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Looking for a new pair of over the ear headphones between $200-$250

wasnt impressed with the selection @ local electronic stores

beats
marley
soul
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any good options out there???
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-03-2013, 06:06 AM
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I would check out www.head-fi.org You will probably get a lot more information over there.

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Check out this buying guide at head-fi:

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

Figure out whether you need open or closed (open is better for soundstage). There are specific recommendations for different budgets further down the page (click to open the lists).

Then Innerfidelity's Wall of Fame lists are a good resource. Most of the individual headphone descriptions on the different category pages link to a full review:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame

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thanks cel,
you always seem to have good input!
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Glad to help. smile.gif

Once you've had a chance to get some idea of what headphones seem interesting to you, there is an introductions and recommendations forum at head-fi for seeking advice: http://www.head-fi.org/f/7840/introductions-help-and-recommendations

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check out this guide. http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame

edit: oops, cel already posted this link.

Anyway, I highly agree with the recommendations on the list. I've owned quite a few headphones and many of my favorites are on the Wall of Fame

I'm currently using the Sennheiser Momentum and Shure 840 as my everyday headphones

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thanks guys i think i got all the info i need!!
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thanks guys i think i got all the info i need!!

Great! Except I noticed I made a mistake in my post. "Open" are better for soundstage. If you are trying to decide between open and closed and you don't need isolation and have a quiet place to listen, the soundstage on some of those open headphones is incredible smile.gif

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Yeah, the options in local electronic stores are normally not too good unfortunately. I found this guide really helpful, so my recommendation is to check it out: http://www.headphonesunboxed.com/bes...nes-under-200/

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Yeah, the options in local electronic stores are normally not too good unfortunately. I found this guide really helpful, so my recommendation is to check it out: http://www.headphonesunboxed.com/bes...nes-under-200/
I wouldn't recommend relying on that list. I think people who know headphones would generally rate the HD598, the DT880 and Q701s better than the ATH-M50X.

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The Q701s are decent but I personally find the ATH-M50X's sound better at higher volumes. Most electronic stores do not carry the best options for you, they carry the best options for them. In other words, what is most likely to make them money? Check out this link: http://www.pricenfees.com/best-headp...under-200.html - It gives a decent explanation as to what you should be looking for when comparing headphones, and also has some recommendations. I wouldn't go by the exact rank they have though, but they give you 10 choices which are all good products. Good luck with your purchase!
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Looking for a new pair of over the ear headphones between $200-$250

wasnt impressed with the selection @ local electronic stores

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For those still looking, consider Sennheiser HD598s. They're pretty good for that price range.
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Denon has a great set for under $200
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I personally use the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBLs and absolutely love them. The sound quality is unreal and you can't go wrong with Audio-Technica. They give the Sennheisher HD598s a decent run for their money imo.

Also seem to be quite popular with review sites, e.g. http://www.scanzoom.com/best-headphones-under-200/

The only issue is the price, and they are more expensive than the Sennheiser 598s. Still think they look much nicer.
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I say NAD HP50, best value for the money under $250.
But it has some comfort issue.

I have,had

HE6, HD800, TH900, previously had T1, T5p, T70/80, Audezes, Grados, etc

and best valued headphone imo is NAD HP50 or Grado SR series for $200-$300 range.
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I personally use the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBLs and absolutely love them. The sound quality is unreal and you can't go wrong with Audio-Technica. They give the Sennheisher HD598s a decent run for their money imo.

Also seem to be quite popular with review sites, e.g. http://www.scanzoom.com/best-headphones-under-200/

The only issue is the price, and they are more expensive than the Sennheiser 598s. Still think they look much nicer.
I know headphones are a personal thing but I didn't like the sound or the comfort of the M50x or the M40x at all when I tried them in a store. Too little bass, next to zero soundstage compared to my LSR305s and a $20 Xiaomi Pistons 3 IEM.
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If you're looking for open back over ear headphones, I don't think you can go wrong with the HD598's or a used HE-400i.

As for closed back, I would have to vouch for the NAD HP50's. They were really good general purpose headphones for the price.


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