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$100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« on: March 20, 2008, 11:34:59 PM »
ok folks...looking for some current recommendations on your favorite pair of $100 cans. thanks for your input. fwiw, these will be used for tracking out shows on the laptop. i plan to get a pretty nice portable headphone amp fairly soon as well. perhaps that will figure into your suggestion.
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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2008, 11:45:38 PM »
Sennheiser HD-515.
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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2008, 11:47:13 PM »
Do they need to be sealed or have any degree of isolation? Or can they be open backed headphones?
For closed cans, try the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro. For open, perhaps the Grado SR 125. Canal phones are also an option, especially if you will be in noisy environments.

For my part, I am really enjoying my AKG k701's, and these can be had for not much more than twice your budget. They sound so good, I never listen to my stereo anymore.

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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008, 02:25:02 AM »
Sony 7506.

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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2008, 02:38:34 AM »
For closed cans, try the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro.

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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2008, 04:35:15 AM »
Sony 7506.

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that or the MDR-V6 (same phones minus the gold connector, less money).  There is a reason these are the most widely phones in the broadcast/studio industry, very well built and quite comfortable.  These are among the best sounding closed headphones for under $80.  I used them for mastering all my recordings.  And they fold to boot! 

I have used the Sennheiser HD280s, a similar sounding headphone.  It was like wearing a clamp, couldn't keep them on my head for more than five minutes.

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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2008, 08:24:03 AM »
Another vote for the Grado SR-125

Sound-wise, they're on the bright/forward side, but I don't find them to be fatiguing with good sources. 
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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2008, 07:42:22 PM »
I very much like my Beyerdynamic ATH-m50 pair, which are about $100 on eBay.
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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2008, 08:20:48 PM »
I'm using Grado SR-80s and an X-Can v2 on my desk sourced with a Sony D5 analog out.  The headphons and amp are nice combination and not expensive. 

I don't find the grados really bright with this amp on most material but some recordings, like the Cats Down Under the Stars CD, seem to have a lot of presence in the upper range that I don't recall on my home system.
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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2008, 09:36:55 PM »
Dennis....I just got the Senn 280's today and really like em.  I vote for them.  saw em on google search for 80 bucks with a 2yr warranty.

also....there are some AKG's 240 for cheap.
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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2008, 09:47:26 PM »
One last ditch attempt to sway you over to the MDR-7506 or V6 side of things:

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/showthread.php?p=46352#post46352

I think these are much better than the HD280, not just for comfort but the very high end on the HD280 seems to be a bit snubbed.  Again, did I mention that the MDR-7506 FOLD?  1000's of audio and broadcast studio engineers can't be wrong!

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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2008, 09:56:11 PM »
One last ditch attempt to sway you over to the MDR-7506 or V6 side of things:

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/showthread.php?p=46352#post46352

I think these are much better than the HD280, not just for comfort but the very high end on the HD280 seems to be a bit snubbed.  Again, did I mention that the MDR-7506 FOLD?  1000's of audio and broadcast studio engineers can't be wrong!
having not read the above link yet, is there any sonic difference in the 7506 v. V6 ? thanks for the link shaggy.
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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2008, 10:00:21 PM »
I use the beyerdynamic DT880.  You can find demo or b-stock pairs for less than $200.  One of the most acurate and impressive headphones availible at any price....
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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2008, 05:52:54 AM »
I have AKG 271 headphones that I'm not using. PM if you're intersested. They're in excellent condition.

I use Senn 600's and absolutely love them. I know they're out of your price range, but they're sweet. I'd like to test the 650's sometime.  :headphones:
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Re: $100 Headphone Recommendations ?
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2008, 08:14:13 AM »
I use the beyerdynamic DT880.  You can find demo or b-stock pairs for less than $200.  One of the most acurate and impressive headphones availible at any price....

They really need a good amp to shine.

Sony MDR-V6 for the win, imho.
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