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Old 24-04-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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Best headphones under $150

I've been looking to upgrade from IEM to headphones to get a feel of the difference in sound. However, I'm a complete newb in this area and don't know where to start. Require assistance from the pros here!

It has to look good. - Been looking at the Skullcandy HESH for the past week but beginning to feel that its tipping the scales on the flashy side.

It has to sound good. - Bass should not be overwhelming. I don't want the sound to be all thumpy. I mainly listen to electronic, indie rock/alternative, melodic RnB and so will need the vocals to be clear and crisp.

Closed . Musn't be too big.

Wireless is a PLUSPLUSPLUS. I absolutely HATE wires. Seriously. I carry a sling bag and it's so much of a hassle to have the wires in order when I remove/put on my bag everytime. Also, there has already been a couple of incidents when people/things get hooked on my earphone wires and everything flew off. Completely annoying.

Budget: MAX $160

Any ideas bros?

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Old 24-04-2009, 11:14 AM   #2
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If you don't mind open back, Grado SR60
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Old 24-04-2009, 01:42 PM   #3
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ahh.. the legendary Grado SR60. Any other contenders?
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Old 24-04-2009, 02:37 PM   #4
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open headphones, at that price range... my personal preference is MS1. it's better than SR60. the cables are thick btw.

if u r using it outdoors, prolly u b looking at closed headphones? i haven't found a budget closed headphones tt i like so far...

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Old 24-04-2009, 04:05 PM   #5
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open headphones, at that price range... my personal preference is MS1. it's better than SR60. the cables are thick btw.

if u r using it outdoors, prolly u b looking at closed headphones? i haven't found a budget closed headphones tt i like so far...
I haven't had any open headphones so far but with the drivers directly over my ears, is external noise really a concern? I usually have my music at a high volume; in this case would for example, TV mobile on a bus be a problem with the SR60/MS1?
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I haven't had any open headphones so far but with the drivers directly over my ears, is external noise really a concern? I usually have my music at a high volume; in this case would for example, TV mobile on a bus be a problem with the SR60/MS1?
yes, Open headphones will leak substantial amount of noise.
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Old 24-04-2009, 04:15 PM   #7
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i have a skullcnady phone... abit flashy and sound bassy a little....
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Old 24-04-2009, 04:59 PM   #8
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yes, Open headphones will leak substantial amount of noise.
damn.. so open headphones are a no-no for traveling use?
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Old 24-04-2009, 05:06 PM   #9
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damn.. so open headphones are a no-no for traveling use?
i have an sr60

not recommended for outdoor use
the cables are thick and extremely long, sound leaks out at 50% volume and its design will attract attention

but then, imo its the best indoor headphone you can buy for under $200
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Old 24-04-2009, 05:30 PM   #10
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Hmm ok. How about the Sennheiser HD280?
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Old 24-04-2009, 05:38 PM   #11
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I don't think even closed headphones are sufficient for public transport.
You're better off sticking to IEM for on the go and headphones for home use.
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Old 24-04-2009, 09:36 PM   #12
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I don't think even closed headphones are sufficient for public transport.
You're better off sticking to IEM for on the go and headphones for home use.
As I said.. I'm hoping I could switch from IEMs to headphones for a change..
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Old 26-04-2009, 09:36 AM   #13
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JVC HA-RX700.
It's not even close. Get it, burn in and never look back.

-look good.
-sound good.
Pick one.
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Old 27-04-2009, 01:59 PM   #14
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sound then...
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ms1, sr60 , sr80
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