Help with on/over ear headphones <£100?

Discussion in 'Headphone & Earphone General Discussion' started by Artel, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. Artel

    Artel New Member

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    Hi there! I really don't know much about headphones so I thought I'd get some advice from people who know what they're talking about. I'm after some decent quality headphones, either over-ear or on-ear, to use in a variety of situations- at home, on public transport etc. None of the music I would play would be any better quality than an MP3 file or equivalent, so I suppose there'll be a point where there's no point in getting higher quality headphones due to the quality of the music files?
    So:
    -My budget is about £100 and I can't really go much higher than that
    -Not too much noise leakage
    -Quite even distribution of sound; I'll be listening to all sorts
    -Volume/noise blocking really isn't an issue, I don't tend to listen to music loudly and I don't really mind hearing things over it
    -Preferably quite comfortable as I might be wearing them for a long time
    -Somewhat portable would be useful

    I have tried out a few different types of headphone ranging from about £100-£300 in price and my unrefined ears really couldn't tell the difference; my friend has a pair of Audio Technica M50s and I really liked those. I've done a little bit of looking around and I thought the B&W P3 and Philips Fidelio M1 looked quite good, unfortunately I've had to reduce my budget somewhat since. I did like the look of the Urbanears Plattan, especially the built-in remote/microphone and the extra headphone socket, but I was concerned that their sound quality isn't actually so great.

    Anyway, rambling finished- any thoughts/recommendations please? Thanks very much for your time!
     
  2. dalethorn

    dalethorn Active Member

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    Here is an excellent headphone that covers all bases and needs no tweakingto sound its best. But it's slightly bulky, and a smidgen over the 100 quid, but a very, very good investment for someone who likes music:

    Sennheiser HD380 PRO Closed Back Headphones (HD 380 PRO)

    Here's the complete list sorted by price, and below the price of the HD380 I see only a couple of items that I'm familiar with, but none of them compare very well to the HD380. BTW, you're not over-buying if you select the HD380 or an equivalent headphone, since it's pretty much (in my opinion anyway) a good starting point for hi-fi MP3 sound, and you'll appreciate it a lot more after listening for a few days.

    Closed Back Headphones
     
  3. john-hifi

    john-hifi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm going to agree with dalethorn here, the HD380 are great at that price!

    If you're after something more portable then I'd also have a look at the Beyerdynamic DTX501p :)
     
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