#1
(not sure if this is in the right subforum or not- mods feel free to move it )
So i've been needing some headphones ever since my old ones broke, and i need some advice.

My budget is around £50-£80 (roughly $80-$130). Cannot go higher than £80.
I will mainly be listening to thrash metal, hard rock, shred and classical music. I know classical music is quite far removed from the others, but it is imperative that this sounds good.

I will also listen to a bit of softer rock, indie, rap, jazz and pop, but these are not too important. I get the feeling I am going to need quite a versatile set.

They need to be as comfortable as possible when worn for long periods (4-5 or more hours) of time.

They MUST be either over ear or on ear- no earbuds or in ear headphones please.
Also, it would be appreciated if they were not too hideous- obviously sound and comfort come first, but i would like a good looking pair if possible.

All answers appreciated.
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#2
anyone?
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

#3
I use Sennheiser HD201s. Cheaper than you're asking, but they do a great job for budget headphones. I'd recommend the brand, but as you have more to spend you can get a higher range set.
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#4
thanks Gary.
any view on the Creative Aurvana Live or Live2?
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

#5
HD201s would be my pick too. They may only be £20 but they're some of my favourite cans out there.

Not tried to Creative stuff but it sounds like it'll do a pretty good job. I really don't know whether the ~£50 increase over the cheap Sennheisers is really justified though.

It's really important to remember more expensive does not automatically equal better with headphones (or most things really).
#6
Nope, never tried them!

TBH, I chose the Sennheisers because they were cheap & well recommended - I didn't shop around at all other than reading reviews & seeing recommendations in other threads on UG.

They do a great job though.
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#7
thanks kyle and gary, the senhiessers do look live the best option- only thing is they are hideous!
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

#8
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

#9
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I think you missed the point about not just assuming more expensive = better

The reason I recommended the HD201s is because your budget is a bit of a 'no mans' land' for headphones.

At around £100 you start to get the really good stuff (Grados, Beyerdynamics etc), and under £30 you get the great bargains (a few Sennheiser and Superlux models in particular).
The £40-£80 price segment is just 'in between' stuff - maybe a little better than the cheap ones but not necessarily enough to justify the extra cash.

Out of those two I'd pick the HD429 by a mile.
#10
^yeah true i see what you mean
but the thing is, it's a gift from my mum and while i tried to tell her i don't need anything too expensive, she insists that she gets a nice pair! she genuinely feels offended if i ask for a cheaper pair!
how about the sennheiser hd518's? vs the 429? only £5-10 extra...
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Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

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I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

#11
The headphones I got with my Creative mp3 player 8 years ago were better than any of the headphones I find in mobile phones and mp3 players today, so I don't think you could ever go wrong if you buy their stuff.

I used to work with a pair of Sony MDR-V500 I got for something like £35 on amazon.uk some years ago, and I can definitely recommend them for the price.

I'd have a look at Sony's mid-range stuff too, like the MDR7506/7520.
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#12
thanks for chiming in!
how do you guys reckon sony's offerings would compare with sennheiser's at my budget? and which model of headphones should i look for from the respective companies?
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

#13
anyone?
Sony MDR7506 vs Sennheiser HD518's for my styles?
I definitiley prefer the closed back design of the Sony's but if the the sennheiser's sound better....
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.