Best audio headphones according to redditors

We found 27,095 Reddit comments discussing the best audio headphones. We ranked the 4,851 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Audio Headphones:

u/overstable · 279 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Sony MDR-7506

They've been a standard for professional audio engineers for decades for good reason - and they only cost $79.99 on Amazon.

I've had mine since the mid-90s and have traveled around the country with them crammed in a backpack and they have held up like a champion. I keep saying I'll replace them with the same model if they ever die, but they just keep working.... The only issue is that the ear pad covering wears away over time, but this is easily fixed by purchasing BeyerDynamic velour pads. These pads are super comfy, and well worth the $23. They're not just a replacement for the original, they are an upgrade.

u/PGleo86 · 221 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

If it makes you feel better, you can get better-sounding headphones than Bose for less money. The Audio-Technica ATH-M40X should blow anything Bose below $300 out of the water for just under $100, and if your budget is closer to $50 you can often find Sennheiser HD558s for around $50-60. The more you know!

u/worldsfastestsloth · 172 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black) And the mic is V-MODA BoomPro Gaming, VoIP Headset Headphone with Mic (Black) I highly recommend them, sound quality is amazing but the only downside is everyone can hear your shit.

u/ChangloriousBastard · 148 pointsr/headphones

I think it could happen pretty easily.

Let's say that you decide that you want a decent pair of headphones and land on a budget of $200. Maybe you have some Amazon gift cards, so you decide to go on Amazon. You start looking at the reviews and come to find that the HD598s are reviewed very well. You read a ton of things that talk about how great they sound, and how well they perform.

You go look around at some other reviews around the internet and see that everyone has the same things to say about the headphones. You look at the specs and see things like "open back" and "over ear", but they're tucked in with things like sensitivity and resistance, which are terms you don't really understand. You think to yourself "well, headphones are headphones. I look at the picture and they look like headphones. I don't know the jargon, but all the reviews talk about how great they sound and I just want great sounding headphones".

If you look on the product page on amazon, you'll notice that there is no reference to sound leakage, either from the description, the top reviews, or the top FAQs. The closest thing you get is this blurb in the description:

> Open-back headphones allow ambient noise for a more natural sound experience

Unless you're familiar with headphone terminology, that doesn't sound like it's talking about sound leakage. It's a very vague claim to say the least.

When I searched for "Sennheiser HD 598 review" in Google, I went through the top results to see when I could find something explaining the potential for sound leakage due to the open design.

  • Head-fi reviews. Without expanding any of the reviews, I didn't see anything that would have led me to understand the potential for sound leakage.

  • Nothing in this CNET review

  • The PC Mag review does make a mention! "Since the HD 598 is an open-back design, it does project some audio outward. Those around you will likely hear your music if you're listening at moderate-to-high volumes."

  • The review from digital trends gives the best warning possible ("Of course, no set of headphones come without at least a couple of drawbacks. In the case of the HD 598, we found that the open-backed design allows for a lot of sound to bleed out."), but it's about 1,000 words into the text.

    One thing to note is that the mentions of sound leakage are all buried in reviews that all say the same thing. If you start the review and thought "well, I've read this all before", you might stop reading.

    For a lot of people, audiophilia and headphones are a hobby. For others, it's just something you want to spend money on once and just enjoy it. For those casual consumers who aren't willing to really dig around it would be easy to not know that open-backed headphones leak sound.
u/coreycubed · 132 pointsr/buildapcsales

My favorite headphones Sennheiser HD598 SE went on sale last year for $94.99 during Black Friday. Just a heads up if you are looking for new headphones and want a pair of open cans. I am no expert but these are highly rated, and the SE black ones look great unless having two Noctua fans strapped to your head is more your style. Keep an eye for a deal on these for sure.

u/spangemonkee · 121 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone ~$80. Don't buy Beats.
The Wirecutter is your friend.

u/sdwashu · 93 pointsr/headphones

Last update 11/27 1:36am pacific || Removed bold from some items, pruning of dead deals coming.

If the first field is bold it is a new deal

Note, I've hit the text limit so I'm limiting extra text.


Headphone | Price | Store | Notes
------------------ |-------|--------|-----------
BeyerDynamic DT 1770 Pro | $416 | Amazon | Available for $405 shipped via 3rd party
BeyerDynamic 990 250 ohm pro | $109 | Amazon | Lowest price ever on Amazon. Thanks /u/Jedi_Pacman!
BeyerDynamic T1 Second Gen | $1099 | BuyDig via ebay |
Sennheiser HD600 | $260 | Amazon | Thanks /u/aasteveo!
BeyerDynamic DT 880 600 ohm | $169 | Amazon | Lowest price on record for both Amazon and 3rd party.
BeyerDynamic DT 770 80 ohm | $118 | Amazon | Thanks /u/ASpaceman :)
Chord Mojo Amp / DAC + NVX XPT100 Studio Headphones | $549 | Sonic Electronix |
MrSpeakers ETHER C Flow | $1620 | MrSpeakers | Thanks /u/MrSpeakers !
MrSpeakers ETHER Flow | $1619 | MrSpeakers | Thanks /u/MrSpeakers !
Samson SR950 | $24 | Adorama
Sennheiser IE80 | $179 | Amazon | Thanks /u/LOMOcatVasilii Also available at Sonic Electronix
Stax SR-L500 + SRM252S | $1009| Shenzhen Audio |
DUNU DN-2000J | $269 | Shenzhen Audio |
TFZ Series 5S | $69 | Shenzhen Audio via Amazon |
Fanmusic E6 | $39 | Shenzhen Audio
Simgot EN700 | $69 | Shenzhen Audio
FORREST FLC8S | $269 | Shenzhen Audio
Audioquest NightHawk | $349 | Crutchfield | Also available from Needledoctor
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x | $27 | BuyDig | Add to cart for final price
Beyerdynamic DT 880 32 ohm includes $50 newegg gift card | $159.99 | Newegg | Also available at BuyDig for $139 add to cart to see discount
Beyerdynamic T90 Chrome Limited Edition 250 OHM| $279 | BuyDig| Also available at Newegg for $299 w/$40 gift card
Sennheiser PC360 headset | $99 | Amazon
Monoprice USB DAC Headphone Amp
| $49.99 | Monoprice |
BeyerDynamic DT 770 16ohm | $100 | ebay | Also available at BuyDig for $109
BeyerDynamic A20 Amp | $294 | BuyDig | Use code "DIGTURKEY5"
Westone UM Pro 10 | $99 | Amazon
HiFiMan Edition X | $1299 | Music Direct | Thanks to /u/boombap33 for pointing this out
V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Black | $176.54 | Musician's Friend | Includes free Boompro mic. Use code "blackfriday"
Sennheiser PC350 Headset | $78 | Newegg |
Sennheiser Momentum In Ear | $70 | Amazon | Android or iOS versions
BeyerDynamic DT 1350 | $119 | Adorama
BeyerDyanmic DT 880 250 ohm Chrome version | $149 | BuyDig via ebay
Superlux HD668B | $25 | Gearbest |
Audeze LCD-4 | $2999 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-3 | $1349 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-XC Limited Leather | $1299 | Adorama
Audeze Sine | $299 | Adorama
Audeze Sine w/Lightning Cable | $359 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-2 Rosewood w/Lambskin | $749 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-2 Bamboo w/Lambskin | $699 | Adorama
Audeze LCD-2 Aluminum w/Lambskin | $699 | Adorama |
Hifiman HE-400i | $249 | Headamp | Use code "HEADFI10" thanks to /u/Chillindude82Nein for the better deal!
Hifiman SuperMini DAP + iFi nano iDSD + Fiio Cable| $394 | BuyDig | use code "DIGTURKEY10"|
Audeze 2015 EL8 Open | $404.10 | HeadAmp | Use code "BF2016"
Audeze 2015 EL8 Close| $404.10 | HeadAmp | Use code "BF2016"
Audio-Technica ATH-R70x includes $25 newegg gift card| $224 | Newegg |
Fostex TH-900mk2| $999 | Adorama |
Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 Black| $189 | Amazon
Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 Gun Metal | $189 | Amazon
Philips SHP9500S | $50 | Newegg |


General Discounts | Discount | Notes
Earphone Solutions | 25% off | Store Wide use code "CYBER" -- they offer discounts for trade-ins as well.
Master & Dynamic | 20% off | use code "MD20"
Meze | 25% off select headphones
NeedleDoctor | Various |
Monoprice | 20% off | Use code "BF2016"
Audeze | B-Stock| Dedicated thread here. Thanks /u/kangaroo_steak!
V-Moda| 10% | Free Boompro Mic with order of on-ear/over-ear headphones.
Brainwavz | Various | Thanks /u/robotlabs!
Addicted to Audio | Various | "For the aussies" thanks /u/KingJie!
Shenzhen Audio | Various |
Decware | Various | thanks /u/Elnrik!
HeadAmp | Various | Use code "HEADFI10" for 10% off (most?) products
Brainwavz Canada | Various | Thanks /u/custardbun!
Violectric Audio USA | 25% | Code "BLACK-25" thanks /u/novicez!

u/egonSchiele · 72 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Two points:

  1. Over $50 tends to be a scam: actually, Shure buds like these are well worth the money.

  2. I always buy these Sony earbuds. No earbuds will ever be buy-it-for-life, because you're bound to get loss of sound in one ear sooner or later. These Sony buds are super cheap, provide decent audio (not audiophile quality but you will not get that for less than $50 anyway), and last for at least a year in my experience. I've been using them for 10+ years and they are still good.

    P.S. If you ARE looking for audiophile-grade earbuds, go over to headroom and see what your options are.

    P.P.S. If you're okay with full-size headphones too, the Sennheiser HD595's are hands down the best headphones I have heard.
u/fco2013 · 69 pointsr/buildapc

Don't buy a "gaming headset" 99% of the time they are okay headphones with a (usually) shitty mic, with a huge markup because they are "gaming headsets".

Instead buy some real headphones, and get a cheap mic, like the Zalman Clip on mic which attaches to your headphone cable, which will be good enough for most people.

For under $100 I recommend the AKG K240s Amazon

or the Audio Technica AD500X Amazon

Also, check out /r/headphones

u/theamunraaa · 61 pointsr/pcgaming

Or you buy a headphones with a detachable cable (3.5mm jack) and get a V-Moda boom pro and you have it all in one high quality cable.

My recommendation is Philips SHP9500 with V-Moda Boom Pro

u/HowManySmall · 50 pointsr/buildapc

I don't have a picture, but I use my Superlux HD668B, a Blue Snowball, Corsair K65 RGB LUX [MX Red], Logitech G Pro, and a Pecham Extended mousepad to cover up my swiss cheese desk.

I definitely suggest the HD668B if you want a new pair of headphones for cheap, best pair of headphones I've ever had. Removable cable, top tier sound, and you can change the earpads if you want to.


u/Clung · 46 pointsr/Music
u/SilentHopes · 45 pointsr/buildapc

I've never been an advocate of gaming headsets. You pay for something that's way more expensive than what you're actually getting. You buy a $150 headset, you're probably getting $70-80 headphones with a bad microphone.

You're almost always better off to buy a pair of headphones that suits your needs well and then buy a microphone afterwards. You'll get the better use of your money this way. I've got a pair of Sennheiser HD 558s with a Zalman ZM-Mic1. It clips onto my headphone's cord so I don't have to worry about it being all over the place. Sound quality is good and I've gotten no complaints about static or fuzziness from friends. Otherwise, the Modmic is always a good choice.

If you're looking for something that isn't sound isolating, I would recommend buying a pair of open headphones with an external microphone. The 558s are open, by the way. You get a bit of sound leakage, so other people can hear what's going on if it's loud enough, but you can also hear everything around you. Because of this, you get a more realistic sound.

u/an_angry_Moose · 43 pointsr/buildapc
u/[deleted] · 40 pointsr/buildapcsales

"Surround sound" is a gimmick when talking about headphones of any kind. The real determining factors in how good the 'surround sound' will be are these:

  • The sound source. You won't be able to hear where sounds are coming from if the game you are playing does not have positional audio. Games like CS:GO and Overwatch invest a lot of money into proper audio because it is very important to the gameplay. You don't want to have to spin around every 10 seconds to figure out where people are. You will be able to hear the location of enemies with $2 earbuds, it just might be harder. This is the most important factor in how good the positional audio will be.

  • Openness of the headphone/headset. A headphone that is closed back (doesn't let outside noise in/out) will sound like things are right on top of you. You won't have as much 'distance' between sounds. An open back headphone (one that allows sound in/out) will generally have a more spacious sound to it. This can make it easier to determine distance from just listening.

  • The detail of the headphone. The more small details you can hear, the easier time your brain has locating a sound. Playing CS:GO with a SuperLux HD681 will give you good positional audio due to the open nature of the headphone and the great sound source, but you would get even better positional audio with something even more open and detailed like the Sennheiser HD800.

    For reference I have used many gaming headsets over the years (Astro A50, TurtleBeach X1, Logitech G933, HyperX Cloud II) and even more headphones (Beyerdynamic DT1990 and DT990, Sennheiser HD600 and HD598, Etymotic ER-4P, Shure SE215, Audio Technica ATH-AD900x and A900x, and AKG K701). I will always recommend someone buy a decent sent of headphones (even that superlux I linked earlier is nicer sounding than the Cloud II) and a dedicated microphone over a headset. I see a lot of people with over the top gaming rigs that then skimp on peripherals and especially audio. If you are gaming for hours on end, treat your ears to something nicer than a gaming headset.
u/WhereDoWeGoWhenWeDie · 38 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Seriously though, can people start helping him instead of discussing why he shouldn't give a fuck? He asked a question, if you don't have an answer, give it a break.

These should be great some of the best for the price, and doesn't seem to use leather:

u/Paraclipse · 36 pointsr/buildapcsales

How big of a difference is there between hd 558s and HD 598s? Should I wait for 598s or just splurge on these?
Edit: I actually ended up picking up a used hd 598 SEs from amazon warehouse deals for slightly less

u/Dallagen · 29 pointsr/headphones

It makes no difference. If you're going to drop that much money buy him these and this.

u/veriix · 28 pointsr/Vive

Here's all the info:

Head strap replacement

Head strap to HMD adapter Shout out to /u/nw15062 for creating this!

Replacement Face pad: About Face VR (no longer in business)

Headphones: Koss PortaPro Shout out to /u/Mister-S for the original built-in headphones tutorial

Besides that I used a bunch of velcro straps for cable management and plastic velcro to keep the headphones mounted - I'll see if that becomes an issue down the line but it's working fine now.

u/auraliegh · 28 pointsr/dadjokes

Sennheiser has some really good pieces. Even their higher end isn't too horribly expensive. Amazon sells most of their headphones. These are the ones I have and I love that every piece of padding and the cord are completely and easily replaceable.

u/ISlangKnowledge · 27 pointsr/Music

I have Sennheiser HD 280's myself and they're also a solid headset that's a pretty good bang for your buck. I got mine for $60 through a family member that works at Best Buy but you can find them for around $80 and are a great headset if you can't afford the $120 (give or take) that the HD 555's cost.

u/FrankYouPrease · 25 pointsr/makinghiphop

Making beats in any public space quiet enough to do so (i.e. a library) would probably make you some kind of asshole for doing so in that space if you use a keyboard or drum pads, or anything else that makes rhythmic noise that other people would have to unwillingly listen to.

Why do you want to do this anyway? I can't imagine how it would make the process better. Are you hoping someone important approaches you with a record deal like some kind of 80's feelgood movie, and your life is made from then on because you become super rich and famous on the spot just for having the courage to make music in public?

I'm just giving you shit. If you ignore everything I've said so far, you should at least check these headphones out, I've had mine since 2011 and they're still great for tuning out the outside world.

u/deffsight · 24 pointsr/VideoEditing

These are pretty standard for the industry. Sound great and are not too expensive. I use them pretty much everyday when I'm editing. The only thing is they aren't noise cancelling, so if that's something you want then you might want to go for something else. But I've used them in the office with other people working/talking near me and I've been fine.

u/thePhysicist8 · 24 pointsr/pcgaming

Fear not, for you can still enjoy the wonders of surround sound with Hi-Fi headphones. Most "gaming" headsets use a built-in DAC (and BS marketing magic) to emulate surround sound over stereo. You can do the same thing using Razer Surround or similar software for free.

You'll have to decide between a closed or open earcup design. If you're not already familiar: a closed-back design will give you better noise isolation and more bass response, while an open-back design will give you a wider soundstage and better positional accuracy. 95% of headphones are closed-back, but there are some nice open-back options in your price range.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x ($100) are a decent option. They're durable, portable, closed-back headphones with a lot of bass response.

The Sennheiser HD 558 ($115) are a steal at that price. They're incredibly comfortable, open-back headphones with a very wide soundstage and warm signature. They'll do much better with surround software.

Both of those options have a relatively low impedance, so you shouldn't have to worry about amping (although they'll still benefit from it). If you're looking for a mic, the ModMic 4.0 is on MassDrop right now. It's a bit pricy, but I've heard great things about the sound quality. If you want something a bit cheaper, the Zalman Clip-On is always an easy option.

This might be slightly skewed, because a brick sitting on my head would be more comfortable than the headband on my Q701s.

u/blazerthedragon · 23 pointsr/OverwatchUniversity

I'd suggest a pair of open-backed headphones since I've found that those headphones tend to have better soundstaging to help me pinpoint where people are.

I found closed headphones tend to have more "immersive" sound with more bass, but if you're looking for something for purely competitive performance I think an open-backed pair would do you well. There's some generalizing going on here, but in general I personally feel open-backed headphones are better for gaming.

Here's a couple suggestions around your price-point - disclaimer that I haven't actually owned any of these (except for the original AD700 which I can vouch for being great for gaming), and it's merely meant to serve as a starting point for cans to check out. Filter the reviews and find the ones where people mention the words "gaming" or "soundstage".

u/tinster9 · 23 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Mine have always been Sennheiser. Something like

u/djrey002 · 21 pointsr/xxfitness

Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones Bluetooth 4.1 Lightweight Stereo IPX5 Earbuds with Magnetic Connection NANO Coating Sweatproof Sports Headset with Metallic Housing Built-in Mic (Black)

Best $25 I've ever spent. I've had them 6 months and use them daily. Absolutely no complaints. Funny enough, i had it narrowed down to Anker vs. Taotronics in the end. They look and function almost identically. I went with Anker due to brand name recognition and their customer service is amazing.

u/soundbytegfx · 21 pointsr/buildapc

Dedicates headphone plus mic. Don't waste your time with "headsets". Try this setup:


    V-Moda Boom Mic + Phillips SHP9500. Zeos (of ZReviews) highly recommends those headphones, despite their relatively cheap cost. Check out his guide here and also /r/Zeos and /r/ZReviews
u/rqueenston · 21 pointsr/lapfoxtrax

i have a few recommends! it seems insane, but these cans honestly outperform every other pair i've used under $100. i use them a ton for work and leisure. easily my most used pair. the only downside is that since they are closed and isolating, while they have wonderful bass response for working in the sub frequencies, the sound stage is also a little bit tight. i recommend replacement pads: (they come in grey, white, and red as well) as they're a bit better quality and easier on the ears/head.

next in line: the akg k240s are a standard for work and leisure for many people. huge, wide sound stage and a great flat frequency response. they're pretty open, so you will hear everything around you, and everything around you will hear you. but they do kick a lot of ass.

aside from those, if you want something strictly to listen with, the polk buckle is a wonderful pair of headphones with HILARIOUSLY overblown bass response. a joy to relax and dig on some bass-heavy audio with. great for watching films too!

hope this helped! if you can try cans before you get em, try em! everybody has hearing preferences. but i think the monoprice closed-back cans and k240s combined are a great and affordable way to work and have nice flat audio reproduction. love 'em. i almost entirely work on headphones and will end up referencing whatever i make on my hifi and any other speakers i have in the house once i'm done. i have cheap m-audio monitor speakers hooked up to my work machine, but i don't use them for actual work all that often.

u/daversa · 21 pointsr/oculus

I bet you'll be surprised by their quality. Palmer knows audio and he wouldn't let something that isn't half-decent fly. They sorta look like a porta pro driver to me.

u/i91809 · 20 pointsr/bassnectar

this is my shit right here, shoutout /r/headphones

Best bet for your price range is probably ATH M50x, nice punchy bass while retaining a lot of detail in the rest of the frequency range

The Beyerdynamic DT770 are a little more pricey but worth the extra cash imo, again you get nice deep bass without sacrificing sound quality anywhere else and these bad boys are built like tanks

On the more budget-friendly side of things is the Sony MDR-V6, this is a straight up classic headphone that punches above its price point as far as sound quality goes although I personally would have some reservations about the non-detachable cable

There are a ton of other headphones that fit your general requirements and price range but these are the first three that popped into my mind!

u/bking · 20 pointsr/editors

Noise-canceling is an absolute no-go. You want the cleanest signal possible, and the fewest points of failure.

You'll also get pretty sweaty in the QCs.

Sony 7506 are a gold standard for people in audio, and a lot of editors. They're comfortable, easily serviceable and ridiculously accurate.

u/IamNotaGamer · 20 pointsr/india

Purchased Sennheiser HD 598 CS for Rs. 4999.

Now price is back to Rs. 14990.


EDIT 2: Gone again

u/SUpirate · 20 pointsr/AmazonTopRated

I'm only recently getting into the audiophile world, but I'll give this a shot from what I've discovered. The guys at /r/headphones would love to go into detail.

Lets take a 0-100 scale of audio quality, in which 0 is a person banging on a garbage can and badly humming the tune to a song, and 100 is literally being in the studio with the band recording.

A generic setup like an iphone and the iphone earbuds probably falls somewhere around a 65 on that scale. You can hear the song and make out the words and all, but there's not much intricacy and it has to be pretty loud to hear the different pieces of the music individually. The bass is probably bad and the sound-stage is very small.

Investing in something like THESE, which are occasionally <$100, would move you up to about 80. Its a HUGE jump in quality. You hear things in songs you never knew were there before. Any person with functional ears would easily hear the difference and universally prefer this sound over the cheap earbuds.

Add another $100 for an amp and dac and you're getting into the mid/high 80s on our quality scale. You can hear the music very much the way it sounded in the studio. Unless you're actively listening for differences you aren't likely to ever have a complaint with this type of setup.

Most reasonable people would probably stop in that range just because for a couple hundred bucks you can get a really good sound setup that satisfies the vast majority.

But without question a person with functional ears would be able to notice an improvement between the $200 setup I described and the $2,000 setup that includes headphones like these. If you have discerning ears you may even find the difference to be fairly large, although most people probably wouldn't think its that huge.

And then there's another step even above this, where you could spend >$10,000 on a setup from the truly top of the line. And yes that will sound better, but not 5x better. The higher up the ladder you climb the less pronounced the changes become.

u/moony66 · 19 pointsr/FortNiteBR

Have Sennheiser 598's.

Footsteps have been incredibly spotty for a long time in this game. They acknowledged they were broke a while back, and did a couple changes to make them a bit more audible, but they're still not consistent.

u/reddituser206 · 19 pointsr/Negareddit

I'm not sure that comparison works, because the deal with Beats is that you can get something that sounds better for a lot less, while that's not true with Steam. (Though I wouldn't dare go outside wearing my favorite pair of headphones).

u/spicedpumpkins · 18 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you're hardstuck at 50 bucks these are ok. Be aware that the "7.1" is SIMULATED and often sounds weird depending on game.

I think people should consider the Philips SHP9500 on a deep sale for $55 for Black Friday + VModa boom mic $30 as this is a pretty significant improvement in both headphone and mic quality with the bonus that the SHP9500 can be used for listening to music.

u/my_weird_me · 18 pointsr/sysadmin

Closed headphones. I've used these for many years:

They sound great and isolate a fair amount. You can play white noise on them if you don't want music.

Other than that: explain your problem and try to get an office / closed cubicle for "touchdown" (not your proper place of work but somewhere to sit when you need some extra concentration).

u/calvin521 · 18 pointsr/AskReddit

People, don't buy Bose. The pair you talk about is 299. For that you get mediocre audio quality too. These will do the job at half the price with better playback quality too.

u/thebope · 17 pointsr/BuyItForLife

The Koss PortaPros have been treating me rather well and I believe they come with a lifetime warranty should something break. Really really enjoyable to listen to lossless music with those bad boys and the 35 dollar price tag can't be beat!

u/markjamesmurphy · 17 pointsr/oculus

I really hope some of you try this - it will blow your mind. It solves the audio problem completely and super effectively. All of the instructions are in the Imgur post.

Here's a link to the headphones:
KOSS KSC75 Headphones

Edit: You can get black ones from Drop! Massdrop KSC75X

And a link to the optional, fancier faux leather ear cups:
Ear Cushion Replacement for Headset, Compatible with Sennheiser Px200

Now I'm going back into VR! Hope to see some of you there.

  • Mark

    EDIT: I made some cosmetic touches that make it look much better. New pictures HERE
u/koalapear · 17 pointsr/headphones

Sennheiser HD598 $99 on amazon.

u/JammySTB · 17 pointsr/gamingpc

>but all of the responses are "get a good pair of headphones and a clip on mic"

Because this is the best option.

I personally use the clip on Zalman but I've heard great things about the ModMic. If you got a great pair of headphones(many use the AD700, HD558/HD598, etc) and attached this it would essentially be the same as a gaming headset but with significantly better sound quality and better build quality.

If you're going to be stubborn and not accept this, I reccommend going for the Sennheiser PC360. It's typically around the same price as the HD598 but not quite as good...

EDIT: Added links to some products, note that I only looked them up on Amazon, you can probably find everything cheaper if you shop around...


EDIT 2: DarkWingPig mentioned virtual surround sound, which is what draws many people towards gaming headsets. You can add this functionality to any pair of headphones using a sound card such as the Asus Xonar DG, Asus Xonar DS, or the Asus Xonar DX.

I have an Asus Xonar DX and, in my opinion, it can work well in certain games such as Counterstike, where knowing the position of a sound is essential, but I don't use it for the majority of games...

A user over at Head Fi called Mad Lust Envy has created a thread reviewing many different pairs of headphones in relation to how well they work with Dolby Headphone(virtual surround sound).

u/Vortax_Wyvern · 16 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Wall of text ahead. Please, read only if you are really interested...

What I usually recommend when someone ask for advice about gaming headsets is: Gaming headset are crap 99% of the time. They provide very poor sound quality, and any good headphone (literally, even 40$ ones) will sound far better than expensive 300$ headsets. The question is not if headphones are better than headset (the answer is “Hell, YEAH”). The question is, are they better for you?

What are you planning to use your headphones for? Just for gaming, or for gaming and music listening?

If the answer is “just for gaming”, then ask yourself if a Hifi headphone is what you need. Usually games don’t really need high quality headphones, since they provide low quality sound, and you will be more concentrated gaming than listening. In that scenario, everything will serve you, and gaming headsets have the advantage of the integrated microphone.

So, if you want something good for gaming, and just for gaming, with integrated microphone, then the only two headsets with good enough quality sound (aka don’t suck) are:

HyperX Cloud (70$)

Sennheiser G4me One (170$)

Both are good choices. Or go with any fancy RGB headset you find (Logitech, Razer, Corsair, Steelseries, etc), you will most probably don’t notice the difference while gaming.

BUT, if you plan to use them for music listening besides gaming, then keep reading.

Hifi headphones for gaming have the disadvantage of having to deal with the micro thing. None of them have microphone incorporated, and you must either use a desk microphone like this, use a modmic like this one. or if your budget is tight, something like this. The first one requires desk space. The second and third one are detachable micro, with an extra cable you’ll have to deal with. Any of them are a nuisance. Any solution is annoying. All of them are an extra expense that must be accounted. If micro is a must and you are not willing to bother with this solutions, please, go back to HyperX Cloud or G4me One.

Ok, so, you really want some damn good headphones, that also can be used for gaming! Keep reading, please (are you bored yet?).

You can choose Closed back headphones (the classic ones you have already used. Closed back models offer good isolation and do not leak sound. This is your choice when there are people around you, or you want isolation from noisy a environment.) or Open Back headphones (Open back models offer next to no isolation and will leak sound -and allow you to hear what happens around you-, but they are the best sounding models). Open headphones achieve the best sound, soundstage (feeling that sound is coming from around you) and imaging (ability to locate the origin of one sound).

If you are here because you want to get a replacement for a gaming headset, I would recommend you Open back, but since they don’t isolate, you must choose. If isolation is required, get closed back, if that’s not a concern, go open.

Some closed back cans:

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x. 100$. Balanced headphones, very good feedback from lots of people. Typical entry level headphones to the rabbit hole.

Sennheiser HD 598Cs. 125$. Balanced, very very detailed, great instrumental separation. Comfortable as hell, Very recommended.

Beyerdynamic DT770. 160$. V-shaped signature (lots of bass and lots of treble). Great for explosions, movies, and rock. Treble can be harsh if you are sensible. Get the 32 ohm version, as the 80 (may) and 250 (do) need an amplifier to work properly.

Those are some examples of entry-mid level of closed cans. There are lots more, depending of your budget!

As for open cans:

Superlux HD668b. 40$. Those are THE CANS. The best quality for low budget you can get. Hands down. Great soundstage, Bass light. They are not too comfortable, but pads can be changed for a deluxe comfort (extra expense). You are not getting anything better at this price. For gaming in a budget, this are the headphones you were looking for,

Philips SHP9500. 80$. Mid-forward signature. Good soundstage, great comfort. Very detailed. Another amazing quality for the budget headphone.

Sennheiser HD 598 SR. 170$. Very similar to the HD 598Cs, but with open back. Wider soundstage, a little less bass. Very balanced headphones. Super-duper comfortable. Great for long gaming sessions.

Philips Fidelio X2. 250$. V-shaped signature. Those are in another league. Build quality is just.. OMG. Extreme soundstage and imaging. More comfortable than the HD 598. Bass is BOOOOOM!!!. A little pricey, and can be somewhat fatiguing to listen if you are treble sensible, due to high treble.

Well, that’s all. I have selected only headphones that don’t need an amplifier. Now is your turn to research, watch some Youtube videos, read some reviews, and give them a try.

All this headphones are GOOD. No trash here, and all them will make you open your eyes when listening your music if you are coming from standard headsets. You will notice sounds, instruments, that you never realized they were there, even if you had listened this song a thousand times before. Try them, and be amazed.

Welcome to the rabbit hole.

u/CedarMadness · 16 pointsr/Music

For around $100 you should be able to get some HD555s and perform this mod to turn them into 595s

Or if you have loud and annoying roommates, you could get some 280 Pros

u/mynamejesse1334 · 16 pointsr/headphones

Gaming headset?

In all seriousness, pretty much everyone here would recommend you get a solid pair of headphones and a separate mic. Coming from someone who used to use headsets, I can say that the separate set-up is much better.

However if you're dead-set on a headset, I've used the Siberia V2, Razer Tiamat 7.1, and HyperX Cloud within the past couple years so I can answer questions about those.

A quick set-up, and one that I use and love, is the Sennheiser HD558's and the ModMic. Which, yeah, it's ~$200 for that combo, but in my mind it's worth it and if you want to save money there are plenty of cheaper headphones you can get instead of the 558, and a ton of different mic options other than the ModMic

u/BlackDiablos · 16 pointsr/buildapcsales

These are the HD 558, not to be confused with the HD 598.

The HD598 was $99 for Black Friday 2014 and didn't drop that low until Black Friday 2015. I don't know anything about the price history of the HD558, but I wouldn't expect it to drop this low again for some time, even though the price has been steadily dropping for some time.

u/GrahamMc · 16 pointsr/battlestations

They look just like the Sennheiser hd558. I have a pair and they are AMAZING. Probably best bang for your buck. You can do a "foam mod" to make them more like hd598's too.

u/Tacanacy · 15 pointsr/PS4

Philips SHP9500 + V-MODA BoomPro + Creative Sound BlasterX G1

In case you can buy from Newegg, the headphone is on sale. The sound card is on sale on Creative's website.

It's a straightforward setup: the BoomPro mic plugs into the headphone's jack, the G1 sound card plugs into the PS4's USB port, and the headphone/mic plugs into the jack on the sound card.

SHP9500 has a balanced/neutral sound signature, meaning it doesn't over- or under-emphasize the bass and treble. It has very good clarity, detailing, and bass and treble quality. If you ever want to play shooters online, then it has good positional audio (soundstage and imaging). It sits over the ear. It's durable and lightweight. It has no flimsy or squeaky parts. The earpads have good quality and they're soft and removable, but they're shallow.

The BoomPro has a volume control and a mute switch.

The G1 offers SBX virtual surround sound, which I think has less tinny sound, less sound degradation, less loss of details (virtual surround sound uses compression) and better positional audio than Dolby Digital commonly found in various devices.

I have HyperX Cloud, which is Cloud II and CloudX with more accessories, and I advise against it; it has scratchy treble and very muddy bass and mid-range. It also has bad positional audio.

Did you come across the Antlion ModMic in your research? It's a very easy mic to attach and remove from headphones, so if it doesn't feel too complicated, then I have some other recommendations.

u/toromio · 15 pointsr/headphones

The amp purchased was the FiiO A3 Portable (~$60)
The headphones (earbuds) mentioned were the Shure SE215 (~$100)

EDIT (with commentary):
I had read several reviews that said "don't expect to hear a difference right away when you buy your first amp, but use it for a few days then listen without it to see if you hear any difference at all".

Either I have super-sensitive ears, or amps really are this great. I can hear a difference right away. I'm literally in my first hour of listening, so I won't review this yet, but I won't need a few days to tell a difference; it is a night and day difference.

I both love and hate this sub because I'll now be interested in multiple amps, not just multiple headphones...

u/Soryosan · 15 pointsr/oculus

so these drivers used in these earbuds are what they recon could be what the cv1 comes with... cheap but good specs!

The KSC75s feature dynamic elements for a wide frequency response from 15-25,000 Hz. A two-millimeter titanium diaphragm coating increases rigidity, which means less distortion and therefore more accurate sound reproduction. Neodymium magnets help deliver greater volume, even with low-voltage portable devices, and oxygen-free copper voice coils improve signal transmission and conduction for cleaner, clearer sound.

Frequency Response: 15-25,000 Hz
Impedance: 60 ohms
Sensitivity: 101 dB SPL/1mW
Distortion: Less Than 0.2%

i had no idea you could get such good earbuds for that price

u/draggingalake · 15 pointsr/giantbomb

Drew uses a lot of stuff I've used or am currently using!

The headphones are the Sony MDR7506, or the Sony MDRV6 and they are ultimately the same thing. I have both, I haven't been able to tell the difference, and from what I've researched, they use the same parts internally, so the only thing different is the cosmetics. I know the Vergecast also uses these headphones in their studio.

While I don't have the Focusrite 2i2 like Drew was using, I do own the Focusrite 18i8 (Gen 1), and the Focusrite 18i20 (Gen 2) and both are phenomenal. They are more expensive than a standard USB Mixer, but the pre-amps make up for some of that cost, plus the ease of use.

I have never used the Shure SM7B, but it's the same microphone that Kinda Funny Games uses. I use the Electro Voice RE20, which is the same Microphone that Giant Bomb West and East uses, as well as, the Vergecast. I would love to hear Drew's opinions on both mics. Both mics are exceptional review-wise and very popular in audio recordings, but having Drew compare the two would have some value.

And just because I have listed all the equipment Drew has used. Here is the Anker 10-Port Hub he was using. Anker is a great brand for USB/Computer accessories. They have an outstanding warranty and customer service department.

Note none of these links are affiliate links, this post was simply to make it easy to find the gear Drew was using.

u/phargarten · 15 pointsr/Music

Hey guys. I am a DJ and have been through my fair share of headphones for professional and personal use. Brands to watch out for are Pioneer, Sennheiser, Shure, Ultimate Ears. Brands to run from (in my experience) are Audio Technica, Yamaha, Sony (mainly on their lower end), weird brands like Coby and JVC, and for godsakes be weary of skullcandy; they may look cool but they are made from exceptionally cheap materials that result in poor build and sound quality.

Finally, it depends what you are looking for: in-ear, cans(over ear or open air), noise canceling etc.

1-- Sennheiser CX200

3-- Shure E2c

1-- Koss PortaPros (dorky but amazing sound for $)

2-- Sennheiser PX100

3-- Grado SR60 -- 80 dollars but well worth it -- my favorite but read up on these before you buy

1- Sennheiser HD-497

hope that helps :)
edited for readability. wtf reddit

u/aether_tech · 14 pointsr/headphones

$40? Sounds like a set of Samson SR850 will be the best thing you can get your kid.

They are going to be far superior to any Beats or Skullcandy offering. They also look way better too (IMO.)

If you're just picking out what looks coolest, you're going to be replacing them often, as those particular brands aren't well known for quality of sound, or durability of construction.\

There's also the Koss PortaPro ( ) , Koss KSC75 ( ) , Sennheiser HD206 (, Monoprice 8323 (,

for headsets (headphones with an included mic): Logitech G230, is a good low-budget option.

u/Felgirl · 14 pointsr/PandR

This is a really misleading and uninformed comment.

If you notice the graph with the frequency response curve, it goes up to 100khz.

Literally no headphones go up that high.

For comparison, one of the most successful, widely used professional pair of studio headphones (the kind engineers sometimes use in place of monitors{a kind of speaker} use when recording albums), Sony MDR7506's

Youre right to say theyre "Not as good" as something like this, but anybody reading your comment will look even at that pair of sony headphones and declare them "definately not good headphones" based on provided info.

PS the sonys are cheaper

u/kRiiLiiN · 14 pointsr/headphones

I agree with the other comments here, don't worry about spending more to get more. If you haven't heard decent headphones (designed for the sound quality not the looks or marketing) then something cheaper will still be impressive.

Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Open Back

u/Enricky17 · 14 pointsr/radiohead

I'd recommend the Sennheiser HD 598. They are literally the best headphones you can get for under $200! Radiohead is a band that has a lot of intimate and detailed songs. These are open-backed headphones so the sound stage is really wide and makes you feel like you're their with band! Also I recommend these for any genre of music really; if you want an intimate and detailed experience.

u/aasteveo · 14 pointsr/headphones


Whoa, are these like super jacked up right now to prep for the sale? It says 598's are $310! That's more than I spent on my HD600's ffs. Or am I missing something?

u/baudusau · 13 pointsr/de

Empfehle bei In-Ear ein wenig mehr auszugeben. Erstens gehen die Kopfhörer nicht dauernd kaputt und zweitens hast du einen deutlich besseren Klang. Nicht nur du frisst die Teile, auch ich habe das immer getan - bis ich mir gute gekauft habe. Auf Dauer sparst du dir damit Geld.

Hier meine zwei Empfehlungen:

Shure SE215


u/tieke · 13 pointsr/buildapcsales

Not as low as previous sales, but Sennheiser HD598s are $109.99

u/ElkBit · 13 pointsr/Music

For ~$40 go for Koss Portapros. They have great sound for the value plus they come with Koss' Lifetime Warranty. I've had them for almost a year and swear by them.

u/inspectorG4dget · 13 pointsr/GradSchool
  • Bike: commuting made easy, exercise
  • Over the ear headphones (US$100): [Sennheiser HD 280 pro][sennheiser]
  • [Mendeley]: Organize papers and notetaking, with cloud support. Free and cross platform
  • [yEd]: draw publication-grade diagrams in ludicrously short amounts of time. Export to various formats. Free and cross platform
  • [LyX]: LaTeX editor for writing papers everything
  • Coffee maker at my desk
  • Some snacks at my desk
  • Set of disposable forks in my drawer for when I need them
  • An overnight kit (soap, etc, clothes, towel) to shower at the gym if I pull an allnighter
  • A good backpack that holds everything. It also has hip straps (better for my back)
  • Podcasts to listen to, when walk/bus to/from school
  • Automated data backup solutions (I use gDrive, Dropbox, time machine for data backups, and Amazon Prime cloud storage for photo backups)
  • xkcd and other webcomics for relief
  • Netflix and Spotify for entertainment
  • Rice cooker and food processor (reduces chopping time by 90%)
  • Friend with a Costco membership (buy meat in bulk and stick it in a freezer)
  • A comfortable keyboard (it's made all the difference to my wrists and forearms)
  • A tiny pharmacy (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, pseudoephedrine, vitamin C,D)
  • Spare socks in my backpack
  • A full set of must-have applications for my computer/phone/tablet to make automate the tech side of work
  • A calendar app that works for you (I just use Google Calendar)
  • [Alarmy] (free version): phone alarm clock that you can set up to turn off only when you take a picture of a specific thing (mine's set to my shower head in my washroom)
  • Plants at home: ambience and smell (basil, lemongrass, lavender)
  • Tiny screwdriver kit in my backpack: for when I need to open up a computer or hard drive
  • Automated billing to my visa and web banking
  • Gym clothes under my desk for the school gym
  • Fitness ball to sit on (the first month is a little rough, until you build up your back muscles). Once you get used to it, it's very comfortable, good for your core/posture/back; and you can bounce on it at work
  • a stash of scrap paper on my desk to write immediate to-do's on
  • [Asana]: task tracking
  • Google Keep: list making

u/melty_dino · 13 pointsr/deadbydaylight

Most likely they are sound whoring with headphones and attentiveness. When I play killer, sound is my greatest asset against the survivors. Things like running and breathing can be picked up by paying attention and having the sound system to do so.

I followed the advice on this post and got these headphones and this mic. Pretty cheap set up for quality audio and voice communication.

u/castlecrasher2 · 12 pointsr/Vive

You can take off the built-in headphones, they just screw in. I'll be taking mine off because the built-ins are worse than I expected. These are my headphones, for reference.

u/HateCrew5 · 12 pointsr/drums

Shure SE-215

Great sound and they have a similar level of noise reduction as a pair of ear plugs. I usually wear a pair of ear muffs over them to reduce the noise level even further.

u/mikedaul · 12 pointsr/audioengineering
u/thecolbra · 12 pointsr/gadgets

[Sony mdr 7506 are labeled as professional] (

Top of the line kitchen aid stand mixers as well.

Fender professional line as well

u/somajones · 12 pointsr/Bass

I went through dozens of sets of failed headphones my first twenty years.
Bought these Sony MD7506 in 2000 and they've never let me down.
I had to replace the foam, cheaply, about ten years ago.

u/Joniak · 12 pointsr/annakendrick

They actually did a bit of research for the movie as the headphones are Amazon's number one seller for DJ Headphones.

Sony MDR7506.

u/SuperDuckQ · 12 pointsr/audio

The classic standby for me is the Koss PortaPro. They sound fantastic, are more portable than over-the-ear headphones, and are criminally cheap.

u/DistinguishedTrout · 12 pointsr/hiphopheads

Koss Portapros. They look goofy as hell but they've been around forever for a reason.

u/_OVERHATE_ · 12 pointsr/headphones

In order of price:

  • Creative Aurvana Live! (NOT THE LIVE 2).

  • Audio Technica ATH-WS1100

  • Phillips Fidelio X2 The Fidelios L1 are also good on bass.

  • Beyerdynamic DT770

  • V-MODA M100

  • Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 (Mahogany have the best bass, Purplehearts have the most bass, Ebony have the most controlled bass)

  • Fostex TH900 Simply, the best bass headphone money can afford. Its craaaaaazy.

    There are others that people like to recommend the old Denons, specially the D2000 that can be found cheaper in Ebay, but its a pain in the butt to find, same with the MDR-XB1000.

    Some people will also mention some JVC ones, but i havent had the chance to try them. Btw some people will recommend the HE400i and please no stay away from them. Stay away from Planars in general if you want Basshead levels of Bass, the LCD-2 Pre-Fazor being the only exception (i tried it like a year ago so i dont remember a lot but i liked it).
u/ChicksDigNerds · 11 pointsr/headphones

If your idea of 'high quality' is 'sounds good enough to recognize what song is playing and doesn't fall apart the first time I use it' then $50 is reasonable. If you want high-fidelity, high-build-quality gear, then you are going to pay a premium for it regardless of what it is--headphones, tools, PC parts, etc.

Creative Aurvana Live are pretty decent, actually

u/gravyenema · 11 pointsr/buildapcsales

Decent Review on the AD500x, which is one step below this. There is not a $40+ difference between them so if you want best bang for buck, get the 500x for ~$80 with free shipping.

Others to consider are the AKG K240 and the currently on sale Sennheiser HD518

u/SADBOYSMAKEBADPETS · 11 pointsr/motorcycles

If you're okay with mildly worse microphone quality and mostly want to listen to music you can always buy this tiny bluetooth audio receiver for $15, and then get this pair of Koss headphones for $15, and just put them in your helmet lol. Those Koss headphones the best you can get for that price range and punch way above their weight, and will beat any motorcycle branded set for sure. They can also get loud enough that they need to be turned down on the highway.

You just take the ear hooks off the headphones, then replace your helmet ear pads with the headphones and do some cable management underneath the helmet padding so that you can hook up the headphones to the bluetooth receiver. You can secure the receiver with a piece of velcro anywhere you want, I've got it secured underneath my chin so I can tap the buttons. You can also secure the headphones with velcro if you need. Whole project costs barely over $30. Microphone audio isn't even that bad, I just have to mount it inside my helmet to reduce most of the wind noise. I've been using this setup for over 2 years now, and the receiver will outlast my phones battery, I don't even know how long because I've never managed it use it up within a day before, but it claims 15 hours.

u/Wezirn · 11 pointsr/FL_Studio

Theyre relatively cheap.

Pretty much all professional producers know of these headphones. They will play mainstream music just how the producers in the studios heard it. A lot of them will have even used them in the studio.

alternatively for even cheaper

The sound quality is really great. The poor reviews are from people who've bought them and have had them die.

you wont find anything that produces a better sound quality than these for their respective price ranges.\

Bonus is that theyre not USB so you dont have to worry about some kind of shitty driver. Theyre plug in and enjoy.

P.S. actual speakers that are meant for music production arent called speakers, but "Monitor speakers" or just "monitors"
Heres a suggestion if you want actual monitors

u/ItsOldGreg · 11 pointsr/gadgets

I don't know about you guys but Koss porta pros are where its at. Life time warranty, amazing sound quality and durability. They usually break on me once a year and I use them everyday all day.

To whoever said 'even beats broke down on me' etc... beats are shitty headphones.

u/hodkan · 11 pointsr/ipad

In case you weren't aware, iPads can use any headphones. You don't need to use headphones that are specifically made for Apple or iPads.

So you probably are going to want to figure out how much you want to spend and what style of headphones you want. Then you might want just to go to Amazon and see which ones are well reviewed in your price range.


And not everyone finds earbuds comfortable. He may prefer a different type. For example, the Koss PortoPro are well reviewed and extremely comfortable. However they don't do a good job blocking out background noise and they will leak sound if they volume is turned up loud. So depending on how he uses them, they may not be a good choice.

u/Haematobic · 11 pointsr/videos

Amen, brother. Best purchase I've done this year - thanks to my in-ear headphones, an 8 hour flight went by almost like nothing, except of course, it was a long-ass flight.

I only noticed some cunt was arguing with a flight attendant because I turned around to get my food, and even then, I don't know what she was yapping about.

u/Integralds · 11 pointsr/badeconomics

So, a week into the new year, my Christmas gifts arrived: Shure SE215s and Scott Sumner's book, The Midas Paradox.

I plan on reading and reviewing Scott's book soon.^^(TM)

u/BaksideAttak · 11 pointsr/headphones

Sounds like the Klipsch S4 would be good on the less expensive end of your range, and the HiFiMan RE-400 would be good on the upper end of your range. I also think highly of the Etymotic MC5, MC3, or HF5. Then there's the trusty Shure SE215, but I don't think it'd go as well as some of the others according to your music taste.

Of all of those in your price range, I'd recommend the RE-400s or HF5s. Both are great IEMs. The RE-400 is highly recommended around this subreddit.

If you're willing to stretch your budget, there are also the Rock-it R-50s, which have great mids and highs, which I recommend for rock/metal/indie/classical.

u/V0xus · 11 pointsr/giantbomb

To piggyback, I use the Sennheiser 598s and they are fanfuckingtastic.

u/vodka_ginger · 11 pointsr/audiophile
u/EzeSharp · 10 pointsr/swoleacceptance

I have the same problem with earbuds falling out but I recently got a pair of [Anker wireless earbuds]( SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones, Bluetooth 4.1 Lightweight Stereo Earbuds with Magnetic Connection, NANO Coating Sweatproof Sports Headset with Metallic Housing & Built-in Mic (Black) and can honestly say they are great. For the price they are a steal and Anker is a great company.

They don't noise cancel but fit snugly enough that I can't really hear anything outside.

u/CryHav0c · 10 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you're looking for a cheaper bluetooth alternative I can recommend these, which sound excellent for the price and have great features (magnetic housing for instance).

u/_Connor · 10 pointsr/gainit

I bought these $30 blutooth ones for the gym and honestly they've been awesome.

I've used them in the gym for 16 months no issue. I even put them through the washer once by accident and they still work perfect like a year later. Battery is good not great, probably 5-6 hours.

u/Thurwell · 10 pointsr/starcraft

I wonder if the noise blocking earbuds like these would help. I have a pair and they're great on airplanes for blocking out crying babies and engine noise.

u/liquidfury · 10 pointsr/Fitness

I have a pair of Shure e215 in ear monitors that sounds great and are super comfortable.

u/cookiemonsterGage · 10 pointsr/headphones

I am incredibly happy with these headphones. They are very comfortable and do a great job of keeping noise out, I can mow the yard with them on and still easily listen to talk radio with clarity. I really enjoy the quality of sound for the price as I tend to destroy my headphones quickly.

I just wanted to thank this subreddit for all of the helpful information!

u/FreelanceSocialist · 10 pointsr/headphones

Okay. What I am going to recommend is two sets of headphones. One for nice, comfy, multi-hour home listening in front of the computer, and another set for when you're on the go. All of these sound good without any amplification.

Full-Size, Home Listening

  • Audio Technica ATH-AD700 - nice, mid-level offering. Wonderful, open sound and definitely the #1 most comfortable headphones I have ever owned. These are fairly large, this is what they look like on me. They are reasonably light, and the design is completely open. You will hear sounds around you and if someone is sitting next to you, they will hear some of your music (or all of it, if you have the volume cranked). The pads are fuzzy and comfortable. Highly recommended for electronic music, chamber pieces, acoustic guitar and piano... well, just about everything. (~$100)

  • Sennheiser HD-280 Pro - These are the heavyweight champions of the $50-$100 price range. Headfi (a major audiophile community) loves these things. So do I. Comfortable, with fantastic bass response and great isolation. Built like a tank - I DJ'd for quite awhile and my set is still going strong despite being dropped, stepped on, thrown in road cases, etc. The ear cups also rotate reasonably freely to allow them to fold "flat" and be tossed in a backpack. The pads on these are that pleather material which could cause a little bit of sweat, but nothing to really complain about. Excellent sound, overall, but particularly suited to drum n bass, dubstep, industrial, goa and other genres of trance and electronic dance music. My pair is actually in my lab at work, at the moment, so no photo of them, sorry! (~$90)

  • Audio Technica M50S - Foldable, easy to toss in a bag. These are what I moved to after using the 280 Pro's for several years. Very smooth sound with a pretty surprising bass range. Definitely out-performed the 280's in some pieces of music when it came to the low range. Again, smooth, balanced sound overall. Great isolation on par with the 280's. The soundstage isn't as good as the AD700's, since these are closed headphones, otherwise I'd totally recommend these, flat out. These beat the Monster Beats Studio, hands down, for a third of the price. <3 Bass (~$120)


  • Koss Portapro - These things are classics for a reason. Very, very highly recommended by a ton of people. Comfortable, portable, built well, and excellent sound for the price bracket they are in. Unique styling. Those temple pads you see keep the pressure from the earpieces from becoming fatiguing on your ears. I've forgotton that I was wearing them on several occasions and tried to put on my hat over them. If you're cool with the style, I really recommend these. (~$40)

  • Grado SR60i - I love Grados. They have a really classic look, they are very comfortable, and they have solid sound. More suited to articulate, dynamic music. Not a ton of bass. Would recommend these for home use as well, actually. If you want, you can step up to the SR80i, but I don't feel like you will hear too great a difference, out of an iPod or an onboard soundcard. (~$70-$100)

    Note: the Amazon links above are using my affiliate ID. What this means is that if you purchase a set through those links, Amazon gives me 4-6% of the purchase price as a commission. The price you pay is not affected in any way - that commission comes out of their end. You don't have to use those links, you can search Amazon for any of the models above. And by all means, you don't have to buy through Amazon.
u/aeon_orion · 10 pointsr/audioengineering

Sony MDR-7506. Love these headphones.

u/dethwysh · 10 pointsr/Android

Visitor from /r/headphones here.

You better believe I still use mine. Even if Dongles and external solutions are better than most integrated solutions, LG's Quad DAC designs are still decent, and some of the best integrated solutions available.

That being said, when I bring out more demanding headphones, or more sensitive in ears, I'll generally hook them to a portable dac/amp or a very low output impedance Dongle (for the IEMs).

That being said, I still use my headphone jack when I get into most cars, as there's the simplicity of one wire and you're good to go. Sure, it's not wireless, but there's never any drop outs, or weird latency, and/or compatibility issues. Arguably those issues depend on implementation, but still. Less moving parts so to speak.

Also, it's good to have for times when you want to plug into a friend's speaker or system and not blow out their BT settings.

Edit: added links.

u/s4g4n · 10 pointsr/Music

Sennheisser HD 280 pro

best bang for the buck, noise canceling too which is great for flying.

u/ItsRowlet · 10 pointsr/EtikaRedditNetwork

Right now they are $15 USD on amazon

u/Dark_Shroud · 10 pointsr/lewronggeneration

Like these, Koss KSC75 Portable Stereophone Headphones? I recently purchased a pair to use with my Sansa fuze as I do not like ear buds.

u/michaelwentonweakes · 10 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I've got the MDR7506 and I'll never buy another pair of headphones. Great sound, very comfortable. There's a reason why every studio in the world has ten pairs of the MDR line lying around.

u/DJNephilim · 10 pointsr/Music

I have a pair of AKG K240's. Relatively awesome and comfy.

u/_conker_ · 10 pointsr/headphones

Superlux HD681

Actually maybe it's some red special edition of the AKG k240 mk2

u/Neoro · 9 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I love my HD 598's that I got a couple years ago

u/SmittyJonz · 9 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Been wanting to try some Sennheiser HD559 since I just have Cheap Monoprice headphones. 559's been at $98-$99 for a while (Hit $74 on prime Day but I didn't order) and these Dropped to $68 on Amazon other day so I ordered them. Much Better than the Closed Back Cheapos. I'm Not a big headphone Guy so they Sound Good to Me......

Topping MX3 Drives them Well

Testing them Out with Heart, Great White, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Allman Brothers............

u/philip1243 · 9 pointsr/hiphopheads
  1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Great over ear headphones, more bass driven, but pretty well rounded sound. Good for being submersed in your music.
  2. Sennheiser HD 598 Awesome open ear headphones, nice and roomy sound. (open back headphones allow outside sound in.) Great for acoustics and softer music.
  3. FiiO EX1 My daily driver, which are surprisingly really nice. Great balanced sound for In ear, super comfortable too. Punchy bass when needed and handles light and relaxed music with good highs.
u/CareerRejection · 9 pointsr/headphones

According to camelcamelcamel, that's the price that black friday had and pretty much hasn't been since.

u/Seri0usbusiness · 9 pointsr/edmproduction

The ATH-M50's are NOT flat at all. I've had the ATM-H50 for almost 3 years and every time I take off headphones off and listen to my HS7's, the highs pierce my ears.

I recently got the Sennheiser 598Cs on Black Friday and they're definitely a "truer" response than the ATH-M50's.

u/Crashboy96 · 9 pointsr/buildapcsales

Fantastic budget "Hi-Fi", the SHP9500 headphones have been loved for a long time for their comfort and high value for the money.

This is a pretty good price according to CCC, although for those interested in the second revision SHP9500S model, it's only about $12 more on Amazon as well.

EDIT: From what I've read, there's not much of a difference between the two versions.

EDIT 2: The price dropped $1.04 down to $67.84 lmfao, cancel your orders and re-buy for that sweet dollar savings!

u/punkkapoika · 9 pointsr/headphones


140€ HD598's, best headphones for the price I have tried.

40€ Audio HiFi 6J9 Amplifier, the difference to the PC soundcard (Hero VIII Maximus) is huge. I would recommend it for any HD598 user.

35€ DA3 SA9227 + PCM5102A DAC, not a huge difference to my ear.

u/Release_the_KRAKEN · 9 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

Oh shit! The legendary PortaPros. Beastly performance, outdated design, but the cheapest I've ever seen them? This headphone is like a must buy if you're a cheap fucker who doesn't have anything good right now.

u/fragilemachinery · 9 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Worth mentioning, the MDR-V6 is the same headphone without the gold plated plug, and usually a bit cheaper.

Either way though I agree, they're excellent studio cans, people tend to be split 50/50 on whether the sony's or the senn's are better.

Also, Amazon is cheaper than Sweetwater.

u/notshortjustfunsized · 9 pointsr/techtheatre

Sony MDR-7506

In my opinion, they are great headphones. They fit comfortably and have a very balanced sound, while also being very reasonably priced.

EDIT: Here is the link for the product on amazon. There are almost 500 reviews that you can go read through to see what other people think

u/kickinthehead · 9 pointsr/VideoEditing

I'm sure other people will concur when I recommend Sony MDR7506 headphones. They're pretty ubiquitous in film and recording studios.

What you want in your headphones is accuracy, as opposed to some expensive headphones which are made to enhance sound for the consumer who want something like lots of bass.

Extensive review on

u/kaptain_carbon · 9 pointsr/Metal

I have always enjoyed my Sennheiser pro headphone. I do not know the number off the top of my head...but they have always provided great range. Though plugging them into my computer makes a low humming noise.


u/VirtuePowder · 9 pointsr/buildapcsales

Definitely not. They are very uncomfortable. The vinyl covering the pads is as thick as shoe leather. The headband is too narrow and doesn't expand properly for larger heads; it just flattens out, causing a poor fit. The sound is meh.

The absolute best headphones you can get for cheap are the Koss KSC75. They are super light weight, and sound great. They sound better than headphones that are 10 times the price. They are open, so they have little distortion, but you will be able to hear your surroundings. That's a both a pro and a con in my book. Plus people sitting right next to you will be able to hear what you hear (sightly).

They're $16 with Prime shipping on Amazon.

Eventually, I break them, but I keep buying them. I just ordered my 5th pair in as many years. I also own the Sportapros. Same sound, but with a headband.

u/Khanthulhu · 9 pointsr/assholedesign

This is for prices being below the Minimum Advertised Price so it's actually usually a really good deal. Amazon frequently sells one of my favorite headphones like this. The price for it is very good and it isn't being manipulative or anything. It's a genuine deal.

People in this thread are being a bit too cynical.

u/metroidmen · 8 pointsr/oculus

Koss KSC75 Portable Stereophone Headphones

All I did was swap out the speakers and splice in an aux cable!

u/rube · 8 pointsr/EmulationOnAndroid

I'm confused.. how is this not in ear?

I use these wired headphones most of the time:

Because I like to have just one ear in at times and I too hate to have anything in my ear.

So how are these Razer earbuds not "in ear"?

u/Tursmo · 8 pointsr/Fitness

Koss Porta Pros. They are relatively cheap, good sound quality, lifetime warranty and they fold into very small space.

u/wellPressedAttire · 8 pointsr/LifeProTips

hey, best bet would be the Koss PortaPros, they're the go-to for that price range.

u/Moimoi328 · 8 pointsr/Cartalk

A new car battery costs $100. A nice pair of Sennheisers costs $80. Stop watching movies in your car and solve the problem for real.

u/jaymz168 · 8 pointsr/Music

For home I have my Sennheiser HD-280 Pros which will eat your iPod battery. For travel I use a pair of Realistics (Radio Shack brand) that are rebranded Koss headphones for about half the price but I don't know if they still sell them.

u/Ante_eater · 8 pointsr/Calgary

This. Sennheiser are fucking gods of mid range audiophile quality. I've owned 3 products from them and still have all of them 3 years later in good working order. I bought these a few years back and still use them daily, well worth the extra $50.00 IMHO.

u/mischiefthebunny · 8 pointsr/edmproduction

Serum is $189.

MDR7506 - the best headphones. Got introduced to these and haven't looked back. Get these and save the difference for Serum. Serum is awesome btw!

EDIT: PriceZombie, MDR7506 is only 79.99 through Sony!

u/sheboygan_sexpo · 8 pointsr/synthesizers

Sony MDR7506's. Good enough for Trent Reznor, and David Lynch while filming Twin Peaks. Good enough for me. They sound great for casual listening, and are flat enough for mixing/mastering.

u/igotagamblngsolution · 8 pointsr/headphones

I don't need it, but the Creative Aurvana Live is half off ($50), both at their site and on amazon.

u/aoforjo · 8 pointsr/Guitar

I saved up my money to buy the Audio Technica ATH-M50. The day I went in to buy them I stumbled upon these


For half the price, spent the rest of the money on weed. you cant explain that. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

u/IntendoPrinceps · 8 pointsr/mechanicalheadpens

Keyboard: Huo Ji Z-77

Headphones: Sony MDR-7506 (been rocking these almost daily for ~7 years and just recently had to replace the original pair, my favorite headphones of all time)

Pen: Lamy Fine Tip Safari in Charcoal

u/pandalolz · 8 pointsr/edmproduction

I'm fairly certain Sony MDR7506's have been industry standard for longer than I've been alive. I got mine for $60 on ebay.

u/typ901 · 8 pointsr/VideoEditing

Industry standard Sony MDR-7506. Not crazy expensive and they hold up well.

u/Callmeagile · 8 pointsr/indieheads

These are far and away the best sounding and most comfortable headphones I've ever used:

I know they might be outside your budget, but if you get them, you won't be disappointed.

u/WhatevsBrah · 8 pointsr/buildapc

Ask yourself what type of gaming you do. I was playing CS:GO on a pair of ATH-M50x's and while the deep sounds were great, for music even more so, I ended up enjoying all "positional" FPS games much more when i got a pair of Sennheiser HD 598's. Ridiculously priced on amazon right now..

I was considering a Mod Mic but decided on the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB with a desk clamp and windscreen and do not regret it one bit. I'm surprised with the quality of this mic and i don't have to wear my headphones to use it.

u/GlumChampion · 8 pointsr/gamingpc

Samson SR850s + Zalman Mic. The samsons are amazing and blow every other headset I've heard out of the water. They are the same headphones as the Superlux 668Bs, so perhaps you can find them on ebay more cheaply than amazon.
Here's a head-fi review of the SR850s.

If you want something more expensive, see this Head-fi thread.

u/TedRobbers · 8 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

non-mobile link:

u/LocalAmazonBot · 8 pointsr/headphones

Here are some links for the product in the above comment for different countries:

Amazon Smile Link: Shure SE215s


This bot is currently in testing so let me know what you think by voting (or commenting). The thread for feature requests can be found here.

u/feanor726 · 8 pointsr/indieheads

I love, love, love my Sennheiser HD598's.

This review sums them up pretty well. You'll fall in love.

They're $100 off Sennheiser's price over at amazon.

u/VaultVeteran · 8 pointsr/unitedkingdom

Since you live in London I assume you've got a few quid to spare, so here's a 50 grand pair, the Sennheiser Orpheus

Otherwise, I've heard good things about these [Sennheiser HD598 headphones] (

u/Soupdeloup · 8 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

In response to the person who has been using it for 5 years, I'd recommend against it. There are better headphones available if you don't specifically search for a 'gaming headset'. I've said before the hyper x cloud sounds horrible from experience and I stick by it.

If you don't search by the gaming headset moniker and instead look for a separate headset/microphone combo you'll be a lot happier.

Personally I enjoy these headphones and microphone, but I've been using them for 2 years so I'm also probably a bit biased/out of the loop. If anyone recommends better, definitely chime in!

Along with this microphone:

They are overpriced right now (headset was ~80 when I bought it, microphone was $35) so I'd wait until black Friday or look for a cheap alternative, but regardless I wouldn't go for the hyper x cloud. These are also open back so you'll have a nicer sound but others around you will be able to hear if you've got the volume up.

u/anw817 · 8 pointsr/mechanicalheadpens

oh no... one of these is not like the other

try these

try these for something portable

if bose are a choice you're considering, bose are EXTREMELY overpriced for bass-heavy sound, the only thing they have over their competitors is they have excellent noise-cancellation

u/Jib_ · 8 pointsr/Fitness

When earbuds break it is indeed usually the wire that goes.

My solution is to use earbuds with replaceable cables - I use these for the gym (come with a replacement cable, I've used maybe 2 or 3 cables in 2 years, the headphones should sell for ~30 USD at a sale) and these for home/sleeping: (I've worn out two cables in ~two years, they cost 10-20 USD to replace).

Get a case to carry them around in, stick the wire inside your shirt, and you're mostly fine. Both of those also have bluetooth accessory cables to buy separate if you decide you do want to go with a bluetooth solution (as do most other decent in-ear headphones).

u/auxcend · 8 pointsr/edmproduction

check out the Shure SE215s. heard nothing but great things about them, and they supposedly have really solid bass response. Plus the cables are detachable.

u/tielknight · 8 pointsr/buildapcsales

Compared to something like this? Yeah it'll sound bad.

Imo, if you need a one with mic get something cheaper, the 7.1 is just a gimmick.
If you want something good get the Monoprice's plus a cheap mic instead.

u/iHubble · 8 pointsr/headphones

So is the deal on HD 598 Cs still a thing after the UK drop?

EDIT: Holy shit, yes. Even better, they are $109 CAD with free shipping on, which is ~$80 USD after conversion! This is amazing.

u/Whovian4291 · 8 pointsr/GooglePixel

Running belt and Bluetooth headphones! My gear:

Nike Running Belt

[Anker SoundBuds Slim](Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones Bluetooth 4.1 Lightweight Stereo IPX5 Earbuds with Magnetic Connection NANO Coating Sweatproof Sports Headset with Metallic Housing Built-in Mic (Black)

You clearly have formed an opinion on Bluetooth headphones. Give these a shot. I've burned through a dozen pairs and I've landed on these and won't change. They have better sound than a lot of headphones I've used. I was blown away when I heard surround sound.

Wired headphones are annoying. Many come with clips so you can attach the wire to your shirt to reduce bouncing around.

I've never had any luck with arm bands. That waist belt is simple and cheap. Holds my phone and keys very well with no jostling.

u/Jeade-en · 8 pointsr/running

I accidentally proved that these headphones are very, very water resistant.

Story time: I bought a pair to use on vacation, and was listening to podcasts on the drive while my wife took her turn to sleep. We were caught in some major storms on the last part of our drive, and it was still coming down really hard when we pulled into the hotel in the middle of the night. The hotel didn't have a covered place to unload, so we parked as near as we could to the front door, grabbed our stuff and made a run for it. She got us checked in while I went back out to move the truck to a real parking spot. Somewhere in this, my headphones fell off and landed on the sidewalk in front of the hotel.

I got the truck parked, and I realized I didn't have the headphones anymore. I looked around the truck and didn't see them, and I was hoping they were inside with our stuff. I got into the hotel and looked through what we carried in, but couldn't find them. I was already soaked, so I went out with my phone flashlight and looked around. I found them after a couple minutes by where we unloaded in a puddle in the middle of a massive downpour. They were outside for probably about 10 minutes in a giant thunderstorm, and they're totally fine. If you're looking for a cheap pair of headphones that will stand up to sweat and rain, I'm sure these will do the job!

u/Xanderoga · 8 pointsr/PS4

I have a pair of these and cannot recommend them enough. They feel great even after using them all day, rich sounds both for music and gaming.

u/CPfresh · 8 pointsr/pcgaming

The Steps too PC gaming headset success:

First a disclaimer. PCgaming headsets are subpar compared to equivalent consumer and entery level audiophile headphones. Buying a gaming headphones basically means you're paying money for the marketing term "gaming."

  • Don't buy a gaming headet
  • Buy an open back pair of entry level audiophile cans like These ( I assure you they're normally cheaper, they seem to have a price hike right now cause they're low on stock)
  • Buy an Antlion mod mic or a zalman mic 1
  • Now you can enjoy far superior sound quality than any game set can offer you. Bonus? You'll also be able to enjoy music at a much higher quality than you would have before.
u/Erosis · 8 pointsr/buildapcsales

Also on sale at Amazon for $88.13, an all time low for Amazon.

For general listening, these headphones are quite good but I prefer other cans. For competitive gaming, I think these are the best you can get for under $400. The soundstage on these are enormous.

u/SinkDemon · 7 pointsr/buildapc

$1200 on a build with an APU? Alarm bells should be ringing.

Edit: Here. This is a much better use of your money

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor | $212.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler | Enermax Liqtech 120X 111.0 CFM Ball Bearing Liquid CPU Cooler | $59.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard | Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard | $109.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $79.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card | $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case | Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case | $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Cooler Master VSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply | $79.99 @ Newegg
Monitor | Philips 298P4QJEB/27 60Hz 29.0" Monitor |-
Keyboard | ROCCAT Ryos MK Wired Gaming Keyboard | $69.99 @ NCIX US
Mouse | ROCCAT Kone XTD Wired Laser Mouse | $73.16 @ Amazon
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $1131.07
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-31 12:32 EST-0500 |

I've dropped the headset - buy a proper pair of audiophile grade headphones. Ask /r/headphones if you want more advice but something like these and an antlion modmic is so much better than a headset, it's not even funny.

u/Robert_Skywalker · 7 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/OverExclamated · 7 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Thinking about all of the headphones that I personally have used or tried, I think that the SHP9500s is likely to be the candidate that would last the longest with continued abuse. They might get scratched up and dinged, but overall they'd stay together and keep functioning.

The cloth on the earpads might wear out or get snagged and torn, at which point you can just rip the originals off of their mounting rings (they come glued to the stock mounting ring) and replace them with an after-market pad.

And this might sound excessive, but once you've determined the naturally comfortable position for him while wearing them you could simply epoxy the gap which allows the earcup to pivot in place for added reinforcement.

Cable replacement options are plentiful and inexpensive.

Only caveat is that they are an open-back so if he likes to jam out around other people, that might be an annoyance.

u/nsdjoe · 7 pointsr/headphones

The Philips SHP9500 are well regarded open back headphones in that general price range but i'm ill equipped to make a comparison.

Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-ear Headphones (Black)

edit: derp didn't notice this was about the closed 598. disregard!

u/mahTV · 7 pointsr/Vive

I've done an extensive amount of headphones research myself. I've tried several fairly expensive cans, and I think I've found the best possible combination (surprisingly one of the cheaper options, as well):

Philips SHP9500 along with a 1 foot 3.5mm Male to 3.5mm Male cable

These headphones are CRAZY comfortable, open backed so your ears don't melt off, and the only ones I could find that accept a non-proprietary 3.5mm audio jack on the headphones themselves (so you can use a shorter cable). They sound pretty, too.

The audio solution for the Vive bummed me out in the beginning, I really wanted integrated audio, but I think the above is a great alternative. I don't sell these, btw, the above links are just for reference.

u/jedbanguer · 7 pointsr/headphones

The Sennheiser HD 598 (not the Cs!) are in the mexican Amazon store as deal of the day at $1798 MXN, about $86~ USD. I dont know if they ship to the US, but you guys might want to check it out. I already picked up a pair, and I'm tempted to get a second one.

u/powercorruption · 7 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back Headphone

$115 new, $80 used through Amazon Warehouse. Don't get the standard 598 if you plan on using these outside of home. These are the Closed version that doesn't leak sound out.

u/cconley0609 · 7 pointsr/drumcorps

I brought some Monoprice 108323s on tour last year, and just had them folded up hanging on a bungee cord above my seat. They're cheap-ish (I got them for like $20), so you don't have to worry a whole lot about breaking or losing them, but they're also pretty good headphones for the price point. They don't have active noise cancellation, but they blocked out most of the noise on the bus when I wanted to get some sleep. They've lasted me 2 years of casual use and one season of drum corps so far, probably the best $20 I've ever spent. The only downside is that the stock earpads are a little uncomfortable, but I was able to get some comfortable replacements pretty inexpensively on their website.

u/TheBlankVerseKit · 7 pointsr/headphones

For UK customers, £89, down from £199.

Just bought mine. First decent set of headphones. Very excited.

u/ggKevin · 7 pointsr/Android


$36.97 I own these, and they are pretty great.



It really isn't that expensive unless you only look at Sennheiser, AirPods, and Beats.

u/squidofthenight · 7 pointsr/running

I was a Jaybirds devotee until they died and replacing them wasn't in the budget. Tried these [] and was so impressed I didn't buy new Jaybirds even when I had an opening in the budget.

u/majikmonkie · 7 pointsr/Winnipeg

I'm no audiophile, especially so when I'm at the gym, so I usually just buy cheaper ones on Amazon. I bought the Anker Soundbuds Slim a couple months ago and so far I love them. Paid less than $35, battery life is advertised at 10hrs, and honestly it's probably pretty close to that.

u/caligari87 · 7 pointsr/mylittlepony

I've listened to the first few minutes, and it's pretty good. Gonna hold off on the rest until I get home where my nice headphones are.

The only thing I'm (mildly) not liking so far is the lyrical delivery. It's a bit too dense, where Moonrise gave the lines a little more room to breathe. Minor complaint though.

u/josecouvi · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Here's a few that are in your price range and pretty well known for their durability:

Beyerdynamic DT 770

Sony MDR 7506 (Also check for the price on the V6 as they're both very similar and just as durable)

AKG K240

Shure SE215

u/laughing-octopus · 7 pointsr/headphones

Instead of paying $300+ for HD 600s, pay $10/month ($120/year) for Apple Music and get better quality music.

Nice headphones playing low quality music will simply sound like low quality music.

Put another way, wearing high quality custom eyeglasses to look at an out of focus photograph will not make the photo come into focus.

My suggestion:

  • Pay $10/month to Apple Music (if you have an iPhone), Tidal, or Spotify
  • Buy some Sony MDR7506 for $75

    You'll be miles ahead of the game.
u/happy_otter · 7 pointsr/bicycling

As I've said many times, it completely depends on what kind of headphones you're wearing. If you're wearing isolating in-ear monitors blasting music at full volume, you can't even hear a firetruck siren until they're 20 feet behind you. If you're wearing open on-ear headphones like the Koss KSC-75, which I really recommend for use in traffic, and listening to music at a reasonable volume, I'd argue that the reduction in wind noise that the headphones offer will almost make up for the music's masking effect. ^(This might be subjective, I'm not sure how much wind noise other people experience when not wearing anything on their ears, but I can say that for me, it's quite loud.) Wind noise shenanigans aside, the open, on-ear headphone is very good at letting outside noise in, and if you haven't tried it out, you shouldn't come and tell me it's dangerous, especially given the dramatic lack of actual research that the author of the article acknowledges.
Of course, this also means that in a very noisy environment, you're going to have a hard time to hear your music over the ambient noise. I don't think this applies to most cyclists though.

u/chris4276 · 7 pointsr/Megaten


Depending on your price range we have
these 15$ ATH-EQ300M significantly cheaper and easier to obtain than OP's. I just got these yesterday and I've been using them for quite some time. They sound great but I would also suggest getting these Koss headphones.

u/pipechap · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

If you want an actual 80s design that will last forever with hard use:

u/LawfulFelafel · 7 pointsr/gamingpc

Satay away from gamer brand headsets. Listen to LynkDead and get yourself some high quality earphones and a cheap mic.

u/hvyboots · 7 pointsr/gadgets

Sony MDR-V6. Bought them in 1989 for $90. I've bought new ear foam twice, lol. Still use them 4-5 hours a week at work to this day.

Durability-wise, I should add that that includes my college years where they used to ride around in my backpack for 12 hours a day and get listened to 4-5 hours per day while studying, riding public transport, etc.

And you'll notice that they get pretty decent reviews on audio quality to this day.

u/proxpi · 7 pointsr/audioengineering

I'm going to assume you're talking about electric guitar, and you want to record on to your computer.

We'll go with the simplest/cheapest way (Note, you won't want to run an electric guitar directly into a computer, it'll generally sound like crap)

First off, you'll need a microphone. The Shure SM57 is an industry standard for recording many things, from guitar cabs to snare drums, and more. It's only $100, too! There's a knockoff of that mic, for half the price, that's supposed to be just as good (some people even prefer the sound), the GLS-57. Both of these mics are "dynamic" mics, and either of these mics will work.

You'll need to get a mic stand to place the mic in the proper position on the amp, which is a separate lesson in and of itself.

Next, you need a way to get the mic signal into your computer. The quickest, cheapest, but least featured way to do so would be something like the Blue Icicle. You would plug it into your computer, plug an XLR cable into it, and plug the mic into that cable.

For software, the most basic, and free software is Audacity. It really is pretty basic, but you can plug your stuff in, hit record, and it'll record. If you want something more powerful, check out Reaper. It's really good, and pretty cheap (and has a more or less unlimited trial period if you're that kind of person). It is somewhat complex though, and it'll take a decent amount of time to get comfortable with. If you have a Mac, Garage Band is just peachy.

inally, the last important part is hearing what you're recording. At the low-end, you're probably better off with headphones. I recommend either the Sennheiser HD280s or the less expensive Sony MDR-V6s (mostly identical to their professional MDR-7506s). If you want to get some actual monitors, check out the Behringer MS16s.

Unsurprisingly, you can spend a hell of a lot more money on any of these things. Feel free to ask any questions!

Bonus advice! If you want to record an acoustic guitar, instead of the SM57, you'd want to get a small diaphragm condenser (SDC) mic, like the MXL 603S.

u/FenrirUlf · 7 pointsr/Music

Depends on the use to be honest with you.

Crystal clear quality with a very flat response? (Very suitable for audiophiles who do studio work and/or don't need an overwhelming bass response) : Sennheiser HD280s

Great quality for over the ear headphones and that have amazing bass response (Perfectly suitable for casual listeners that like a bass heavy response but still has a great amount of clarity) : SOL Republic Tracks

Need something for athletic activities that stay in the ear very well? I use these for just about anything from running, biking, weight lifting, or just walking to class : Bose IE-2

u/eksaurus · 7 pointsr/cscareerquestions

I use these headphones at work in an open-office coworking space, and can rarely, if ever, hear anybody else.

u/faster3200 · 7 pointsr/gaming

First, let me say this: all headphones are surround sound. You only have two places that you can hear from and headphones literally surround them. Surround sound (5.1, 7.1, etc.) in speakers is nice since in order to hear from all directions without getting too technical you need speakers around you. If you see 5.1 or 7.1 headphones, that means they just stuffed a ton of low quality drivers into their phones and is a good sign they are nothing but marketing and that you should avoid them.

Also, if you see a headset that is usb that means it uses it's own sound card essentially, which may be good or bad for you depending on your setup.

For gaming specifically you want headphones with a good sound-stage. There is no gaming headset on the market that compares to getting some good phones plus mic. Sony MDR-V6 and Creative Aurvana Live (rebadged Denon AH-D1001) are a decent choices for your price range. You can always get a desktop mic, a clip-on mic, or better yet find a Labtec LVA-7330 on ebay and do some simple modding and you have yourself a headset with removable mic.

u/Pnume · 7 pointsr/headphones

If you ask me, laptop speakers are never fine.

If you're willing to spend no more than $100, consider the CAL! They don't require an amp and handle rap well.

According to many, you can't do much better in the sub-$100 category.

u/Shike · 7 pointsr/headphones

noontec zoro

Philips Downtown


Creative Aurvana

Noontec is a newcomer that's made some really excellent phones with the Zoro and is definitely worth a look.

The Cityscape are decent sounding lifestyle headphones which look understated.

The ATH-ES55 is standard Audio-Technica affair, good construction quality all around with good sound.

The Creative's are actually rebadged Foster/Fostex headphones (they were used in Denon's D1001(?) if I remember correctly)

All of these are relatively good, but there's definitely a LOT out there.

u/m0nkseal · 7 pointsr/gadgets
u/PM_ME_SOMETHINGS · 7 pointsr/todayilearned

The Koss PortaPro doesn't look that great, but quite cheap, good sound and lifetime warranty!

u/Wikkiwikki420 · 7 pointsr/ExpectationVsReality

The ones I listed are grade A.

Edit. Sennheiser may make some subjectively cheap quality shit, but it is going to be better than anything produced as a fashion piece, no debate or argument will change that.

That said, yes sound quality is subjective to the listener. Sennheiser has very many sound signatures depending on what you are looking for. Getting a pair of headphones that are designed for mastering audio will always be your best choice for the most versatile headphones for all types of audio.

How they feel when you wear them will always be the biggest issue with these types of headphones. Do you like leather, velour, leather substitutes or fabrics. Do you like a metal head band or plastic. Are the headphones secure or too tight? Those are the questions you need to go in to a store to find out.

Audio quality though.... If you are moving from a fashion brand or a regular mainstream brand like samsung, phillips, koss, or entry level "street wear" sony headphones then audio quality isn't a concern for you and anything I listed will blow the shit out of what ever it is you had been using previously. If you happen to be an audiophile then you are going to need to sit down and make sure that the sound signature is what you are expecting.

To be clear... Sony studio headphones are all fucking amazing and until the new models that recently came out, their studio headphones had remained largely untouched for something around 25 years. Those can be found on amazon for $99 Check em out if you are new to the audio community. These are honestly top notch and best in class at that price point.

u/ModulationLobbyist · 7 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Sony MDR V6 Monitor Headphones

Well if you are posting in WATMM and do any sort of music making these headphones people are recommending will give you a warped frequency response. You might as well go for the industry standard and get the V6. Every studio has a couple of these.

And since you say you will be mixing, you really should think of getting proper headphones instead of boosted nonsense!

u/Mrsbreezy · 7 pointsr/PaymoneyWubby
u/bmetz16 · 7 pointsr/audiophile

Noise canceling won't do shit for a person's voice. Those are meant for background noise. You want a closed back noise isolating headphones. Sennheiser hd 280 pros. $83, great sound and you have to yell in my ear to get my attention when I'm playing music.

u/DownvoteBrigade80 · 7 pointsr/mildlyinfuriating

Wait, what? Those are $160?

You could get these for $100. Oh, but who would want to use something that needs the ancient 3.5mm jack?

u/Pafkay · 7 pointsr/misophonia

32db of sound insulation as well as the speakers :)


u/LcRohze · 7 pointsr/pcgaming

I love how everyone is recommending overpriced garbage sounding headsets when the OP asked for headphones. Check out Audio Technica AD 700xs, the're simply amazing. The Sennheiser HD 598 are also superb.

u/ProPencilPusher · 7 pointsr/gaming

I'm gonna be that guy, and say something like Sennheiser HD558 or Audio Technica ATH-M50s with a Zalmann clip on mic or standard desktop mic.

Not as elegant but will sound MUCH better than most, if not all, of the mic + headphone combos.

u/callmesov · 7 pointsr/gifs

> HD598

Black ones are $130 right now on Amazon.

Highly recommend them. I've got them connected to a Soundblaster Z and they sound nice, not sure if there's something better I could be doing in the sound card/amp department.

u/viciouskicks · 7 pointsr/medicalschool

These Sennheisers are ultra comfortable and easy to wear for multiple hours.

u/falconboom · 7 pointsr/headphones
u/Limewirelord · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I bought a pair of Superlux HD681 headphones for $30 4 years ago and they still work great today. The cord is just a tad bit frayed where it connects to the headphones but the wires are still in great condition and haven't failed for the 2 years they've been like that. My friend's HD668B's have long since failed due to the removable headphone jack failing.

I was only expecting to use it for a year or two.

u/TuFFrabit · 7 pointsr/HuntShowdown

Arguably some of the best headphones for gaming under $100 are the Superlux HD668's. They are open back with large drivers, so the soundstage is huge.

Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones

Not sure if you also need a microphone. The Behringer xm8500 is pretty fantastic for the price. You'll also need a way to get XLR to your PC. That could be as fancy as a USB interface. Or as simple as a USB to XLR cable.

Mic: Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, Cardioid

USB to XLR cable: USB Microphone Cable 10Ft, Tanbin 3 Pin USB Male to XLR Female Mic Link Converter Cable Studio Audio Cable Connector Cords Adapter for Microphones or Instruments Recording Karaoke Singing (10ft)

Or a basic USB audio interface: BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2)

You'll also need a mic stand: InnoGear Microphone Suspension Mic Clip Adjustable Boom Studio Scissor Arm Stand for Blue Yeti Snowball Microphone and Blue Yeti Nano

u/spyware97 · 7 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The only difference is that the 2 has 7.1 surround sound support. They're the most decent gaming headset out of all as far as I know but some budget studio headphones such as this with an added mic sound completely way better than 90% of gaming headsets and I can confirm that since I used to own a cloud stinger that broke down and eventually got the HD668B.

u/Lapper · 7 pointsr/headphones

Surround sound, especially "digital surround sound" like these headphones use, is largely a marketing scheme and does not sound objectively "better" or even generate a better soundstage.

If you're interested in the real "surround sound" experience, try open-backed headphones like the Sennheiser HD 558 (a nice recommendation for your price range).

u/TheAlmightyFur · 7 pointsr/lifehacks

I tried this and didn't like the finished product. The fit was okay, but they didn't end up sealing nearly as well as my shure se215's

Same goes for making hard plastic molds-- I tried Instamorph.

u/Drenova · 7 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Most definitely an equivalent favor.

Bose do not make a pair of headphones that sound better than this $50 pair:

If noise-cancellation was a concern, these are sound isolating, which is more than good enough on that front, and they sound orders of magnitude better than all things Bose; they're even more awesome than that jumping car:

u/PlngPong · 7 pointsr/Vive

Hi I did a ton of research when I first started looking for a headset and came up with these, super light weight, fantastic 3d audio and really easy to plug in

u/HarryTruman · 7 pointsr/headphones

The Superlux HD668b [$47] is an amazing headset for the price. It has a very wide, open soundstage that's fantastic for hearing subtle noises around environments. And of course, music sounds phenomenal on them. I've only had mine for a few weeks, and I've mostly listened to music, but I've played Skyrim and TF2 with them and the environments (particularly Skyrim) sound awesome. They're a semi-open design so music will be somewhat audible to people around you if that matters. They can also be tweaked and modded to improve both the comfort and sound.

Checkout the general Superlux reviews and the HD668b reviews.

u/loopy212 · 6 pointsr/wow

Gaming headsets are almost universally some combination of crappy and overpriced.

Get a audiograde headset with a separate mic (ideally a clip-to-cord style).

Big fan of Superlux 668s.

u/Forscyvus · 6 pointsr/buildapc

I have Superlux HD668B

These are r/headphones's best rated (at least the list they link to) at the $50 price range.

I like em.

u/Nekomii · 6 pointsr/battlestations

You should look into open headphones. Sennheiser is a great brand if you don't buy too cheap (like the 518 you mentioned).

I've got HD 598's and they're extremely comfortable & fit your needs - should look into them.

u/iNoScopedRFK · 6 pointsr/insurgency

What's your budget?

General rule of thumb is to avoid headsets. You can get a much better sound and a better mic if you buy them separately. Do a search in /r/headphones or on and I think most people would agree. Not to say that all headsets are terrible but you can just get a much better bang for your buck if you buy them separately.

If you're doing it on my budget, my recommendation would be these headphones (Superlux HD 681) and this mic. If you can spend more money that opens up many, many more options.

If you want to do more reading, check out Everything you need to know is available there.

u/10GuyIsDrunk · 6 pointsr/Vive

Holy shit for real? I was being a dick too man, I apologize. People who've bought into gaming headsets often don't like hearing they aren't the best investment so I guess I'm prone to being salty with them.

If you want my recommendation for VR with the Vive I've been recommending the HD 558s for a number of reasons. They are really decent quality overear open headphones and the material on both the ear cups and the headband should hold on to your head well in use in VR while you're moving all around. These headphones (along with the 598s) have an amazing soundstage for gaming as well. Because they're open you're going to be able to hear the world around you, this might sound immersion breaking but I think you'll find that it's not and it's the trade off with open headphones and having a good soundstage. It also has the added benefit of being able to hear people while in VR though.

Now, coming from gaming headsets the bass might sound a bit lacking or they might not seem to pop as much but that's due to a more realistic and neutral soundstage. I am 99% sure you'll get used to it. As I mentioned about the 598s are also great and maybe even a little better but the headband is made out of a pleather material that tends to slip, so I can't recommend them for VR.

The 558s are about $100 and are easily one of the best pairs of headphone you can buy at that price point. For VR I would recommend picking up this as the included cable is very long (great for couch gaming, not for VR).

For a mic in VR I'd say just use the one in the Vive. For desktop I use either my Blue Snowball or my Blue Yeti.

u/mattdg91 · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Winamp and the VST bridge plugin for headphone correction. You should consider getting some nice headphones to fully appreciate your tunes. These are wonderful open-back headphones that are insanely cheap right now, I remember dropping $120 on mine. The open back will let sound in, so you'll still hear your fans whirring slightly, but if you have a quiet environment then it's like sitting in front of a good pair of speakers.

u/MomoBP · 6 pointsr/headphones

Why 558s ??

Go for 598 : sennheiser

Or the new model 599 👌

u/homeboi808 · 6 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Monitor headphones mean that they aim for a flat EQ, they don't favor any frequencies (low's, mid's, high's). Almost all expensive headphones (besides Beats and Boss) are monitors, and many/most are open back (zero noise isolation).

I bought the Sennheiser HD 598 for $100 on Black Friday last year, and those are your popular entry-level "audiophile" headphones (they are super light-weight as well).

As for the M50/M50x's, my brother has them and they are slightly bass heavy, I feel they are more than appropriate for music listening (they aren't comfortable for listening hours on end though).

If your budget is sub $150 and you want closed-back monitors that still have a good bump for bass, the M50/M50x's are very good.

Visit /r/headphones.

u/mr_roo · 6 pointsr/Games

I wouldn't recommend any traditional gaming headsets, you would do better to get a good pair of headphones and a separate mic. Gaming headsets have good mics, but the speakers are almost always lacking compared to similarly priced headphones.

I've used many headsets from Logitech, Steelseries, Razer, Turtle Beach, and a few other companies, and anything from Sennheiser, Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic, Denon, AKG, or the multitude of quality audiophile manufacturers, will give you far better audio.

Sennheiser makes the only really good headsets in my opinion, the PC350 and PC360, but they are expensive at around $200, and don't sound as good as the HD598's for about the same price.

Steelseries makes okay headsets, but are over priced for the audio quality. The 5Hv2 and 7H are incredibly comfortable, and the Siberia v2 are quite comfy as well (not if you have a large head though, I have 7 7/8 hat size and was fatigued in an hour). Also their build quality is very good. They produce very accurate locational noise, but be warned as Steelseries headsets have no bass at all at the cost of having very clear footstep identification.

I wouldn't even consider Razer products as their build quality is sub-optimal.

Check out: and for all the info you want on good headphones.

Also is a good place to start.

For gaming I use Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and Zalman Zm-Mic1. The AD700's don't have a large bass presence, so bass thumps don't interfere with footsteps and important locational noise (which they produce very accurately). These are by far the most comfortable headphones I have ever had on. The ModMic is also a very good mic option for any headphone.

Do a little research on the audio sub-reddits and you will find the perfect solution for your needs.

u/Xaxziminrax · 6 pointsr/CFB

Which, incidentally, are on sale for $150 right now.

(If anyone reading this doesn't know headphones, that's a fucking steal)

u/dstaller · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

HD 558 + Modmic is what I'm using. HD 558s are on sale for $80 at the moment too.

Won't get any better for the price.

u/Dreyka1 · 6 pointsr/headphones

Buy a used 558. It will sound almost exactly the same and you can foam mod it.

Always buy headphones used because they sound the same as new.

u/Scorch8482 · 6 pointsr/xboxone

My current setup is A50s and a Modmic plugged into a Y-adapter that plugs into the adapter and so far it works amazing. Let me try to get you links:

-Modmic (incredible quality; built to last and made by a guy who's just starting up):


-Sennheiser (better for gaming, however the sound leaks so others can hear your music at a low volume (cant be used in public places))

-A50s (what I have; perfect for music and great for gaming; very private and doesnt leak sound very much):

The modmic is magnetic and will stick
To your headset while having the ability to be taken off with ease to leave the headphones bare. The a50s are awesome for music and pretty good for gaming, but if you do gaming at about a 80-20 ratio to music listening than I would go with Sennheiser 558s or 598s. The y-adapter just allows you to combine both the headphones and the mic into one 3.5 mm AUX jack.

Total cost was about $165 (not including xbone adapter). Fairly good price for better headphones (structurally and sound-quality), ability to use everywhere and not look dumb with an attached mic, listen to music that sounds phenomenal, and speak in crystal clear quality to my buddies (who have already noticed how well it sounded in comparison to the xbone chat headsets).

TLDR: Get audiophile headphones, a modmic, and y adapter for a better and cheaper headset that can be used as normal headphones and as a headset (removable mic).

u/acommunistspy · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales


Seems like 75$ is a very good price for these. Only been lower than $80 on amazon twice very rarely.

u/supersuccessful · 6 pointsr/Brogress GET THESE NOW IF YOUR BUDGET ALLOWS IT. Hands down the best earphones I have used for exercise and I have experimented with many.

u/xxann5 · 6 pointsr/Vive

I am going with the Superlux HD668B good reviews for that price point and you can get an length cable you want for it.

u/Probably_Unicorn · 6 pointsr/headphones

IMO, the DT990 is much better for games. The wide soundstage (even though it has its uses in competitive gaming) is pretty awesome to have to play games with. It has that 'wider' 3D effect. It also slightly exaggerated lows and highs so you get more out of the sub-bass and it has a fun rumbling effect. (Granted, it isn't overwhelming and even for music if it wasn't meant to be prominent, the bass isn't obnoxious.)

The DT880 is 'better' for music. It's more neutral and if you're really wanting it for music it's the better choice. (Assuming you like an accurate, clinical sound.) The soundstage is different since it's only semi-open and isn't as wide.

And if you want more clamp force, look into the 'Pro' models. They have better clamp force from what other people have reported. (Which both the 880 and 990's pros are 250 ohm) Plus, if you can get them on Amazon, they're around $150.

Since they're only 250 ohm, you can drive them with your computer. My Nexus 5 can also drive them just fine. There is some very very very subtle distortion when you run them unamped. (Only for certain frequencies, generally vocals at some peaks and some sub-bass) It also depends on how well a song is mixed. I haven't noticed it in a game yet.

u/psikeiro · 6 pointsr/gamingpc

Here are the specs:

CPU | Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler | Corsair H105
Thermal Compound | Prolimatech PK-1 5g Thermal Paste
Motherboard | Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard
Memory| Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133MT/s C9 4x 4gb
Storage | SAMSUNG 840 EVO 250GB
Storage | SAMSUNG 840 EVO 250GB
Case | Corsair Graphite 760T in White
Power Supply | Corsair RM1000 80+ Gold
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit)
Monitor | Asus PB278Q 27" 2560x1440 PLS
Monitor | Asus PB238Q 23.0" Monitor
Keyboard|Filco Ninja Majestouch-2 w/MX browns
Keyboard | Keycool 84 (white body) w/MX black
Keyboard | KBT Pure Pro 60% w/MX blues
Keyboard|KBT Pure 60% w/MX reds and blue LEDs
Keyboard|Leopold FC660M (gray keycaps) w/MX greens
Keyboard| KBT Pure 60% w/MX whites
Mouse | Mionix Naos 5000 Wired Laser Mouse
Video Card| XFX 290 DD Black edition
Video Card| XFX 290 DD Black edition
Headphones| AKG K702
Headphones| Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250Ohm
Headphones | Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250Ohm
Headphone stand| Woo Audio HPS-HB
Headphone stand| Just Mobile Aluminum
Microphone|Samson Meteor Studio Mic
DAC| Schiit Modi
AMP|Schiit Magni
Speakers|JBL LSR305 5-inch Two-Way Pair
Fan| 3x Corsair SP120 Quiet edition PWM
Fan| 3x Corsair AF140 Quiet edition
Router|Netgear AC1750 R6300v2
Modem|Motorola SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Custom Cables|Made by /u/Lavins

Big thanks to Corsair for sponsoring most of this rig.

Here's the review of the case I released a couple of days ago

u/B00STERGOLD · 6 pointsr/PUBGXboxOne

Ill give you my setup. Great for games and a nice set of headphones for day to day music. You can shop around for better prices.



u/Dissentient · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace +

u/Dis9942 · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

for the love of god don't get a headset, get headphones and a separate mic. What is your budget? If you are a foot step fanatic like me, I HIGHLY recommend this pair of open back headphones. Get a Vmoda boom pro if you want a headset like mic, or for a traditional mic get a Fifine one, they have an amazing budget line up.

u/paladdinsane · 6 pointsr/buildapc

Just got a pair of Philips SHP9500 for $60 on sale from Newegg, with free shipping. See they are back at $100 now, but you might be able to find them discounted elsewhere. The comfort of this pair of headphones is incredible, and check the reviews on Amazon. As far as comfort and sound quality for the dollar, i'm not convinced you can do any better, and way under your budget if you find the same sale that I did.

u/Symz58 · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Antilion ModMic is about $50. Mod Mic is cheap and great.

My Cheap headphones in comparison
Phillips SPH9500

u/ScarlettSerenity · 6 pointsr/hiphopheads

What price range? I personally have these and love em.

Otherwise, just look at this guide, go to your price range, and look for IEMs with a B next to their name.

u/drummer-boy · 6 pointsr/drums

Shure SE215 In-Ear monitors, ran me under $100 off of amazon, not bulky at all. I use them everyday, but they are also great for noise cancelling during drumming.

u/mulder911 · 6 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Shure 215

It is way over your budget after taxes $146 CAD. But that is the best I could find for what is durable and has replaceable cords for when they wear out. I have only read good things about it on BIFL.

I do not own a pair but I hope to soon when I have the funds.

u/SquidTips · 6 pointsr/motorcycles

Shure SE215's. Block out the noise, allow's you to keep volumes low and save your hearing.

u/OneTime_AtBandCamp · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Don't know about speakers but the Senheisser HD 598 SE is on sale for $110 again, pretty good deal. In fact they're on sale for $110CAD in Canada and $110 USD in the US, so Canadians are for once getting the better deal.

u/enemy1g · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You're not really gonna get quality with wireless, both build and probably audio quality. Sennheiser HD598s were just on sale for $129, and that leaves ~50 for a standalone mic, or a ModMic.

Edit: Still on sale

u/mojuba · 6 pointsr/headphones

Confirmed, but only on the Spanish Amazon for some reason :)

u/x_Mark_0f_Cain_x · 6 pointsr/hardwareswap

You can buy new 598's for 150 or a used pair for $114 on Amazon:

u/Grayko · 6 pointsr/PS5

I’ve been using the Sennheiser HD 598 CS through the headphone jack on the DS4 for a long time. Extremely comfortable, well built, and incredible audio quality. I’ve had them for 2.5 years now and they are just barely started to show wear on the ear cups. Incredible value as well.

Was a years long headset user from Sony, Tritton, and Astro dating back to my early teen years. Ditching headsets was the best choice I ever made audio wise. The in-line mic isn’t as good as a boom arm but it’s worked well for me when I rarely need to use it. I’d recommend waiting to the 598s or something similar, or even the HyperX you mentioned. Never had good personally experiences with consumer grade Sony audio products, specifically their old PS3 headsets.

Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back Headphone

u/danaknyc · 6 pointsr/edmproduction

Monitors > Headphones.

Headphone > quiet monitors.

Anything > Dell Monitors.

$400 + apartment = Sennheiser HD 600

u/idmb · 6 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Sennheiser HD 280s. Exactly your price range, and as good as some double that price for sure.

u/Soundsgoodman · 6 pointsr/GameAudio

Hey. I can offer some advice as far headphones go. I have had a lot of experience with the Sennheiser HD 280 pros ( . They are recommended for the course I am taking and I personally love them. For under a $100 you can get something that blows Beats out of the water, and will definitely be a step up from skullcandys. I've done a lot of mixing with them and they performed very well when I was doing 5.1.
Feel free to PM if you got any questions.
Have a great day.

u/TrueDiligence · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales

Tascam TH-02 - $26

Creative Aurvana L!ve - $56

Sony MDR-V6 - $67

These are all solid options to consider. The Creative and Sony options are definitely better than the Tascam, but I included it in case the others are out of reach. The Creative Aurvana L!ve are more bass heavy, while the Sony's are more treble heavy.

u/DeletedAllMyAccounts · 6 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

He might be interested in Renoise. It is, in many ways, like a full-fledged-digital-audio-workstation (music software) version of LSDJ. It has some features that seem to be unique to itself and LSDJ, such as sequencable sub-patterns.

You might consider grabbing him a copy of the Korg DS-10 if he doesn't already have it. It's a nice piece of software, all things considered. This is distinctly different from the Korg DSN-12 or Korg M01D available for the 3DS. As far as I can tell, it's only available on cartridge. There's the original for the Nintendo DS classic and an upgraded version for the 3DS that I've never seen in the wild.

The QuNexus keyboard is awesome, (I've got a nice 49-key and still want one) and while it's similar to his Axiom, it's a bit more expressive, and it would serve as a nice supplement to his limited 25 keys, as he could set it to a different octave and use both keyboards in tandem as one 4-octave keyboard.

Also, if he doesn't have a pair, I'm sure he'd appreciate some decent headphones for the road. These and these are decent examples.

u/enbay1 · 6 pointsr/AdviceAnimals



Ill give you the headphones, but when I bought them off amazon they were on sale for 55 bucks. I would rather buy a 50 dollar item once every 5-10 years than 20 dollar items every 6 months. Ive done both.
And check ebay for refurb/open box/scratch and dent. That's where I get all my things.

Ebay mouse $20

Ebay Headphones ($50)

u/Nsongster · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

The only headphones you will ever need

Literally, I know people who have had the same pair for 15 + years.

u/Funkagenda · 6 pointsr/audio

Not actively noise-cancelling, but the Sony MDR-V6s are incredibly popular and being closed-back they do a great job at simply isolating outside noise. I use mine almost every day on the bus to and from school. As an added bonus, they street for a lot less than the $110 listed on Sony's website.

u/dustyjuicebox · 6 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Here are my current head phones. year long warranty, 10ft cord, things sound great for the price, they feel like clouds on my ears and are fairly sound proof. This is the head phone for the person looking for a decent pair of headphones without wanting to drop over $100 for them. Seriously, if you want good head phones, buy these.

Edit: upon further review it seems I got these headphones on sale. However I still encourage you to buy them.

u/zdelusion · 6 pointsr/Bass

I use Sennhieser HD280. They're a popular model for monitoring. The other popular monitoring headphones under $100 would be the Sony MDR7506.

u/That1guy1981 · 6 pointsr/pics

On headphones, There's a lot of ways to research.


Such as

  • C-NET - Advertising influenced Professional reviews
  • Consumer Reports - Unbiased Professional reviews
  • Amazon reviews - A metric crap ton of amateur crowd-sourced reviews, and some occasional products with massive amounts of fake reviews

    For me I like to use the amazon reviews but I always put the item listing into fakespot. Using Fakespot lets me know the reliability of the ratings because a lot of the lower end earbud listings are completely faked.

    My research led me to two separate products I loved. Wired Sony "Studio Headphones", these sound great to my non-audiophile ears. These are sturdy, to me they feel good wearing them and they sound great. Included in the box was an exploded parts diagram with a parts list. These are not break and throw away headphones, these are designed to be serviced. It had great reviews was within my budget $80 and fakespot said the reviews were legit. These are solid, sturdy, designed to be serviced. I freaking love them.

    The other product I really like is the Avantree Wireless 40 HR Blue Tooth headphones. The ratings were good, and legit per fakespot, my complaints about my other wireless blue tooth was that I never seemed to have them charged when I wanted them and the range sucked. I double checked the tech specs and the 40hrs wasnt marketing BS. These legit have much higher battery capacity than the other wireless headphones. When I first plugged these in I played them side by side in wired and wireless mode next to the Sony Studio headphones. The bass was deeper, and the mids were better represented, at first I was really happy. These were out performing the Sony Studio Headphones, but as I played more songs side by side, I found I liked these better on most songs, but on some songs it didn't sound the way I remembered them. Then it occurred to me, I plugged the Sony Studio headphones back in, and adjusted the equalizer, I was able to adjust the equalizer such that my Sonys sounded exactly like these, then I figured it out and I was pissed off. These weren't better at reproducing the bass and the mids. They simply have a built in bass boost that can't be turned off. I'd give this product 7 Stars if I could for battery life, but only 4 for bluetooth range, and 2 for the bass boost I cant turn off I get why they do it, if you had to listen to headphones side by side in a store a consumer would hear more bass out of the boosted ones, and think they were better at reproducing bass.


    TL;DR lots of ways to research, Fakespot is awesome, some headphone manufacturers use dirty tricks. Beats uses what are basically fishing weights to make their products feel heavier and sturdier, and some manufacturers include a bass boost that you cant turn off.

    Edits - lots of spelling and grammatical mistakes.
u/DQ11 · 6 pointsr/edmproduction

Sony MDR-7506.


They won't boost or color any signal too much and give you a nice even response for the most part. For the price range they are really good.

Obviously you can find better ones for like $500 but these are great for what they are.

u/kanyecolle · 6 pointsr/headphones

I think the KSC75s would be perfect for you. The sides "twist" over your ears, so there's no need for a headband. They sound really good for the price, too!

u/TheColdFenix · 6 pointsr/oculus

The Koss KSC75 are also really good and much cheaper. Also more comfortable for use with a vr headset imo.

u/Zaga932 · 6 pointsr/oculus

>but I do need a better solution for audio, especially for multiplayer. (note that this solution might void warranty. Oculus sell replacement halo straps though, so you can.. buy a non-modded halo strap to attach to the Rift before sending it in on a hypothetical RMA)

Take your pick. The drivers in that Amazon link are the very same Oculus used in the CV1, so using them will get you CV1 audio quality.

u/Exotli8 · 6 pointsr/oculus

You can buy the Koss KSC75 headphones, same ones as the built ins on the CV1 for 15 bucks. I easily bent them so they wrap around the headsets and plugged them into the front. 15 bucks and 10 minutes of modding.

u/pugabug · 6 pointsr/3DS

Try Koss Porta Pros. They are great for travel since they fold up small, plus they have a very high dynamic range and are very inexpensive. They are also lightweight so I can wear them for hours and hours without fatigue.

u/BoxMonster44 · 6 pointsr/Music

Definitely go with Koss Porta Pros. They're over-ear headphones, adjustable size, collapsible, and the sound quality is on par with anything Bose spits out. Normally $50, but you can get them for a decent $30 on Amazon:

u/Nippy_Kangaroo · 6 pointsr/Vive

I'm getting some cheap super lightweight over ear headphones for friends and family that will be trying the vive. very cheap to replace, decent sound, very comfortable, lightweight and excellent user reviews

u/jazzbrownie · 6 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

That's why no one should buy skullcandy. Portapro's may not be the sexiest headphones, but they sound better than anything you can get for $50 and last forever.

u/Rookwood · 6 pointsr/technology

Here are some good headphones for the price.

Koss PortaPros - $50 (Usually you can find these for like $30, not sure why Amazon has them marked up)

Grado sr60i - $80

Sennheiser HD555 - $190

Audio Technica is another manufacturer to look into but I'm not familiar with their products. I only use open back headphones.

I think the Grado's are the best deal. I use sr80i's.

u/TurtlePaul · 6 pointsr/nintendo
u/satyaloka93 · 6 pointsr/OculusQuest

Nice! I bought three accessories already and I don't have the Quest yet: Studioform comfort strap, VRcover facial interface, and the Koss Porta Pro headphones.

u/pr0grammer · 6 pointsr/headphones

The design difference is on-ear (your picture) versus over-ear (what you're looking for).

The Sony MDR-V6 is only a little above your price range (the price fluctuates between $60 and $90 on Amazon, currently $69) and is easily one of the best sub-$100 sets out there. Their sound quality and comfort should be much better than the HD201s, and they're built to last. They have good sound isolation; you could probably get better with earbuds but then you'd be sacrificing a lot of comfort and durability.

I don't know if someone else could provide a better set for metal, but the V6s are great for all-around use.

u/TheShvarts · 6 pointsr/gadgets

These, every time.

I'm a DJ so I know sound quality and I'm also a basshead. They don't get any better than the HD280's for bang for your buck and sound quality!

u/ThailandTrasher · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Get a pair of actual headphones and a modmic. 7.1 surround in gaming headsets is BS and you're better off with 2 big high quality drivers than 8 small, terrible cheap drivers that are marked up because they stick "gamer headset" on the box.

Check out this guide:

For gaming you want something neutral. My recommendation is the AKG K240:

u/mikenike192 · 6 pointsr/gadgets

AKG K-240's Got them a couple years ago and couldnt be happier. They are very light and comfortable and dont feel like they are squeezing your brians out like some other over the ear headphones

u/BeMadTV · 6 pointsr/caseyneistat

Based on this picture, I will try my best. Correct me if I am wrong:




If interested, I can tell you the setup I use for this podcast if you like the sound (My first time, still working out the kinks). It's portable too and I wouldn't have to guess the equipment:

u/Mad_Economist · 6 pointsr/CabaloftheBuildsmiths

My pleasure!

Depending on your preferences and how flexible your budget is, you could use these peripherals:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Monitor | AOC i2267Fw 60Hz 22.0" Monitor | $119.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard | Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire XT Wired Slim Keyboard | $69.99 @ Newegg
Mouse | EVGA TORQ X10 Wired Laser Mouse | $14.99 @ NCIX US
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $204.97
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-01 23:22 EST-0500 |

And then snag [this deal] ( on some [NVX XPT100s] ( That'd come out around $275. If you'd like to shave off a bit, the keyboard could be replaced with an alternative with either [Kailh Blues] ( or [ALPS Blues] ( both of which are also clicky switches, but which have a different feel (particularly the ALPS).

Now, that said, the XPT100, while very well regarded is a warm (slightly bassy) but generally neutral headphone. If you want something with more bass emphasis, [Creative's Aurvana Live!] ( [would be an excellent choice] ( and slightly cheaper to boot. I have their bigger brother, the CAL! 2, and they're quite fun headphones. Not ideal for detailed analysis of Vivaldi, but great for some EDM.

u/Morinaka · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

Weird thing is the headphones Dre would actually use in a studio can be had for like half the price of Beats, you can get a pair of Sony MDR-V6's for $70 or the later model Sony MDR-7506's for $85, these things are pretty much industry standard for audio quality and can take some punishment.

u/xXzeroftwzeroXx · 5 pointsr/headphones

I had a wonderful Redditor recommend the 558's over the CALs when I was searching for advice. My budget is around $100-$140 and I'll be using the headphones with the neewer mic the play LoL and talk on Team speak. I just wanted other opinions to confirm that the 558's are definitely worth the premium price over the CALs and that they would be good for my needs. Thanks!

u/Turquoise_HexagonSun · 5 pointsr/headphones
u/Kittakatkara · 5 pointsr/headphones

Well the Sims headset costs twice as much as the Sennheiser. Just because of the name Sennheiser doesn't mean it's better, especially at that low of a price. The Sims headset is probably tuned more for a bassy mainstream response anyways. My recommendation at a budget price point is the CAL found here Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones

u/_fortune · 5 pointsr/hardware

Depending on your intended use, I'd suggest the CAL!, Sony MDR-V6, or Audio Technica ATH AD700 with a Zalman clip-on mic.

With any of these headphones plus the mic, you will get much higher sound quality than any headset in the price range.

u/sadilikeresearch · 5 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers
u/tmeowbs · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I have a pair of 7506s that are absolutely incredible. I expect them to be a BI4L item.

u/meh_mediocre · 5 pointsr/guns

I wonder if that makes the Glock 19 the Sony MDR7506 of the gun world. They're not very pretty, and there's fancier and some better sounding phones at that price point, but they're the constant recommendation for anyone looking for good sound quality and durability at a fairly reasonable price.

u/veepeedeepee · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Sony MDR-7506. They're the field audio recording industry standard, and their BIFL design (you can easily replace the ear cushions) and accurate tonal response make them the perfect choice. At £68, they're a little over your budget, but well worth it. I have worked in television production for nearly 15 years and I'm still on my first pair.

u/liathus · 5 pointsr/technology

mdr-7506 has been made for years without change, because they are fantastic, and you can get replacement parts for every piece of them.

Under $100 for the best headphones you will ever use.

Buy these, cheap, and awesome sound. Everything else is over-hyped and over-priced.

u/cuntweiner · 5 pointsr/indieheads

I have the opposite problem, I can't fall asleep to music because it's too engaging... Do you have really nice headphones? Try getting some nice headphones with an aggressive, engaging sound signature like these. As a sound engineer, I wear headphones all day long, some I can fall asleep with, but I don't think it's possible with the Sonys.

u/Feilong4 · 5 pointsr/headphones
u/fritzwilliam-grant · 5 pointsr/hardware
u/M4D5-Music · 5 pointsr/FL_Studio

I would recommend a pair of Sennheiser HD 280s, I've had my pair for ~7 years, and am still very satisfied with the quality. They are typically around $100 on Amazon

u/ZombieFeedback · 5 pointsr/Filmmakers

As a long-time audio tinkerer who just got into video the past few years, seeing someone giving solid advice about audio makes me happy. I'd like to add two recommendations of my own:

There's no sale on it right now, but for $100, I'd personally put my money onto the Audio Technica AT2020. It has a very nice, neutral frequency response that doesn't get too extreme anywhere, and I can verify from personal experience with its big brother the AT2035(Basically the same mic, same diaphragm, same polar pattern, etc., etc., but with a few options that are useful for recording music, not as much for recording audio for video), that it's a great little mic for spoken voice. Even used it outside on a windy day with a lawnmower going in the background during an interview, and neither one gave it much trouble.

If you're willing to spend a little more money on your headphones, I can't recommend a set of Sennheiser HD280 Pros strongly enough. Very responsive and articulate for the price, very even, neutral EQ to let you figure out how to get the best sound from your audio track, great sound isolation to keep outside noise from bleeding in, comfy, breathing, don't squish your ears, durable and reliable as hell, I've used mine on professional recording sessions and mixes to great effect. They're a little more expensive than a lot of people will probably want to spend, but they're well worth a hundred bucks.

Also, please please please learn how EQs and compressors work. They can look intimidating when you're unfamiliar with them, but they're really simple tools at their core, and those two alone give you amazing control to manipulate your audio tracks, as well as clean up and save a less-than-stellar recording. If you can, also learn about how to use reverb, matching your voiceovers and audio tracks to the room they're supposed to be in can give them a really nice touch.

u/joshuajetpants · 5 pointsr/indieheads

Sony MDRV6 - pretty legendary studio monitors for the budget minded (they can be had for ~$60). I've been using these for years. I'd recommend upgrading with velour earpads.

On the go, I use the JVC HA_FXT90 (here and here).

u/True_Patrician · 5 pointsr/blackops2

Don't buy a headset, they're shit.

Go with some decent headphones, probably either this or this (or if you want to go cheaper this which will still sound leagues better than any $200 headset) as I know they both have good soundstage.

For mic, get a Modmic which is $30 and will have better voice quality than most $200 headsets.

Now to connect it to your 260 you need an adapter which luckily Steelseries makes a nice one.

If you still really want an all in one headset though, go with an Astro they're still a bit pricy but at least they're not shit like TBs are.

u/BlasterSarge · 5 pointsr/classicalmusic

I'll recommend the three pairs of headphones that I use on a regular basis. I know you asked for over-ear, but even as an over-ear guy myself I've still gotten a lot of utility from all three of them, so they're all certainly worth considering.


MEE Audio Sport-fi M6P- These are my daily workhorse earbuds. I wear them a good 6 hours a day, and they stay fairly comfortable throughout; they wrap around the ear and fit quite nicely. Includes an on-cord volume adjustment, microphone, and pause/play button, if that matters to you. They run around $19, and they're far and away the best headphones I've ever used in this price range.


Sony MDR-V6- These were my first step into the world of "real" headphones. They've been industry standard studio monitors since the 80s, and for good reason. Sound is clean and crisp, with a fairly balanced sound signature and particularly good mids (seeing as classical music isn't particularly "bass heavy" having mids as a strong point is ideal; you definitely wouldn't want a bass-head pair of cans). They're foldable, and so I find them rather portable. They're over-ear and closed-back so they're not going to bleed sound all over the place, but they don't have the best isolation so if your daily traffic is particularly noisy (e.g.: downtown of large city or louder) that might be a bit of an issue for you, but if you're in areas a bit more quiet (e.g.: office, cafe, smaller city) they'll do you fine. They're not the most fashionable things and they also have a coiled cable, neither of which bother me but could be an issue for some. They run about $80, and if you're coming from cheap gas station quality headphones these will probably knock your socks off.

Sennheiser HD 598- Of the three, these are the best. Amazingly warm and rounded, with a spacious, open, and detailed sound. They have really good instrument separation as well, which obviously lend themselves quite well to listening to classical music. Extraordinarily comfy for an indefinite period of time. However, these are my "home" headphones, as they are open back and provide absolutely no isolation whatsoever- I can hold a conversation perfectly well with someone with these on and my volume at 70%, so they'd be utterly useless in any public space. The open back provides an excellent soundstage, but that's the price you pay. Speaking of price, they run at around $150, but they go on sale with some frequency for $99.


I personally would recommend getting the earbuds and the 598s, with one being an out and about pair and one for being a home pair. That's what I usually roll about with, and between the two of them I don't really use the V6s anymore as a consequence. That being said, if you're only going to buy one pair as your be all end all, the V6 is a great purchase- I used them exclusively for 4 years and was never disappointed. If these don't float your boat though, I'd recommend hopping over to /r/headphones or and see what they have to say- they're both extraordinarily helpful communities with huge and knowledgeable user bases.

u/iGuitar93 · 5 pointsr/headphones

How bout these?

These have been used in the audio and video industry for a long time. They are pretty flat and are good for monitoring. They were my first headphone and I think they are great. Just be careful you don't get a fake. There are fakes out there.

u/techfish · 5 pointsr/headphones

AKG K240 and then later buy some velvet/velour pads for added comfort. They are always dropping below $75. The MKII version comes with these pads but is out of your price range.

u/Alpacaman22 · 5 pointsr/oculus
u/EphemeralRain · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

This is a horrible head set. The sound quality is awful, and there's a constant hiss from the USB amplifier. On max bass boost, the bass is muddy and intrudes on the other sound ranges; on minimum bass boost, the sound feels empty and tinny. There's no good middle ground that I found. The soundstage is also horrible, which makes it far from ideal for gaming as you can't really perceive positional audio well.

You will honestly get much better sound quality out of the Koss KSC75 with a Zalman Mic attached, for even a few bucks cheaper.

u/FallOutBruh64 · 5 pointsr/EtikaRedditNetwork
u/bigliketexas · 5 pointsr/headphones

Kramer Mod, Ear-clip mod, recabled, new pads and a bit of sharpie love.

I adore these headphones and cannot give them any fault.
Nothing needs to be said about the price:performance of these.

If you've never tried them, just buy them.

u/bdcblue · 5 pointsr/headphones

The only way for a headphone to wrap around the neck is for some piece of the headband to be resting behind the back of your ear. If by "studio headphone" you mean an over-ear headphone, then I can't imagine how a piece of the headband could rest behind the back of the ear while having ear cups that surround the ear.

Here is the best sounding, and best priced, headphone with a headband that goes behind the head. It is on-ear, because it's physically impossible to have an over-ear headphone with a band that goes behind the head.

Here's a picture of what they look like with the headband adjusted behind the neck.

I have these and they sound really nice:

u/Reddituser703 · 5 pointsr/oculus

> I was extremely uncomfortable with the headset

fiddle around with the top strap, halo and eye relief button. Once you find the sweet spot' it's really good

> the tracking was great until I got into my favorite games where it was noticeably bad in tense situations and would stutter

Like what does that mean? I don't have that

> I didn't see any different going for 90hz to 80hz


> the sound quality was horrid compared to the CV1. you can't put headphones over the Rift s and even earbuds are bad compared to the CV1's headphones,

Ya, sound quality isn;t the best. I bought $15 Koss KCS75 clip ons. They're the same sounds as CV1. You mod the clip (bend it) and it will stay attached to the halo. But I mean the sound is such a minor gripe compared to something like the better screen clarity.

> The only upgrade I see here is the visual clarity and it's not a huge difference between both

Nah, it's a pretty big difference.

> but I see no point, especially if you are playing fast paced games like shooters

But I play FPS shooters and other fast action games just fine. Maybe there's an issue with your Rift S software installation.

u/japes98 · 5 pointsr/audioengineering
u/infinis · 5 pointsr/headphones

looking for more Opinions

Budget - 150$ CAD

Source - Ipod w RockBox/Android +-FiiO E6

Requirements for Isolation - Not required

Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized/Open/Over the Ear (Looking to compliment the incoming Dunu Trident and the existing Fanny Wangs.

Preferred tonal balance - Balanced pair

Past headphones - Fanny Wang 3000, Monster DNA IEM, Sennheiser IEM

Preferred Music - Rap/RnB/Pop/Classic (very multigenre)

Location - Canada

I am currently leaning towards
Sony MDR7506

Also I have noticed those AKG on sale, but can't find a complex review on them.
AKG 172 HD

There is some sales on the M50, but I dont know if they are overhyped. They are also the most expensive (150$)

Last option is the DT-440, they are on par with AKG in terms of price, but I'm not sure that I like their design.


Thanks for any help!!

u/BenLeng · 5 pointsr/Fitness

I like these: for working out. They are on-ear, not over-the-ear and have replacable foam pads. You can still hear what's going on around you and the don't get as sweaty. Sound is pretty OK for the price.

u/baddrummer · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

Koss Porta Pros. Best you can find for under 35 dollars. Check out those amazon reviews if you dont believe me.

u/rjmana · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

those JVCs look more sturdy. not sure what the hinges are made of. the HD201s are all plastic. the hinges are plastic too where its most prone to breakage.

edit: maybe consider the porta pros as an option. ive read good things about its durability.

u/breadburger · 5 pointsr/indieheads

Porta Pros baby. They let out a lot of sound, but have amazing balance.

u/DeliciousTea · 5 pointsr/headphones

That's great but we have been giving you recommendations and you have been ignoring them. Everything Xodium recommended would work. Anything from the sidebar links in your price range will work.

Here, I'll even do the work for you:

Fostex T50RP

Shure SRH440

Incipio F38

Koss PortaPro

Grado SR80i


If you're a not a fucking audiophile, then ANY of these headphones will be fine for you. All of them are a better value than Beats/Bose. If you will be using it primarily on the train, pick a closed headphone for noise isolation, like the ATH M50 or Incipio F38.

There, done.

u/NigNagNug · 5 pointsr/headphones

If you don't mind a retro look, I would recommend the Koss PortaPro. They're a little more than $30 on Amazon right now, but sound great. I've had mine for three years, and they've held up under frequent airline and car travel. They have a lifetime warranty, though.

u/hamcake · 5 pointsr/classicalmusic

If you're looking for something really affordable with great sound, check out the Grado SR-60i - read the reviews... for sound, and price, they can't be beat.

For a good alternate set that are really portable, get the Koss Portapros - cheap, great sound, and they have a lifetime warranty. I fold these up and toss them in my backpack every day, and when they break I'll just send them back to Koss for a new set.

u/TheXecuter · 5 pointsr/headphones

I'd recommend the dt990 pros, great for metal. These are extremely comfortable headphones. The pro's do benefit from an amp you could get away with something like the bravo v2 (this isn't a true tube amp) but will drive these headphones very well for the $$.

u/xgunnerx · 5 pointsr/Austin

The kind folks at /r/headphones would be of some help here.

If you're really serious about having an amazing audio experience, I'd recommend a schiit stack (magni/modi 2) amp/dac combo along side a Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro. It's a great starter combo and you'll be amazed at the sound production. Great for gaming too. I've had mine for 2 years and love it.

u/obamaluvr · 5 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Turtle beaches are among the worst crap you can buy.

If you want to really drop a decent amount, you can buy some pretty good audiophile headphones for a bit over $200. You'll need to get a separate microphone then, but that is a very good option for music and gaming.

Something like the dt990-pro, q701, or HD598

u/sometimes_ramen · 5 pointsr/headphones

The cheapest I've seen them brand new has been $99 USD for the past two Black Friday sales and I personally bought one last Black Friday. I would assume it would hit that price again with Amazon and their SE version this Black Friday as well. It has also gone as low as the 70s Like New for a short period probably due to returns of the SE edition and there was also that presumable price mistake on the Ivory color for Like New a couple of months ago if I'm remembering correctly. If you need one immediately, you can probably find one BNIB for like $120 USD give or take.

u/steamwhistler · 5 pointsr/headphones

To expand a little bit on what ImKrimzen is getting at...

This community is really, really hardcore about headphones. I say this in an affectionate but matter-of-fact way: we are a bunch of elitists who mostly look down our noses at products like the one you're asking about. Most gamers here prefer to use an awesome pair of headphones with a regular 3.5mm audio hookup, and then attach something like this mic to it. This tends to give you better value for your money than buying an overpriced gaming headset. Now, playing on console is a little more complicated...I've never even used a mic when console gaming, but if you can find a way to set that up via a bluetooth mic or something, then you can always just use the PS4 controller's headphone jack to plug in a regular pair of headphones and then go to town. (Or alternatively, your TV's aux out if it has one, or optical digital out through a DAC.) Here are a couple of relatively inexpensive headphones that have an absolutely stellar reputation around here for gaming. (And will also bring your movies and music to another level.)

Less expensive

More expensive

Most expensive (or actually not, because they're on sale)

Edit: Oh, just one important thing to note: this is /r/headphones 101, but since you're new, I'm just going to assume you may not realize that all those options I linked are open-back headphones, which means that they do not isolate sound well and they leak your sound out. In other words, other people around you can hear your stuff and you can probably hear noises in your environment, so if you need sound isolation, get a closed-back pair like this. But the advantage of open-back is that you generally get better-quality sound for your dollar, and the sound stage is always better, meaning the locations of sounds in your 3D headspace are very detailed and precise. This is really awesome for immersive gaming and movie-watching, so people love open-back headphones for those uses.

u/naextec · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you wanted something roughly equivalent to this you could get the Sennheiser HD 558s and a mod mic if you need a mic to be on the headphones themselves. In total its around $160 (plus shipping if there is any).

Edit: Thought I should note there's a muteless version of the mod mic that's a few bucks cheaper if it doesn't matter.

u/mookler · 5 pointsr/aww

Upon closer inspection, they might not be the exact same ones.

I have Sennheiser HD 558, which is the same brand and look very similar to the model in the pic

u/icansmellcolors · 5 pointsr/Nootropics

I'd recommend a pair of Sennheiser. Maybe the HD555/HD558 model.

  • Soft, Gentle, and Warm Sound
  • Comfortable around the ear design and soft padding
  • Wear them for hours without getting ear aches or sensitive spots
  • Build Quality

    I'm not a Dr. or a therapist or have any kind of experience with this specifically. Being a musician, amateur multi-track recording engineer, and also an avid PC gamer whose tried many manufacturers and many styles I can say that Sennheiser is by far my favorite.

    I know you're not looking for favorite recommendations but the reason I make this post is because of the beautiful balance and sensitivity a nice pair of Sennheiser headphones gives you.

    Without getting into technical details I'll just say it's the warmth and subtlety of the sound from these headphones that made me recommend them to you for therapeutic reasons. I would imagine soft, gentle, and warm would be more what you're looking for.

    The other bonus is that the build quality on the HD555/HD585's is fantastic... I've had mine for years and not had any problem with them. They are still as comfortable as they were the day I bought them.

    edit: looks like HD555 is no longer available and have been replaced with HD558 models.
u/Robot_xj9 · 5 pointsr/buildapc

The best on the list are the HyperX Cloud, but in my opinion all of those are rip offs, none of them will sound as good as a pair of headphones for half the price. The HyperX Cloud sound fine but the microphone on it is garbage.

My suggestion? Buy these headphones, and stick this modmic on it. They will sound like a $200 gaming headset, both in output and recording quality, and they are still under your budget.

If you don't want to take my word for it, watch this video. "gaming" headsets are all marketing, they're normally no better than Beats by dre.

u/Infernoblade227 · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Just get this and a modmic

u/xerostatus · 5 pointsr/lgv20

For those looking for more budget-friendly options:
VE MONK PLUS (imp: 64Ω) / Head-Fi review - $5
TY Hi-Z HP-150 (imp: 150Ω) / Head-Fi review - $25
HE 150 (imp: 150Ω) / Head-Fi review - $15

Out of these, I've only so far tried the VE MONK PLUS and for $5, it packs a good punch. Bass is a bit weak, but it's surprisingly good. Meanwhile, I'm awaiting arrival of the others mentioned, which I'll receive in a few days. But the Head-fi reviews seems to be pretty positive. Something to look at, since headphones above 50ohm impedance is few and far between in the budget segment.

Also, if you're not a fan of earbuds, then there the Superlux HD668B for $40. This is another one I want to eventually pick up and give a try, but haven't done so yet. These are not necessarily endorsements, but a nudge in the direction in case any of these fit anyone's needs.

EDIT: I just received the HE 150 and the TY Hi-Z and tried them out and.. they're actually quite good. Punches WAY above its class. These are solid headphones and I can definitely/strongly recommend all three models mentioned above.

u/redditRiXtidder · 5 pointsr/Vive

I have the Superlux HD668B they have a really great sound for the price. The ear pads need to be exchanged to be comfortable, luckily these fit.
Edit: forgot to mention: They have a male 3,5 audiojack on the left cup. and a 1m cable is included, which makes it really convenient to use the the vive.

u/zombieranger · 5 pointsr/Vive

Superlux HD668B Headphones

They have basically just a jack on the left headphone so you can plug the lead from the headset straight into them. Comfortable and decent sound. They've made my vive usage so much more enjoyable and easy. I highly recommend them.

u/0st_ · 5 pointsr/Overwatch

Get a really good headset like a Sennheiser + a modmic, "gaming headsets" charge you ridiculous prices for a terrible quality mic and a decent headset which they act like gamers want surround sound which you don't. 7.1 is terrible for gaming. I have the Sennheiser HD 598s + a modmic
which has 10x better quality than 90% of most gaming headsets today and the combo only costs around 200$. If you have money to spare, and are looking into getting a good and worth your money headset, I would suggest getting the 2 that i just linked. Hope this helps.

u/tide19 · 5 pointsr/buildapc

I have used the following setups within the last year, ranked in order of preference:

  1. Sennheiser HD 598 + Antlion ModMic 4.0 - $200 total - Perfect for gaming, positional cues are OP
  2. Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus + V-MODA BoomPro - $230 total - Love the sound, closed back isn't good for gaming though
  3. Philips SHP95000 + V-MODA BoomPro - $110 total - Similar to HD 598s in effectiveness, clamping force is much worse though
  4. Audio Technica ATH-M50x + Antlion ModMic 4.0 - $170 total - Nice monitoring headphones, not the best for gaming
u/philosopherrr · 5 pointsr/audiophile
u/throwaway93257 · 5 pointsr/LoveLive

Three questions:

  • How much are you willing to spend?
  • Where will you be using these headphones (home, work, walking in public, trains, etc.)?
  • What kind of fit are you looking for (i.e. buds vs. over ear)?

    Sennheiser HD 598s are a great midrange option (always wait til they're on sale), but your mileage may vary depending on your answers to those questions.
u/redbeardforeal · 5 pointsr/audiophile

So the Denon receiver is an older model but one that has held up very well since its inception in the early 2000s. Would be a perfect little amp to start an awesome listening station.

I'm not very well versed in the turntable side of things but a quick Google tells me it's an entry level turn table that is a little older. Not sure how it will sound/perform.

As for the RC-95 I believe you can run your audio through that bad boy and then it lets you control the level with the included remote(again, just Googling here, not a ton of info on this bad boy)

As for speakers, gosh there are so many and at ALL different price ranges. Personally, I have had good luck with Klipsch and Polk Audio speakers. With the system you have these should rock out pretty hard and sound really nice: [](Klipsch Floor Standing Speakers)

If you don't want to break the bank and want to have a rad audio experience might i suggest some awesome headphones and a DAC/AMP for them: [](Sennheiser HD598s)

DAC/AMP: [](Fulla by Schiit)

Hope this helps a bit! Good luck!

edit: apparently I have no idea how to format, whatevs.

u/goddfree · 5 pointsr/headphones

No, those look like the ivory colored old version (without the microphone).

Amazon link:

u/storyr · 5 pointsr/buildapc

Sennheiser HD 598s

They are fantastic open ear cans.

u/bwc_28 · 5 pointsr/investing

There actually is a bit overlap. When some people go into Best Buy and purchase a $200 pair of Beats if they had known better they would have bought a different brand. Audio Technica makes some awesome headphones in that price range, Sennheiser has some decent ones (this pair in particular fits the mold of the Beats demographic), and the Grado 225i is considered by many the best sub $300 pair of headphones out there for only $200. Yes, it's a different aesthetic, but there are people who buy Beats and think they have great audio and just don't know any better. Because of marketing.

u/reubenno · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Don't bother man, 7.1 is a gimmick, you're much better off with a decent set of headphones and a desk (or mod) mic.

Have a look at this:

That setup will straight up destroy anything a gaming headset can offer, open backed headphones are great for surround sound audio.

If you are dead set on getting a headset, then the Hyperx Cloud 2s are the only one's I'd ever recommend, purely because they're actually a decent set of headphones with a mic attached.

Take a look at this post

u/SirLaxer · 5 pointsr/cringe

Depends on the kind of headphones you want (on/over-ear, in-ear, etc).

My first audiophile headphones were Sennheiser HD558s with the foam mod, and I picked them up for about $85 during a huge sale.

u/Soupster189 · 5 pointsr/DJs
Great isolation. Not exactly cheap but you can replace the wire I've had mine for 4 years and never thought about getting anything else

u/theDarkUnknown · 5 pointsr/classicalmusic

I think the issue with just recommending a single model is music listening like preference is rather personal and varies among people. Headphones have different profiles, some place emphasis on bass or highs, others are completely neutral (some people find neutral sounds off for instance due to years listening to a certain profile). You may want to have a look at r/headphones, there's handy guides in the sidebar including an interactive questionnaire that can help select suggestions.

I personally use this DAC and an
HD 598 CS. The DAC isn't strictly needed to be clear, I mainly use it to switch between set of speakers and headphones easily.

If by earphone you mean in ear buds then I can't really say I have a good suggestion, I just use a standard bluetooth pair of anker which are acceptable. I don't like having expensive earbuds, drives up cost if/when they get lost.

u/dunger · 5 pointsr/PS4

I just got the Philips SHP9500 along with the V-MODA BoomPro. By far the most comfortable headset I have owned. Ear cups are huge and completely surround my ears. The headset is very light weight and does not squeeze at all. I wear them all day when working, and in the evening with gaming. Plus, they are great sounding too.

Amazon Links:

Looks like the mic is currently out of stock. I got mine on eBay.

u/xelamats · 5 pointsr/buildapc
u/SeafoodDuder · 5 pointsr/buildapc

'Gaming' is just a term companies use to cater to people who play video games (gamers). You don't want to buy from someone like Logitech who makes mice, keyboards, webcams, desktop speakers, 'gaming' headsets, etc.

You want to buy a pair of quality headphones (not headset) from a music company like Audio-Technica (Japan), Sennheiser (Germany), AKG, Grado, Shure, Bower & Wilkins (UK) and so on. These companies (besides maybe Sennheiser) don't really advertise to gamers, so you're kind of stuck in the loop of Logitech, Corsair, HyperX, Creative, etc.

I'm not sure what kind of music you're into, so I can't make any suggestions but I can give you starter things to look into. Check out the suggestion thread over in /r/headphones. Add a standalone mic or a V-Moda Boom Mic.

Philips SHP9500

Audio-Technica ATH-AD900X (also the 700X)

Sennheiser HD598

u/PotusThePlant · 5 pointsr/Argaming

Cual es tu presupuesto mas o menos? (en dolares)

Estos son muy buenos por ejemplo.

u/Cmcc71 · 5 pointsr/battlefield_4
u/majorscheiskopf · 5 pointsr/headphones

It's basically a Audio- Technica AD500 or AD700 (The AD700X and AD500X sound essentially the same, as far as I can tell, while the X versions might have slightly more bass). The AD900 would be an improvement on this sound signature towards neutrality, whereas something like an AKG K7xx would be a substantial increase on the low end of this sound signature, and a decrease in the peakiness of the treble, which creates an overall similar sound signature, but one which is much more pleasing to most people.

In terms of an actual label- it's mids focused, with a 10k peak.

Link to measurements- AD500

Link to Amazon- AD500X

[Link to measurements- AD700]

Link to Amazon- AD700X

u/Xenon-133 · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Here's a few options. Depending on where you are in the world some might be more feasible than others. I'm talking from a UK perspective, YMMV.

u/zfa · 5 pointsr/melbourne

Hey, guy who wanted a pair of HD598 headphones yesterday, they're on sweet sale right now...

(These are the new closed back ones though)

EDIT: Sweet sale now gone so they're no longer super-bargain.

u/lockwoot · 5 pointsr/headphones
u/Mr_Enduring · 5 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

They are currently on sale as well for $110

u/inconsssolable · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I got a pair of Anker SoundBud Slims on amazon for about €20 a few months ago, I find them great. And the back of each bud has a magnet, so you can leave them around your neck when you have to take them out. Or as a fashion statement...

u/idahoprime · 5 pointsr/GalaxyNote8

I love my Anker Soundbuds. Sound great and can't beat the price. From the research I did, these were the best cheap option


u/McAoXlIa · 5 pointsr/de_EDV

Hab mir die hier von Anker gekauft. Für mich sind die ausreichend und bringen mich über die Woche. Bei amazon kann man ja auch zurückschicken, wenn die einem nicht gefallen, also solltest du damit keine wirklichen Probleme haben.

u/jamesc90 · 5 pointsr/oneplus

Try these out, like less than half price and sound quality is amazing. The mic quality for calls is also very good, surprisingly.

u/kmmccorm · 5 pointsr/iphone

If you like the style of the Beats X, the Anker SoundBuds Slim are a great option at 1/5th the price. Great sound and connectivity.

u/tronics1 · 5 pointsr/running

I don't know if I'm a "heavy sweater" but I run 3 miles every other day with these

They are currently on sale and are very comfortable

u/kalvermarkt · 5 pointsr/xxfitness

i recently purchased anker soundbuds slim. they ran me ~25$ (CAD). i LOVE them & am so glad i didn’t shell out a bunch of money for something maybe technically “better”. sound quality is good, secure in my ears, easy set-up/connect. i only use them for listening to podcasts, not really a music workout girl, so i can’t comment on how quality translates in that context. but for my needs they absolutely rule. good luck!!

~amazon link~

u/bopbop66 · 5 pointsr/headphones
u/MiniMoose12 · 5 pointsr/headphones

So far the Bose Sound True II for apple seems pretty good. Too bad the deal wasn't for the android variant of it :(

Don't think Im taking a chance on those bose earbuds. All the reviews rip it's Build Quality apart. I mean IEM's are mostly plastic but how do you make it that bad lol.

Sennheiser 598's SE are back on sale for 110$ 10$more than the lowest. Pretty good if you want open back.

Pink Cloud II's for 75$ is pretty good. One of the best gaming headsets for your money.

Beyer Custom Street?!?! what are these? Bassier versions of the custom ones? Now even sure if it's a deal at 99$

Other than the usual cheap ass wood earbuds and shitty gamer headphones this sale seems kinda sad :(

So far pretty good for entry level stuff but that's the "amazon" usual so it seems with every big sale.

edit: So in 2 hours this is supposed to drop in price, anyone hear anything good about these? I might bite to try them out as I'm currently using shit for iems.

8AM PST these are going to drop in price, I know they are very popular :P DT880 250 Ohm O.o

832AM Brainwavs hybrid pads are lined up for sale

u/messymike22 · 5 pointsr/pcgaming

I hate the suction cup feeling too, I ended up getting a philips SHP9500 after reading a bunch about it on reddit a year ago. Its not a good solution if you are worried about other people hearing what you are listening to as they can be heard across a bedroom fairly easy, by design of course, with little holes in the pieces that cover the ear. This also means you can hear your surroundings too, works great for me as I can talk to people IRL while wearing them.

The pads are soft and the headband is on the looser side so it won't squeeze your skull. I do find that sometimes I don't hear sounds from far away in games like distant footsteps as good as the traditional suction cup feeling earphones but its worth the trade off for me because my ears don't hurt even after a full day of gaming, in 20 years of wearing headphones I haven't had a more comfortable set.

It doesn't come with a mic, I just use a $10 desk mic I've had for 2 years and am going to get a moda mic that just plugs into the headset cord eventually.

u/zodiac_killer25 · 5 pointsr/Drugs These are my go to when listening to albums stoned/tripping. Not too expensive either compared to other studio headphones!

u/DasBrandon · 5 pointsr/FortNiteBR

This is about as good as you can get for under $100. Warning: it’s big and might be loose if you have a small head. It’s also open-back, so it doesn’t block out outside sound.

You can pair it with this.

This has been my setup for close to two years on Xbox, so I’m not sure how it would translate to PS4. I use the Dolby Atmos app, but idk what the PS4 alternative is.

u/Reanimation980 · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

These earbuds have a lot of positive reviews on amazon and head-fi forums. They're also easy to recable.

u/radiationking · 5 pointsr/japanlife

Good quality sound isolating earbuds don't have this issue, pick up a pair of Shure SE215s.

Not only does it cut out external noise, but lets you play your music at a reasonable volume so you don't kill your hearing.

u/PyroToniks · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

I have had these, nothing special. For the price, there are better options. Check out Shures se215's.

u/superAL1394 · 5 pointsr/Fitness

I'm a big fan of Shure in-ear monitors. The SE215's are around 100 if I recall correctly. They have a moldable ear 'clip' for wrapping behind your ears, a long cable, and the cable has braided Kevlar in the sheath to make them more durable.

Edit: they are 100 on Amazon prime right now

u/AlmostRelevant2 · 5 pointsr/bayarea

I have no experience with noise canceling headphones, but when I used to ride BART, I picked up a set of sound isolating, in-canal ear buds and love them. I have the Shure SE110, which they do not appear to make anymore, so this link is way overpriced. When I bought them they were $100. I believe the SE215s would be the current equivalent.

If you aren't used to that style, they take some getting used to, but once you get accustomed to getting them fit right in there, the sound is fantastic. You just need to make sure they're all the way in, or the bass will be non-existent. I knew I loved them when I was standing on the BART platform, just behind the yellow line, listening at half volume while looking down at my MP3 player, and the train managed to sneak up on me as it pulled into the station. They also blocked out the transbay howl pretty well. I used them for music and playing games on my PSP. I credit them for keeping me sane for those two years...

u/wereweazle · 5 pointsr/motorcycles

I'd like to highly recommend Shure SE215.
They have the foam tips like BeerWrench suggested that act essentially just like earplugs, but sit flush in your ear. My biggest problem was my helmet catching on the end of the earbud and ripping/pushing it out. Absolutely zero issue with these.

I'd recommend these above any other earbud I've tried because the noise isolation works so well that I can listen to my music at half volume (even quiet stuff like Bon Iver) and hear every note perfectly whereas with my old Bose IE2s I had to blast it and lost a ton of range.

u/thugIyf3 · 5 pointsr/battlestations

Hmm I think this is a good game to play. I would like to open this up to everyone and have them comment on the exact model of what I have in my picture. I'll edit my post with the confirmation and links of what everything is. Clues: look at old version of my battle stations


Laptop: [Dell XPS 15 L521X] ( [System Specs] (

Laptop Stand: [Cooler Master Ergostand] (

Webcam: [Logitech C/B 910] (

Speakers: [2 pair of Dayton B652] (

Keyboard: [CM Storm Trigger Black Switches] (

Mouse: [Anker Gaming Mouse] (

USB Hub: [Anker 13 port USB 3.0 hub] (

Computer screens: [2 of LGE2242] (

Monitor Mount: [Vivo Monitor Stand] (

Receiver: [JVC 703VBK] (

Hexagonal device: [Moto Stream] (

Subwoofer: [Yamaha YST-SW012] (

Headphones: [Monoprice 108323] (

Hard drive: [Seagate 3TB expansion drive] (

Cased device on top of hard drive: [Raspberry Pi B] (

Chair (this is a hard one): I forget

u/SuggestMeStuff · 5 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

(sorry if posted in wrong thread)
New to Reddit. Kindly someone suggest Headphones 25$ for gaming ? over the ear ? cheap good ones. amazon US ?
I read that These are cheap and very good. but they are only available as used. should i get the used ones or are there any new/better. i am not from US but my friend from US will bring them to me soon. you guys are lucky to have stores like Amazon :D

u/LaphroaigCask · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I'd recommend some decent headphones and a cheap mic like this one:

I'd be surprised if you can find a halfway decent gaming headset that's inexpensive, as they tend to have poor sound and microphones for the money until you hit the premium tier. But you can get some pretty excellent $30 wired headphones that will last you a long time and be useful for other things besides gaming, and that mic that I linked is only $10 and sounds way better than the mic on my cheap headset.

Edit: here's an example of a cheap pair of headphones that I'm sure sounds way better than any budget headset:

u/Pseudo_Idol · 4 pointsr/drums

If you are looking for something smaller. I use the Shure SE-215 ear buds. They have pretty good sound isolation.

u/Stole_My_Banana · 4 pointsr/gadgets

the "fancy" headphone in the store are normally just cheap headphones with a logo.

I just don't get how you can't keep track of something like a set of headphone? Even earbuds are pretty each to keep track of

EDIT: forgot to mention....there are plenty of good headphones, you just don't always find them in places like bestbuy and walmart.

shure se215

Etymotic Research HF5

u/JustSomeGoon · 4 pointsr/drums
u/ChickenInMyCastle · 4 pointsr/headphones

You get what you pay for. Those are absolutely engineered to be throwaways to get you to continue the purchasing-garbage cycle.
Maybe invest in something with a replaceable cord like the Shure SE-215's?

u/kachunga · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I've got the 8323 and panasonic RP-HTF600. I slightly prefer the Panasonic. Although the Monoprices are sturdier, I feel like the mids and highs wear my ears out on the Monoprices.

u/djchadnusa · 4 pointsr/Beatmatch

I work 5 days a week as a club Dj and got tired of replacing expensive headphones every 6 months. I tried these they work great and last a long time. Visiting DJ's who forgot theirs or they broke and borrowed mine were surprised when I told them.

u/imuya · 4 pointsr/GirlGamers

I responded to a similar thread on girlgamers here;

>My advice is to not buy a headset, and instead get a nice pair of headphones and a clipon mic. The majority of "gaming headsets" provide vastly inferior audio quality, are USB, and are really overpriced for what you get. see: Astro's.

>My suggestion is watch this video;

>To get a decent understanding of how headphones work, and what a lot of the general terminology means (Amp/DAC/Ohms/SNR/Digital and Analog signals/etc).

>Then proceed to;


>And they'll probably tell you the exact same thing. A good pair of headphones combined with a clip-on-mic will not only provide the best audio experience for your money, but also the best audio experience period.


>This is a good price-range guide for headphones as well.

>in general;

>5.1 and 7.1 are a gimmick, virtual 5.1 and 7.1 dont do anything but allow 5.1 and 7.1 audio channel audio to be played as 5.1 and 7.1 audio channels.

>Generally in gaming, virtual 5.1 and 7.1 can actually muddy up directional sound and make your audio experience significantly worse if the game isnt optimized for that exact audio spartialization.

>You dont want USB if you're going to be using an Amp/DAC or a Soundcard, because it wont actually use your amp/dac or soundcard.

>Popular recommendations are like;

>Audio Technica ATH-M50

>Audio Technica ATH-AD700

>Audio Technica ATH-AD700x

>Sennheiser HD-280 Pro

>Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro

and then a clip-on microphone like this one;

>Zalman ZM Mic1

But the tl;dr is, buy a good pair of headphones and a clip on mic. They will sound better, last longer, and potentially be significantly cheaper.

Also, check out Massdrop for good deals on Headphones and Amp/DAC's.

u/SisyphusSmiled · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/ZBLongladder · 4 pointsr/vita

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x is great for gaming, if you don't mind an open 'phone.

u/Masterchiefg7 · 4 pointsr/pcgaming
u/The_Boney_King · 4 pointsr/hardwareswap

Crap ton for $113 on Amazon for those lucky enough to not pay taxes (or $122 if you do)

u/ih8reddit1010 · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Sennheiser HD 598 headphones would be a good option.

u/TheGamingPlatypus18 · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

For anyone curious, here's the link to the Amazon page and a review of the HD 598 Cs:

Amazon Page: Click Here Review: Click Here

Sennheiser's a great brand, and I personally have a pair of Sennheiser HD 201s, HD 419s, CX3.00s (for my phone/mobile devices), and more recently, a pair of HD 598 SRs — the latter of which I was able to snag on Prime Day for $110 CDN :P

u/Peregrim · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Philips SHP9500

V-MODA BoomPro Gaming

Good entry into decent can. Super comfortable for long gaming sessions. Don't need an amp to drive them. Mic is decent, better than most built in headsets. And all on a nice budget.

u/migueldias94 · 4 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Headsets almost always sound like absolute crap and you're better off just buying a good pair of stereo headphones and adding a mic to it, but, if you really want a headset the only two options you should consider as of now are:

The Hyper X Cloud I and II - These weren't made by Kingston. They are rebranded Takstar Pro 80s which are one of the best budget closed headphones you can buy. They are really good.

The Sennheiser's - They are based on non-gaming Sennheiser's and generally sound pretty decent.

All in all if you really want the best sounding experience, a good and cheap solution would be some type of open back headphones (better soundstage, makes it easier to pin point the enemy's location in game).

Superlux makes some criminally inexpensive sets of open cans, but the pads suck, so if you buy one of these make sure you buy good pads, like the Brainwavz HM5 pads from Amazon.

The one I use is the Philips SHP9500, it's a 300$ sounding headphone for 60-100$ depending on where you live.

Just wanted to give you my opinion since I happen to like headphones very much.

u/Schack_ · 4 pointsr/buildapc

If price doesn't matter then DO NOT get a gaming headset. I would recommend a Modmic 5 and a ATH-AD2000X headphone.

If you want something more sensible then get a V-MODA mic and a pair of Philips SHP9500

u/MathTheUsername · 4 pointsr/xboxone

Mic monitoring was a necessity for me as well, but I ended up just getting open back headphones instead so I could hear myself talk without the need for monitoring. Open back headphones also typically have a better soundstage as well, meaning better directional sound. Great for games.

I use a pair of Philips SHP9500

with a vmoda mic

u/I_AM_SCUBASTEVE · 4 pointsr/xboxone

Honestly, stay away from gaming mics if you are gonna go wired. Get yourself these with this mic.

This combo will be miles and miles ahead of any gaming headset. I went though this dillemma a few years ago and went with this, never looked back.

u/Warskull · 4 pointsr/gadgets

Get a V-Moda boompro and find a pair of headphones that have a 3.5mm jack and uses detachable cabled. Replace the cable with the boom pro and bam, instant headset.

Some potential headphones:

Phillips SPH9500 - do shop around sometimes you find these cheaper on other sites.

Monoprice Headphones - if you want a cheap entry level before you decide if you want to go further

V-moda crossfades

Skull Candy Aviators

Beyerdynamics Custom One Plus

u/SomeTechNoob · 4 pointsr/headphones

I am confused. You are looking for closed cans?

u/necrofin · 4 pointsr/headphones

There is the HD598CS: I've no idea how they sound in comparison with the open back though.

u/youngkidae · 4 pointsr/headphones

Then I think you should go with something closed back, less noise from the outside and also less sound leaking from you.

Audio Technica ATH M40X Might be good for you.

I used to have an open back version of this wich was pretty ok too, but nowdays I use a beyerdynamic custom one.

u/HlValadeen · 4 pointsr/GalaxyS8

If I had to choose, I would choose the S2. It's more usable than the IconX imo. The battery life on the IconX is like 1 hour streaming and 3 hours if you play music that's been transfered to its onboard memory.

If you really want wireless earphones, something like this is a decent alternative with a better battery life.

u/friardon · 4 pointsr/running

Anker makes a cheap pair (sorry, only have US dollars to compare to) as does Sound Peats (the pair I have).
The Sound OK, but I am going to get a pair of Anker buds soon because I want to get rid of the inner ear part (they have a pair that does not go into the ear) do to some ear / health problems I have.

u/Wil_Layne · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

Excellent deal. The Philips SHP9500's are also currently on sale for $54.99 if you're interested in those as well. That's the lowest I've ever seen them. Link:

u/Trazac · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I didn't say they were bad, just that they're a waste of money. I would get the first Clouds over the Cloud IIs personally, since they cost a bit less and are functionally identical. I think they are based on the same headphones (which is a good move on Kingston's Part) but with the added gimmick of virtual surround sound.

Having said that, you could easily get a good pair of headphones and a crappy lav mic (three actually) and have a better setup for the same money.

u/rockdahouse1337 · 4 pointsr/headphones

What kind of price range?

What sound signature?

What I can guess based on what you have stated: you want open back over ear headphones.Something to keep in mind, a lot of open back headphones lack a punchy bass so if that is a big thing for you it may be better to go with closed. They do have a major advantage when it comes to positional audio though.

For around $75 some good options are Philips 9500S or audio technica ath-ad500x. Both of those options have phenomenal positional audio, but as I stated before, lack somewhat in bassiness.

If you want to look at some more options you can check the link in the sidebar for purchase advice.

u/DeathKoil · 4 pointsr/buildapc
  • Mouse - Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum. Good weight and decent button placement.
  • Keyboard - IBM Model M 1391401. Buckling spring keyboards are great!
  • Headphones - Sennheiser HD598. Open back gives a huge soundstage for gaming. Amazing headphones.
  • Microphone - Samson Meteor. Very accurate microphone that is very sensitive, so be careful what you say on the other side of the house. If the mic is open everyone will hear. In Discord you can adjust the sensitivity so that it is only open when you speak and that works quite well.
u/Ekaceseehc · 4 pointsr/giantbomb

I don't remember him talking about headphones, but I love my Koss Portapros. They fold up tightly and fit in my bag, and have excellent audio quality. They also don't mess up my hair as much as other over-ear headphones tend to. Here's a [link] ( $39.99 on Amazon. They also have a lifetime guarantee.

u/plazman30 · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

That is true. I'm old enough to remember making mix tapes and mix CDs for my wife when we were dating.

I've been very nostalgic for a Walkman lately. I used to walk all over the place with my Walkman and headphones on my head when I was a teenager. Heck, to this day, I still throw headphones on whenever I do housework or need to walk anywhere.

I even bought a pair of Koss PortaPro headphones, for that great sounding but still retro look.

u/isonlynegative · 4 pointsr/gadgets

I bought a pair of [JayBird Bluebuds X] ( last summer.

They are the most expensive headphones ive ever bought and i think they are very good. To put this in perspective I thought id list my previous inferior headphones; [Koss porta pro] ( , [AKG k81] ( , [Urbanears plattan] ( , and SEVERAL IF NOT ALL of the Beats by dre headphones that i tried in store.

Why do i think they are good? Well they have a clear crisp sound, i can hear tones in songs that i haven't heard before, and as long as you get a good fit the bass is good too (they come with three different bud sizes and three different [wing thingies] (

The battery life is 8 hrs and that is fine by me as long as you remember to charge them every other day.

I dont know if these are the most "bang for buck" headphones but unless you are a headphone and not an earbud person you probably wont be dissapointed.

u/MachNeu · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

Not buds nor are they small but I love my Sennheiser 555s. I got them for around $90. Great build quality. I've had them for awhile now and no signs of wear or tear.

Koss PortaPro are loved by pretty much everyone for their incredibly low price and great sound quality. They fall under "small cans."

u/SpaissOwl · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

How about for $40? Koss PortaPros. They have a great warranty and last a long time. If something breaks on them, you send them back to be repaired. Usually they just send you a new pair.

u/The_Chaos_Pope · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

Koss Porta-Pros

They're cheap, light and sound better than their $35 price tag suggests.

They're not sound blocking.

Huge circumaural cans (IE Sennhieser HD-280, AKG k270, et al) are great if you're sitting at home, but they're lousy for using on public transit or while walking and they make you a better target for ipod theft than the guy with the white earbuds.

If you really want sound isolation and portability, in ear monitors are a much better route to take than cans, they really are a totally different breed than the ubiquitous earbud.

u/QuipA · 4 pointsr/headphones

For running I can only give you some advice. Don't get overears and don't get a fully isolating headphone. I don't where you run but, not hearing an approaching bicycle, or God forbid a car, can result in accidents. Especially with the sheer amount of bikes where I studied, getting different headphones might be better.

So here is my suggestion: Koss Porta PRO

There also is the Sporta PRO, with a 90° rotatable headband.

They are very good sounding, highly portable earpad cans, that have been around since the 80's. They have an open back build, which means you can hear your surrounding a little bit and especially your breathing.

Also weight is very important when you chose a headphone for running, and the Koss' are a whopping 83gr and additionaly have adjustable clampforce. This means you can actually decide how strong they press against your head.

You may think they look cheap and outdated, but Koss has a lifetime exchange warranty on their headphones and the Porta Pro's are rocking incredible 80's swag.

u/ackerlight · 4 pointsr/headphones


Edit: nvm, here's the link.

Btw, the Fiio E10 is suffiecient to drive these? Is the one that i currently have.

u/cartoonleaf · 4 pointsr/headphones

Kind of a terrible deal, sorry.

Amazon UK, with the pounds to dollar converter I can pick up the HD600 for $298 USD and I'm not forced go spend $150 on an Amazon gift card. It's at 219#s right now and has gone lower.

As a side note, I bought the HD650s for $322 USD from Amazon UK and they shipped from the within the USA. So I got 2 day shipping.

u/I_Smell_Panties · 4 pointsr/Metal

I'm not much of an audiophile, and I'm pretty poor, so I can show you the lower end of the spectrum!

These are what I use: Sennheiser HD-280 Pros. Comfortable, good range, and durable. Also, Sennheiser has great customer service/warranties.

u/varii_ · 4 pointsr/tf2

If you want to have a popular youtube channel, you have to work hard at it my man. I can tell by watching a few of your videos that you are relatively young and I have to tell you by being young and posting here desperately looking for attention or views it will rub people the wrong way. Because to some, It just seems like from an outsiders perspective you're just looking for an easy way to get subscribers or views. Being young doesn't help either because there are many people who will be pretty mean to you because of your age or your voice.

As far as tips go however? There is a lot that can be said.

Point one: Increase the quality of your videos. Download a better recording program and learn how to use it.

I watched a few of your videos and I just have to be frank the video quality isn't very good but don't fret! There are programs that can help with this.

There are many to chose from but these are the main three:

two of these are not free however. OBS is a free alternative that many use and it is pretty good!

If you do not like the fact that fraps or dxtory are not free, you can torrent or pirate those programs however, some people might think negatively of you claiming it is stealing. (But that doesn't matter anyways because pretty much everyone torrents or illegally downloads these two programs but don't tell people they do)

Anyways, to learn how to use these recording programs there are tons of tutorials on youtube to help you learn how to use any of those three, so good luck finding one that works for you.

Point two Now that you've downloaded an recording program, you should learn how to use an editing program to edit and compile the videos you recorded!

There are many editing programs but the main two I see being used are:

Like before, these programs are not free and are more on the pricey side so if you don't think spending a lot of money is worth it (and I do not blame you) Just download them for free like everyone else who makes youtube videos basically does but they don't tell people that they do.

learning these programs will take some time and effort and it might be a little challenging especially in after effects for a beginner but if you really care about improving your youtube channel you should practice using these programs, how will you do that though?

Well like I said before there are a number of youtube channels that have tutorials to help you with learning about those two programs. Just find a program that suits your needs.

Sony vegas is a little more easy to understand and pretty much can suit the basic needs of creating videos.

But after effects has a lot more to offer on the effects and editing side but is a little less easy to understand.

Point Three Buy some new equipment to be able to record your videos at a good quality.

You could make an entire thread out of the best microphones or the best audio equipment or the best PC setup.

All I'm going to say about this though is, invest in a computer set up that you can record comfortably with.

Today, you can actually purchase a desktop computer for about 500 dollars that can record videos surprisingly well!

for example, this build is 520$ and can handle recording videos amazingly well!

as for recording equipment? if you want to sound professional when recording videos, I highly recommend getting a studio quality microphone because I watched a few of your videos and your microphone and audio quality is kind of, subpar. So here are a few beginner microphones that are cheap and can make your audio quality sound better!

These microphones are relatively cheap and offer amazing sound quality for their price.

Now you need a pair of headphones to compliment your microphone because why would you buy a gaming headset if you purchased a microphone already. so here are a few I suggest, a few of these are more on the pricey side but I highly recommend them.

It's all about fitting your price range and preference.

Find a set up that works for you.

Point four don't forget to be yourself, have fun and keep making content!

Having a personality an audience can relate too is great and all but you should just stay true to yourself and remain genuine when creating content.

There are many people trying create and make TF2 content like you. So having too many copy cats of the same content creator or personality can just seem boring. Why go to someone who creates virtually the same content of someone else? That's redundant and doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

And you should also try to always make content. Never stop making content, making content is the way you get your name out there. Just keep creating content and be dedicated, never give up making stuff.

So, try to have fun with it and think of creative ways to attract an audience to your content. What new fresh idea and creative content can you offer that nobody else does?

If you can do that while remaining true and genuine to yourself your audience and you don't give up. I feel like you would be able to grow as a creator.

That is all the tips I can give you, I'm not much of a content creator myself but from an outsiders perspective I hope this helped you in anyway.

Good luck and have fun with it man.

u/Corsaer · 4 pointsr/Metal

Thanks for the recommendation!

Right now I'm deciding between Sennheiser HD-280 and the Grado Prestige SR-60i.

u/reverendnathan · 4 pointsr/videos

Here's a graph and here's an amazon link for all the phones:





Show me the spectral range of a 30$ headphone that compares. You can't. I own Sennheiser PX-50's and they don't compare to any of those. But yes, you are overpaying for Sennheiser. Now stop trolling, because you cannot top empirical evidence.

u/draeath · 4 pointsr/Fallout

You want a flat frequency response. Gaming headsets typically jack up the bass and treble curves because it "sounds better."

You want something more like this or my current favorite, this (though a bit overpriced at full retail - I got mine for $80 on a promotion).

u/lovesouljah · 4 pointsr/headphones

Maybe you should also consider the Sennheiser HD-280. Build quality is even more tank-ish than the M50s, excellent tight bass response meant for rock and in-game explosions. Coiled cord is fantastic and stretchy. Love them.

u/mdmdma · 4 pointsr/vinyl

I have had these for 5 years without a single problem:

edit: I should say there is a tear in the material that covers the padding that surrounds the ear, but it doesn't bother me or hinder the use in any way

u/TheSpazzacus · 4 pointsr/headphones

The Sony MDR 7506 is going for $78 on Amazon.

u/Sand_Triangle · 4 pointsr/headphones
u/UpFromTheCinders · 4 pointsr/oculus

Get these:

Creative Aurvana Live are well known in the headphone community (check out headfi.) Super light weight, super comfortable, and awesome sound (better than Rift, which I agree are quite good) with decent bass. A total steal at $55. I used to have a ton of headphones and these are all I use now.

EDIT: thafred is right: Stay far, FAR away from anything labeled "gaming headphones." That's just branding and they're usually inferior to better, lesser known cans.

u/funwok · 4 pointsr/gaming

Depends on some things.
Do you want virtual 7.1 simulation/EAX support? If yes, a standard Xonar DS soundcard for around 30-40USD will suffice. That will help with some of the more expensive headphones too, which will need a bit of extra power to drive.

Pretty much every gaming headset uses rather cheap mics and so can we. All voip comm will get heavily compressed, be it with TS, skype or ingame voice, so you really don't need a high quality mic for gaming. Many gamers are using a Zalman mic for around 10USD, but any cheap, sturdy clip on mic will do.

This left us with around ~150USD for a good headphone. There are plenty of alternatives in the <150USD range, I can give you a couple of often recommended options.

The favorite right now in hi-fi circles is the ATH-m50 at around 130USD.

A very comfortable pair are the AKG K271MKII at the same price level.

To complete the our maxing out the budget trio we have the Ultrasone HFI-780.

All three have superior drivers with very good sound characteristics, very decent isolation and are fun enough to listen to for gaming, music and movies.

But we don't really have to max out the budget to get superior sound quality. There are some very decent headphones under 100USD too, which can more than compete with any high budget gaming headset.

Some examples: Sony MDRZX700
Creative Aurvana Live, especially for Europeans where the price is better
similar famous like the ATH-M50 are the ATH-AD700. It's a open headphone though, so gone is any decent isolation in exchange for a better soundstage.

I could go on for a bit, but those mentioned above are pretty well known and tested with the hi-fi community. You should find plenty of reviews and user experience for them. While some of them are a bit more analytical than most users are used to, they are all pretty fun and warm and not so boring like traditional studio monitors.

Even if we look at the lower budget gaming headsets <100USD, many without any 7.1 simulation, we can find plenty of better sound headphones, especially if we don't need a soundcard.

u/MisinformationALLDAY · 4 pointsr/headphones

What on earth is emo hip hop.

Anyway check out the Creative Aurvana Live

u/aderra · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

The studio standard: MDR-7506

u/Dodgeballrocks · 4 pointsr/audio

Standard Sound Guy Headphones from Sony. They are designed to be very accurate, they come very close to reproducing the sound signal the way it is. Most other headphones color the sound in some way which is fine if it happens to suit your taste but for me, I want the sound as close to way it was recorded and mixed as possible.

There are more expensive headphones that are more accurate, but they are comfy and durable and nearly every working sound engineer has a pair or three. (I own two) so they are the best set that fit your budget.


I actually at work right now (I'm a video recording tech so I need to listen to the video recorder's audio input often) and me as well as three other guys on the crew today all have a pair of those Sony's.

u/rebldomakr99 · 4 pointsr/howardstern

There is a pretty large audiophile community that really obsesses over this stuff which is where I was able to find some answers.

THIS appears to be what you can buy without modding it like Howard has done:

I believe on the audiophile sites they explain the cord was modded for the show or something along those lines. are the devices you see some of the guests use (I think most famously was Ellen) if they don't want to mess up their hair. I've heard speculation they buy them in bulk and throw them away after each use if the guest doesn't keep them.

It's pretty cool finding radio forums that really get into the technology Howard has used over the years, he always seems to be on the cutting edge. Literally pages and pages of discussion on his equipment without one wig reference.

u/SinnU2s · 4 pointsr/GoodValue

Sony MDR-7506 - 4.5 Stars on Amazon, over 800 Reviews. Under $100 and Prime eligible.

u/iwearcr0wns · 4 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

Some people think that "bass boosted", "closed back", "noise isolation/cancellation", "virtual surround", are good things when it comes to headsets for csgo. Honestly had some of the best sound with these cheap things when I was looking for headphones.

Edit: For those in the market, the most important thing to look for are ones with open/semi-open back for a wider soundstage and something with decent sounding treble. Bass is only going to make things harder to hear so avoid anything that's over the top.

u/Lurkily · 4 pointsr/oculus

The equipment pictured are:

The Rift S, and updated Touch Controllers.

Command mini-hooks to mount the touch controllers in grabbing position when not in use.

Saitek X45 HOTAS setup - I found a number of these used available for around $45. They no longer support Windows 10 with their drivers, but these work fine for me with the older drivers. No link because any link to a used set will be sold soon after it's posted.

Selfpro men's sweat wicking headbands. They help reduce sweat and heat in the headset, as well as hold your hair back so it can't grease up your lenses.

Koss KSC75 headphones. Take off the clips and just tuck them under the headband, over your ear. Wind the cord around the halo over your ear, so that at rest they dangle in the right palce. The clips snap-off and snap-on, so prying them off won't damage them.

Three inch googly eyes. Easily the most important part of this kit after the headset itself.

Amazon Basics rechargable batteries.

Universal battery charger with LCD display.

Powerpax storacell AA battery caddy, so I don't have to fuck about with loose batteries. Take batteries from the right, add recharged batteries on the left. If you don't pack it 100% full, the empty space can show you which batteries have the oldest recharge - first in, first out.

Cheap and shitty A-frame computer desk.

Not pictured: Shitty Essentials armless swivel chair

EDIT: There are not any custom grips. The stock straps are hitched to the ring and re-attached.

u/StraightToVideo · 4 pointsr/livesound

$50 Sony MDR-v6 headphones. These are what I use for most of my live gigs, they're good enough to do a very good job, and not so expensive that I'm scared to take them out of the studio. Usually they run around 80-90, this is a pretty great deal.

u/brianwc · 4 pointsr/gadgets

There's no reason to spend twice as much money for some branding by Dr. Dre or whoever. The Sony MDR-V6 Monitor Series Headphones for $77 will reproduce every frequency your ears can hear, will last forever, and feel great.

u/And_You_Like_It_Too · 4 pointsr/PS4

You might do a deep dive into /r/headphones and you could ask in /r/headphoneadvice — I think what they’ll tell you is that if you were to buy a “gaming headset” with your $300 budget, you end up sacrificing some of your potential sound quality in order to get that microphone attached.

Whereas you can buy a really nice pair of headphones and then spend $30 or less on a V-Moda BoomPro Mic (or something like it) which basically acts as the cord between your headphones and headphone jack and has a flexible boom mic, a volume dial, and a mute switch. There’s another one that you can stick to the side of one of the headphones either with a magnet or sticky too, depending on the type of headphones you buy and what you prefer.

I bought a pair of Fidelio X2/HR headphones that cost $325 just over a year ago, but you can get them for $150 now. Really comfortable band that operates sort of like ski goggles so it doesn’t squish your head, and will fit a fucking watermelon if it needs to. I bought them because I was looking for a “unicorn” that I could wear for movies, games, TV, and music. They sound fantastic, though they’re even better when you plug them into an amp/DAC (I plug them into my home theater receiver’s headphone out jack and crank it up).

Another really highly recommended one are these Sennheiser HD600 Open Back Headphones for $300 from Amazon Prime right now.

Or there’s these BeyerDynamic DT 770 Pro Studio Monitor Headphones that come with an Antlion ModMic so you don’t have to buy the microphone separately, and they’re $189 from Amazon right now, and you could spend the remainder of the $300 on a dedicated headphone amp/DAC that will boost the volume/bass/output and help you get the most from them.

Another popular recommendation is a more traditional gaming headset — the Arctis Steel Series Pro + Game DAC for only $175 — the DAC boosts the headphones and provides DTS:X Headphone (for virtual surround sound). It’s the wired edition, but you could pay more for a wireless if you want.

Anyhow, maybe this will be helpful and give you a couple ideas, but they should help you more in /r/headphone advice if you tell them your budget and what you’re trying to do and what you’re looking for. Read the sidebar so you know the posting format so more people will respond. Hope you enjoy whatever you get! A home theater system is worth saving up for, and eventually you can turn a 5.1 system into a Dolby Atmos system by adding two height channels (so long as you invest in a receiver that is Atmos capable from the start). Come the PS5, I’m hopeful they’ll support it and DTS:X as the XBOX One does now, but they’re also working on their own 3D sound format. Go to a home theater store and have them demo DolbyAtmos for you (especially on a game if possible) and you’ll see how much it adds. You can get a decent home theater system for far cheaper than you used to be able to, but it’s worth it to save up the money and buy something you’re really gonna be proud to own for at least 5-10 years if not longer.

u/djdementia · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Beginners kits get asked often here. Here is what I wrote up a few weeks ago for beginners kits:

A beginners kit on a tight budget ~$180:

u/Bottomonium · 4 pointsr/ZeosReviews

Hi Zeos,

Which combination would you recommend?


u/Konf1ikt · 4 pointsr/metalmusicians

Hey, I can actually make a solid recommendation! This must be my lucky week for posting here.

I've got a pair of AKG K240 mkII's I love very much. I got them at a good deal on Amazon when I ordered the old version and they sent me the new version either by accident or through trying to phase out the old version. In short, they sound fantastic. They're pretty flat in terms of frequency response, but being over-ear they still have pretty deep-sounding bass. I've found them really nice for recording and mixing.

The only downside I can think of is they can get pretty uncomfortable over long periods of time, but this is definitely a personal thing, as I have pretty weird-shaped ears that have bits of flesh sticking out everywhere.

If you can't afford the the $110ish pricetag (I couldn't when I got them), it appears Amazon still sells the original version for around $70. They are (according to what I've read) almost exactly the same headphones in terms of drivers/construction, just with less padding and fewer accessories (the mkII's come with a second replaceable cable, a different set of ear pads, and an 1/8" to 1/4" adapter). I have no doubt these would also be an excellent investment if they in fact are the same headphones as the ones I own. Here are the originals.

Hope this helps!

u/zuter · 4 pointsr/cscareerquestions

I love my AKG K 240's for under $60. As /u/bliss16 said open headphones will leak, but I'm in an open office with close neighbors and no complaints. I keep the volume moderate; sound is barely noticeable when I take them off to check. Besides sounding better I can't stand wearing closed headphones for hours.

u/onliandone · 4 pointsr/buildapcforme

I might have missed something, but I don't think that's possible. Which racing game are you thinking about?

Yeah, you could get one monster PC with multiple processors and SLI, but afaik VR does not properly work with that. Multiple GPUs each running their own OS? Maybe possible, but that's too much tinkering, and not guaranteed to work at all. 4 gpus would also be too much for the board, I think.

But $20,000 is a lot of money. Let's say the four seats cost $5000, as with The displays could cost under $1000, 4x For the wheels, Logitech makes good ones, though they are expensive: 4x, $1500 (edit: Note the alternative recommendations in the comments to this comment, apparently this wheel is not a popular option). Keyboard 4x, $300. The headphones, is an option, $220. Though maybe you want closed ones.

That leaves for the interesting part $12000, for the PCs. And of course that is more than enough to get 4 VR capable gaming PCs:

pc-kombo shared list

CPU | Intel Core i7-7700K | $338.79 @ superbiiz
Motherboard | Gigabyte Z270XP-SLI | $139.99 @ newegg
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX blau DDR4-3000 CL15 (16 GB) | $139.99 @
SSD | Samsung 960 EVO Series NVMe 250GB TLC - (250 GB) | $129.99 @ newegg
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC | $699.99 @ newegg
Case | be quiet Silent Base 800 Midi-Tower - orange | $108.99 @ superbiiz
Power Supply | Seasonic G-Series (550 W) | $69.9 @ newegg
CPU Cooler | Arctic Freezer i32 | $19.99 @
Operating System | Windows 10 Home 32/64-bit USB Flash Drive | $106.99 @ superbiiz
| Total | $1754.62
| Generated by pc-kombo 15.04.2017 |

External Storage has too many options, could be as simple as linked to one PC, or a real NAS system. But that would be a topic of its own.

So, given that gigantic budget possible. Practical? Well, on you to judge. You definitely want to double-check everything I wrote, it is not like I (or anyone around her, most probably) has ever created a setup such as this before.

u/123kyran123 · 4 pointsr/buildapc

Blue snowball is certainly the best for good recording, while the Samson Meteor is great too. Usually the Samson is a lot cheaper than the blue snowball, but seems like it's not the case here.

Go with the Blue snowball. It'll last you a long while for sure!

Another thing, why would you get an headset if you already are using an Mic? That is now-a-days the only benefit over an headphone.

Headphones have overall much better specifications for better prices. Here are a few to check out:

  • Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro. It's a great headphone for gaming. It has an open back, which gives you a much better soundstage, which you want for gaming.

  • Audio Technica ATH-M50(X) is another good option although it is more of a bassy headphone. So hearing clear footsteps will be harder, but listening music on this thing is a lot more enjoyable for sure.

  • Takstar HI 2050. this is not a known headphone and I haven't personally used this headphone. But seeing from specs and topics from other poeple this headphone has very clear and detailed tones with a decent soundstage, which makes it a good choice for gaming. Not so much for music.

  • AKG K240. Is another decent option although the more expensive K550 would be more enjoyable to listen to.
u/ImMufasa · 4 pointsr/xboxone



Mod Mic

That headset is better than any turtle beach or astro by far and the mic is also leaps and bounds better than anything that comes with a console gaming headset. Every gaming headset, especially console gaming headsets, are a complete rip off.

u/JSM357 · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

never get a gaming headset, just get a nice pair of open back headphones within your budget range (example ) and get an Antlion modmic 4.0 .

u/GeneralEren · 4 pointsr/vinyl

These are what I have. Sennheiser HD 558 and apparently they are half off right now so yeah go with these. I cannot recommend them more. Also half off? there ya go.

u/HauntedMidget · 4 pointsr/programming

Shure SE215. Good sound quality, great isolation, detachable cable and extremely comfortable. IMO the best IEMs in that price range.

You could also visit /r/headphones if you want to look at more options. There's a daily recommendation thread for these kind of questions.

u/ARM160 · 4 pointsr/EDC

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u/Jedi_Pacman · 4 pointsr/headphones

These just went on sale for $60

u/siIhouettes · 4 pointsr/androidaudio

Shure SE-215K

Best $100 I've spent in a while.

u/jsu718 · 4 pointsr/worshipleaders

You can go with the monoprice 8320 if you need something cheap but decent. If you are wanting GOOD pro level equipment you pretty much jump to the $100 level and something like the Shure 215. You can also go custom IEM but that will start around $500 for something you will probably use the rest of your life.

u/4wh457 · 4 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

That board has ALC1150 (which is also properly implemented) so you should be fine without a soundcard as long as you stick to not too hard to drive headphones. If I was in your shoes and looking for affordable headphones mainly for gaming but that also work well for music or any other use case along with a good sounding microphone this is the combo I'd personally get: (because the stock earpads are fairly crappy despite the headphones otherwise being extremely good for the price)

All this would cost 66.97$ and beat any "gaming headset" under 150$. The ONLY gaming headset I'd personally trust/get is the GAME ONE by Sennheiser and even that is slightly overpriced for what you're actually getting in terms of headphone and mic sound quality. Pretty much everything else is either massively overpriced and/or sounds worse than a Koss Porta Pro.

u/SvedishBotski · 4 pointsr/audioengineering

My mastering professor a while back recommended these as a dirt-cheap pair of fairly decent reference headphones:

He said they're surprisingly good for mixing and mastering. Although you should avoid using headphones in general, if you absolutely have to, these will be a good cheap set.

Headphones in general seem to be a bit bass-heavy. That is in order to counteract the headphones lack of bass by design. It has to do with the way sound travels and the size of the speaker itself. Little tiny speakers in headphones cant accurately produce low frequencies. So they include EQ in various ways to trick the ear into hearing bass. Reference headphones exist, but they'll never replace a pair of good monitors in a good room. They can definitely work on a budget setup or when you just can't get access to a set of monitors though.

u/CuffRox · 4 pointsr/edmproduction


Any headphones with really light pressure, or headphones that have velor earcups. I personally use the Sennheiser HD598s. I have no problems with my ears aching after wearing them for hours.

u/D4nthr4x · 4 pointsr/headphones
u/techknowledger · 4 pointsr/lgg7

I prefer circumaural headphones -- completely cover your ears headphones. Higher ohm headphones take more power to push but filter interference better -- the higher the impedance, the lower the volume, however. This phone has no problem pushing up to 250 ohm headphones and all four DACs will operate with this impedance. I would recommend these:

They offer the best bang for the buck, IMHO, and are the lightest and most comfortable quality headphones I have had.

I also don't like noise cancelling headphones as they change the sound, IMO.

I am no audiophile, however, so I would recommend you visit and see what they are now recommending. I just know what works for me.

Here's a link to a post you may find interesting with a comment that I wrote containing more links:

Good luck!

edit: I see someone has posted before me and he offers good advice. You should try them before buying them or be able to return them without a restocking fee if you don't like them. I can only say what I like and that may not be your cup of tea.

edit 2: I prefer open headphones which leak a LOT of sound for others to hear but sound much better. If you are planning on travelling with your new headphones, you should probably get a closed version. The beyerdynamic DT 770 PROs are really good for that.

u/colonelmustard32 · 4 pointsr/headphones

This might interest you $100 cheaper:

I'm not entire sure what the difference between the premium or the Pro version. I have this exact model and I have been quite pleased with it.

u/LosdaVS · 4 pointsr/MillerPlanetside

Using these since 2009 and they not only sound superior compared to any "gamer-headset" but also will NOT brake. after 6 years my cans are still like new. they are comfortable for hours, have an incredible soundstage, every single part of it can be replaced if ever needed. the head-band is made of feather-steel, the mounting of the cans are steel, you really only can brake them with force on purpose.

there is one thing though, it has open cans, you hear things from outside very easily. if you prefer a more isolated sound, get these. same headphones, but closed design, the soundstage is a bit smaller and have a bit more emphasis on bass than the 990PRO, but having 80ohm you can drive them on your smartphone also.

the pricing on both of them should fit your budget.

edit: has no mic, but you're using a blueyeti anyway. also 6.3mm and 3.5mm audio-jack.

u/Embern54 · 4 pointsr/LearnCSGO

I mean, you would definitely be able to tell left and right, but other more specific directions such as 5m away on the right side of connector? Definitely not.

I would recommend getting some high quality headsets such as the Philips Fidelio X2HR or the DT 990 PRO .

Both are extremely high quality and you would easily be able to tell exactly where sounds are coming from. Also, for the price of around £120 they will sound better than any £200-500 speakers you can find.

Tl:dr Yes, you could tell left from right, but not anything specific. Getting a good pair of headphones is recommended.

u/danr3l · 4 pointsr/malefashionadvice

That's actually the highest you'll see them on Amazon. If you're looking for a good deal I'd wait - graph down the page shows they've been as low as $171, $215 recently.

u/Casters4eva · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales
u/Kami_no_Kage · 4 pointsr/PS4

Okay, you're not getting much good here. You're not going to get less bass or any kind of deficiency in sound, first of all. Good headphones don't not have bass or not have good bass, it's just different from the artificial stuff you'll hear on typical gaming headsets or beats. And the advantage with buying real, good, headphones, is that they can be used for anything. Music, movies, gaming, etc, they'll be better at all of it than anything you have right now.

You definitely want something open for fps gaming, but if it'll be a problem for sound leaking in or out, you don't necessarily need those. They'd be better, but they're not absolutely necessary.

I use HD598s. They're perfect for gaming, with a wide soundstage you won't find out of many headphones at all in this price range. Anything more expensive than this, and you're getting into diminishing returns for gaming imho.

If these are too expensive, they have a little brother called the HD 558s. These are nearly identical in sound according to most people, as they use the same drivers and thus the difference in sound is from materials, and a simple mod that removes the foam in the cups supposedly makes them nearly indistinguishable.

Now, for something closed, I would maybe suggest something along the lines of V-moda Crossfadess or the very famous ATH-M50x.

I'm not a huge fan of ATH-M50s, they're pretty overrated nowadays, but lots of people use them for gaming, and since you're starting off, they're likely better than anything you have right now.

If you need a mic, may I recommend a Modmic. They attach to your headphones, they're pretty good value. If they're too expensive along with a pair of headphones, you'd really be fine with any old cheap mic. Even a $10 one would probably be comparable to some expensive "gaming headsets", believe it or not.

Since this has already gotten really long, PM me for any IEM recs. And check out /r/headphones for much more information, probably better than anything I have here.

Good luck!

u/Peejaye · 4 pointsr/buildapc

If you're leaning towards a headset, go with the Kingston HyperX, otherwise if you want more out of your budget go visit /r/headphones and get suggestions from them.

A modmic/Sennheiser will go a much longer way.

u/ohem · 4 pointsr/malefashionadvice
u/CricketDrop · 4 pointsr/AskMen

I don't really know much about earbuds. I'm not a typical user though. I like circumaural ones. These were like $250 when I got them but they're much cheaper now.

u/DildoFingers · 4 pointsr/CodAW

Don't buy into "gaming headsets". A nice pair of headphones with an external mic will give you way more sound quality. If I were you I would get:

Sennheiser HD 598's-

Ear Force DSS2 - (not sure what is up with that first picture)

Zalman clip on mic -

Then you'd need an adapter to hook up a 3.5mm audio to whatever controller you're using. You can simply get a male 2.5mm to female 3.5mm adapter (won't give you chat volume control) or you can use something like this if you're using a Xbox 360.

This setup is almost exactly what I use and it's amazing. I use Sennheiser HD 380 Pro's and Ear Force DSS1.

u/sammydizzo · 4 pointsr/hiphopheads

Sennheiser HD 598, I got them for Christmas and they have great quality and are really comfortable. I think they're also on sale right now.

Sennheiser HD 598 Over-Ear Headphones

u/realmain · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales




Those were the ones I used and ended up deciding to get a Sennheiser HD 598 with an Antlion Modmic Uni-Directional, which are an amazing combo.

u/admiralnorman · 4 pointsr/buildapc

> Superlux hd668b

This is a terrible recommendation because they are a gateway drug to owning 3 different pairs of cans for no reason along with a Desktop headphone amp.

Also the Superlux HD 681 are $29 and would also work well. ;-)

u/PrestoCG · 4 pointsr/headphones
u/iTomate · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile


I don't know A LOT about audio quality and what to consider when buying topnotch headphones, however:

A few months ago I was looking for a gaming headset (headphones+mic) myself and found the following combination on a German web page (their discussion board is very appreciated in Germany):

Superlux HD 681 - £27 on Amazon

Zalman Zm-Mic1 - £10 on Amazon

I never had expensive headphones before but the guys on the board stated that the Superlux HD681 go head to head with some €150 AKG headphones. I, for my part, have no comparison but I really like them and have yet to find their downside. The mic is good too, but it falls of the cord quit frequently cause I move quite a lot.

I also bought the headphones along with velvet ear cushions like those (£10 on Amazon), which make long gaming sessions very comfortable.

You now spent only about £47 so you still have half of your budget for a nice audio card, enhancing your audio-experience even more.

I hope I could support you a little bit for your buying decision and please excuse me for my bad English. =)

Edit: formatting

u/Gargarlord · 4 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Under $60 is a bit of a struggle for good quality headphones but here is one for about $30. If you wanted a more open design, here is another just over your price range.

u/Apap0 · 4 pointsr/Competitiveoverwatch

Buy headphones made for listening to music, and not for 'gaming'. For instance these got better audio quality than any gaming headsets.

u/pridetwo · 4 pointsr/headphones

These are big cups, removable/replaceable cable, and decently good sound for the $44 they cost

They are semi open tho so depends on if you don't mind some music leaking out and outside sounds leaking in.

Or you could spend $50 for ZMF oval pads in cowhide that will last forever and you can just slap them on to every headphone you use

u/GReedyGRapefruit · 4 pointsr/boardsofcanada

Any good headphones would work. You can refer to /r/headphones' recommendation page.

Personally I can recommend Superlux HD668b's if you're on budget. Best sounding headphones for the price.

u/WillMase · 3 pointsr/DotA2

You thought about getting some good headphones and a separate mic? You can get a decent speedlink clip on mic (google speedlink spes) for £5 in the UK which isn't much more in Euros then just get a decent pair of headphones on top. You know companies charge extra just for putting the word 'gaming' in the name of the headset.

Pros of separates:

Can wear headphones outside without looking like a goon

Probably better quality


Not 'all in one'

Just a suggestion.

I'm a bit of an audiophile and sound nerd and for your budget these headphones are meant to sound as good as headphones that cost a lot more:

GL with what ever you decide to do!

EDIT: If you can push your budget more these headphones are meant to be exceptional at their price point too

u/EMoneySC2 · 3 pointsr/Bass

I highly recommend these Superlux headphones. Fantastic at their price point.

Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones by Superlux

u/OverdoseDelusion · 3 pointsr/gaming

No, no it isn't.

I picked up a Innogear Cardioid and a seperate pair of Superlux HD668Bs for a hell of a lot cheaper, and with amazing audio quality, both Mic and Headset.

I even bought Velour pads for the headset for extra comfort, and STILL cheaper, and i have no Static Interference and i can hear an enemy fart from 3 floors up with pinpoint precision.

Stop thinking you need to pay stupid prices for lower quality, you are paying for the word "gaming".

u/tgujay · 3 pointsr/hardwareswap

Shipping kills it but these are pretty much the best headphones you'll get for $30.

On Amazon here for pretty much the shipped price without having to wait for MassDrop.

If someone has them and wants to sell they could probably be had for $30 or less here.

u/1311854 · 3 pointsr/Bass

I live in an apartment... I don't think I would be able to practice without headphones.

I plug these into a DI and they sound pretty good..

If you are looking for headphone advice, check out r/headphones; It is a great sub with a lot of good advice on buying headphones.

u/NagyAudio · 3 pointsr/buildapc

To add onto this: SHP 9500s are amazing for their price. They easily compete with $100-$150 headphones. I'd say they are well worth going over budget by $5 for.

The cable on them is removable and just a standard 3.5mm cable. HUGE plus here, mainly because the cable they come with is not great, but also because it allows the use of a VModa Boom Pro. So they would basically be a gaming headset with that attachment down the road.

If you can't splurge the extra money, opt for a Superlux HD668B for around $40.

u/Daktush · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

>Why go AMD? I ask because I could still go either way

Better all rounder. Support underdog (better for industry if you care). Socket is new meaning you will have easier time upgrading. Longer lifespan because significantly better multithreading.

>Adaptive sync?

Freesync/Gsync. They match refresh rate of monitor to graphic card output Hz. Makes big difference in smoothness and screen tearing - Gsync (Nvdia version) has a pretty significant premium. You are locked to one of the two depending on your graphics card manufacturer (AMD=Freesync, Nvdia=Gsync)

>PSU is one of the last things I want to upgrade.

You mean you want the one you buy to last you a long time? I tell you, you are most probably overpaying for capacity you will not use with that build but if you have an upgrade path in mind sure

>I can't really afford a SSD with the price of the GPU right now:(

Dig under a couch and get a 128gb SSD. Throw fans out, downgrade PSU, MOBO, throw paste out even downgrade CPU if you have to (yours would pair better with 1070 anyway). SSD is the best upgrade you can make to your comp and it is cheap as fuck

>What external optical would you suggest?

Cheapest, likely use it once or twice then it will sit gathering dust somewhere. But in any case it's good to have one (well, not a computer case)

>Why the g502?

Most recommended gaming mouse, absolutely brilliant. Only complaints I have ever heard are that it is a little too big and a little too heavy even without its adjustable weights on. Mice guide from logicalincrements

>Those Logitech are 40$

Suit yourself. These ones I got for 15 bucks on sale and I bet they sound better

Edit: Just made a comment for someone just ascended with websites you might find useful

u/Suicidal360Flip · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The deal they are having in Amazon was the reason why I went with the 250 Ohm. It worked out because thats all my sound card can push.

u/H4CK3R314 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Check on ebay or craigslist for some second hand gear, always a great way to start. I just picked these up, they're super comfortable for long use and sound great, maybe a bit too much on the low-end, but nothing a simple EQ can't fix. The Sennheiser HD 598's are also fantastic. Amazon is also having a sale on headphones right now, so you can dig through that a bit too. I would also try to test your tracks on as many systems as possible, and put an EQ on your headphones to try and get them to match the sound you are looking for

u/MareDoVVell · 3 pointsr/headphones

The Pro, from everything I've read, only has the downsides of being 250 Ohm(though there is a premium version that is 250 Ohm) and having a less comfortable, tighter fit(apparently for DJ'ing). Otherwise they are supposedly the same as all the other versions. I'm absolutely in love with mine and only spent $164 for them new on Amazon

u/Gerarddp · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'm looking to buy one of the following:

  • Astro A40
  • Sennheiser PC 360
  • Sennheiser HD 558
  • Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro

    With an Asus Xonar Dg Pci.

    My priority is comfort, I want ones that don't press against the ears and don't get them warm. Mic is not a priority (I have a clip mic), but if two of them are equaled I'll get the ones with a mic.

    I listen mostly to electronic music.
u/BananasApeUnicorn · 3 pointsr/headphones

It appears you left a mobile link, here is the full site.

Here is the price history of the Beyer DT990. This is sort of a normal price, only $10 below average.

u/PixelPhoenix · 3 pointsr/battlestations

I personally use Beyerdynamic DT990s 250hm along with a FIIO E10k amplifier but if you're looking for something a little cheaper then I would recommend that you look at Sennheisers HD series such as the 518s or the 558s. Check out /r/headphones they will also have some more recommendations over there.

u/alligatorbilly · 3 pointsr/lgv20

After you find some earbuds, look at getting some cans. These are amazing on my V20. DT990 by Beyerdynamic.

u/PostalFury · 3 pointsr/lgv20

Personally, if you're wanting to get some solid cans, you can't go wrong with the HD 598s from Sennheiser or the DT 990 Pro from Beyerdynamic. Both sound fantastic on the V20, and have solid build quality.

r/headphones is a step in the right direction if you'd like to know more!

u/Festus_Clwnkilr_Krex · 3 pointsr/headphones

So i'm burning out from research, so hopefully you guys can help me out with my question.

I'm getting a Fiio e17 for christmas and a new set of cans.

I've narrowed it down to either Grado 225e
or Beyerdynamic DT-880s 250 ohm

my quandary is whether to go with the grados which are 32 ohm or the beyerdynamics which are 250 ohm.
I'll be using them with the fiio amp linked above. Will the fiio even improve the grados since they have such a low impedence?

u/shitty_hdr · 3 pointsr/apple

Don't downvote this person. I bought for the first time "real" headphones. Beyerdynamic DT990 and now I can't listen to anything with lower quality. The number times I bought Porta Pro (they are great by the way) and other low priced headphones, I could have bought one good ones.

I recommend to buy something good right away instead of buying in small increments bad ones.

Edit. Don't become a full audiophile :) It's not cheap. Beyerdynamic DT990 was/is half the price when I bought them.

u/AdoreShitYuki · 3 pointsr/audiophile

As someone with an average, maybe slightly more so, sized head, I recommend the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro's. There are enough reviews on these to vouch for how well these sound, so I'll just comment on its comfort: It's like having a pillow fastened to my head, just look at those large comfy velour earpads. I can easily wear these for hours at a time without issue. They're relatively inexpensive too :)

u/labx7 · 3 pointsr/edmproduction
u/wewladendmylife · 3 pointsr/SiegeAcademy

I use a pair of DT990 pro headphones and attached one of these magnetic microphones.

I'd pick up a pair of over-ear headphones if you see one in your price range. If you need a mic you can pick up a lapel microphone for pretty cheap. I just find that most gaming headsets are overpriced for the sound quality.

u/kilspeed111 · 3 pointsr/headphones

The HD558 are slightly over your price limit ($119 as of right now)

There isn't really much I can say about them, they're just plain awesome, and sound a lot like their more expensive brother, the HD598 (although the HD598 is somewhat more durable, they are $199 which is a lot over your budget. If you're willing to spend that much, the HD598 would be a better choice).

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them!

Edit: If you're not willing to shell out that much, the akg k240 is also an excellent headphone.

They are an absolute STEAL at their current price. I own them myself and I think it's one of the best headphones ever made at that price.

u/Azerua · 3 pointsr/headphones

Hey Guys, These headphones recently broke, and I have about £150 to spend on a set of headphones and I really want to get my first pair of good quality and really very good pair.

Source - ASUS Xonar DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card

Requirments -Mostly at home, but may walk to university as well or use at university.

Preferred type of headphones - Over-ear.

At the moment I'm looking at the [Sennheiser HD 598] ( Headphones/dp/B0042A8CW2#Ask) Versus the [HD558] ( My question is, Are these the right headphones for me? and will I be able to tell the difference?
Ps, I game alot, and listen to a lot of liquid drum and bass!

EDIT* I've heard the HD598's are very bad with house and elctro music, (Two genres I'm quite into) Could anyone suggest headphones of similar look and feel that are good with these genres of music? ****

u/ambyance · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

submit this link to amazon product page for "tell us about a lower price?"

if enough people submit, theyll pricematch. dont bother chatting up csr cuz they wont do it

u/Rechirax · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
  1. Don't buy a Kraken 7.1. Gaming headsets have shitty audio/mic quality and are prone to break fairly quick(My brother had his share of Krakens)
  2. Buy this instead.

    This will make the best headset you will have for about the same price range of a Kraken.
u/MarcoAcheron · 3 pointsr/audiophile

As a fellow gamer I was in the same boat about a year ago. I grew tired of using ear buds so I started down the audio road. Luckily, before I spent any money, I came across this video on gaming audio myths, as well as the video /u/kronbison posted . Long story short, I settled on a set of entry level headphones (not headset) paired with an entry level DAC+AMP combo.

And what a difference it made. With the new set up I could easily tell where other players are, and tell which direction the footsteps come from. I highly recommend looking into this setup as a guide. And the quality of audio is excellent for my junior audio ears. But like anything else, read the side bar and judge for yourself. I bet that you wont regret making the switch.

My setup:

Headphones: Sennheiser HD558

DAC: Schiit Modi 2 Uber

Amp: Schiit Magni 2 Uber

My setup goes PC to DAC via SPDIF optical, DAC to AMP via RCA cables.

u/sandman369 · 3 pointsr/CasualConversation

Sennheiser has a good range of stuff. This looks like an awesome deal

u/JamesFuckinLahey · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

First you need to decide if you want open or closed headphones. Open often have a better sound stage (for the price) and often sound a bit better, but at the expense of having almost no attenuation of outside sound. They also leak sound. Closed cans (like my #1's, Beyerdynamic DT770s) shut out the outside noise and usually have better bass response. There's plenty of other information out there so I'll let you do your own research on what you would prefer.

I'll just put up my top picks for each category (that I've actually listened to), but you can get way deep at Head-Fi and they will be able to give you better suggestions.

For Open Cans:

  • Sennheiser HD 558

    For closed cans:

    *Beyerdynamic DT 770

    Note, on the Beyers, the price is a little higher than you wanted and they're 250 ohm, so you'll need a preamp of some sort to drive them (they might be quiet on a sound card, I don't know I have the more expensive 80 ohm version)

u/Scooternuts · 3 pointsr/headphones

HD 558s I think will be the general agreement for this. This is the updated version of the 555s I think.

u/SearingPhoenix · 3 pointsr/buildapc

40 dollar headphones are actually... not that bad... if you buy right.

Now, I would put segmentation of headphones like so:

0-20 dollars: The "I'm probably going to break these, so I'm not going to spend much money," segment. If you're not buying them for risky usage scenarios, spend more money.

$30-50: Here's where you'll start seeing your money doing some work. Sony makes some fantastic headphones in this range. Something like the Sony MDR7506, Sony MDR-V55/BRs, JVC HARX700s, HARX 900s, or Audio Technica ATH-M30s.

$100-200: You aren't going to see significant gains over $50 cans until you break the $100 dollar mark. For instance, the ATH-M50s or Sennheiser 558s are (supposedly) fantastic. I personally have a pair of V-Moda Crossfade LP2s that give me fantastic audio quality to my ears.

Above that, I haven't done a whole lot of research. I believe segmentation hits again and you won't see a good gain until you start spending around 250-300 for studio-grade stuff, then another step up to 500+ for high-end studio and audiophile-grade equipment, but that's just kind of what I remember seeing.

u/feetsarefailing · 3 pointsr/Vive

I bought Sennheiser HD558's based on a recomendation in another thread. They were described as good audio quality, good soundstage, good enough not great bass. But extremely comfortable.

And that is what they are. My legs are worn out long before I even notice the headset. I'm not an audiophile, but the quality is great in my opinion. And they are just under $100 USD.

u/kaliboy1 · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

You can get these factory refurbished on Amazon for $63. I have purchased three of them and they all came in flawless condition. The packaging left a lot to be desired but the cans themselves looked brand new. All three still working flawlessly 2 months later. (

u/Nixflyn · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

As low as $85.56 from Amazon warehouse deals if you don't mind a damaged box. Check the used section. I got mine that way and the only thing wrong with them was the box had a corner that was dented.

u/BlinGCS · 3 pointsr/twentyonepilots

iems are right up your alley. i personally recommend the Shure SE215's. I have them and they have great sound quality, isolation, and they're comfortable.

u/YouAreWhatYouEet · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

Shure SE215. They're rated to block out 37 decibels and are super low profile. I just picked up a pair after using some cheap headphones for a few months and I'm really diggin' them!

u/xsoccer92x · 3 pointsr/headphones

It's hard because there are so many viable suggestions that could be made but here's a couple you should check out.

  1. HIFIMAN - RE-400

  2. MEElectronics M-Duo

  3. Shure SE215

    edit: fixed link
u/pumpkinbundtcake · 3 pointsr/headphones

The Shure SE215s are within your price range and have identical build quality. They're more of a fun sound than the armature drivers in the 315s and a lot of people that have tried both prefer the dynamic 215s.

u/AwwHamburgers · 3 pointsr/headphones

I really recommend the Shure SE215. I bought my first pair 2 years ago, and was completely satisfied in every aspect.
I recently lost them, so I will be replacing them with the exact same model because they're just that good! (I mostly listen to electronic, and technical music),default,pd.html

u/rootbeerfetish · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Hi! I'm by no means an expert on the subject but I did learn a few things while pursuing a quality audio experience and its kind of turned into a new hobby.

Simulating surround sound was something I wanted to achieve as well when shopping for headphones a while back. Something I learned is that the headphones themselves can't really do this. The right kind of headphones (and sometimes software) can help this effect but you can't magically turn 2 channels (I.E. right and left) into 4 or more to get multi-directional sound. In gamery types of headphones, the marketing makes all kinds of claims that its the total fault of the headphones but it's simply not true.

The only real way to get a simulated surround effect in your headphones is if the source had this in mind from the get go. And after that good quality headphones can help a bit further. This can be easily demonstrated with this video. Plug in ANY pair of headphones in your house and for added effect? Close your eyes. Seriously even 3 dollar earbuds from the dollar store will work. And what you'll notice is a full high-quality multi-directional, surround sound experience from just youtube and whatever headphones you happened to try. Neat! But how?

Games and movies ect need to have an audio engineer design the sound with this concept in mind known as binaural. In games, this is usually the "headphone" mode in options settings. Or it'll just be on by default. There are times where a game simply won't have it and no amount of software can change that going into your headphones. Software can't magically know that the bullet was supposed to be behind you instead of in front of you.

What does this mean? That you can get virtual/simulated surround sound from pretty much any pair of headphones? Yes! Learning this concept to me was the beginning of something new. I started looking at simple high-quality headphones that could help make the effect even more dramatic.

I learned about open vs closed back headphones. Closed back headphones make you feel like the sound is sort of coming from inside your own head. This is fine especially if you want to block out other sounds from your room or house ect. Open back headphones let sound in your headphones from the outside, allowing for a more natural 3D effect in most cases. I did a lot of research on open back headphones. I ended up getting the AD900x's. I know this might be expensive-ish but there's a good option for optimal sound on a budget.

I got this combo deal for my fiance. You'll get an open back experience to help further the 3d effect you're after and ontop of that these headphones sound fucking GREAT for the money. Seriously makes me mad that I was buying gaming headphones for all these years leading up to what I learned. Check it out.

  • Headphones
  • Replacement earpads. (optional) The stock ones made me and my fiance's ear sweat like crazy. Not comfortable.
  • Microphone.

    Now, this is just a suggestion. Just use whatever you thought sounded better when it came to your logitech's or Beats after making sure headphone mode was on in the game you're playing. Hopefully, I've given you enough to do your own research on the subject. But. For the money? I found this combo to be amazing for gaming and surround sound. Just make sure you always turn on "headphone mode" in games and you'll get the 3D experience you're after. Learn more at


    TLDR; Some audio nerd info. I'd personally just use whatever you thought sounded better when it came to your logitech's or Beats after making sure headphone mode was on in the game you're playing. Seeing as the surround sound effect is mostly due to the source. If you ever want to try and make the 3D effect more dramatic I linked a suggestion on a budget.

u/Fleshgod · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/TyroKith · 3 pointsr/SSBM

I second using open or semi-open headphones. Originally I had these for reasons unrelated to Melee / gaming but I use these Superlux HD 668B headphones I got a couple years ago. At $50 they won't break the bank, and I've read that for the sound quality you're getting for the money they're quite nice.

Edit: I dunno anything about them but maybe the $40 semi-open Superlux HD 681 might be even better?

u/wilb0b · 3 pointsr/letsplay

I agree with having better headphones than cheapo-depot brand types. My old pair that I used to use which I would still recommend are the SuperLux HD668b. They might be a little steep but they're are actually close representations of a $300 pair of Beyerdynamic headphones. They have a close to flat response so that means they don't have any boosted audio in the lows, mids, or highs which makes monitoring audio way easier. Plus they're actually great for FPS games due to the open sound stage so you can hear directional audio much better. Music won't sound that great to an average listener but these are giving you a much closer and accurate sound of what the producer was hearing when engineering the audio.

u/VanillaWaferX · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Well I have a pair of these and they sound very good. Open back so good for gaming. But they also sound very good for movies/shows. I also have a pair of their cheaper pair. I would suggest the hd668bs if your budget is including the mic. (watch MD for them though as I got my 668b's for the same price as the 681's). Also if you decide to go with either of those. Get the AKG 240 comfort pads trust me. Enough of my biased suggestions. These are also decent, I have used a pair of these for gaming and they sound pretty good IMO. They would also be good for media.

There is other good headphones out there within your budget, but i won't recommend anything I haven't personally used. Read through what others suggest as well.

u/karmapopsicle · 3 pointsr/buildapcforme

Two ways to go. I will actually give you a decent headset recommendation just in case that's the way he wants to go.


Skullcandy SLYR in fact. Now of course the brand has done a good deal to gain a reputation of flashy products with low quality, but they absolutely upped their game with this one. Great sound quality, and a solid mic.

Headphones and mic.

For the mic, definitely a Blue Microphones Snowball. The Ice version is relatively inexpensive, and awesome for picking up voice for VOIP/games.

For headphones, there's a mountain of options available. Some good options however:

u/__REV__ · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I highly recommend against "gaming" headsets. They are usually overpriced for the components they use. I went with the route of using a set of semi-open back headphones and clip on mic for a bit. I've since upgraded to a NEWER condenser microphone. Either way:

Cheap but very good quality heaphones

super cheap but decent mic

Also I recommend these earpads. They lessen the low end a bit and make the headphones x100 more comfortable.

edit: just realized that's the "recommended combo" on amazon lmao. Either way its ~52 USD and a great deal. Compare the quality of this setup and its right up there with 100 dollar "gaming" headphones. Also semi-open and open headphones are great for FPS games because of the open soundscape.

u/singe8 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Budget : $200 - $300, but I'm flexible. I might go up to $400 if I think it'll be worth it. The less money I have to spend, the better, but I understand that quality comes at a price.

Source : Phone and PC

Requirements for Isolation : I'll mostly be using them at home. I'd take suggestions either way.

Preferred Type of Headphone : Full sized or on-ear.

Preferred tonal balance : Warm sounding, like you'd hear in a small, cozy room with soft carpeting and couches, as opposed to a spacious wood room.

Past headphones : Superlux HD668B: Pros: Nice highs for piano and synthesizers. Cons: Instantly uncomfortable. Clamp my ears. Ears get hot quickly. Mids and lows are underwhelming. Highs overpower all else. Not warm sounding in the slightest.

Past headphones : Apple Earpods: Pros: Balanced sound. Durable. Presentable in public. iPhone controls. Cons: Uncomfortable for extended use. Not very high quality overall. Sound is a bit muffled.

Preferred Music : A variety of genres, but primarily rock. Three of my most played songs that I feel represent my tastes in music best are This River is Wild, The Boxer, and The Reeling.

Some headphones I'm considering are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, Sony MDR1R, PSB M4U 1, Bowers & Wilkins P5, and Beats Studio 2.0 as a last resort.

u/nathris · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Absolutely. If you must get a gaming headset then go with a Razer Carcharias, but you'd be better off keeping your mic and better headphones, eg

u/tplink3r1 · 3 pointsr/WindowsMR

The SuperLux HD668B are not gaming headphones, but the audio is superior to what most high-end gaming headsets have and they are also very light, comfortable, and cheap. I think they should fit well on the WMR headsets, but i'm not completely sure and i can't test it on the Odyssey since it has headphones attached to it.

u/Will0saurus · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Honestly I'd stay away from 'gaming headsets' in general, they're typically overpriced just because they have a crappy mic built in. I have these headphones at the moment + a clip on mic and it's great for gaming, only a couple of quid more than the turtle beach ones.

u/Balcrim · 3 pointsr/Vive

I wanted some big-ish decent quality sounding headphones that had a short cord. II also wanted the headphones to stick well to my head, so no falling off while I'm jumping around like an idiot. What I ordered was these VERY inexpensive Superlux headphones. (Has great reviews for the cost. Don't really wanna use a gaming headset for this either.)

So there's that, along with a one foot extension cable

The idea of this was brought up by someone on the Vive Discord server. Forgot who it was, but kudos to him. Getting my package in this Friday.

u/Hobgoblinpie · 3 pointsr/headphones

I don't know if there is a Richer Sounds in Staines, but that and Sevenoaks are generally the better chain stores for headphones. It can be a pain in the arse trying to test headphones out in the UK.

If you want to get them cheaper, you could look into,, etc. No import or customs since they're EU, but usually significantly cheaper than the UK.

For instance:

u/DamnationSC · 3 pointsr/melodicdeathmetal

I use a pair of Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro 250ohms coupled with Schiit Magni and Modi for my headphone amp and digital/analog converter combo. The magni/modi combo is great for flat sound i.e doesn't add any extra sound qualities in the conversion or amplification (pro for some, con for others) and they power the 250ohm version of the DT-990 pros wonderfully. The DT-990 pros themselves are great metal headphones in my opinion. First off, they are the most comfortable headphones I've ever put on, I've worn them 8 hours a day for the past 2 months and sometimes forget they're even on. The soft velour earpads are fucking superb. Sound quality wise they're amazing as well. Massive soundstage, when I got them one of the first songs I played was Inside the Particle Storm- Dark Tranquillity and I was motherfucking blown away, and it doesn't hurt that they're good for FPS gaming as well. Amazing, punchy bass, but not overdone at all like you find in some DJ headphones. Good mids and nice highs. Some people find the treble on the dt-990s to be fatiguing but I've yet to come across that and even if I did I could get rid of the problem through the equalizer.

u/japaul32 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I would recommend a pair of HD 598's and a headphone amp. Or the AKG k701/q701.

I own the HD558, and Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro, and I use them in conjuction with a Schiit Magni. My favourite for comfort and overall audio quality is the HD558. If I want some more bass in my music I switch to the DT770 Pro.

Take a look at this

Edit: I'm assuming you're using onboard audio. If so, take a look at a amp/dac combo like this

Edit2: You guys in the UK get some great prices. Here's the DT990 Pro. Definitely want to get a headphone amp with this guy.

u/Crimtide · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm

I had once wanted wireless headphones too.. but quickly realized how terrible they are in comparison to the opposite.. especially for something I love doing, for long hours, all the time.. gaming... I wore Sennheiser headphones with a long 10 ft cable for 7 years.. I got tired of it getting caught and tangled and whatever.. Bought and returned 6 or 7 different wireless headsets/phones. Settled on a coiled cable headphone. The Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm. This is the only thing in your price range I would ever substitute for over my previous modded Sennheiser headphones. You will need an amp to drive these. If you have a headphone amp, these are great. Most modern motherboards are amped.

The reason I went with a coiled cable is because it doesn't tangle, it doesn't pull.. it just chills.. I ran an extension behind my desk and up the back side.. and the coil just lays on my desk top.. it's tense enough to not let it fall down my side, or off the desk.. but it doesn't tug at all.. I don't think I will ever buy anything else. If/when these die, I will buy another pair.

An added note.. if you end up researching these, and liking them, I changed my stock earpads out for these Brainwavz ear pads. They changed the sound profile a bit, added a bit more bass, and are more comfortable in my opinion.

u/classyjoe · 3 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

exactly this.

I might also add that it might be worthwhile looking into other options, since there's a lot of different headphones out there for varying tastes (like those people who are looking for more palpable bass sensation than what the Sennheiser models offer for example this headphone currently on sale. Most of the headphones that are considered comparable will be a little more expensive from what I've been able to find). No doubt in any case though that these are great deals on great headphones

u/Majinferno · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Simlar to what u/Twak83 and u/Markyy88 said.

Budget line up 1

  • Superlux HD681

    Open back, so you'll be able to hear your self somewhat.

  • for the mic, Zalman Mic

    Maybe the Samson Meteorite Mic instead? Sony clip-on condenser mic?

    I personally got my pair of used HyperX Cloud for $50. They're based off the Takstar pro80, a great pair of budget, entry level hifi headphones.

    Subs to check. r/hardwareswap r/avexchange r/headphones

    Definitely look at this vid:
u/DerpsterIV · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Forget about that headset completely.

Grab these headphones and a mic like this one

u/Taco-Time · 3 pointsr/ThriftStoreHauls
u/dramahitler · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I wouldn't bother with cheap headset, as you said they all break. Go with a pair of headphones and a clip on mic. A Superlux 681 with Zalman ZM-mic1 will cost you just over $30 but will net you much better quality and endurance:

u/ingloriousbaxtr · 3 pointsr/gaming

I love the sound quality on these. I wanted a nice pair of headphones for my PC but couldn't afford a super expensive pair. These fit the bill perfectly.

u/the_lost_carrot · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I took this advice and haven't looked back. With your budget I would look at these

then get a zalman mike for a few extra bucks. The

u/ozzyofpi · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Superlux HD668B - These are amazing for the price.

Zalman Mic - pretty decent for basic voice chat. Although if you're streaming or making videos, you'd want something better. It clips onto your headphone cable and uses your computers mic jack.

u/Immiscible · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'd probably recommend the Sennheiser HD 598, it's extraordinarily comfortable in the sense that it's very light and can be worn for 10+ hours without problem. The same can be said of my second recommendation, the Philips Fidelio X1. It's extraordinarily comfortable, perhaps more so than the 598's, with much more bass.

That being said, this link contains the most exhaustive list of headphones and how good they are for video games. Keep in mind that most "A" range headphones will need an amp, driving up the price.

u/Diaggen · 3 pointsr/headphones

AKG 701/702's or Senn 598's are both good choices in the $250 to $280 price range. The Senn's are more comfortable for long listening (headband on the AKG's can be hard on the head) but I prefer the sound of the AKG's. I will note that the AKG's require quality amplification. Laptops/sound-cards/MP3 players aren't going to do these any favors.

ATH-M50's are a popular choice more in the price range of the mdr-xb500's. Not having owned either of the Sony's or the M50's I can only go off reviews. I get the impression however that they have about the same bass accenting characteristics.

The ATH-AD700's I think are a really good all around headphone, especially at just over $100. The purple throws some people off, but it grows on you. I use this set for everything from late night gaming, tv/movie watching, and of course listening to music.

I'd recommend using these as a starting point. Read some reviews on Head-Fi or amazon (many head-fier's post reviews there, especially on quality or popular headphones).

u/waltzfordebby · 3 pointsr/piano

I use the sennheiser hd598 and highly recommend them.

They are open headphones though so anyone else in the room will easily hear the sound from your headphones

u/Snake2250 · 3 pointsr/osugame

I've heard these are nice.

u/orange-cake · 3 pointsr/buildapc

My setup right now is a pair of HD598s and an AT2020 USB+, and while I'm certainly not a hardcore enthusiast, from what I do know, it's one of the better/best combos you can go for without worrying about getting an amp, dac, or any of that. They both have different and/or newer versions available, but any jump up in tier will probably see a huge price hike (the hd600 would've been as much as the 598 and mic together, idk if you could justify that).

Both of them sound incredible compared to anything I've used in the past, and as a daily driver to bring with you places I couldn't recommend the 598's more (provided you buy a shorter cable; they're basically studio headphones and come with only a 3m one that's a huge hassle), and you can't do that with a headset!

Alternatively you can get a yeti, it's in a similar price range to the at2020 and I've seen a lot of good reviews. Personally I needed a mic that worked well with my super-deep voice, and I had read of some issues with the yeti that I haven't experienced with the at2020. I could be totally off base there though, I don't think it really matters too much! And if you do want to look into a DAC or and amp later on, the non-usb vesion of the at2020 is a good choice too

Tl;Dr for about $300 on sale you can get a great separate headphone and mic situation instead of dropping the same on a headset that might be lacking on one or the other.

Edit: autocorrect hates short words smh

u/sunnishly · 3 pointsr/headphones

Bought these for $249.95 on Amazon. They really haven't dropped much in price, but honestly I think they're worth every penny at full MSRP. The velour ear pads, coupled with the cushioned head-pad on the top make these cans extremely comfortable. They're pretty sturdy, so I can see them being used for years to come. Highly recommend these as a nice, quality pair of open headphones.

u/JimJamJamie · 3 pointsr/hardware

Couldn't you just get a nice pair of Sennheiser 558s and a Zalman mic? I'd recommend that over 'gaming' headsets any day of the week.

u/Ramzinho · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/DanTheManWithDaPlan · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

What a lot of people do is get dedicated heaphones like the Sennheiser HD 558 and an attachable Mod-Mic, or sometimes just a boom mic. This setup will general give better audio quality than most headsets, and you can just get a splitter for the headphones

u/TheAverageOne · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Indeed; if you want to focus more on audio quality and less on gaming/you already have a standalone mic, check out the Sennheiser HD 558. It's a tad cheaper than the PC350, and sounds better, but doesn't have a mic.

u/Kuusou · 3 pointsr/gamingpc

Buying yourself some stand alone headphones and a mic like the Zalman Mic1 would be a good idea. It's the path I have taken.

I am getting myself some HD558s and I have heard some good things about the ATH-M50s if you like the closed back style. A good friend of mine went with the Audio-Technicas and the Zalman Mic, he says he is really happy with the choice

u/poco153 · 3 pointsr/audiophile

Grado SR80i

Sennheiser HD558 or HD555

Furthermore, check out the Head-Fi threads linked in the sidebar and see if anything there meets your requirements.

u/s7vn · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/Unbiased_Bob · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

$95 Audio technica:

$98 Sennheiser:

First will feel like the sound is coming from inside your head, second will feel like you're at a concert, both are amazing for their price.

I got really close to your budget, but both companies have alternatives above and below your budget.

u/IHasIcing · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Sennheiser HD558 is just outside of your upper bracket by $2.99 on Amazon right now. I've never heard them, but having heard the HD598 recently, the HD558 should be a great candidate for you. The only downside would be these are open-back headphones, so they will leak a bit of sound and you can hear everything as if you don't have a headphone on at all.

For a closed-back headphone at that price range, lots of people recommends Creative Aurvana Live!, Sony MDR-V6, and Jaycar Pro Monitor Headphones (which is the same as this but less expensive). If you're into modding stuff, Fostex T50RP is considered one of the best headphone for modding and there's plenty of documentation online. Granted it is a tad over your upper bracket as well, thank the modders for that :D

u/Hyejii · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/mac404 · 3 pointsr/headphones

How long ago did you get them? Might be easier and cheaper to return them and get something that doesn't need a separate amp.

Spending $100 to power $40 headphones doesn't make a lot of sense when the alternative is spending that money on headphones that don't need an amp. That's especially true when the headphones you're trying to power are pretty harsh sounding. Something like the Sennheiser HD558 needs literally 20 times less power to get to the same volume and is under 100 bucks.

u/kjack9 · 3 pointsr/Vive

I got this one for use with my HD558s. I'm then running a 30 ft long headphone extension (15ft from computer to link box, 15 ft for Vive cable) back to a Behringer headphone amp and then a DAC. I also have other 15 ft extensions (DisplayPort, USB, power) from the link box back to my PC.

The end result? 30 ft of Vive leash, headphone cable is cable-wrapped back to a proper headphone amp and DAC. No plugging/unplugging, and good sound quality to boot.

Granted, take everything I just said above with the understanding that I don't have a Vive yet, and it might work great...or not!

u/LagrangianDining · 3 pointsr/promos

I'm not a fan of the M50's... they sound muddy, and hell, ever since the tsunami, those things have been like $160... (up from $110)

SONY MDR-V6 have been only at $75 since the tsunami (normally $70) and I think they sound exceptionally better, amp or no amp.

And I mean, if you want bassy sounding headphones, why don't you just try some Sennheiser headphones in the $199 range instead of blowing your money now? The damned Senn HD598 sound way better and are open so that you can enjoy clean bass and not have your ears a sweating mess.

Stop all the Audiotechnica fanboyism and look at headphones objectively. If I were obsessed about buying Japanese products, I'd bank up money to get the Denon D2000 instead. If I wanted some bassy headphones, I'd be looking at Sennheiser instead. If I wanted some fashion while getting cleaner treble, I'd be looking at AKG instead. If I wanted some light headphones with mid-range focus, I'd be looking at Grado. If I wanted some reference headphones on a budget, I'd be looking at Shure.

Come on, people, there are plenty of better headphones (from ATH themselves too! e.g. A900) to get at that price range.

Fuck the cult of M50 and their brainless fanboyism.

u/wazups2x · 3 pointsr/Rainbow6

I own them and I definitely don't recommend them for gaming. The soundstage for them is terrible. They're also not very comfortable for long periods of time.

I recommend the Sennheiser HD 598. EXTREMELY comfortable and a much better soundstage.

u/SnowSC2 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

This will kind of depend what you use the headphones for, but with that budget you can get some solid headphones.

Sennheiser HD598s are really popular. They are well priced for the sound quality and are extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

They are relatively low impedance so no amp is required but you may consider getting a DAC/AMP anyway, the cord they come with is 1/4".

u/EinTheVariance · 3 pointsr/headphones

what? That's grossly overpriced:

They go down to like $100 sometimes lol

u/cup_of_chino · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I finally caved on those white leather Sk8 Hi's thanks to this infamous picture. They're a little more snug than the suede/canvas ones but feel a lot more substantial. I wish they made these with stitched soles, but no biggie.

Also managed to cop these Sennheiser HD 598s on Amazon's lightning deal. Can't wait to try 'em out tonight.

u/Stoneyfrog89 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Ok but gaming headsets are crap. Get these then:

An insane deal. Your music will sound great too. I would get them myself if they would ship to Holland, but they dont.

u/amtrisler · 3 pointsr/battlestations

If you care about how good your audio sounds at all, upgrade your headphones and your speakers. I recommend the Sennheiser HD598 (HD598SE if you don't like the color) or the Audio-Technica ATH-M50. Both are very nice mid-range headphones, and will most likely completely change your outlook in sound. Go with the 598s if you can, but they are open headphones so anybody around you will be able to hear what you're listening to.

For speakers, I'm using the Swan M10. They have very very nice sound for their price, but they are extremely difficult to find. I got mine in for a little under $100. /r/audiophile will be able to give you some more recommendations for speakers, but I'm a headphone man myself so I don't know a whole lot about speakers.

Sennheiser HD598:

Sennheiser HD598SE:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50:

Swan M10:

Swan M10 Massdrop:

Looks like they're about to drop again, so if you're interested request the drop and you'll get an email whenever they go up for sale. If you have any question about headphones or audio in general feel free to ask. Check out /r/headphones if you want, we're pretty welcoming.

u/Marbanesa · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I used to have an M95, then i switched to the glorious G502. Comfty, infinite scroll and custom weights. I highly recommend the G502.

Best headphones i've ever used

u/Eternith · 3 pointsr/anime

So I stayed up from 3am to 8am last night to watch the 66th Kohaku music show, just because Love Live had a 3 min segment in it. But instead of tuning out after seeing it, I kept watching all the through and discovered a lot of amazing artists. I've spent the day looking up songs from SMAP, V6, EXILE, and Miwa to name a few.

I never realized how much good (Japanese) music there is out there outside of our narrow anisong bubble. I've been missing out. Anyone got recommendations?

Also I got my new Sennheiser HD 598 headphones today, which may also play a role in making this music sound so good.

u/gone421 · 3 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

I use Senheiser HD598's. I bought them for 150$ at B&H when I was in NYC a little while ago, best headphones I've ever owned. They're open back, so the soundstage is also very good. I've made insane calls where I told people the exact position somebody was during my deathcam before. 10/10

I have a desktop mic that I've had for about a year, the Blue Snowball. It's fantastic.

u/jbisch · 3 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

This is the regular price for these. They are almost always this price.

Amazon did have the SE version of these on sale for $99 for black friday.

u/Sneppz · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Fixed links :

best headset combo for under 100. period. you're welcome.

L.E. saw this after I posted. Exact thing @decked_out said.

u/toreytlow · 3 pointsr/xboxone

Headphones -

Mic -

The only thing you should know is these are open cans, which means they are not outside noise canceling, so if you need the TV sound in the living room for example to be out of your headset, a closed can headset is a better choice. If you have more questions I'm glad to help!

u/Zarphos · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Oh! 598 C's. I didn't know those existed. Here's what I was looking at. Thanks!

u/Blais_Of_Glory · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

What's your budget? Where do you live? What type of music do you listen to? Are you looking for headphones that can be used for gaming? Do you need a mic with the headphones? What is the music coming from? For example, if you're listening to music through your computer and your headphones are connected to the computer, you would be better off getting a DAC and amp combo (something like the Schiit Fulla/Schiit Fulla on Amazon or FiiO E10K or Audioengine D1 or AudioQuest DragonFly) and then getting better headphones. I personally have tried several different brands and Sennheiser are my favorites. I currently have Sennheiser PC 363D (on Amazon) for gaming, movies, and TV and have the Sennheiser HD 598 SE (on Amazon) for music.

u/mrselkies · 3 pointsr/audiophile

Just found these HD598's for $109.

u/Kerry56 · 3 pointsr/headphones

HD 598 is a good all rounder. Many like the less expensive HD 558 too, and it is said to have a little more bass. If you are in the US, Best Buy still sells the HD558.

u/ScaryColors · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

It depends on what you need- but if you play games where directional sound is important, AD700x headphones would be a phenomenal upgrade in sound quality to Astros. Then, after you get those, you can determine whether or not you want/need the soundcard. This soundcard does have a decent chip-amp (which IIRC is fairly neutral) if you can't achieve the volume you want, and the Creative software can do sound-shaping to help with surround sound in games, but you might not even feel that you need it after upgrading your headphones.

Fuller, rich sound- you'd probably want a desktop amp/dac stack
Less noise- not sure what you mean but if you have static on the line coming of the mobo or the Astros aren't EF shielded properly that could be the main issue

Edit- and then, if you use mic communication in game, you would need to add a mic to your setup, but it's well worth it

u/Voyevoda101 · 3 pointsr/oculus

Hey OP, I had this question a few days ago and asked someone who sounded like they knew what they were talking about. Here you go.

I ended up going with the Senn HD650s (though I havn't purchased them yet) which are far above your price range. Looking at buying guides and such from /r/headphones, I'd say you'll want this $150 pair from Audio Technica if you can dig up the extra cash. If not, then you'll have to look around.

Since you said gaming and classical music, you'd want to stay away from "bassy" headphones. Open ear would be preferred for the soundstage (compliments both classical music and gaming extremely well). Good luck.

u/Iceblack88 · 3 pointsr/GameDeals

Alright, here are my two options:

  1. The Audio Technica ATH-AD700X are my current headphones. They're $100 but they're worth every god damn penny. Gaming feels you're there, music feels like you're in the band. They won't sound much better than regular headphones if you connect them to a cell phone but if you use them at your computer then you will be surprised.

  2. I ALWAYS recommend headphone amps since I started experimenting with them. But they're not cheap at all, they are the same or even more expensive than the headphones themselves. Here's a good combo though: The AKG K 240 are just cheap enough that won't hurt but also good company enough to trust them. They're semi-open so they won't be as situational as the Audio Technica would but the sound stage is still good (Sound stage means when you can tell where a sound "comes" from. Like hearing a bullet or explosion to your left, of actually hearing the guitar on the front and the bass to the back of the track). If you do get these then I'd recommend one of the cheapest headphone amps the FiiO-A1.

    I'd obviously recommend you spend a little more to get the Audio Technica AND the amp, but I understand if you don't want to spend that much.
u/WTF404 · 3 pointsr/headphones

So I put this on yesterdays thread, but it was late at night so I'm unsure if it was seen at all. sorry if it was and just no one had any suggestions, ill put it here one more time.

I know its a lot, so please bear with me and I'm sorry for the wall of text. I have an idea of what I want, but first what im looking for in a headset;

Budget - 100 is my limit unless theyre REALLY good for my specific needs.

Source - LG phone, MP3 player, Desktop Computer, Laptop

Isolation - Preferably yes, if it can block out most things id be happy. I plan to use them at home, and if i can on the bus, public, but not much or nothing extreme like working out or running. My house however has a lot of sounds going on around it.

Preferred type of headphone - Full size, but I'm ok if they aren't, i am however looking for one with a mic or where i can attach a mic. If it doesn't have one well ill just need to find a mic as well.

Tonal balance - Honestly, I don't know, I love bass, but sometimes in certain things bass is too much and prefer balance or where i can hear all instruments.

Past Headphones - Philips SHE3590BK/10 (15 dollar), Creative Fatal1ty(got em when I just didn't care but now I do)

Music type - I like any kind, ranging from Rap, Metal, alternative, Pop, Dubstep, Trap, grunge, electric to Classical, smooth jazz, Big Band, Instrumental, Orchestral, Swing, Ska. I dont discriminate. But I do like listening to every instrument in a song, and i love a good bass.

Location just in case: Cali.

Prefer not to buy a AMP/Dac, at the moment money is tight.

I need headphones that are good for gaming/listening to the music i posted/movies, action, thrillers, horror, etc.
I know its a lot so its hard to pinpoint a tone as well as me being very inexperienced in Audio.

I also wear glasses, so some may not be too good for me and I might use them for long sessions.

Based on links provided by this sub and my own research here are some I've been looking at and have my interest with reasons as to why(based on just reviews and that guide and personal):

u/Ohsighrus · 3 pointsr/xboxone

Sonic is just as good. Anyone who argues otherwise while using a set of turtle beach gamer headsets or worse aren't people you want to take advice from. Want an advantage in Fortnite and PUBG? Then you need a large sound stage. To get the largest possible sound stage you want an open back headphone. Here are the best bangs for your buck for competitive FPS gaming.

Sub $100: Phillips SHP9500 paired with a vmodo mic.

Over $150: Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Audiophile Headphones paired with modmic.

/r/headphones if you disagree so that you can actually learn

u/rtkierke · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

AD700x and just grab a
Zalman mic until you can save for a better one.

u/Zashyr · 3 pointsr/Rainbow6

just picked these bad boys up cause of a friend suggestion and it's reviews for fps game performance is apparently unmatched. Played my first whole night with them last night and I think I ascended to audio heaven.

u/St0rmr3v3ng3 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you are looking for a headset you should consider headphones as an alternative. Massdrop got the HiFiMAN HE-350 for 100 bucks right now. Newegg got the Philips SHP9500S for 50 bucks.
Amazon has the Audio Technica AD700X for 103$.

Why would you buy a headset? They have poor quality, are prone to breaking frequently (usually by having either the cup on the microphone side dying or the headband snapping) and offer bad sound quality for the price as the majority of the budget goes towards "gamer" advertising and gimmicky design.

I believe the average PCMR member is very knowledgeable on hardware, gpus, monitors, keyboards etc but overlooks treating his ears appropriately.

u/Pontius_Pilot_ · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

ATH-AD900x $124 with DIG5 coupon

ATH-AD700x $105

The ad700x's were on sale recently for $73 if you wanted to wait for them to go on sale and the price for the ad900x's is the lowest I've ever seen.

Edit: BTW, these are headphones that are recommended for FPS gaming due to low/no bass and high positional awareness. You would have to buy a mic in order to talk. You could get a VMODA if you modded the headphones or just bought an external mic.

u/2capp · 3 pointsr/rawdenim

I was always a fan of the Shure in-ears. Little warm sounding for some people's taste. The SE215 is the current $100ish model. I was also really interested in the RHA MA750s for a while but ended up getting a grab bag from massdrop with some MEElectronics for cheap.

I wear glasses too and have never had any problem with over-ears. I used to daily drive a pair of Audio Technica AT-AD900x with zero glasses issues. The 700x is very nearly as good at costs around $100. Pads are plushy and never gave me any issues with pressing on the arms of my glasses.

u/PriceKnight · 3 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

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u/drakthorian0294 · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Audio Technica AD500x(114$) - Open Back Headphones

Audio Technica AD700x(144$) - Open Back Headphones


Audio Technica M40x(129$) - Closed Back


The difference between open back and close back is that open back headphones have the advantage of having better positional audioBut the disadvantage of typically lower bass quantity(although more accurate) and you can hear people around you(irl). The AD500x and AD700x are probably some of the

best headphones for positional audio at 150$ and below except for the that are a bit more expensive 144$. They also have good higher frequencies meaning that you'll be able to hear footsteps behind you

Where the enemy that shoots at you is located etc.

Closed backs on the other hand typically has a more punchy bass(low end frequencies) but at the sacrifice of positional audio.


I am sure there are others around that has good alternatives here as well, but those are my picks in that price range.

u/ziggstar · 3 pointsr/audio

I just got a pair of Shure SE215's and am pretty happy with them so far.

u/Chabbies · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'm not Canadian but since I'm bored I found these

Sennheiser HD 380

Sennheiser HD 280

Shure SE215 (Just bough a pair of the clear ones not 2 hours ago :D)

Those are all the ones I could find without posting ones that have already been posted in their own thread by other users. Hope it was helpful anyways

u/ninjapirate9901 · 3 pointsr/trees

Well it really depends on your budget. For around the $100 mark, I would grab the HiFiMan RE-400's with some Comply Tx-400 tips. If you want more bass then the Shure SE215's are probably a better bet.

Having said that, if you're happy with what you have then just stick with it. When it comes to hi-fi, ignorance is bliss my friend.

u/pocketknifeMT · 3 pointsr/lgv20

This is just going to get into fanboy territory. It's mostly down to taste and getting reputable parts.

My assumptions:

  1. You were cool with stock apple earbuds sound quality, and thus are not a discerning audiophile who cares about technical stuff.

  2. You want more earbuds, not big over-the-ear cans.

    Replacement grade:

    With Inline controls and mic:

    Everyone's other go-to suggestion for "I want earbuds":

    Nobody will call your choice regrettable, unless they are being unreasonable.
u/sparkster185 · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I know you said you wanted "over the ear" type, but I've had a pair of Shure 215s and I love them. They're tiny and don't get in the way, like earbuds, but due to the design they don't fall out, even during activities. They do a fantastic job of blocking outside noise, which means you don't need to turn the volume way up just to hear your music. The sound quality is really good as well (disclaimer: I'm not an audiophile). I was hesitant to spend $90 but I'm glad I did.

u/maltawind · 3 pointsr/headphones

If you're willing to stretch your budget just a little:

  • the Shure SE215-K are solid under-$100 IEM's.

  • I use a pair of Denon AH-C120MA when I'm running and really enjoy them. Cable is pretty durable and tangle-resistant.
u/thedeadlyrhythm42 · 3 pointsr/drums

I've used these Galaxy Audio headphones quite a bit and liked them a lot. They're right around your budget after factoring in tax and US shipping costs, although I don't know if they're available in Australia. I just had a look at some Australian online music stores and didn't see much selection as far as in ears goes.

The SE215's are a very popular recommendation around here and they're currently on sale on amazon and at musiciansfriend (if you're able to order from them). Normally they're a little over your price range but currently they're right on par with the other ones I linked.

u/trevorsendeavour · 3 pointsr/EDC

Probably not aiding the bulk in any great way, but increasing the benefit by swapping out those earphones. I have the Shure SE215's, and I am very happy with them, better isolation & vastly superior sound than apple earbuds. Plus the cables detach & are replaceable.

u/siloau · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I know this is 5 times your budget but this is one of those things in life that's just worth spending the extra money on.

Shure SE215

u/Cakalusa · 3 pointsr/GalaxyS7

Had the Shure SE215 since 2010. Nothing else compares. Read the reviews, they all agree.

u/kashiwagi · 3 pointsr/lifehacks

Get better sound quality, different sized plugs and wrap around the ear tug safe chords.

u/Deluge12 · 3 pointsr/headphones

I wanted to upgrade to some better earbuds for about $100. I wanted them to have removable cables so they would last, and found the Shure SE215-K to be a good option.


I guess my question is: will these be worth it? I mostly listen to music on Spotify. Will I be able to hear the difference or is Spotify compressed too much? Are there any other earbuds with Bluetooth or removable cables that are better for around the same price?

u/nastdrummer · 3 pointsr/Drumming

Ear plugs, for me, were always terrible. I tried cheap disposable ones and more expensive reusable ones, percussion specific ones and was never very happy with them.

What finally worked great for me were in-ear-monitors. With the added bonus that you could pump in a track or a click or monitor and have hearing protection while also hearing everything perfectly at a comfortable level. My first were Shure SE215, for about $100 they do a great job of both isolation and playback.

If he doesn't really gel with the $15 ear plugs maybe think of splurging for in-ear monitor for his birthday or something.

u/RadiantSun · 3 pointsr/GlobalOffensive

> There is plenty of reason to buy a gaming headset.

No, there is precisely one reason to buy a gaming headset i.e. you don't want to deal with two cables.... in which case, you can buy a passthrough mic, which still has better quality than the Cloud2

> and way cheaper than buying a ton of high end shit for marginally better sound.

A) "A bunch" = buy 2 things instead of 1, and plug 1 into the other. Ok.


  • HyperX Cloud2: $95

  • Passthrough mic + Monoprice 8323 = $55

    > If my mic breaks i just take it out and attach a new one.

    The problem is not with the external mic accessory, the problems arrive internally, as is wont to happen when you mic two things you shouldn't be mixing.
u/MisterMushroom · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Monoprice 8323 is a good low-budget option. I've used these for around 2 years myself. Good pair of headphones, however the extension on one side has cracked and is beginning to crack on the other. It's easily repairable with electrical tape, and considering the color you can't really see it, but that is a factor. Cheap enough to replace if I really wanted to, however.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is close to the max on your budget, but is a universally recommended great option.

Whatever you get, make sure it has a replaceable/detachable cord.

/r/headphones has a good recommendation sub you may want to check out as well that will cover more ground.

u/regreddit · 3 pointsr/DJs

You should try the Monoprice 8323s (Available via Amazon). These are $25 USD headphones, and can easily pass for $200 cans. They seal up nice and tight to block out noise, and have really decent bass, mids, and highs. I've had mine about a week and like them as much as my Grado SR60s.

u/Tater_Tot_Casanova · 3 pointsr/xboxone

Agree with the above comments re: good pair of headphones vs gaming headset. You’ll get better sound game / mic going this route. My current set up is as follows and it’s the best sound experience I’ve ever had ( if you don’t mind a few cords): Audio Technica AD 700x $100 + ModMic 4 $55 + Y split cable $15 to plug into the 3.5 mm port on your controller. The above is all I really needed to play but last week I also grabbed this Dac Amp. $65 and the whole set up sounds even better and doesn’t drain my controller’s battery life.

u/arynthesizer · 3 pointsr/headphones

"Surround sound" that isn't built into the game itself is bullshit.

For both bass and treble (bass for music, treble for footsteps), I'd recommend a pair of Beyerdynamics. The DT770 if you need isolation, or the DT880 or DT990 if you don't care about isolation. The 880 and 990 will give you a better soundstage. The 32 ohm versions since I'm assuming you don't have a dedicated amplifier.

Another low-isolation option is the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x or the ATH-AD900x. I'd recommend the ATH-AD700x as of right now since you can get a used pair for 25% off here. They're a little bass anemic, however, but to hear footsteps you really want a treble-forward pair of headphones. They have a crazy soundstage too.

u/the5souls · 3 pointsr/Games

This is from his IAmA so you may not have seen this, but Palmer Luckey says the quality of built-in headphones are similar to the ATH-AD700. Reviews on Head-Fi for the AD700 are positive, noting that they have great soundstage, clarity, and detail.

As for your positional audio question, the audio team at Oculus have built a custom audio SDK around those headphones since they know the exact specifications (audio drivers, impedance, etc.) that everyone will at least have (both developers and users). But if you decide to use your own headset, the audio SDK uses two things to help with positioning: HRTFs (head-related transfer functions that calculates sound reflections off shoulders, torso, how long a sound reaches your left ear vs right ear, etc.) and environmental effects (subtle sound reflections off walls and ceilings and floor). These two things will calculate each sound position every frame as you move your head around.

I'm a bit of an audiophile, and I personally have a set of MrSpeakers Mad Dogs with an SMSL amp, but I might stay with the built-in headphones most of the time because of convenience and I get to listen to what developers intended me to hear. We'll be okay!

You can read more about the nitty gritty Oculus' audio stuff in their documentation here:

Hope this helps!

u/BloodySteel · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Really can't do better for <$100 than [this](

But if you are willing to go over $100, I would recommend the Massdrop HD6XX. But do noted that unlike the SHP9500 which can be plugged directly into a decent modern motherboard, with this option you are expected so shell out more $$$ for an AMP. My personal recommendation is the Schitt Fulla 2, a great starting DAC/AMP

u/farix126 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Hello all, so I got some help last night and think I’ve narrowed my options down to either a DT 770 , a 598 CS or just keeping what I have (hyperx cloud). I was just looking to see if anyone could help me decide or make other suggestions.

This is my post from last night with all the details. A summary is I’m looking for some new headphones for 150$-200$. I mostly play video games and listen to music for background. In all honesty I’m not sure what I’m really after, other than to see what everyone here is talking about. My only “actual” reason would be that my current pair is almost 5 years old. I would also need to get a mic if I get a new pair so any suggestions for that would be appreciated.

Thank you for any advice and sorry if I said anything dumb, I am extremely new to this.

u/orrk256 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

the shenheiser HD598 Cs are curently going for 140$

they are comfortable to wear and have noise isolation and sound great

u/Bubblewhale · 3 pointsr/hardwareswap
u/dr_wapz · 3 pointsr/headphones

Note you can get them cheaper if you buy in german store (tested)
UK $111
DE $109

u/sparky750 · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Cheap as you like

I bought a pair as a disposable pair for travelling battery is a good 6 hours sound quality is surprisingly good comes with a load of different buds for the money hard to fault.

u/TheNaCliest · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

This man speaks the truth. I use the slims for running and the gym. solid pair that have magnets at the ear buds so they attach to each other so you can hook them to something.

u/Coolsuf · 3 pointsr/gadgets

Can anyone recommend me some good wireless earbuds for under $40? I’m looking for ones with magnetic connections and a mic/controls. I’m currently looking at these

u/94savage · 3 pointsr/Basketball

Anker bluetooth headphones. Never fall out, cheap good quality. Good battery life

u/HashtagFlexBreak · 3 pointsr/pelotoncycle

Powerbeats3 are fantastic, but so are these Anker sound buds slim ones from
Amazon. Cheap at $25 and pretty great sound quality. I couldn't get my Bose ones to work with the bike. Terrible connection.

u/Terethor · 3 pointsr/france

Perso pour avoir essayé les Anker Soundbuds (j'avais eu une réduc' dessus en prenant un câble pour mon téléphone du même fabricant) j'en suis satisfait pour l'usage que j'en fais (j'aime bien un son neutre au possible, j'ai pas trouvé de basses assourdissantes ou d'aigus foireux dessus) ; bien entendu ça vaut pas un casque audiophile mais ça fait très bien son boulot, bonne autonomie, tient bien dans l'oreille (tu peux enlever les espèces de virgules en caoutchouc si elles te gênent, perso je les aime bien).

u/ggabriele3 · 3 pointsr/headphones

What strikes me as weird here...

they have the same control pod & cable as the "Wicked Audio Shred"


the same silicone wings as the Anker Soundbuds Slim

I get a lot of headphones like this for review, and i often see that these companies seem to be just throwing together options from the same factory.

u/XxGhastxX · 3 pointsr/oneplus

Oh, I didn't realise they were a neckband, I thought they were like the Anker Soundbuds

u/Laskovich98 · 3 pointsr/gadgets

I use these at the minute and theyre great! Can't recommend Anker products enough, amazing value, and great build quality

u/mckulty · 3 pointsr/audiobooks

It's the consonants that carry meaning in speech. Whispers are easy to understand because frequencies under 5000 aren't really necessary.

Good headphones strive to be flat, cheap ones usually lack bass. But it might be a bargain for audiobooks. A hundred dollars of high-fidelity flatness would be wasted on audiobook, podcasts and talk radio. If it has great reproduction, I'm going straight to Settings to set a custom profile.

If you wear them all the time, bluetooth is important, so is discretion, battery life, and noise isolation. Also important, I'm going to lose them before they wear out. Right now I have a set of $26 Anker and they're good enough I don't think about them.

u/beurredarachide · 3 pointsr/CanadianHardwareSwap

OP You'll need to lower your price if you want to sell it quickly. Its currently selling for $129.99 at

Also you should be able to lower the cost of shipping the item by using the Canada Post Paypal discount or take a look at Netparcel or Eshipper.


u/pm-me-your-games · 3 pointsr/de

Hey /u/dtxer, stickie den Post doch mal, finde ich ne gute Idee den Thread.

Ich überlege meiner Freundin einen Snuggie ( zu schenken, einen Smoothie Maker ( aktuell sogar im Angebot) mit Rezeptebuch ( hat sie schon bekommen und feiert den hart. Beides liegt so um die 20-30€, das Rezeptebuch hat sogar nur 4€ gekostet.

Dann bekommt meine Mutter professtionell gestaltete Visitenkarten (kein Vistaprint oder sowas) und geiles persönliches Briefpapier, alles von nem befreundeten Designer zu nem geilen Preis.

Ich hab mir dieses Jahr selbst ein großes Geschenk gemacht und zwar hab ich zugegriffen als die Sennheiser HD598 für 99€ im Black Friday Angebot ( waren.

u/Happy_Phantom · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice
u/MesaDixon · 3 pointsr/Guitar

It came down to the m50xs and these for use with my thr10c (and now with my Helix).

I got the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs and couldn't be happier.

u/KissMyJonass · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/drocdoc · 3 pointsr/xboxone


They are over priced crap

There are a lot to choose from like

[sennheiser 598c's] (

[Bose Sound true 2] (

[Also can go wrong with audio technia headphones] (

[v moda] (


Also watch this video and read the comments they have some more recommendations

u/JamesDaBatman · 3 pointsr/headphones

Looking for a new pair of headphones since my current ones just broke on me. I mainly play CS:GO, so I need reliable headphones that will let me hear what direction things come from. I've been looking at the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs but I'm not sure if they have surround sound like I'm looking for.
Budget - I'd prefer not to spend more than $130.
Source - Desktop PC
Requirements for Isolation - Since I live with my family, I'd like to have a good amount of noise isolation.
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? No.
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized
Past headphones - Logitech G430, which just broke on me

u/3ruses · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/powersurge360 · 3 pointsr/xboxone

Don't get the S model. The S comes with a surround sound dongle that is worthless imo. It totally destroys the surround sound and, as this post alludes to, you can't use a USB sound card on xbox one anyways. The revolver is the same model but doesn't have the dongle and I think it's also missing a couple of plastic pieces meant to cut down on the metal reverberation.

However, for around the same price point, consider the HD 598 SR which is a much better headphone and also has a mic. Looks like the price is high atm but it comes down to around $130 if you don't mind waiting.

If you want a better headphone than the hyperx revolver but don't want to pay for/wait for the HD 598, the SHP9500s are a good set and you can combine em with a boom pro to get the microphone functionality. This will be better sound quality both in the mic and the headphones and will be about the same price as the revolver based on current amazon prices.

That's not to say the revolver is bad though. Note too that the two I recommended are less bass heavy and more focused on mids & treble so may be less 'fun'.

u/L8Show · 3 pointsr/audio

1st you need to figure what kind of headphones you want. What will they be used for. What type of music, etc. Indoor, on the go? Open, closed, noise cancellation, etc. It's great idea to go and test headphones for fit, and sound before buying. Your best bet is to research a bit, and wait for a sale if you can.

Popular budget open headphones like the Philips SHP9500, and Sennheiser HD558 (replaced with HD559, but they may still sell the older version) are a good value, especially on sale. Philips use to go around $50, and those Senns went for around $70.

u/D0PETHR0NE · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Phillips SHP9500 (open), Monoprice DJ's, Status Audio-CB'1, Hifiman Edition S

>Would rather not shell out $50+ dollars for a new proprietary cord every few months

Aliexpress/eBay is your friend

u/dementedsnake · 3 pointsr/headphones

Long story short: I came here to ask about good budget headphones. A few people (including materix01) recommended these. I was looking at them and refreshed the page. The price suddenly changed from $65 to $29 with free shipping. I thought you guys would want to know. Posted here.

Grab them while you can, and thanks for the help guys.



Apparently the listing was in error, and anyone who ordered a pair should check their email account associated with their Amazon account. The headphones are like new, but used. The seller is offering to refund and cancel your order, or they will fulfill the order and take another $5 off by way of apology.

u/adamdevigili · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Cannot reccomend the Phillips SHP9500s enough. Very light, huuge ear cups, above average sound. They frequently go on sale for $50-60 bucks, abut are worth every penny of the $77 they are on amazon now. One of the more popular headphone/audio reviewers on YouTube gave them a glowing review.

I personally have had mine for over 2 years, and even though I have a set an Audeze LCD-2 sitting next to me, I always for the 9500s when gaming.

For a mic, if you want to get a standalone mic (like a Blue Yeti or Snowball) that works. Using a modmic would be a slightly expensive approach providing a more "gaming headset" looking solution.

u/furhart · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I usually recommend buying regular Stereo headphones. They're cheaper and have better sound and build quality.

Here's a combo my brother uses: Philips SHP9500 and V-MODA BoomPro Gaming

They cost about $100/95e.

Be warned though, the headphones are "open back", they WILL leak sound. But if you don't care, then you'll be in for a great experience.

u/_Skylake_ · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

> Xstar 1440p monitor (over clocked to 96hz)

haha I meant as in studio monitors

I guess it's pointless to say it, but getting that sound card was a waste of money (unless you had a legitimate reason).

You should upgrade from those turtle beaches! I remember rocking turtle beaches for years and years all while being happy, then a buddy of mine hooked me up with some Sennhieser HD 598 headsets and it blew my mind how much better everything was.

If you have $70 to blow, the Philips SHP9500 is a fantastic headset for the money. It's often compared to $200 headsets.

u/joshkroger · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

All gaming headsets are junk. You're better off having a dedicated pair of headphones and mic. They sell good mics that pair well with headphones. For sub $100 I recommend the Philips shp9500 (currently on sale for $55) with a vmoda boom pro mic.

Philips SHP9500

V-MODA mic

u/celticsfan747 · 3 pointsr/radiohead

For great audiophile quality headphones for cheap, I love my Sennheiser HD280s
great for Radiohead with all the layers, especially on KOL and In Rainbows

u/toofishes · 3 pointsr/programming

It's less about what is playing (I usually go with the Linux client) and more about getting the big ass pair of headphones. That alone solves the noise AND the interruption problem- people are a lot less likely to tap you on the shoulder if you have something more than earbuds.

Highly recommended, even in an office setting:

u/SithisTheDreadFather · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you intend to use these as a monitor for a person near a mic, you should not buy them. If you are mixing or monitoring at the console, you're probably fine.

I'm a video editor I use these (and the Q701) at work. I used to do basic mixing with them, but now I hand off my tracks to a dedicated sound department. I use them in an open office, and while I can tolerate a low level of noise, it gets unbearable if people get too loud. The sound is pretty neutral and they're extremely comfortable (the K7XX much more so than the Q701).

These are open headphones that are popular for studio use. These are closed headphones that are popular as well. Our sound department uses these when they're not using speakers (and our voice booth uses them as well).

At the end of the day you should get a pair of speakers, but barring that, neutral headphones that are comfortable to wear.

u/masterofstuff124 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

HD280 Pro's

I make a lot of music but they are great for gaming; and just overall amazing headphones.

u/Ololic · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

If I'm going to steal something it's going to be a bulk package of gfci outlets or something I can sell to shady contractors and then I'll be rolling in headphones

I think this is what I have now which I got after trying everything on I could find at guitar center. I liked these a lot better than the audio technica or sennheiser they had there even though they were double the price for in tier

edit: wait it was sennheiser with two n's this whole time?

u/shamonington · 3 pointsr/headphones

AKG K-240. Some of the nicest sounding, most comfy HPs out there.

u/StrangeNewRash · 3 pointsr/rs2vietnam

Headset Surround Sound is a scam. There is no way tiny drivers spaced less than an inch apart and then being put an inch from your ear is going to create proper surround sound and the virtual surround bullshit is even worse.

Just get a good pair of stereo headphones and an external mic. You'll be way better off.

AKG K240 $67.99

Blue Snowball iCE USB mic $39.99

u/TheDonkanis · 3 pointsr/radiohead

i like my AKG's. pretty light and only 70 ish


u/Joltz · 3 pointsr/oculus

Real surround sound (i.e 5.1, 7.1) through headphones is a complete farce given that your always producing sound out of two drivers. Oculus' Spatial audio will work with any set of stereo cans and will function much better at delivering audio directionality than what some gamer headset manufacturers' intermediate bloatware can produce. As for specific recommendations, I would totally go with the K240s given how cheap they are right now.

u/averystrangeguy · 3 pointsr/makinghiphop

I have them and they're alright, but I'd recommend you save your money and skip over them to get something better. They have a pretty dark sound, and the clamping makes them get a bit fatiguing. They also don't have much soundstage.

I really like my AKG K240s, because they're kinda the opposite of everything I listed as a shortcoming of the M20Xs. They sound bright because they have more mids and highs, although you may not prefer this (most producers I've met are bassheads LOL). They're not bass heavy by any means, but I've heard that the bass gets much better if you use an amp. I wouldn't know, I'm a pleb with no amp. They're 55 ohms so everything can drive them, but they'd probably be better with more power. They're also really, really light, and have great soundstage.

On Sweetwater

On Amazon

u/ZAmusician · 3 pointsr/audioengineering


Experiment with mic placement


Arranging is the best mixing tool you have

When EQ'ing, always cut before boosting


Experimenting is key! Don't be afraid to try new things, even if they may not make any sense.

In terms of recording, gain-staging is the first thing you should be looking at. Having as loud a signal as possible without clipping going to the front of your interface is one of the best things you can do to save headaches later on, as your noise floor will be much lower and you have a lot more free reign over dynamics in the song without having to worry about that dreaded buzz.

When it comes to micing up guitar amps in stereo like you want to do, I would say make sure you get two isolated signals. This will give you a lot of flexibility later on when mixing. If it's possible, mic the two amps up in separate rooms. If that's not feasible, just make sure the mics are pointing away from each other, not towards each other. If you want the phase-y sound, you can either mess with the phase switches in your DAW or you can just manually move one of the mic tracks out of phase with the other. Your choice :P

Experiment with mic placement on the cone. The mic should be right up on the grill. When recording cleans I personally like the sound of placing the mic near the outer rim of the speaker, but that is entirely a preference thing. Like I said before, experiment! In general, you get more bass as you move closer to the center of the cone.

The SM58 is essentially an SM57 with a different cap, so you'll still be able to get that nice dynamic sound that has turned into an industry standard. Since it is a dynamic microphone, I would recommend double-micing the amps with a pencil condensor (there should be a matched pair in your friend's drum mic kit) as they tend to capture more of the high and low end extension while the SM58 will capture a lot of the midrange. It covers a lot of ground, but can introduce a little more work when mixing them all together. Whatever works for you!

This is a general production trick, but just remember that the arrangement of the song has a huge impact on the energy and dynamics of the song. Leaving parts out in softer sections will really make those louder sections pop out more, and this is especially important in a dynamic genre like dreampop! It can be very easy to fall into the habit of adding parts that don't need to be there, and that will reduce the dynamic of the piece overall.

In terms of mixing (I'm just going into general mixing knowledge here) less is almost always more. For example, many people will open up a project and say "the bass isn't loud enough" and just turn up the bass. In reality, this will only muddy up the low end more, since it will be interfering with the low end of the guitars, etc. In general, it's a good practice to apply a high-pass filter up to about 130 Hz on EVERY track in the project EXCEPT for the bass guitar, the kick, and anything else that mainly sits in the low end. That frees up a lot of low-end headroom for the things that really need it (i.e. not guitars). You can apply this principle to basically anything else in the track, such as cutting high frequencies out of tracks to leave room for the cymbals, etc. When you feel the need to boost a track up in the mix, ask yourself whether you can cut frequencies out of other tracks first.

Oh, I almost forgot. Make sure that you have a good way to monitor your mixes. If you can't afford a decent set of monitors, get a decent pair of open-back headphones. If you're on a super tight budget, I would personally recommend the AKG k240 Studios ( They're like, $60 now and they're the best bang for the buck headphones imo.

Mix in-the-box. You and your wallet will thank me later.

I could go on forever, but there are a plethora of great mixing resources out there. One that I really like is Recording Revolution (look it up if you've never heard of it). Just keep experimenting and never give up! There are no shortcuts to getting great mixes, you just have to practice! Good luck!

u/Pray2s8n · 3 pointsr/synthesizers

Those headphones are probably quite "colored" (aka bass-boosted), and perhaps the distortion is happening because of that.

I can recommend AKG k240s for a bit more than what you paid for those Sennheisers:

They sound good, and are actually pretty flat in terms of frequency response (so not, "bass-boosted"). I've made things on my Circuit on the couch with them, and everything still sounded balanced when played it back on my monitors later.

My Digitakt also sounds great through them. No distortion whatsoever. Just that clean, tight "Elektron sound."

u/neonskimmer · 3 pointsr/Music

With my iPod on public transit and at work I use Monster Turbine.

Now, before you you go on about how Monster is a piece of shit company that sells expensive cabling to gullible customers (I know, and I agree) you might want to have a listen. These buds are not bad at all and I got them on sale (~100$ CAN) when my previous headphones (Koss ear-buds, forgot the model) stopped working and I had the extended replacement warranty at Future Shop. They are embarassingly called 'in-ear speakers'.

Anyways, they sound good and are constructed very solidly (all metal). Probably the only thing from Monster I ever considered buying.

At home I use AKG K240. They're semi-open so unless you're a total asshole, not really good for outside the home.

u/NathanielsBeats · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Maybe the AKG 420 or the AKG 240 MK II. AKG is a solid brand for mixing and mastering. Check out /r/headphones for quality headphones within your price range. Also this is very useful

u/MyKneesAreCold · 3 pointsr/audiophile

I've been reading posts on this subreddit for a few months now, and have decided to attempt a set-up of my own.

I just purchased a pair of these headphones mainly based off of this suggestion. Would it be practical (if possible?) to use this receiver with these headphones from a desktop computer? I plan on purchasing a record player soon, but do not plan on buying speakers at this point.

And finally, some more detail on this specific receiver:

This was my dad's old receiver from the 70's/80's. I plugged it in so I know that it works, but I did not test it out. It has been stored in some less-than-optimal settings (garage/attic/basement) with just a few pieces of styrofoam in a flimsy cardboard box. I would guess that it hasn't been used for at least 10-15 years.

Any more info you could give me on:


-Headpones/Headphone amps

-or record players

and how to integrate all of these components together would be so incredibly helpful. I'm still trying to wrap my head around all of this information. Thanks!

u/Joel05 · 3 pointsr/buildapcforme

Do you know anything about music production/audio? Those speakers are rubbish, and a good amp should be obtained before a soundcard. For almost $90 dollars you could get a pair of K240's or Sony Mdr v6's.

Not to mention this is /r/buildapcforme not /r/suggestaprebuiltforme.

u/ahap7 · 3 pointsr/PostHardcore

Sony MDR-7506

Chances are this what the band used in the studio when they recorded. They're going to give you a really true picture of what the mix was intended to sound like. A lot of headphones emphasize the highs and lows because that "sounds hi-fi" when you try them in the store, but post-hardcore is driven by guitars which are all mids. These are great for the genre.

u/Csno · 3 pointsr/nin

Sennheiser makes some of the better quality in-ear headphones around.

If you are interested in using the same headphones used by the original mix engineers, and don't mind wearing bulky headsets, then the Sony
is for you.

u/NewYorkJewbag · 3 pointsr/AskTechnology

Sennheiser makes really comfortable headphones. Also, Sony’s over the ear DJ headphones last forever and are really comfortable. Bought these ones for my son when he was in 10th grade, he just finished his first year of college and they’re going strong:

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

They’re also repairable if anything happens to the wiring. Someone else mentioned skull candy but in my experience they’re really poorly built.

u/I_am_your_prise · 3 pointsr/Guitar

I don't have experience with those headphones but [I own these] ( and they're great.

u/twelfthsphinx · 3 pointsr/Atlanta

I first heard the sample on my high quality headphones, and honestly heard 2 voices, a nasal high pitched "yanny" and a deeper, almost scolding, british "laurel".

Then someone flashed a picture of the dress, and it was white/gold for me only once and blue/black ever after.

u/I_am_disgustipated · 3 pointsr/ToolBand

I feel you. Someone asked a similar question a while back on this sub, and reading it inspired me to do the same thing you're doing (except I gotta wait till I have cash). I'm no headphone expert, but I'm looking at this one:

Speaking of which, if this is a bad decision, someone let me know! I play electric guitar, so I am hoping this will be good for both casual listening and guitar practice.

u/brunerww · 3 pointsr/videography

Hi /u/saientific - the Zoom H4n has noisy preamplifiers - if you decide to go with a Zoom, you may want to consider the [£229 Zoom H5] ( instead.

If budget is an issue, you may want to consider the less expensive [£69 Zoom H1] ( This recorder has a single 3.5mm mic input instead of the more expensive recorders' twin XLR inputs, so you will need a [£22.91 Hosa MIT-156 XLR to 3.5mm transformer/adapter] ( in order to accept input from professional mics such as the [£148 Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic] (

No matter which recorder you buy, you should also invest in a set of [£69 Sony MDR7506 monitoring headphones] ( to prevent surprises in the editing suite.

With your recorder, headphones, shotgun, a [£9 shock mount] (, a [£69 Rode boom pole] ( and good technique you will be able to get the microphone to within a meter of your actors/interviewees and record high quality sound.

Hope this is helpful and best of luck with your venture into videography!


u/I_want_all_the_tacos · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/Arm-the-homeless · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

AKG K612 Pro + a headphone amp (necessary) if you can afford that much. They're open headphones but for the money I don't think you'll find a better soundstage for gaming.

For something closer to this price range, the Creative Aurvana Live is supposed to be quite good.

u/IDANUB · 3 pointsr/hcfactions

dont buy a gaming headset, the sound quality is very bad compared to regular headphones of the same price. most of the cost of a gaming headset is because of marketing and theyre based on regular headphones that are half the price.

theres an example of headphones that are good for the price, but they come without the microphone attached

and then you can just attach a mod mic and you have the sound quality of a $200-300 headset with $100

but if you just want a gaming headset the hyperx cloud is the best, not the best option imo though

edit: forgot to mention the padding is usually less comfortable on gaming headsets as well

those are good too for the price, possibly better but ive never used them so i couldnt say

u/Vagrantwalrus · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Creative Aurvana Live

amazing sound quality, and really inexpensive, but the build quality is a little weak. I haven't damaged them in any way, but I feel like it wouldn't be hard to if you're careless.

u/pseud_o_nym · 3 pointsr/gadgets
u/mowgli-kun · 3 pointsr/headphones

Hmm. If you were in the NY area, you could stop by the Head-Fi meet next Saturday.

Looks like you just missed a recent Head-Fi meet in Ohio. Keep an eye out for meets near you.

Other than that, I would say try out good cheap headphones (and IEMs), and if you end up enjoying any of their qualities, there are always logical upgrades.

For example:
1.) If you purchase the Koss PortaPro and enjoy the warm tilt and thick bass, the HD 650, LCD-2 and ZMF Omni are logical upgrades.

2.) If the RE-400's or Carbo Tenore's neutrality floats your boat, give the HD 600 (smoother with less sub-bass) and HE-400i (brighter with more sub-bass) a spin.

Learning to read measurements is a great help as well. Lots of great stuff available for cheap (especially with IEMs), if you look around. =)

If you really do grow to love this hobby, you can make a habit out of buying and selling headphones, amps and dacs used to keep things fresh. /r/AVexchange and Head-Fi's classified section are reputable places to do this, although I have no experience with them.

u/Decipher · 3 pointsr/gadgets

> He's a kid rep for the company and knows very little, and shows so by not actually understanding the process of audio development.

Kid rep? He's Palmer fucking Luckey. The founder.

If you can judge headphones by their appearance, then why are these Koss consistently raved about as some of the best headphones ever? So much so they haven't needed to change a thing since 1984? The drivers on them look a lot like the ones on Crescent bay, no?

u/jun2san · 3 pointsr/ToolBand

Okay. A lot of really good recommendations here, but if you really want the best headphones under $50, you need to get these:

Koss Porta Pro On Ear Headphones with Case, Black / Silver

Now hear me out. These are definitely the ugliest headphones out there, but it’s because they’ve been tried and true since ‘84 and Koss hasn’t redesigned them since. But they’re hands down the best quality sounding headphones under $50. Don’t believe me? Just read the reviews.

I have a pair and Fear Inoculum sounds great on them. I do have a higher end pair of sennheisers that sound way better, but I paid hundreds of dollars for those. If you’re on a budget, get these. Who cares how they look. Sit at home alone, close the door, put these on and enjoy.

By the way, I’ve used G35s and the Koss’ sound better.

u/redditorfor16days · 3 pointsr/Guitar

you can get Koss PortaPro's for $35, they're hi-fi and come with a lifetime warranty (smash with hammer, send in with $6 S&H, get new headphones).

EDIT: some sound leakage, but it depends on how loudly you're going to be playing, tbh.

u/EasilyImpressedGuy · 3 pointsr/Music

Koss Porta Pro Stereo Headphones

Incredible bass considering how cheap they are. Very comfortable, and you can also fold them to fit into your pocket.

u/TheTwilightPrince · 3 pointsr/Music

If you're a real cheap-ass, check these out for $33. The sound quality is fantastic, and you do get good bass. The reason they're so cheap is because the build quality is pretty low, and they look like something out of a bad 80's movie.

u/Relemsis · 3 pointsr/Music

I bought the SR-80i's (same headphones, slightly better quality), and the sound was unbeatable. Simply superb. I had to return them, however, because they hurt my ears really bad. I mean excruciating after half an hour. Just be aware that these aren't for some heads.

I still love my Koss Portapros ($33).

u/Arhye · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Koss PortaPro

Over 2,000 reviews on Amazon at 4.4 stars. I own two pairs of these, one for work and one for the gym. They got that old school cool but they sound absolutely amazing for their price point. Outperforming headphones at much higher prices.

u/KyleRob07 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Take a look at Koss PortaPro.

u/DomSchu · 3 pointsr/videos

That's what you get for buying signature headphones. I've been using these for years. They are hands down the best headphones for the price. They do look a bit dorky but the sound quality and price are worth it.

Also they are comfortable af

u/contrivance · 3 pointsr/audiophile

at the sub-$50 price point, you're looking for the Koss PortaPro

u/HerpDerpenberg · 3 pointsr/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Not the guy you're asking, but you don't need to go apeshit and buy some $150-$200 headset. But two things help better audio quality... better set of headphones and a dedicated sound card or at least an on board that has a build in headphone amplifier.

Also, I would buy a separate desktop microphone + headphones. A lot of times it's tough finding a good headphone with a good sounding microphone. Furthermore, there are issues with headsets where you get a lot of popping, lip smacking, etc since it's close to your mouth or it can catch your breathing and be annoying for people you're playing with. When you separate the two, you get the best of both worlds with a good microphone and a good set of headphones that you can also use to listen to music in public without looking like an idiot wearing a headset.

I'm using this sound card with Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone. Although, the Sony headphones are really high in price right now for some reason, you can get them for $70-80 if you look around. The reason I went with the Sony headphones, they're studio quality professional monitors. I bought these at a suggestion of a Tested review with Patrick Norton about headphones. Basically, he said that so many people who care about accurate audio representation (that's the key, no over Bass, etc) use these headphones as reference. Before, I was using Koss PortaPro Headphones which are still probably the best headphones under $100 by a long shot. My only problem is that they were open and not closed ear, so you get ambient audio mixed in and harder to isolate sounds. If you have a noisy environment around you, look for a closed headphones. They also have a short cable, so you'll need a headphone cable extension if you want to use these on a PC. The Sony have something like an 8 foot cable.

u/doinurmop · 3 pointsr/oculus

Bionik Mantis, designed for PSVR works fine with Oculus S.

Personally I bought some Porta Pros (headphones reportedly used by the CV1)

Took the speakers off since they're on a clip, and have paid a service to 3d print this mount for me

Closest to the CV1 audio and style one can get.

u/someguynamedjohn13 · 3 pointsr/trashy
u/HAREPHY · 3 pointsr/running

Koss Porta Pro

Worn through all kinds of pissing rain with no issues at all. No issues with them staying put, either.

u/Paul-Kersey · 3 pointsr/headphones
u/dataupload · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Yeah I'll be fine, I guess... Down-votes happen.

I don't disagree with the other points. My only point of contention is the claim that the sound-quality is "great".

It may have been an overall "great" pair of headphones from their perspective, just as console gamers believe 30FPS and sub-720p to be "great". The headset just has objectively bad sound quality, with the worst distortion they've ever tested!

It's not even like you have to pay that much for headphones with above average sound quality and a modmic, so why not? With the X12s, all you're paying for is the brand, so how exactly is it better than say buying a pair of Dr. Dre Beats?

I guess the hive-mind of /r/buildapc has decided that personal, subjective, anecdotal evidence has won out today though... It might also have something to do with post-purchase rationalization.

u/MrSurly · 3 pointsr/gadgets
u/pieftw · 3 pointsr/Bass

There's a big change when you start to play bass, you start to listen to it in songs in a different way, and it gets easier as you play for longer.
I'd say most of it has to do with those crappy speakers though, I doubt you can hear much of any bass in those things.
I recommend koss portapros
Good headphones are a great investment if you're into music, and doubly so if you're a musician.

u/Zynismus · 3 pointsr/pcgaming

On-ear is also an option. Koss Porta Pro is cheap and has a lifelong guarantee, and then you could just stick an AntLion ModMic on it. Both run you just about under 100$.

Btw, a Blue Yeti is decent and also usually doesn't cost 100$.

I also wear glasses, and decent headphones aren't going to be uncomfortable, they just cost more. It's an investment, but if you want something cheaper and portable I think the Koss are very decent.


Koss Porta Pro:

Some other recommendations:

SoundMagic E10:

These will actually sound amazing depending on the hardware you run them on. The better the source, the better they sound. They can sound as good, if not better, than In-Ears that cost double as much! They're rather neutral.

Yeti Blue Snowball:

(Actually only 50$ right now)

u/sea_change · 3 pointsr/headphones

I use my Koss Portapros for exactly this. Zero isolation, cheap, decent sound quality for the price, super comfortable. Got them for £20.

u/jfiveeight · 3 pointsr/Velo

I use these:

The pad above the drivers can be adjusted to lift the on ear driver off your ear which is really nice. I wear a headband so the pad sits very securely on that just above my ears. They are overall pretty great headphones for the price.

u/soufend · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I use Sony MDR6's, mainly used for DJing, though. I don't can't do casual listening at home because kids.

u/captain_w_anchor · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

This headphone is amazing. Sony MDRV6’s have awesome quality and don’t break the bank for around $70ish. I feel like I can pick out each part of a song when I have these on

Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones with CCAW Voice Coil

u/skullydazed · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'm looking for a comfortable set of headphones I can wear all day, that accurately and cleanly reproduce sound.

Budget - Theoretically unlimited, but I'm usually happy enough in the low-mid range.

Source - HiFiMAN EF2A

Requirements for Isolation - These will be used at work to drown out the noise of the mechanical keyboards my new coworkers use.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Over the ear

Preferred tonal balance - Studio monitors, I want accurate sound reproduction.

Past headphones - For years I used a pair of Sennheiser PXC-350's for travel and occasional office use. I love the sound but they are too tight on my head to wear comfortably for hours.

In the last few weeks I've tried out 3 different pairs:

  • Sennheiser Momentum - I think these sounded good, but despite being sold as "over the ear" on me they were definitely "on ear". I returned them.
  • Sony MDRV6 - I love how these sound. They're crisp and clear and everything sounds wonderful on them. The only problem is that they aren't quite big enough to fit over my ears comfortably. After an hour I have to take them off for at least 20 minutes.
  • Sony MDR1R - These sound muddy compared to the MDRV6's, but they're so much more comfortable.

    Preferred Music - Vocal/R&B, Rock, Classical and occasionally Jazz. The first things I listened to when I got the two Sony headphones were Amy Winehouse, a Dvorak concerto, Pink Floyd and Joe Satriani.
u/ooblie · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

It depends on how much you're willing to spend. I just got a pair of these and I love them. They sound incredible and I love the coiled cord because it doesn't get in the way, but it's accommodating if you need to get up and move around your desk.

u/connundrummer · 3 pointsr/electrohouse

The Sony MDR-V6 is a very solid monitor headphone at a very reasonable price.

u/felixhandte · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I have a pair of Sony MDR-V6s that are twenty years old. Until my sister sat on them and broke the hinge on one of the earcups, they worked perfectly. They're still beautiful, sound-wise. They cost $65 new on amazon (be sure to check out the reviews.

Compare to iPod earbuds that are $30 and last three months.

u/happybarfday · 3 pointsr/editors

I personally use the Sony MDR7506 as they're pretty much a standard for basic monitoring. Crisp, detailed high end, tight punchy base. Comfortable for hours on end and if you take decent care of them they should last years with the only wear and tear being the earcup material flaking off a bit. They're definitely made for desk-use as they have a very long coiled non-detachable cable.:

There's also the Sony MDRV6, which are very similar, but apparently have a little more low-end.

As far as speakers go, I've been using the Audioengine A5+ for a few years now and have been very satisfied. Great sound and more power than I'll ever be able to use in my small apartment. They look nice too (I got a good deal on the white ones). They are powered speakers (opposed to the A5) and thus don't require a separate amp. They also come with a small remote for volume/mute:

For a DAC I use the Audioengine D1 plugged in through USB, which gives me higher quality audio and a convenient headphone out and volume knob:

u/zpao · 3 pointsr/ReviewThis

I've owned the MDR-V6s for years now and I love them. They have excellent sound and while not noise cancelling, the music stays in and the outside stays out. I've brought them on airplanes and while they aren't going to be the same as those Bose things, I'm impressed with how little plane noise I hear. They don't make really great walking around headphones (the long coil cord is awkward), but are great at a desk where I'll swivel or lean back.

u/Teriyakuza · 3 pointsr/gadgets

They might be close to 30 years old, but my Sony MDR-V6s have never failed me, except maybe the ear pads.

u/pn42 · 3 pointsr/Austria (vorallem weil die so billig sind atm, sehs grad, wtf)


wenn du in jeglichen bereichen irgendwelche fragen hast, pm. :--)

u/demevalos · 3 pointsr/AVexchange

The 880s are sold, but the 600 is still available. The HD 600 is normally $300 new on amazon. These are essentially brand new, except the replacement pads and headband are not Sennheiser.

u/vicejoebiden3 · 3 pointsr/hardwareswap
u/crowsmen · 3 pointsr/audiophile

A used or refurb set of HD 600 (~$250)and an O2 amp (build or buy, <$150). Can't do much better for $400 IMO.

By the way, if you are looking to play drums along with your music, these are not the headphones for you. You'll need something that isolates a lot more, like possibly a DT770M, though I've never used these.

u/DestituteTeholBeddic · 3 pointsr/audiobooks

For my commute I use these

At home I use this before bed, or I am doing stuff around my room

If at my computer doing something repetitive or playing some videogame and don't have to pay attention to sound I have these

If my Bluetooth headphone run out of battery, or its raining outside (bad weather) I have back ups

From best to worst in sound Quality


Mixcder Bluetooth Headphones tied with

MagicBox II

Sennheiser-MK-II-Precision-Enhanced (basically tied as well - less bass though)

u/fr0stie · 3 pointsr/Beatmatch

Honestly, I wouldn't buy either of those. I don't know what your particular monetary situation is, but I made the mistake of buying a cheaper set of cans when I set out to DJ which broke in less than 5 months going to gigs once or twice a month. I then bought a pair of ATH-M50's and haven't looked back. I strongly suggest that you save up to buy a pair of these as there is a good reason that they're touted as one of the best value entry-level DJ headphones. The fact is, if you pay less, you're likely gonna end up with another pair that will break, and even if they don't break, most of the headphones in the <$60 range will not offer isolation good enough for anything but really small gigs. To be fair though, I recently played a show with my ATH-M50s where, even blasting them full volume, I had to strain to hear them over the speakers we were using. Regardless, the sound quality is impeccable for that price and they're pretty durable. That said, if you absolutely cannot put up the money for them, I can give you a few other options:

These are supposedly pretty good and only a little out of your price range. They're the better version of your MDR-v55s, and while I haven't used them myself, I've personally seen several really good DJ's use them on pretty big sound systems to great effect.

You might also try these Sennheisers which are still a little out of your range but evidently not too bad.

I definitely would not buy either the Pioneer HDJ-500 or HDJ-1000 which are both notorious for breaking.

Ultimately, you get what you pay for. If you're just a bedroom DJ, you can probably get away with either of the choices you've listed, but if you plan on ever doing anything outside of your bedroom, you're going to eventually NEED a better set of headphones. If I could go back in time with the knowledge that I have now, I would definitely pony up the extra cash for the ATH-M50's (you might even look into getting a used pair if you have to) as they really do sound leagues better than the $100 headphones I had before them and are far more comfortable and durable.

u/shadow31310 · 3 pointsr/oculus

Oh my lord, i gave you the wrong model number! D;

It was the HD280's that i have!

Try these

u/zxlkho · 3 pointsr/audiophile

Stay far far away from skullcandy. I haven't heard those Sonys, but I would recommend the Sennheiser HD280. They're just a little more than 70 bucks, but they sound great.

u/snarkfish · 3 pointsr/gadgets

see that link clark-kent posted

i own the following open:sennheiser hd 518 and closed: sennheiser hd 280 pro and can recommend both

both are circumaural (earcups surround the ear and rests on the skull) and very comfortable and sound great

i don't own these, but this is a great pair of headphones (near legendary) for an awesome price audio technica ath-m50

u/autunno · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I recently purchased one of these:

The sound quality is very good, although it might sound vanilla to some people as it's a very honest sound; the only downside I could think of is that people often say that the plastic headband is not extremely durable. But even this issue doesn't seem to be that big of a deal, considering they replace it for you if it comes to it:

It's really worth for its price, IMHO.

u/w00t_b00ts · 3 pointsr/DotA2

The Sennheiser HD280 Pro's are probably the best "budget" headphones I've ever owned. Definitely worth considering.

u/pwndepot · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm in my 20s. I like the headphone idea. Someone suggested Sennheisers and I totally second that motion. I went with a more expensive model ( and I LOVE them. If he's into music and gaming, these are a godsend.

Not sure exactly your son's living situation, but I live on my own and I tend to err on the side of lazy. Because of this, I'm almost always running low on basic bathroom supplies. New toothbrushes, new razors, shampoo, soap, extra bath towels, those kinds of things. Heck, when I first moved out, I went without a shower mat for almost a year. And ceramic tiles are freaking cold.

As I hit my 20's I discovered coffee and all it's amazing wonder. If your son did too, he may like getting a legitimate coffee making kit. I'm talking a decent french press, a ceramic burr grinder, and a kettle (I just use a pot for now, so I don't have any specific suggestions yet). If you really wanna get fancy and you have the money, you could even get him an electric kettle so he has complete temperature control. And if you're ordering that stuff on amazon, I would get a bag of some well reviewed whole beans. I like the Kicking Horse roasting company, but that's just me.

I also wanted to take a moment and suggest basic kitchen supplies. Like the bathroom supplies, these things tend to go unstocked or simply ignored in my house. Things like a good frying pan or a nice sized pot for making pasta. A brita filter with a few extra cartridges. Extra dish soap. Extra sponges. Even kitchen towels for drying hands/dishes (I currently use an old shirt :/ ). I also would suggest things that make cheap food taste better. I'm talking a pepper mill, some garlic salt, onion salt, basic herbs, and a good hot sauce. My brother was always partial to Chulula, but I tend to just go with whatever Trader Joe's has.

Hope this helps!

u/pat_trick · 3 pointsr/NewToTF2

This one.

...seriously, you can do just fine with a basic mic and headphones.

u/garlandobloom · 3 pointsr/oculus

Currently I'm just planning on sticking with the rig I built last year, which was partially built as a Rift machine. I suppose if money was no object I'd upgrade the GPU from a 7950 to whatever is out when CV1 drops. :)

More likely though, I will pick up some good headphones. (Sennheiser HD-280 PROs currently on my radar: )

So nothing crazy planned. I'm on a wait and see approach when it comes to input. Will live with a Dual Shock 4 if I have to.

u/dannywatchout · 3 pointsr/funny

Many people consider Sennheiser to be one of the the best right now. Some even believe it's THE best at the moment. They are definitely a superb choice for headphones.

That being said, there are a lot of variables in headphones that cater to different people. For one, there are 3 sort of blanket headphone types: In-ear, On-ear, and Over-ear. In-ear are basically ear buds, On-ear are headphones with small cups that sit on your ears. Over-ear have larger cups that surround your ear. Personally, I'm a fan of Over-ear, as they are the most comfortable to me and tend to have higher quality headphones (Over-ear don't make headphones sound better, but companies tend to make more Over-ear than On-ear of various price ranges).

On top of that, there are two kinds of cups: open back and closed back. For some background, headphones play sound both towards you an away from you. Closed back means the back of the headphone cup is closed (duh), blocking the sound going away from you. Basically, it's you and whatever you're listening to. A band in your head. Open back means that the cups are open to an extent. These headphones often look like they have a grate on the cups. This means sound goes out, and also sound goes in. These headphones make it so the music sounds more lively. Instead of the band being in your head, think of you at a concert for that band. Open back headphones make it so the music blends with the environment around you. Be wary, because people around you can hear what you're listening to pretty clearly. If you're using headphones for every day use, I'd recommend closed back for yours and everyone else's sake. You get to listen to what you want without distractions, and everyone around you won't be disturbed by you either.

Not sure which headphones you have, but these are the Sennheiser HD 280s. Over-ear, closed back, $100 dollars. Pretty good sound for the price, not so stylish. As far as audio quality, they're definitely worth the price.

If you're willing to go a little higher, I'd recommend the Audio Technica M50x. These bad boys are some of the best headphones I've used. They are the complete package to me. Sound quality is great, the build is good, the ear cups are comfortable, and you can replace the aux cord if it breaks, all for $150. I've heard better sound from headphones, but for $150, these are a steal. You really won't find better anywhere in this price range. Once again, over-ear, closed back.

If you're a guy that likes in-ears, I can't really help much. Almost every in-ear I've listened to are low end (less than $50), the exceptions being Beats in-ears ($100, meh), and Shure SE425 ($300, pretty damn good, mostly used for monitoring during music performances). If you're an on-ear guy, you're the first I've met. Regardless of your preference, I think it's worth taking the leap to over-ear and trying them out.

Either of these options are good. If you want to look for yourself, I'd highly recommend Amazon. You can find a lot of headphones here for cheaper than retail. The brands I'd recommend are Sennheiser, Audio Technica, and Beyerdynamic in that order. Keep in mind the different types of headphones and open back vs. closed back if you do decide to look around.

Sorry for the long read, best of luck!

u/yolorelli · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

I've always use the Sennheiser HD-280 Pro's. They are relatively inexpensive and pretty flat sounding.

u/hi2u · 3 pointsr/trance

I use Sennheiser HD 280 pro.

why I like them:

  • Sound isolation. They sort of clamp onto your head, blocking out the world, which helps a lot because you should be mixing in your headphones.

  • Frequency response is flat. So you can tell the difference between a pounding track and a super compressed really loud track. Cheaper headphones like to reproduce the bass too loudly, which is really frustrating when you need to know exactly how your track is going to sound when you drop it.

  • Portable; they fold up, and fold flat (good for fitting into a messenger bag, or a backpack).

  • The cord is really really long

  • Durable, especially if you take good care of them. I've had mine for almost 2 years and they still work great.

  • Cheap! so if you do lose them or break them you can just buy another pair. or you can throw them into the club if people love you (also comes with 1/4 and 1/8 plugs so you don't have to buy an adapter)
u/cyancynic · 3 pointsr/Guitar

I love my Sennheiser HD 280's. They're quiet, they're super comfortable (I've worn them over 8 hours straight without clamp-head pain or fatigue), they're reasonably priced, and they live forever.

u/SugaRush · 3 pointsr/starcraft

Dont get bose, they are a waist of money. If you want closed back headphones I would recommend the Sennheiser 280s Very good set of headphones that dont leak much. Also the Grado Sr-80i that Eziril list below are very good but leak a lot of sound because they are open.
I have owned a pair of the Carcharias since they came out and have yet to have a problem with them. Personally I use the Sennheiser HD 380 pros and a webcam mic. If your using skype make sure you get close back headphones or your friends will never stop bitching about being able to hear everything your doing.

u/sillyblanco · 3 pointsr/nottheonion

I have a couple of recommendations, both right around $100.

These are in-ear, and they kick ass: Klipsch R6i

For over the ear, these Sennheiser's are fantastic: Sennheiser HD-280 PRO

u/bilarion · 3 pointsr/piano

I had the same question not long ago, and I settled on the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro.

It's one the most popular headphones for musicians and studio use, and they cost 100$, which is pretty cheap. Check them out.

EDIT: This article may help you narrow down your choices too.

u/Dagga_Ninety5 · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

These sennheisers are the best headphones in their price range by far and are near the center of your price range at 100 bucks . Do not get beats by dre or audio technica not worth the money.

u/onebluefish · 3 pointsr/tinnitus

Yeah, absolutely factor in T when shopping for headphones, but I wouldn't say don't buy headphones, rather be smart about it.

The big issue with headphones is making sure you don't damage your hearing while using them. The most common way this happens is through people using headphones in already loud environments, so they need to crank up the volume in order to hear over the ambient noise.

To prevent that, find passive (active noise cancelling is another debate) noise cancelling headphones that will dampen the noise around you, so you aren't competing with those other sound levels. In this way, you will find an audible listening range at a much lower volume level. It's simple stuff, but people like to blow it out of proportion. The fact of the matter is there is almost negligible mechanical different of a sound wave hitting your ear drum whether the sound was created 10 cm away from your ear or 10 feet, if they both hit your ears at X decibels, they will both produce the same energy transfer on your ears and cause the same amount of "damage".

My recommendation:

At their best, they cut 32 db of ambient sound, giving you that much more room to listen to your music safely! (Note: I'm not sure what how much of each frequency they dampen. The idea is still there though, use good judgement.)

u/sequentialsilence · 3 pointsr/AskReddit




Those are around $100

$40 RH3C

$40 ATH-M20

$60 SR850

I own the HD280's and the M40 I prefer the HD280 to the M40 and I've used the RH3C and for the price they're really good, the SR850 I've heard good things about it, but unfortunately have yet to use it.

u/mister_sleepy · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I think this belongs in r/firstworldproblems.

That being said, I would do this: Save the $35. Let your dad buy you shitty $10 headphones while you save up enough money to get some quality, high-end headphones instead of some pretty good midrange ones.

I currently use these, they were recommended to me by an audio engineer that I work with:

The next time I buy headphones, though, I'm going for these:

Or, if you're really wed to earbuds:

u/ninnabadda · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

If circumaural headphones are ok, I can recommend the Sony MDR-V6's, I've been using one or another pair of them for the last 3 or 4 years I believe although recently I was looking at giving the KRK KNS-6400's a shot.

Headphones can be a really personal choice what with desired frequency response, how the ear pads feel on your head, what they're like to wear for 8 hours straight (if you need to), etc. For instance, while I've been using the MDR-V6's for between 4-12 hours a day for the last couple of years, I have a friend who can't stand the sound of them.

In general when looking at headphone stuff (which is not THAT often considering I haven't switched models in so long), I usually end up at In particular this thread always sticks out in my memory:

Which is a budget-separated list of reviews of about 113 different pairs of headphones from $10 Koss wrap-arounds to other pairs from Audio Technica or Denon costing $3-400.

Best of luck!

u/PinkFloydJoe · 3 pointsr/guitars

Headphones: These headphones ROCK! I use them with recording, mixing, performance.

Now the amp part is where it gets tricky. I would recommend getting him a Marshall MG15CFX (I had an older version of that, it's what I learned on.) With headphones they sound pretty good! It also has an aux input for mp3/cd players, as well as a foot controller you can buy so he can turn on the distortion/fx without pressing the buttons on the amp.

Here's the optional footswitch:

u/lurking_quietly · 3 pointsr/headphones

Posted yesterday with minimal response.


Budget: US$200 is a hard limit for everything, including any recommended DACs or amps.

Sources: Laptop computers, mobile device, and headphone-out jack to my (not-so-high-quality) home audio system.

Requirements for Isolation: Though I'll primarily use headphones indoors, I may be listening to my iPod in public. I'd therefore want good isolation.

Preferred Type of Headphones: Closed over-ear > closed on-ear > alternatives. I am not interested in IEMs.

Preferred tonal balance: Unsure; probably neutral? See "Preferred Music" below if that helps.

Past headphones: Mostly cheap, sub-US$40 on-ear eadphones or earbuds/IEMs. Over 10-15 years ago, I think I had the predecessor to the Sony MDR-V6, which I liked, though I had no decent frame-of-reference to which to compare them at the time.

Preferred Music: I actually listen more to podcasts than music; ideally, I'd like something that is a good complement to something like Radiolab, which has detailed, interesting sound engineering. In terms of music, I listen to rock (especially alternative), electronic, and mashups. I'd prefer healthy bass, but nothing so bass-heavy it creates a lopsided profile. I also expect to use these to listen to TV and movies as well as on my computer, but I don't do any gaming.

Miscellaneous: I'd prefer something that does not require an amp or DAC, especially since I may be using this in public with mobile devices. I'd also prefer something sturdy enough to last many years, including travel. Being able to replace the earpads would be a definite bonus. What the headphones look like is secondary to me, provided they're neither comically large, nor scream, "Expensive! Steal me!"

What I'm Currently Considering:

  1. Sony MDR-V6: US$80 at Amazon.

  2. Sony MDR-7506: US$85 at Amazon.

  3. Audio-Technica ATH-M50: US$127 at Amazon. (Left to my own devices, I'd likely get either these or the ATH-M50x below on the strength of reviews and recommendations for headphones in my price range.)

  4. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: US$170 at Amazon.

  5. Shure SRH840: US$200 at Amazon; very close to my budget's hard limit. (Considered primarily since it was suggested as an alternative to the ATH-M50/ATH-M50x.)

  6. Whatever additions to this list you fine people may suggest.

    Addendum: Suggestions currently include:

    Beyerdynamic DT770, 80 ohms, via /u/TheJosablo; US$170 on eBay.

    Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro, via /u/DependantBlackWoman; US$172 at Amazon.

    Thanks for any counsel you can provide!