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Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Shannon S., Mar 24, 2004.
I was just wondering, what are some of the best headphones under $150.00? thanks.
My two favs are the Grado SR 125 http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/pr...5%20Headphones or the Sennheiser HD580s http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/pr...n%20Headphones The Senns need a good headphone amp to sound thier best the Grado are more forgiving without one. Also the Senns have a darker more refined sound than the grados which are more in youre face. How will you be using them ?
Sennheiser 515, 555 (580 if you can go up to $180)
Grado SR60, SR80, SR125
Checkout Headroom and Head-Fi for lots of great headphone info.
The 580s are 150 with the coupon from AA.
Senn's are definitely a darker, more laidback sound, like sitting in the 10th row, whereas grado's are like sitting on the stage. Grado's are much better if you can't/don't get an amp but beware the comfort. Most people can't stand them after an hour (me included and I own SR-80's).
My preference is the SR-80 and SR-325. The 60's are too thin (no bass) and the models in-between aren't improved enough until you hit the 325's (personal favorite in the entire line, even above the RS-2).
Thanks for the replies so far. I want to use them mainly for when I want to listen to my HT late at night when it would be too noisy for others. Also, i may hook them up to my computer for music from time to time as my computer speakers suck.
You will want to determine the drive strength of your computer's headphone jack. My computer has a beefy amp stage (don't know how that happened!) and it's capable of easily driving most headphones (Senn HD580s, etc.). The lower end Grados are more efficient and can be used with virtually any source. Finally, the Etymotic ER-6s are very efficient plus they block 30dB+ of noise. I prefer the 580's SQ in this price range but the noise blocking capability of the ER-6s may be a strong feature (depending on where you do your listening). I have ER-4Ps that I use in my office and on airplanes and the sound blocking definitely comes in handy!
I havent heard these http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/pr...5%20Headphones but they might be what youre after.
Just remember that the jacks of most amps SUCK and a separate dedicated headphone amp is the way to go.
I must suggest a great guy in Ontario....Dr.Lloyd Pepperton
who has a Ph.D in electrical engineering (he's actually an emeritus prof at a local university who started making tube gear on his own as a 'cottage industry' and it's grown by leaps and bounds...I have his Ear + Purist HD headphone amp
and it ROCKS (sometimes you wonder why you ever got speakers in the first place when you experience a great pair of cans and an equally great headphone amp)...his gear matches VERY well with low impedence cans like the Grado line (I have the sr335).
Just so a google search under Mapletree Audio Design
MAD for short and you'll find him.
Say hello to him from Joe in Vancouver.