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    Posted: August 13 2017 at 08:18
I only have about $100 (US dollars) to spend on headphones. What are the best-sounding headphones I could get? What brand should I get? What model should I get? Thanks very much in advance for your help!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2017 at 09:19
I have (and like) this

https://www.marshallheadphones.com/mh_us_en/major-ii-black

The Marshall site offers it at 119$ but I'm sure you can find a better deal somewhere on the web.




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2017 at 10:40
Sennheiser HD 558 - Best Buy has them now (limited) for $80.  Run don't walk.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2017 at 10:42
Originally posted by dwill123 dwill123 wrote:

Sennheiser HD 558 - Best Buy has them now (limited) for $80.  Run don't walk.
 
 

Yes, great headphones for the price.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2017 at 11:11
Sennheiser ONLY!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2017 at 11:48
Adding to the chorus - I don't know the HD588 specifically, but I've never gone wrong buying Sennheiser.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2017 at 11:57
Unfortunately I can't wear headphones because they affect my tinnitus. Unhappy However, I have something called sleepphones(or something like them)that aren't too bad if I put in cotton or something in my one bad ear. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 14 2017 at 23:43
I'm going to go across the grain here, Sennheiser are a fine brand, and while I don't know this particular model I've always found Sennheiser's a little light in the low end and a little thin overall. For my money I'd check out the AKG240 Studio cans. A much warmer and fuller sound. I've used them for 30 years in live and studio environments and have been very pleased.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 15 2017 at 06:54
I will also go against the grain here with Audio-Technica ATH-M40X studio headphones.  I have a pair and am very pleased with them.  They are right at $99 on Amazon (link below).  They are very neutral in sound, which means the way it was recorded is the way you will hear it, you can always tweak your equalizer if you want more bass or more treble, etc..

You may want to visit music/guitar stores and ask to try some headphones (which I did), most likely they will have Senns, AKG, and Audio-Technica and will let you test drive them.

https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M40x-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR54/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1502801193&sr=8-3&keywords=audio+technica+ath-m40x

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 15 2017 at 06:57
Alwas been happy with Sennheiser, ever since the 80's, and haven't noticed that much difference between their cheaper and more pricey sets. I bought my last set about ten years ago. Still working perfectly. I think they cost around £70.
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Ive been using AKG K99's for a couple of years now, and no complaints they sound great.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2017 at 19:24
I am still n the market for some too.
I am looking for on ear and something smallish to use at the gym and or outside walking. I am not a fan of earbuds.
I did d have a pair of Klipsch that were under $100 and really like them.
The model is discontinued but still on Amazon .
My issue was the design was easy to break.
But the sound was top notch and good bass.
The newer ones are redesigned and closer to $200
I am considering the Marshall headphones as they seem to get good ratings and have also made some changes since the first generation.Anybody here have the new ones?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2017 at 21:30
I think there are several decent ones at that price and my Shure shr 440 pair are well under $100 and I love them.
https://www.amazon.com/Shure-SRH440-Professional-Studio-Headphones/dp/B002DP1FTU


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2017 at 02:31
These have been my favorite $100 headphones for a long, long time:
https://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-SON-MDR7506-LIST#FeaturedReview
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2017 at 05:37
Originally posted by Jzrk Jzrk wrote:

I am still n the market for some too.
I am looking for on ear and something smallish to use at the gym and or outside walking. I am not a fan of earbuds.
I did d have a pair of Klipsch that were under $100 and really like them.
The model is discontinued but still on Amazon .
My issue was the design was easy to break.
But the sound was top notch and good bass.
The newer ones are redesigned and closer to $200
I am considering the Marshall headphones as they seem to get good ratings and have also made some changes since the first generation.Anybody here have the new ones?

They're alright I guess but you can do a lot better for a hundred bucks imo. Marshall headphones are made by the Swedish company called Zound. They make a very very popular headphones named Plattan, which basically is the exact same as the Marshall just in colours. Not a particularly renowned company in terms of sound quality. People buy them for their design methinks.

Recs:
Koss Porta Pro (open back)
Akg Y50
Yamaha hph-150 (open back)
Ultrasone hfi-15g (open back and brilliant!)
Beyerdynamic dt240

Bigger but still portable:
Audio Technica ath-m40x
Beyerdynamic dtx-910 (open back)
Koss Dj100
Ultrasone Dj1


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2017 at 05:40
Oh and be sure to drop by our designated headphone thread: http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=111396
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2017 at 08:36
Believe it or not, I'd go for a pair of studio headphones. Flat response, no treble or bass boost. 

That allows you to hear exactly what the producer intended you to hear. 

However. 

Personal preference comes into this and headphone manufacturers bias commercial headphones to produce more bass, midrange or treble. So the simple answer is that your personal preference means it's not possible to actually say "These are the best headphones", full stop. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2017 at 08:51
Yes, the last pet discussion was quite informative in the Cans thread... :)

Regarding the thread title, I can vouch for the Audio Technica ATH-M40X, great neutral sounding closed back headphones, that are also easy to drive.  They fold up for portability, but are still a over ear set of cans.  I got them for $99 a few years ago, I believe they are cheaper now.

Some great on ear portable cans are the Sennheiser PX-100ii.  I amazingly got them for $42 in 2016, now they are $70.  They are open back.

Regarding the Koss Porta Pro, I have the little brother clip on style ear phones, Koss KSC75 which I have forgotten about until this thread.  They are sort of ugly as ear clip ons, but are under $20!  I have read where some users have removed the ear clips and put them on the Porta Pro head band and rave about it!  I will try and post a photo of them below but may give up if captcha gives me too much grief.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 23 2017 at 22:15
Thanks all for the info seems like it’s never easy to pick one!
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