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can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« on: June 21, 2018, 07:44:40 PM »
she thinks the ATs are uncomfortable.

she doesn't like earbuds. she is also petite if that matters

I guess it would mostly revolve around AV multimedia vs. strictly audio.
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2018, 08:02:08 PM »
Check out the "wall of fame" category for whichever style she prefers: https://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2018, 08:06:51 PM »
Senn HD218 (open, lightweight)   Senn HD280  (closed)
Grado SR-60 or SR-80  Similar but the 80 has more bass, both great on transients and vocals

Neither will set you back much, both sound good but very different
Neither have ever left me fatigued
Both are easy to drive

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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 11:23:35 AM »
For non-critical listening i would suggest these
SENNHEISER PX 100-II
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Light, very comfy and sounds great especially paired
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2018, 01:46:19 PM »
I bought a pair of V-Moda XS a few years ago and still love them: https://v-moda.com/products/xs

The construction is rock solid, and you can replace the ear cups and cable, so they should last for years.  They fold up very compact, and they sound really good for my taste in music.  They make a 3-button cable with iPhone controls that I find uselful.  The mic on both cables (original and 3-button) has never gotten any complaints when using it for phone calls.

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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2018, 02:18:11 PM »
I bought a pair of V-Moda XS a few years ago and still love them: https://v-moda.com/products/xs

I'm digging these. Wish I were in the market or in need of these! $180 with a free headset mic today!
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2018, 03:21:58 PM »

I like my Sennheiser HD280s and have been using them for years. They are kinda bulky and some people don't find them comfortable but I do. I have a big dome so that may not bode well for the fit on a petite lady...
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2018, 09:21:58 PM »
Koss Porta Pro



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They are flavored, but they are great for casual listening.
I would not consider mixing with them, but are amazing for what they are, at the $40  - $50 price point.
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2018, 02:13:23 PM »
Take her to a headphone store so she can look, feel and listen. Everything else is just reaching in the dark.

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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2018, 02:15:42 PM »
Take her to a headphone store so she can look, feel and listen. Everything else is just reaching in the dark.

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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2018, 07:50:36 AM »
Take her to a headphone store so she can look, feel and listen. Everything else is just reaching in the dark.

there is a brick and mortar headphone store ?
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2018, 09:07:52 AM »
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2018, 09:00:31 PM »
Sony MDRV6 / Sony MDR 7506 (can be had for $55-75, they’re essentially the exact same). I have AT m50’s and I find the Sony’s more comfortable. They are lighter, a little smaller.  Worth checking out. Lots of pro/studio credibility. Classics.

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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2018, 12:02:16 AM »
I own Sony 7506's, Grado SR 225's, and Senn HD 600's.

I like the sound of all of them for various reasons. But for extended listening periods I always reach for the Senn because of the open back design. I wear glasses and any headphone that sits directly on the ears gets awfully uncomfortable quite quickly.

Also, I have a pair of AT ATH-T22's that I'd be willing to send you for FREE if you cover shipping. PM if interested.

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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2018, 10:45:08 PM »
I bought a pair of these for my office listening, but as they are on ear style, with glasses, they became uncomfortable after a spell. (They pinched my ears against the glasses bows.) I like the build and style and they sound well balanced w/good bass, but if the lady wears specs, they could be good or bad... I think some of my issue is my larger head and thus more pressure is felt when worn. That and perhaps the pads are a little stiffer than the Senn 650s that I can wear w/specs for prolonged runs.

I'm planning on keeping them cause Christmas is coming... :lol:

BTW, those Koss Porta Pros punch above their weight. Good sounding highly portable. I found doubling up on the foam pads improved comfort when worn w/glasses.
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2018, 10:09:31 AM »
I bought a pair of V-Moda XS a few years ago and still love them: https://v-moda.com/products/xs

The construction is rock solid, and you can replace the ear cups and cable, so they should last for years.  They fold up very compact, and they sound really good for my taste in music.  They make a 3-button cable with iPhone controls that I find uselful.  The mic on both cables (original and 3-button) has never gotten any complaints when using it for phone calls.

Here's the inner fidelity review: https://www.innerfidelity.com/content/practically-perfect-every-way-v-moda-xs

I ended up surprising the wife with a pair of these i customized for her. So far shes digging them. So thank you for the suggestion. The design is really nice, they were smaller than i thought they would be (the ear pads) but for her seem perfect. I keep telling her to be real critical and let me know if she doesn't like something about them and so far no complaints.

She keeps asking me to try them out but i have yet to. I want her to make them her own before i start messing with them.
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Re: can anyone recommend sub $200 headphones for the wife ?
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2018, 12:22:40 PM »
Right on!  Glad I could help!

The rock solid build quality and replaceable cable and ear pads mean they'll likely hold up for several years.  You should take a listen.  They're a little bass heavy, but I like the way my taste in music sounds on them.
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