#1
I'm asking my mother for some headphones for Christmas and I'm looking for some suggestions. My mom says she's willing to pay anywhere from $100-200 for the headphones (before anyone says that $100 is far too much for headphones just know that I'm a huge audiophile and love my music to sound amazing) also if it helps I listen to metal, techno and a lot of prog. and alt. rock. I've heard good things about "Beatz by Dre" headphones but those are far too expensive. So yeah Pit, if you know of any good headphones that would help out a lot.
#2
Bose or Boss (I don't remember the spelling) are the best headphones I've ever tried, but Sennheisers are really great too. I'd suggest looking for the best one in your range.
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Bose.
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#4
bose are amazing but expensive, i don't know about their headphones but i can say their stereo speakers are amazing and compact best investment i've ever made, failing that get some seinheisers
#5
Bose are not worth it at all... I have compared many headphones and researched this extensively before I bought mine...

Get the Sony MDR-7506s. You will not regret it. If you regret getting these, I'll let you burn down my house*...


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#6
Audio Technica or Sennheizer and nothing else. Bose are above-average headphones sold at ridiculous prices.
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Bose are worth the money. I have the in ears and I wouldn't buy anything else unless I lost or wrecked the ones I have now
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Bose are not worth it at all... I have compared many headphones and researched this extensively before I bought mine...

Get the Sony MDR-7506s. You will not regret it. If you regret getting these, I'll let you burn down my house*...


*Ok, maybe not burn it down, but you get the idea...


I highly recommend Sony MDR-anything, you get quite a lot of bang for your buck with them. If your mom is willing to pay upwards of 200$ then definitely look into Grado headphones.

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#9
I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 202's and they sound sexy, and I'm pretty sure I got them for under $100. They've lasted me three years so far and counting.
#10
I have the bose over-ear headphones and they are IMO the best. I've never tried the other SONY one's metioned above, but these BOSE cover everything. Whats also great about them, I asked the sales guy that I use it for my iPod's and my lil Marshall 50W amp. I told him about previous Sony headphones which made the bass overwhelming while playing guitar. Not these!!!
#11
I got a pair of Shure SRH440, and they sound great with my electric drum kit and iPod. Give them a try if you can. Also, the Sonys mentioned above are good as well.
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#12
Avoid Bose, trendy brand, average products.

You won't go wrong with a pair of Grado SR80i which are about a $100 or if you wish to spend a little more go for the Grado SR125i which are about $150.

I've gone through many a set of headphones over the years and have settled with SR325i's but they are out of your price range.

You'll get better sound with a pair of over ear headphones (cans!) but they can be a little noisy to others if you spend time on public transport etc etc. In that case in ear phones are a better bet. Take look at ones by Ultimate Ear, klipsch or Sure.

Do a search around the web for reviews and try a few pairs out in shops.

Spending more money doesn't always mean you'll like how they sound, and remember you'll need to burn them in for about 50-80 hours before they open up. To speed the process up just leave them connected to your MP3 player overnight for a couple of weeks at average listening volume.

Also I'd advise going through your music and re-rip it lossless or at worse 320kbs (if you use MP3 format) as you'll notice the quality more with better headphones.
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Im enjoying my Etymotic ER6i earbuds. It took a while to get used to them but they sound almost as good as studio monitors. They probably cost about $100.
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200Bucks Headphones+Mp3 @192Kbps.....
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Avoid Bose, trendy brand, average products.

You won't go wrong with a pair of Grado SR80i which are about a $100 or if you wish to spend a little more go for the Grado SR125i which are about $150.

I've gone through many a set of headphones over the years and have settled with SR325i's but they are out of your price range.

You'll get better sound with a pair of over ear headphones (cans!) but they can be a little noisy to others if you spend time on public transport etc etc. In that case in ear phones are a better bet. Take look at ones by Ultimate Ear, klipsch or Sure.

Do a search around the web for reviews and try a few pairs out in shops.

Spending more money doesn't always mean you'll like how they sound, and remember you'll need to burn them in for about 50-80 hours before they open up. To speed the process up just leave them connected to your MP3 player overnight for a couple of weeks at average listening volume.

Also I'd advise going through your music and re-rip it lossless or at worse 320kbs (if you use MP3 format) as you'll notice the quality more with better headphones.



TS, do not listen to ANYONE in this thread except for this guy (and me, lol). This is the only decent recommendation I've seen in here.


I'd just like to add that in the audiophile world, Grados are considered the ultimate rock headphones. Bose is considered average but about 4 times more expensive than they're actually worth, Monster is crap except for the Turbines, and Skullcandy needs to be burned to the ground.

But I think I read that you like techno. In that case, Grados are open cans, therefore bass impact will be reduced. You might like a bit of extra impact, which means you could do better with closed cans. I highly recommend the Shure SRH840. They've gotten great reviews over at Head-Fi, and are right at the peak of your budget.
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Beatz are freaking amazing. They have no EQ whatsoever, so what you hear is what the producers made. Bose is good, but they're really overpriced. I have a pair, and they rock, but they cost too much for what you get.

Metal+good headphones usually=fail. Here's why. Metal is played really loudly, so the capturing of the audio is rarely that good quality. The recording process as a whole usually just sucks. Most audiophile metalheads actually use really cheap earbuds like some cheap gummies or sennheisers to mask that sound.
Honestly, I love Sennheiser CX300. I think they're the best thing God created for under $100. They're $20-$40 retail, and if you don't pick up a fake one, they are freaking amazing. They advertise as bass-driven, but the highs are impeccable. I prefer listening to most of my music out of the CX300 than out of my Bose headphones. Buy a couple pairs or something or just take the extra cash. Metal requires you not to use great headphones that do not cover up the crappiness.
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Whatever you do, don't get Bose.

Sennheiser are always a great brand, I got a pair of HD485's for $60 and they are amazing, better than the Bose triports that were twice as much. With a range of $100-$200 I would consider getting a pair of high end headphones and an amp.

Take a look at the site head-fi.org, they can answer any question you have about headphones and can make better suggestions for you.
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Whatever you do, don't get Bose.

Sennheiser are always a great brand, I got a pair of HD485's for $60 and they are amazing, better than the Bose triports that were twice as much. With a range of $100-$200 I would consider getting a pair of high end headphones and an amp.

Take a look at the site head-fi.org, they can answer any question you have about headphones and can make better suggestions for you.


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V I think those are the ones I tested in HMV. If so, those provide a damn good, powerful, yet brilliantly clear bass, middle, and treble.

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#21
You MUST get Beatz by Dre, I don't care if they're too expensive

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Beatz are freaking amazing. They have no EQ whatsoever, so what you hear is what the producers made. Bose is good, but they're really overpriced. I have a pair, and they rock, but they cost too much for what you get.

Metal+good headphones usually=fail. Here's why. Metal is played really loudly, so the capturing of the audio is rarely that good quality. The recording process as a whole usually just sucks. Most audiophile metalheads actually use really cheap earbuds like some cheap gummies or sennheisers to mask that sound.
Honestly, I love Sennheiser CX300. I think they're the best thing God created for under $100. They're $20-$40 retail, and if you don't pick up a fake one, they are freaking amazing. They advertise as bass-driven, but the highs are impeccable. I prefer listening to most of my music out of the CX300 than out of my Bose headphones. Buy a couple pairs or something or just take the extra cash. Metal requires you not to use great headphones that do not cover up the crappiness.



Huh what? I have a good pair of headphones and metal sounds fine through them.
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Huh what? I have a good pair of headphones and metal sounds fine through them.

They do sound fine, but audiophiles generally don't use like $200 headphones because of sound quality. Too good and all the crap comes out. Good is really relative. By good I meant like Beatz or something expensive and good like that.
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