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AVS Forum is planning a series of buying guides for the holiday shopping season, and we need your help. Each guide will include the top picks of AVS members based on reviews, threads, and—most importantly—your response to queries such as this one.

 

So, what are your favorite headphones? Since this is for an upcoming buying guide, we're only looking for currently available models. Simply post a comment with the make(s) and model number(s) and any elaboration you care to add; we might even use your comments in the final buying guide. Perhaps you love the one(s) you own or those you've seen at friends' places. Either way, feel free to include more than one, but please limit your response to the best you've seen among currently available models. You can also consider price and value in your choices—a particular product might not be the absolute best performer, but if it's very good and its price is relatively low, that makes it an outstanding value and worthy of inclusion.

 

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from the limited selection I've owned/tried...


best noise cancelling: bose qc15

best value: JVC HA-S700 or HA-S600

best sq: too rich for me, I have no idea



ones i'd like to try: Audio-technical M50, akg k181dj, v-moda crossfade, and apparently the monster headphones(now that they left 'beats') are actually pretty decent too


I should note, i'm not sure if all of these are 'current models' but they are definitely still being sold in stores/online.
 

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Noise Canceling: Bose QC15

Regular: Sony MDR-V6 or the pro version Sony MDR7506.


The standard of the recording and radio industry. I have listened to headphones that cost 3-4x as much and they don't sound as good or well balanced. Had a pair of Denon AH-D5000, which were definitely more detailed, but I couldn't get over how little padding there was on top, and the frame while light and made of magnesium hurt the top of my head.
 

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I have m-50's and they are pretty decent for 100 bucks. very good with rock that has fast bass drums(not classic rock) and very good overall performance (for the buck) for people who listen to a wide variety of music, like me. That is what makes this a good entry level investment. When buying a headphone it really depends on how you are going to amp them and what kind of music it will be for. I also own some wireless sennheiser r120 which are just ok and some audio technica ATH-AD700 which are great for classic rock and some light jazz and blues. Its all about taste though. My next pair will be open ear with great bass response. Won't be cheap though but thats what I want
 

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I listened to several headphones in the big box stores when looking for a pair for casual listening and my favorite were the Sony MDR-V6. Great bang for the buck!
 

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Akg K702 are a great neutral headphone and the Philips Fidelio X1 are great and fun headphone with great bass.


Am updating this post as i now have a pair of Sennheiser HD558's and they are fantastic with rock music. Very snug fit. Great bass and great vocals as well.
 

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Klipsch x11i


or the


Klipsch Image ones for $100 range.
 

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My favorite headphones are made by a Korean company named Phiaton. I like their midsized over-ear type model 400 ms, ms for 'moderna series'. The earcups are made of black carbon fiber with very soft leatherpads and headbands. The leather comes in either a sleek looking black or a funky red. Very comfortable even during extended use. But their best feature is their sound quality. The sound is very balanced from top to bottom without any overemphasis in a certain frequency range. Bass is strong when the material calls for it with a very detailed and clear midrange and treble. While not cheap, these are a bargain, in my opinion, in the $100-150 range. I would say these are similar in sound quality, and a strong competitor with, the midrange Audio Technica models. I've bought these as gifts for freinds and family and everyone's been thrilled with them.


Highly recommended for good looks, comfortability and affordability!

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I love my Beyerdynamic DT990 very good for the price
 

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Originally Posted by jaydillyo  /t/1499863/what-are-your-favorite-headphones#post_23955249


Grado SR80i - My favorite $100 headphones.
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Shure E4c
 

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I don't listen on headphones much these days, but I love my Sennheiser HD598s. Open, natural sound, great cosmetics too.
 
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+1 on the hd598's. the highs are amazingly energetic without any edginess, piercing or sibilance. Lots of dynamics and speed aren't this headphones strength but give them more focused music and they open up best. Transparency isn't bad either. The music seams to bloom out of the headphone softly. a nice character of the headphone which makes listening to music at night while laying in bed pretty euphonic.
 

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Noise cancelling- psb m4u2

Same here. They have the best sound and noise cancellation and they are pretty comfortable. The only disadvantage is they are big.
 
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As recommended recently here on AVS, I purchased Pioneer SE-A1000 phones.

Really dorky looking, but they sound and feel great.

I like phones that I tend to forget are on my head and phones that sound very neutral.

These qualify on both counts.
 

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I like the V-MODA Crossfades. I have the LP2 which I think aren't made anymore, however, I'm sure there's a similar model currently sold. I tried to find a reasonable home theater headphone for my late night viewing, but they sound great for my music as well.
 
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