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Old 05-12-2013, 12:29 PM
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Default $100 budget, multi genre, headphones wanted

I recently gave my Pioneer Steez away to a friend's fiance. That being said, I need another pair of Headphones to have as back up etc. I am looking for something to use with my laptop and clip zip, preferably full sized and noise blocking, full bodied sound, clear and clean mids and highs, as well as powerful but not muddy bass. I have a budget of $100.00, any ideas?


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RECAP: I am looking for a pair of headphones that are no more than $110.00, and can be described as juicy, sturdy, fast, detailed and resolving. Thus far I have been suggested:

> AKG K451
> Incase Sonics
> ATH M50

I would like some advice on these sets:

>Superlux HD668B
>HD 429
>AKG K240
>AKG 512
>Kicker Cush
>Sony MDR- XB 400

And more suggestions are welcome! Oh and another thing I would like in a set is that they can really relay the emotion of the music, if that makes any sense.

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Old 05-12-2013, 04:41 PM
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I was planning to go to Best Buy when I got off work..so any suggestions in the next 20 minutes would be awesome lol
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:19 PM
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I'd suggest you don't get your headphones from worstbuy unless you have absolutely no other option. They selection in my local stores is limited and usually at full MSRP.

If you can shop off Amazon you should be able to find a pair of ATH M50 for around $100. They fill what you say you want. You could also take a look at other studio monitors but the M50 is one of the few I've heard that will have the boosted bass it seems you're looking for.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:44 PM
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Best Buy price match major online retailers now so they aren't as bad as they used to be.

Here's their price matching policy.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:58 PM
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Thanks, I wasn't aware that they had changed their price matching policy. The last time I tried the list of who they would match was much more restricted. I'll give them a shot again when I'm in the market for electronics and don't want to wait for Amazon to ship.
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If you can shop off Amazon you should be able to find a pair of ATH M50 for around $100. They fill what you say you want. You could also take a look at other studio monitors but the M50 is one of the few I've heard that will have the boosted bass it seems you're looking for.
+1, Although I've gotten the SRH440 in that price range, I have to max out Clear Bass to suffice for the bass impact. It does go deep on its own but to give it a bit of body and impact, I needed enhancements. ATH-M50 seems like a genre all-rounder.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:51 PM
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Best Buy's price match still doesn't resolve the issue of the poor headphone selection in their stores. Guitar Center has a much better selection of higher quality full sized headphones, however Guitar Center has a poor selection of compact and portable headphones and IEMs. Guitar Center will also match Amazon's prices.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:51 PM
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I was also looking at

AKG K240

HD 429

HD668B by Superlux

As mentioned, I like a powerful bass but not muddy, I like it crystal clear if possible and comfortable. Any thoughts on these or other suggestions?
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:22 AM
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Incase Sonics,...look at a set. I have 'em, & I use 'em every day.
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@ thedarkside th9ose might be a possibility.

Anyone got thoughts on the others or Kickers cushh? Or akg 512?
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:24 PM
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The AKG K451 have what you are looking for
. They are preferred to be rock headphones.
They were reviewed by Trusted reviews.
http://www.trustedreviews.com/akg-k4...dphones_review

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Old 05-13-2013, 02:11 PM
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RECAP: I am looking for a pair of headphones that are no more than $110.00, and can be described as juicy, sturdy, fast, detailed and resolving. Thus far I have been suggested:

> AKG K451
> Incase Sonics
> ATH M50

I would like some advice on these sets:
> Beyerdynamic DTX 910
>Superlux HD668B
>HD 429
>AKG K240
>AKG 512
>Kicker Cush
>Sony MDR- XB 400

And more suggestions are welcome! Oh and another thing I would like in a set is that they can really relay the emotion of the music, if that makes any sense.

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Old 05-13-2013, 02:58 PM
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tisumner, I'd be aware that descriptors like "juicy" and "sturdy," when applied to sound quality, fall very much into subjective territory. What one person finds "juicy" may strike another as "colored" or "exaggerated" or "untrue", for example. (I just pulled those words out of my ass, but you get the point, I hope.)

Of your list, I can only second the ATH-M50 as being a relatively good fit for your desires. I don't have any experience with the other sets. Since you're willing to entertain more suggestions, though, I would be remiss not to recommend (as I am known to do) the JVC HA-S500. As a Japan-only headphone, it can only be found in the US via the internet (Amazon and ebay are popular sources), but even with shipping fees, it will fall well below your budget while (IMO) punching well above its weight class sonically. I personally think it ticks all of your boxes for sound characteristics, though it is an on-ear (supra-aural) vs. an around-the-ear (circumaural) design.
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@ epithetless: true lol. I was just trying to use correct terminology that I found in the sound description Faa.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:12 PM
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Well, the ath-m50 is a solid choice. The build quality is excellent, it's known for it's great sq, and it's great for r&b, rock, electronic music. For classical I'd look elsewhere (I don't listen to classical ).

Oh, I recommended the Sonics because the sq is excellent, and if you search you can find them for around $50 (sales come & go on 'em). The sq is really solid for the price,...the m50's do have the better build quality tho,...
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:52 PM
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In regards to the AKG K451 I had them and was testing them against a bunch of headphones
Shure shr840
Sony k100
Sony x
and found that the AKG K451 were the clearest most comfortable that I had ever heard. For my needs which was to have some everday headphones with clarity and bass. I didnt get a chance to test the bass and all but it was so clear and lively I will still be getting another pair soon
They are also a newer headphone.
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Alright gang, I am gonna do a bunch of reading on the suggested sets thus far. Anyone have any more ideas?
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:09 AM
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ATH-M50 is a no-brainer for your needs, although some alternatives that you could consider are:

M-Audio Q40 (if you can find it for the price)
Shure SRH440
KOSS Pro DJ100 (or maybe DJ200, if you can afford it)
KRK KNS6400

I would stay clear of the Sennheiser HD4** line as in my experience, they are the worst line in their entire catalog, with very muddy and uncontrolled bass. I would also audition any AKG before buying it, as AKG often has weird ringing in various frequencies (true even for high-end models).
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:52 AM
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I just ordered a set of incase sonics. Should be here in a week or so.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:39 PM
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Post some impressions,...but keep it simple.
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