Best Headphones Under 80£

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  1. Christo4

    Christo4 New Member

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    Hello everyone, i have run in quite a little problem lately. I just can't decide on a pair of headphones :)). At first i was thinking about phones at about 100£, but after reading reviews of the best headphones on the web, watching review, info and other stuff i realized that that would have been a waste of money.
    The reason is that they need an amp or at least a good soundcard so that they would work at max capacity. The problem is that i mostly listen to music on my laptop, which has a decent soundcard, but it's not one of the best.
    Since i can't buy an amp (my budget doesn't allow it :( ) and since some phones under 100£ don't need an amp, i decided that the max budget would be 80£ and keep some spare money for a usb soundcard to use later.
    So now i am here, posting after many hours of research and almost a month of deciding that i'm very undecided about headphones. I was thinking about Senn HD 515, but from the reviews they aren't so good... I have looked at other phones, like the audio-technica ad500 (they just look kinda flimsy to me), akg K530 (from the reviews i have heard that they are mediocre) and other phones and just can't make up my mind, everything has it's pros and cons...

    Please help me decide already :(.
     
  2. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    Hi Christo4

    There are headphones of all prices which will drive from your laptop unless it is really quiet, that would be unusual though.

    I would say forget about an amp and let me know what the maximum budget you have is and I will do you a list of the most suitable headphones.

    By the way are you after closed backs and or open and what sort of music do you like?
     
  3. Christo4

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    Well my max budget is 80£ and i usually listen to rock and classic music (i know, weird combo...). I would like open-back headphones, because of what i've read and heard they are the best sounding and have a better soundstage.
     
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    Thank you for your help, i'll keep looking at phones for a little while because now i am torn between Senn HD 380 PRO and Grado SR60i. The reason is that even though i don't work in a studio, i still need some isolation because i don't want to disturb people around me (and also don't want to be disturbed by people around me) which i see happens a lot in my house. Either way, i will post a review of the Headphones when i get them, regardless of which i choose.
     
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    Thank you for the answer, but i think i will stay with the Sennheiser because they have many replaceable parts, which will help in the long run, if you ever run into any problems.
     
  8. Shaun-HiFi

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    Best Headphones Under £80

    The Audio Technica ATH-M50 is a product backed up by service here in the UK and is designed for studio use (so built to handle a rough time).

    Audio-Technica have service centre at their head office in Leeds and spares are available (we'll be stocking them soon).

    The M50 is well worth considering.
     
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    Well maybe they are worth a shot, but i don't live in the UK :). I just approximated the price to match the ones that i have in my country :D. Unfortunately i found that the M50 are almost double the Senns here... :( . So i think i will surely be heading the Sennheiser HD 380 way :D.
     
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  10. RobinHiFi

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    Wow, that is a big price difference! The HD380 are great anyway!:)
     
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