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Old 10-20-2014, 07:54 AM   #1
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Hi there

I have a 100" PJ which I tend to use for most sports and movies.

It's connected in the lounge. So after 9pm though, my kids go to sleep and I have to lower the volume.

So I thought I'd ask about the best headphones money can buy under $350.

No gaming, movies and sports. Mostly 5.1 but if I am investing then up to 7.1 would be good.

I am seated about 3 metres from the receiver, so extended cable would be great, but if not, no worries, I will purchase one separately.

Thanks for your advices.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:39 AM   #2
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Couldnt recommend Philips Fidelio X2's enough. People may get thrown off by the name Philips with high end headphones but these are a serious value and compete with headphones double their price at 299. Check some reviews on Inner fidelity and Amazon. You could save a few bucks and go with the Fidelio X1 still amazing headphones and actually very slightly bassier than the already hard hitting bass of the x2, just slightly less refined
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Old 02-10-2015, 12:11 PM   #3
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I faced the same dilemma. My seating position is pretty close to the amp, and I didn't want to mess with wireless headphones because they can introduce sound synch issues. I decided on the Beyerdynamic DT770s, and I got the 32 ohm model because it had the lowest price. Turns out they are great for both movies and music, with fantastic bass response. No claims on 5 or 7.1 though, my amp mixes everything to stereo by default with headphones in. Read the reviews on Amazon and head-fi.org. I paid $183.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/beye...edition-32-ohm (not limited edition anymore)

The Fidelos get great reviews too. One thing to keep in mind about them is that they are open, so anyone in the room will be able to hear them to some degree. The DT770 are closed, and isolate sound very well:

http://www.head-fi.org/products/philips-fidelio-x2

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Old 02-10-2015, 08:34 PM   #4
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if you don't need an external amp, the Sennheiser Momentum Over ears and the HD 598's are excellent for the range and are on a ridiculous sale right now
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Old 02-10-2015, 09:17 PM   #5
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I also have the Momentum over ears. Absolutely wonderful headphones and the price is great on them right now since the 2.0's just came out but do keep in mind, the smaller ear cups are an issue for some people with larger ears. Mine fit fine but for some people it's a deal killer. As someone else stated, the fidelio's are in fact open back so sound leakage and isolation is their biggest weakness but if you are using them strictly for loud night viewing/gaming like myself, I find them pretty hard to beat from all I've owned and tried (Bose, Beats, Skullcandy, audio Technica m50's, sennheiser hd555, hd598, monentum over ear, ultrasone's) I use a turtle beach DSS1 from my ps4 and Xbox One for Dolby Digital PLIIx surround processing and it is a very convincing surround effect and also includes bass control

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Old 02-10-2015, 09:19 PM   #6
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I know it's hard to compare the two since it's open back vs closed back, but how do the Sennheiser HD598s compare with the Momentum Over-Ears? I have the HD598 for home listening but I've been thinking of upgrading to the Momentums for work and more portable usage.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:00 PM   #7
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I know it's hard to compare the two since it's open back vs closed back, but how do the Sennheiser HD598s compare with the Momentum Over-Ears? I have the HD598 for home listening but I've been thinking of upgrading to the Momentums for work and more portable usage.

I haven't had the 598's for awhile but I can say I absolutely prefer the Momentums. Could just be my specific taste in sound and music but the momentums have an energy to them and solid hitting bass that I always found lacking in the 555's and 598's. They are absolutely not overblown basshead cans but they will definitely satisfy someone looking for extra bass that doesn't muddy up the rest of the sound like beats. As far as comfort, if your ears fit, they are quite nice to wear. Very light weight, pads are nice and soft and the headband has never bugged me like other headphones I've owned. They lack a folding feature like the 2.0's so they can't compacts very small but the case they come with is nice for traveling and keeping them safe. Hope that helps!
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I know it's hard to compare the two since it's open back vs closed back, but how do the Sennheiser HD598s compare with the Momentum Over-Ears? I have the HD598 for home listening but I've been thinking of upgrading to the Momentums for work and more portable usage.
I'd go for the 598s.. the Momentums are little more uncomfortable than the 598's and as for sound quality I'd say the 598's slightly edge out the momentums. they're a little more airy and the bass is rather laid back. the bass management in the Momentums is a bit too heavy and forward sounding. both are great though and are on insane sale. the 598's are $147 at amazon right now which is NUTS
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Old 02-11-2015, 02:50 AM   #9
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Wow, those 598's look like a nice pair of comfy slippers for your ears, . And if they sound great, BONUS!
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:57 AM   #10
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My sister Nita got me a set of Beats Pro headphones, and the quality is incredible. My only (very minor) complaint is the lack of a volume control dial on the wire...but otherwise, a truly great gift.
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The 598s are excellent.
At the price on Amazon at $150, it's a STEAL. AWESOME deal. I even bought a set a few weeks ago, and I'm sure a friend somewhere will want them. If no one does, I'll keep them.
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If you want an excellent 'closed' back can, if you can find a used Denon AHD200 (Made by Fostex) it would be worth picking one up....plenty of bass but very detailed and mostly neutral in sound. Excellent frequency range response with sub-bass you can feel and sounds great unamped right into a tablet or iPod. Plus if you ever get the itch to mod or upgrade for better audio quality, there's Lawton Audio which specializes in modding the Fostex cans:

http://www.lawtonaudio.com/index.html

I'm actually just ordered the Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Purpleheart phones instead of upgrading my Denon AHD2000's.... will be much less expensive for probably the same end result I could have gotten with the AHD2000's...


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Amazon has the Sennheiser HD598 special edition cans on sale for $123.10, http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-598-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0126HISOO?tag=dealnewscom&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Not sure how long it will last, pretty good deal!
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Grado SR125e's are about as good as you can get for $150 imho.
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Grado SR125e's are about as good as you can get for $150 imho.
Have never heard any Grado cans, should try them out sometime.
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Anyone try the Denon in ear hp's? I've been impressed lately how good the older pair I have sound with my iPhone 6.
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HiFiMan HE-400s could be worth a look.



http://www.amazon.com/HIFIMAN-HE400S.../dp/B00Y2EOI94
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HiFiMan HE-400s could be worth a look.



http://www.amazon.com/HIFIMAN-HE400S.../dp/B00Y2EOI94
That's a nice looking HP Dono.
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:33 AM   #19
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HiFiMan HE-400s could be worth a look.



http://www.amazon.com/HIFIMAN-HE400S.../dp/B00Y2EOI94
Very nice set of cans, and where else can you get a set of planars for $300 unless they are on sale like the HE-400i's were around Christmas time ???? Only reason I don't own these is because of that sale.
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Grado SR125e's are about as good as you can get for $150 imho.
They sound good, but I'd take the Sennheiser HD598s over them all day long. Which can be purchased easily in that price range.
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