I’m after a set of decent, but not very expensive headphones – I’ve limited myself to £50 max.
I want some over the head for sticking on in the office when drawing boxes and lines.
I’ve been looking at:
Reid and Head SA800
Creative Aurvana Live
AKG K 430
Audio Technica ATHWS50
Anyone audiophiles have any suggestions? I’ll be pushing out mp3s at a high bitrate from a Sansa Clip… so not massive quality, but the high end of MP3 quality.
RicksPosted 8 years ago
Grado labs SR-80, slightly over budget, but very good.
 price seems to have gone up, I’m sure mine were only about £80.Posted 8 years ago
My Grados were about £80, they’re amazing. BUT, open back which means they don’t block any sound and everyone in the office can hear what you’re listening to…
Cant’really help much more than that!Posted 8 years ago
Ultimate Ears 400.Posted 8 years ago
Cheers Chaps, £80 is a bit too much, and the UE 400 are IEMs…. I’m looking for some over the head….
Hmm….Posted 8 years ago
you might be able to get some grado sr60s for a bit less, mostly the same as the sr80s but some downgraded bitsPosted 8 years ago
How about Marley Positive Vibrations?Posted 8 years ago
AKG K450 are £50 at Amazon if you’re quick (only 2 left) What HiFi thought they were good but some other reviews are less gushing.
I saw this on a site I keep an eye on – Hotukdeals.com and it might be worth you reading the thread as other cans like Goldring DR150’s.Posted 8 years ago
Actually my Grados might be SR60s. They’re not here. Same reservations apply though, and they’re still around 80 squid.Posted 8 years ago
Sennheiser px100’s. I have had several pairs, very good lightweight folding headphones. For the size they have good clarity and bass. Price around £30, got mine for a tenner brand new!Posted 8 years ago
Sansa Clip – very good quality sound (if you don’t use the equaliser) but not too much grunt from the amp (which is why you can’t use the EQ).
These cheap Koss give a surprisingly good and very listenable sound:
a quote from an amazon review:
“The sound is really really good. Absolutely unbelievable for the price”
and for £12.39.
I have the Sennheiser PX100s and they might be a little more accurate than the Koss’s, but the Koss’s are much more enjoyable (think tube amp versus solid state as they have a slight bloom in the bass).
The Koss Sportapros sound very similair, or the same, but they have an over the head OR round the back of the head band, for a couple of quid more:
DONT be tempted by the Koss Portapros, even thought the reviews are good:
they are WAY too bassy, completely mess up pianos, etc.Posted 8 years ago
Sennheiser px100’s. I have had several pairs, very good lightweight folding headphones. For the size they have good clarity and bass. Price around £30, got mine for a tenner brand new!
+1 – they are my reference point. Bought originally for £27.99 a few years back having heard a colleagues, worth it I think. If you can get them cheaper, brilliant.Posted 8 years ago
Rickon – I have a pair of these that you can have if you make a donation to Help For Heroes, shall we say £10? They are closed back and actually really rather good. If you don’t like them, you can do what you want with them but you’re money wouldn’t have been wasted:
Review herePosted 8 years ago
cheers very much for the offer Gee, not quite my style though.
I’ve had a set of Sennheiser HD202s and didn’t get on with them, and I’m not a fan of Koss.
Grado S60s look bang on, but over budget. The AKGs do look really good, but the quality seems to have issues after a few months which is disappointing.
Anymore for anymore?Posted 8 years ago
+1 for sennheisers
tbh id go for comfort if using for long periodsPosted 8 years ago
Good website with some unusual phones.
Ive always been very happy with their service and delivery times.Posted 8 years ago
Wife has the Creative Aurvanas. They are similar to Denon AHD 1001’s but half the price.
+ points; Good range, spacial feel and clarity, very musical and genuinely enjoyable. Excellent value too.
– points; Wouldn’t be great in a very noisy environment and flimsy cables need care.
I ‘borrow’ them from time to time and can hear subtleties not normally heard through our other ‘phones.Posted 8 years ago
I’m not a fan of Koss
what’s wrong with Koss – the build quality is a little lower but then again they are cheaper.
Nicer sound than the PX100s – my normal phones are Shure SE530s for reference.Posted 8 years ago
the build quality is a little lower but then again they are cheaper.
You answered your own question TG 🙂Posted 8 years ago
You answered your own question TG
however I have gone through several sets of sportapros/KSC-75s as they have worn out, whilst all the time having a set of PX100s that I don’t listen to much as they don’t sound as good.Posted 8 years ago
Those Koss ones clip over the ear.. I find those totally annoying.
PX100 is a ‘normal’ headphone, lightweight, folds up into a little case (i.e. small enough and protected) for travelling and just fine for listening to AAC music or films everywhere I’ve tried them (planes trains and autmobiles :-)) .. but the OPs ruled them out too anyway 🙂
I have the in ear variants as well as they are even easier to slip into a pocket, but again I just don’t find them comfortable for more than a few minutes.Posted 8 years ago
I have a decent set of IEMs, but after a couple of hours they do get a bit sore – that’s the reason for wanting some over the ear / on the ear.
But also, because I’ll be coming from decent IEMs, I’ll notice a poorer set of headphones.
Some good suggestions so far though.Posted 8 years ago
Try the iGrado’s.Posted 8 years ago
They have the same driver unit as the SR 60 and they sound brilliant.
At £45 they are within budget.
Those Koss ones clip over the ear
not the sportapros – over the head or round behind the head.
you could try some different earpieces on your IEMS.
I have the soft silicone ones on my Shures and wear them all day, all week.
the triple flange ones are intrusive compared.Posted 8 years ago
I’ve got about 10 types of tip! Comply style ones, silicone, foam, doubles, singles…. They’re all fine, but it’s the weight pulling down on the ear that gets me after an hour or so, unfortunately.Posted 8 years ago
I’ve got about 10 types of tip! Comply style ones, silicone, foam, doubles, singles…. They’re all fine, but it’s the weight pulling down on the ear that gets me after an hour or so, unfortunately.
Turn the phones so that the cable goes up over your ear and down the back; look at any band on Later… and see how they wear IEM’s. That way the cable doesn’t ‘pull’ on the ‘phones causing discomfort, and there’s less microphony through the cable as well. I’ve been wearing mine like that for several years since getting some UE’s, and it makes a huge difference. I often wear my UE’s or Shure’s for a whole working day, no problems. I have triple flange tips on the Shure, double flange on my UE TripleFi 10 Pro’s and a sort of shiny black foam tip on my everyday UE SuperFi 3 Studio’s. Try it, it really does make a difference, although some phones are designed to be worn like that. My SuperFi 3 Studio’s only cost me about $35, and they really are excellent once you get the hang of wearing them.Posted 8 years ago
Turn the phones so that the cable goes up over your ear and down the back
and if there is a band tightener type thing then use it – the thing that pulls the cables together behind the head.Posted 8 years ago
Ok, an update to this. I spent a while looking into headphones, and have a good idea now on what decent pairs there are about in the market.
The two best for under £200 are the Koss DJ100 and the Creative Aurvana Live! (sic).
The Koss would have been my first choice, if it were not for the low impendence – requiring it to be amped, the coiled cable (which can easily be replaced) and the poor ead pads – which again can be easily replaced by Sony V6 pads, or ATH-M30/50 pads.
I ended up buying the Creative phones, they’re identical internals to the Denon D1001, just in a shiny black casing.
If anyone wants a detailed review and comparison of phones, check out the Headfi.org forum thread here:
Cheers RicksPosted 8 years ago
Not sure about that site – his review of the KSC75 seems about right but his comparisons against the PX100 and Koss PortaPro seem in many ways to be the opposite of what I hear. Maybe he uses an amp that drives them differently.Posted 8 years ago
Yep – most of the reviewers on there will have used a DAC amp, or have modified the phones; there are discrepancies in build and batch, and whether the phones have been burned in or not (although debatable, it does seem to make a big difference to some headphones – the DJ100 being a big candidate).Posted 8 years ago
I have Sennheiser PX200, they’re good. Make sure you don’t buy fakes though, apparently there are quite a few around.Posted 8 years ago
Anyone use a headphone amp?Posted 8 years ago
Yep – I used a Fiio E5 amp – cheap, but works really well as a headphone amp. You could go a bit more expensive with the E7 and have a DAC also….Posted 8 years ago
How about some lovely electrostatics. Might be a little over budget though…Posted 8 years ago
You won’t get any audiophiles stepping in at that budget. Just those with pretentions to audiophilia. I’m not actually being that snobbish….not a high budget for headphones.
I suggest keep saving for some Grados, I have a set with over a decade of heavy use. Buy cheap buy twice etc.Posted 8 years ago
Re: Audiophiles, have a look on headfi.org…. a lot of members on there with a lot of sets of phones, and most of them use cheaper (i.e. RRP £100) phones as their workhorse.
Grados are great, but at the £100 price point I’m restricted to open back – which isn’t good for the office.
After quite a lot of research I’ve found you can buy some decent phones that retail at around £100 that will be very good quality – enough to rival sets at more than twice that price.
If you’re willing to mod, then the Koss DJ100 I’ve stated above will be better than most the phones out on the market under £300.
As long as I’ve got a warranty back-up, I’m not hugely fussed about durability – as long as they don’t break from general use then that’s fine with me.Posted 8 years ago
I’m a big fan of Sennheiser Hd25-IIs, lots of sound isolation, minimal leakage and pretty much completely rebuildable with spares. There are usually a fair number on ebay so you can probably get some for about the fifty quid mark.Posted 8 years ago
Hd25-IIs were on my list, look like a nice bit of kit.
Received the Creative Aurvanas today, amped them with the Fiio E5 – really clear mids and highs, and a nice warm bass. The soundstage is really good for a closed can, although the isolation is pretty poor if the office wasn’t quiet they’d be a bit annoying – probably why the soundstage is good.
Definitley better amped, they just feel smoother and warmer.Posted 8 years ago
I’ve got HD25-SPs, they’re fab. That better type are often used by DJs due to good isolation & bassy-tone presentation, which suits me.Posted 8 years ago
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