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mikee 12-26-2012 10:52 PM

need good over ear headphones under 40$
 
I correctly have sony mdr - v150 headphones which are falling apart and are almost unusable they are so bend out of shape. These are going to be used mainly at my computer.

I can't really test them before buying so here's a few I am looking at

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...224&CatId=6090

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...847&CatId=6090

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...509&CatId=6090

What do you guys think of these? or recommend me something in the proce range

IDvsEGO 12-27-2012 08:06 AM

do you like the sound of your sonys? They have a more neutral sound if I remember right. Dont get the panasonic you linked. I have them at work and they feel incredibly cheap. and I hate the cable. There are way better for under $40. and if you want to go that cheap then get some JVC Flats. Very highly regarded in that price range. The other two that you linked to, I dont have any personal experience with. Are you obligated to Tiger Direct or is that just where you started looking? Here is what I have on my amazon wish list close to your price range. For this price I think JVC is a no brainer but they are more of an "fun" sound. Most will be in this price actually. Also, you linked to on ear and over ear so I didnt restrict my selection to over the ear.


super cheap
http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAS160B-Li...ords=jvc+flats

I have the IEM version of riptidz and they are killer for the money. These shoudlnt be any different. At this price I might actually order a pair finally.
http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAS200B-Fo...ds=jvc+riptidz

more neutral headphones
http://www.amazon.com/Superlux-HD661...=I77NJ9ZZ99I5D

http://www.amazon.com/Superlux-681-D...I13ZUSP8BB9E95

Bassier "fun" headphones
a friend has these and is very happy. They have a little cult following on other boards as well. they are the OEM version of a kicker model for half the price.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

I had these once, took them back because I needed hte money and have regretted it. Cool look, nice mellow sound that is on the edge of "dark". but I liked it.
http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAM750-Mon...=I9MDX5NTIT7N4

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-Ham5X-Xtre...I2CPRYY4VKILEJ

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SE-M39...=IJ76IF8SFSCN7

I had these for a while too. They made my ears hot so I returned them but haven't been able to find the same sound since so they are back on my wish list.
http://www.amazon.com/HARMAN-K81DJ-C...I1A0UI0EHG3L9O

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-H...rds=RP-HTX7%3A

I have the Cortex branded version of these and love them. they are a bit bulky though so I only use them at home.
http://www.amazon.com/Prodipe-Pro-Pr...ywords=prodipe

I have these also and I don't consider them bassy but others do. I have suspected that I got a modded or otherwise altered version since I bought them second hand but haven't cared enough to investigate. they are very comfortable and great for gaming.
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RPHT...ds=RP-HTF600-S

Cant remember what these are supposed to sound like, but I wanted them at some point for some reason...
http://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-HM3-...I1HN5GF1M6BH6A


something else about your PC...it may sound terrible. I have had some bad experiences with onboard audio driving headphones well. its very hit or miss for me. If you get a recommended headphone and dont like it you should consider adding a better sound card or a small portable amp. Dont do any of that until you try it out first. You may be just fine.

The DarkSide 12-27-2012 08:24 AM

I got my Sony mdr-zx600 for $40, and they sound excellent. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...sony+mdr-zx600

mikee 12-27-2012 11:20 AM

how about these they are sony zx series

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...847&CatId=6090

I do like the sonys I have now they have lasted 4 years but are now so beaten up I can barely use them. The sound seems to be even across the board no frequencies are overemphasized which is good for the computer.

My dad might be giving me more money in which case I may buy these

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...200&CatId=6241



What would be the main difference between these and the sonys I linked

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...288&CatId=6090

I have always wanted something more high end but money has been an obsticle

IDvsEGO 12-27-2012 11:49 AM

I havent heard the sony you linked but in my experience sony headphones are very hit or miss. some are great, some suck. Inversely I have been happy with almsot every JVC I have bought.

dont bother with the bose. for that money there are tons of options better.

JK98 12-27-2012 01:04 PM

The JVC HA-S160 for around $12 is a great buy for the money. The JVC HA-S400 at around $28 has received great reviews. It has carbon nanotube technology for great clarity.

IDvsEGO 12-27-2012 01:46 PM

where are you finding the HA-S400 for $28?


EDIT - nevermind, they are here and I have used this retailer before so I would trust them. HMMMM. been curious about htese for a while now

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...FRQcnAoddjAApA

JK98 12-27-2012 02:06 PM

Read this thread.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/626332/the-...ad-for-details

IDvsEGO 12-27-2012 02:10 PM

I know about the headphones, I was just going by amazon prices. and I got tired of that thread after about page 6. head-fi ha a way of going on and on about the same things.

Marvin the Martian 12-27-2012 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IDvsEGO (Post 629054)
I know about the headphones, I was just going by amazon prices. and I got tired of that thread after about page 6. head-fi ha a way of going on and on about the same things.

Yeah, in both that thread and the S500 thread, they've all lost their minds with trying 656245 different earpads and methods of stuffing said earpads with everything from q-tips to toilet paper.....lol.

I did buy one other set of pads for my S500s....a set of Senn. HD25 velours....but they alter the sound a little bit....softening up both the highs and lows, compared to the stock pads. So I am saving them for summertime use, and then I'll correct the sonic difference with EQ.

IDvsEGO 12-27-2012 02:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marvin the Martian (Post 629055)
Yeah, in both that thread and the S500 thread, they've all lost their minds with trying 656245 different earpads and methods of stuffing said earpads with everything from q-tips to toilet paper.....lol.

yup, thats head-fi. they do it to every FOTM. but still, it helps find some gems, that's for sure. although I never quite got the hype on those panasonics.

mikee 12-27-2012 03:00 PM

what do you guys think if these?

http://www.frys.com/product/6085128?...FQpgMgodHnsAkg

Marvin the Martian 12-27-2012 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by mikee (Post 629066)

Not worth that price at all. And they are a very inefficient design....they need more power than a typical DAP can provide. The JVC HA-S160 that JK98 mentioned in an earlier post is a much better choice than the HD201.

mikee 12-27-2012 03:20 PM

how can you tell that from just looking at them and the specs? what in the specs do you look at to determine how much power they need. I heard it was ohms and these are 24 ohms impedance

the headphones would mainly be used on my computer which I would assume has more capability to drive headphones

Marvin the Martian 12-27-2012 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikee (Post 629069)
how can you tell that from just looking at them and the specs? what in the specs do you look at to determine how much power they need. I heard it was ohms and these are 24 ohms impedance

the headphones would mainly be used on my computer which I would assume has more capability to drive headphones

I used to own them.
http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...&pictureid=626

and also the HA-S150
http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...pictureid=1259

It's not just ohms, it is also sensitivity.
The JVC's sound better, regardless of what you plug them into.

JK98 12-27-2012 03:41 PM

Marvin, which Fiio amp is that?

Marvin the Martian 12-27-2012 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JK98 (Post 629072)
Marvin, which Fiio amp is that?

The E3....powered by one AAA battery. A flawed design, however....you know the one EQ setting on the E6 where the LED is red, and the sound is all muddy? That's how the E3 sounds, muddy. And the only way to turn it off is unplug it....otherwise you end up with a lot of dead batteries, which is expensive unless you use rechargeables like I used to with it.

IDvsEGO 12-27-2012 03:54 PM

specs on headphones are about useless in my opinion. I dont even look at them unless it is the same headphone with differeent version (like some of the beyer models). I read reviews and try out sets. Like Marv said...he owned them, thats the only way he really knows. the 201 is way cheaper on amazon and might be worth the $17 price tag. Never tried them myself.

JK98 12-27-2012 03:55 PM

I read that the E3 sounds much worse than the E6, so I bought the E6. I would have preferred using AAA nimh rechargeables rather than the built battery the E6 has.

JK98 12-27-2012 03:58 PM

The HA-S160 at $12 is the great bargain. It is my favorite cheap headphone. It is very compact, and feels solidly built. it sounds very neutral, with just the right amount of bass, and has good clarity.


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