- Heaphone suggestions?
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
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 agobrassneckSubscriber
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 agogeetee1972Member
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 agodownshepSubscriber
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 agobrassneckSubscriber
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
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 agoCountZeroMember
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
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
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 agodave_rudabarMember
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
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
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
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