does not need to be pushed or save up for a good amp
     
  4. idfnl

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    Sennheiser's are open. You can hear them but they are not that loud unless you listen at getto volumes.
     
  5. Kiwi Man

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    First of all, congratulation to jslade for buying Sennheiser. It is really a great brand. I have their lower-end headphone (HD202). It still works well after one year of usage and several spots of cracks along the cable line.


    I'm sorry to sound really naive, but what does it mean by open? I thought HD series are closed ear.........


    I don't know how you can fix the headphone. I was told that Sennheiser headphones are repairable by anyone, but you MUST order the part ONLY from Sennheiser themselves. In other words, you cannot buy part in the market where they do not sell Sennheiser product. Am I right on that? I have HD202 headphone and the plastic jacket of the cable cracks. Even though it still works perfectly fine, I'm concerned that the copper inside the cable will be torn apart now that it is not properly protected.
     
  6. A Y

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    It means the back of the headphones --- the sides that face out --- are open (they have a mesh), so sound can go out there even if the phones are circumaural (enclosing the entire ear). Sealed head phones, like the Sennheiser HD280s have their backs closed off. Grados are also open headphones.

    I think so. If you're concerned about the cable tear, and don't mind it looking a bit ugly, some electrical tape can help protect the copper wire.
     
  7. kiya

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    Just got a pair of Ultrasone PRO 900 headphones.
    Shit is bananas. I've never heard anything like it, i've spent my entire life using high-end IEMs and just realized that sound protection is less important than a round even sound.
    You can get these on Amazon for $375, literally $200 below retail and worth every penny.

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  8. Artisan Fan

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    A lot of people like the Ultrasone line.
     
  9. imatlas

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    I wish I knew what I was doing when it comes to electronics - I've got a pair of Senn HD600s with a side out. I would have no idea where to begin to fix it, our local stereo shops don't repair phones, and the Senn certified guy in LA wants $60 to look at them and tell me how much further he'll rape me. I'll bet it isn't even anything complicated.
     
  10. idfnl

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    Even though you've been disrespectful to me in other threads, I'll chime in.

    Its likely not worth the $ even though those are pretty expensive phones. There is a chance its just a loose connection, but you'll never know. It might be worth the $60 but there is a pretty significant chance that he will take you for more.

    If you had a multimeter you could at least tell where the signal dies. They do come apart, but when you see how thin those wires internally you'll be afraid to touch them. I know, cuz I wrecked a pair of 560's that way.
     
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  11. imatlas

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    What can I say, I'm an asshole.

    Thanks for the input, that's pretty much the conclusion I drew. I can probably find a pair of these for sub $200 if I try, or it might be a good time to try out a different model.
     
  12. A Y

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    You will be swapping parts, so it doesn't take too much knowledge. First thing to do is to swap the cable's left and right channels: unplug the cable from each headphone unit and plug it into the opposite headphone unit: left->right, right->left. If the side out moves to the opposite ear, then it's probably your cable, so buy a new cable. If not, it's probably the drive unit, so buy a new drive unit.

    If both channels now start working, then you have an intermittent connection. Swap back, and use your headphones normally until it happens again, and see if you can narrow it down with the same procedure.

    I've had both (cable and a drive unit) go out on me on the HD580.

    edit: one more thing, make sure it's not your headphone jack that's messed up. If you have another pair of working headphones, plug them in just to make sure it's not your headphone amp that's broken.
     
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    I'm not an audiophile, but I do believe in investing in good equipment to get the most out of your music. I second the amp recommendation.

    I don't know if you're looking for over-the-ear, open, or in-ear monitor style headphones. I like the in-ear monitors since they provide great sound quality with minimal bulk. Specifically, the Shure SE-425 in-ear monitors. Earphonesolutions.com has them for 20% off (code: DAD20) the usual MSRP of $299.99. I bought all of my in-ear monitors from them since a) they are an authorized dealer (meaning you qualify for the manufacturer's warranty- unlike Amazon.com) while still getting a great price (like Amazon.com).

    Sound Quality
    Since "what sounds good" is a subjective thing (kind of like fashion-sense and style!), it depends on what you're looking for. I look for accuracy and clarity in what the sound engineers and artists want me to hear. The SE-425s aren't known as "warm" or "punchy" so if you listen to a lot of music that features bass, you may be left a little wanting.

    Build Quality
    Physically, I need a robust cable with good construction yet with portability that provides isolation (no sound leakage) for those long flights. Kid screaming his head off behind or in front of you? No problem. Just crank up the tunes.

    Reviews
    Check out head-fi.org for more technical discussions and reviews of alternatives!

    Oops- wrong code. Fixed.
     
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    I have a pair of 595's and actually prefer them.

    The suggestion above was good, swap cables. More than likely not a cable. But where do you source those kinds of parts? Dunno.
     
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    why not give their warranty department a call? most head-phone manufacturers are really good on this
     
  17. imatlas

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    I'v had them for close to ten years, so definitely out of warranty. A post on head-fi suggests around $140 plus shipping at Sennheiser for a similar repair (if it's the driver, not the cable). The ATH M50 is about that, and is reported to be excellent, I'll have to see if i can find a place to check them out.

    Edit. I'll call thm. If the driver is the problem, and i can get one for under $100, I might give it a shot myself.
     
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  18. idfnl

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    ^^ just be careful. The wiring in there make a human hair look like elevator cable.

    Also, a 10 year old driver in one ear and a brand new one in the other may sound slightly different.
     
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  19. imatlas

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    Yeah, that had occurred to me - I'm not sure it would be possible to burn the new one in sufficiently to match the older one.

    Anybody want to buy a used pair of HD600s?
     
  20. denzelbalkman

    denzelbalkman New Member

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    I have a ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint headphones from Audio-Technica which I purchased a couple of months ago after reading its good review here. I am very much satisfied with the way it performs. I have no problems with the unit so far and found the review I read very accurate. Aside from its performance, I also love the way it looks!
     

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