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Hopefully I'm on the right forum. I don't want to spend too much money. I will be using them for just music and my Playstation Vita. I listen to mainly rap and techno.
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Grado SR60s.

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The new KRK and Shure mid level models are pretty accurate sounding for the pricepoint. I personally am a fan of Audio Technica and they also have some low level Studio (s) series that might work for you.
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I actually got a pair of Sony xb600 headphones for $60 new. Thanks though!
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in or over ear?

I love my Sennheiser Cx300 for the price

been working for awhile and still to shy to post my own build thread
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I actually got a pair of Sony xb600 headphones for $60 new. Thanks though!

Went for the serious bass, huh? Nice biggrin.gif

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I love my Fostex T20rp studio headphones w/ copper plated mylar planar drivers.

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akg k240 studio in my opinion the most natural sounding budget cans and very comfortable.
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I like my Sennheiser HD 280 pros - I think I paid in that range on a deal.
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While TheGrumpyCat has decided on the Sony XB600, InnerFidelity's Wall-of-Fame is a good place to start if you are looking to buy headphones at any price point:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame
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Huge fan of the SR60i's from GRADO, but they are not good for bass-heavy material such as rap.
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I love Grado SR60s, and I listen to them often, but they're not for rap and techno.

For those two categories, especially techno (I'm a huge EDM fan), I love House of Marley Positive Vibration headphones. Maybe I'm biased since I work for them, but at $60, they're killer at getting low and still perform decently in the mid/high-range of the spectrum.
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Put the L-Cush pads on the Grado SR60i, and they do quite well with midbass with a little EQ. Not massive, but as good as many bookshelf speakers. I use my Grados to listen to techno and rap. You just don't get those sub bass frequencies. And of course, definitely not for a basshead smile.gif

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Be warned: Grados are totally open headphones (no sound isolation in or out) and many people find them painful to wear. I can't wear any on-ear headphones (Grado or other) if I have my glasses on for example. Larger circumaural headphones are fine though.
I don't think their build quality is up to much either - they are not built to the same standards that a pair of Sony/Sennheiser/AKG/etc. headphones are. I really regretted spending as much as I did on GS1000 as a result of that.
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Be warned: Grados are totally open headphones (no sound isolation in or out) and many people find them painful to wear. I can't wear any on-ear headphones (Grado or other) if I have my glasses on for example. Larger circumaural headphones are fine though.

I wear glasses all the time. I don't have a problem with the Grados. Some closed headphones don't work for some people with glasses either. It's not really an open or closed thing. It's a person thing.
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I don't think their build quality is up to much either - they are not built to the same standards that a pair of Sony/Sennheiser/AKG/etc. headphones are. I really regretted spending as much as I did on GS1000 as a result of that.

I don't know about the GS1000s, but the SR225i I have seem as a good a build quality as other headphones I have demoed in the same price range.

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I wear glasses all the time. I don't have a problem with the Grados. Some closed headphones don't work for some people with glasses either. It's not really an open or closed thing. It's a person thing.
It's not about being closed/open (that's determined by the outside of the headphones) but whether they are designed to sit on your ears or around them. With glasses, on-ear headphones press your ears against the arms, with ones that sit around your ears that doesn't happen.
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I don't know about the GS1000s, but the SR225i I have seem as a good a build quality as other headphones I have demoed in the same price range.
I've had SR80, HF2, and GS1000. All of them had similar build quality issues, with the cable being the weakest point. The GS1000 was the most disappointing due to the workmanship on the wooden finish, and costing so much more than the others, and it was ridiculous that the "Head-F1" error on the HF2s made it through quality control. Wouldn't buy from them again.
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It's not about being closed/open (that's determined by the outside of the headphones) but whether they are designed to sit on your ears or around them. With glasses, on-ear headphones press your ears against the arms, with ones that sit around your ears that doesn't happen.

You originally stated that "many people find them painful to wear" and that you can't wear on ear headphones. I've seen many people who do not find them "painful" to wear. As far as on ear, that really depends on the person: head size, how tight you wear them, your ear, the type of arm on your glasses. I find the S-Cush pads just fine with glasses. The L-Cush were a little uncomfortable when I first got them, but handwashing them with mild soap and water broke them to be pretty soft. On the other hand, there are closed headphones that bother me after a while because of how they press on the arm of glasses onto the side of my head. Headphone comfort really is an individual thing in many circumstances.
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I've had SR80, HF2, and GS1000. All of them had similar build quality issues, with the cable being the weakest point. The GS1000 was the most disappointing due to the workmanship on the wooden finish, and costing so much more than the others, and it was ridiculous that the "Head-F1" error on the HF2s made it through quality control. Wouldn't buy from them again.

You are one of the first people I've ever heard complain about Grado cables. They typically have a good reputation. That being said, the newer SR125i and up models (released 2009) now have a thicker, heavier duty cable than the older Grado models and the SR60i and SR80i. Perhaps you are familiar with older Grado models.

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You originally stated that "many people find them painful to wear" and that you can't wear on ear headphones.
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Headphone comfort really is an individual thing in many circumstances.
While it's true that comfort is a personal thing, complaints seems to be more common with Grado headphones than most. I wouldn't recommend anyone buy a pair without having tried them on first to see if it's a problem for them.
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You are one of the first people I've ever heard complain about Grado cables. They typically have a good reputation. That being said, the newer SR125i and up models (released 2009) now have a thicker, heavier duty cable than the older Grado models and the SR60i and SR80i. Perhaps you are familiar with older Grado models.

Interesting. There used to be a plague of people complaining about the comfort of Grado headphones and a big market for earpads to make them more comfortable. I bought a pair of Grado SR60s and they sounded pretty good for the day, but were not competitive for comfort in my opinon. I think that Grado has responded to the market since then.

Earphone and headphone comfort can be a big deal if you wear them in extended sessions.

In the end bass extension and response is facilitated by an air-tight fit. IME open air headphones are either light on bass or produce a lot of bass that gets lost in transmission for a more or less net flat response.

I prefer IEMs for lengthy listening sessions, but the phones I listen to the most are (for convenience) wireless semi-open ear phones - Sennheiser RS 160s which IMO require a fair amount of bass and treble boost to sound balanced.
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In the end bass extension and response is facilitated by an air-tight fit. IME open air headphones are either light on bass or produce a lot of bass that gets lost in transmission for a more or less net flat response.

Well, that's the tradeoff for increased sound stage of open headphones. That, and open air can be more comfortable than some closed because one's ears can get warm with closed.

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Sony V6, its a classic and good for everything for me, often on sale at many sites, I got it on sale for $39+tax at Amazon.

Better then my Grado SR125, Sennheiser HD 280 give me headaches after long period.

Actually gave SR125 to sister, she gave it back after listen to the V6 and took the Sony instead. I bought another V6 since then.

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Grado SR60s.

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hi

i would personally go with the award winning sony v55 headphnoes http://www.shoppingway.co.uk/sony-v55 or

at slighter bigger budget but headphones of exceptional studio like quality http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1368395514&sr=8-20&keywords=headphones
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