Recommend headphones under $300

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by bandit390, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. bandit390

    bandit390 [H]ard|Gawd

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    The wife and I have gone through many headphones and all of them have been too tight(squeezing our head when they are on) on both of our heads. I finally found the ATH 900x open that is great for a big head like mine, but they are too big for my wife. What else is there for her to try? Also, I'd rather try to stay under $200, but $200-$300 would be okay if it's worth it.

    Here is a list of all the headsets that we have tried that are too tight:
    - Sennheiser PC 363 D
    - Sennheiser Game Zero
    - Logitech G933
    - Beyerdynamic DT-990
    - AKG K702
    - Sennheiser 598

    I already have on my new list to try out:
    - HyperX Cloud Revolver S
     
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    st4rk Gawd

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    Definitely the Beyerdynamic DT-990. I was close to buying them but they were too loose on my small, fragile, head. They had great highs/mids, but pathetic bass. Not sure if an amp would help with that or not.

    I went with Audio Technica ATH-M50x and they fit snug on my head, I actually had to kinda stretch the band. Not sure if you were looking at those but they would probably way too tight for you, but they sound great at their price.
     
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    990 has more bass than M50x. I used to have M50x and traded them to a friend because they were not comfortable for my big ears.
     
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    illram [H]ard|Gawd

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    HE-400i, Fidelio X2.

    I'm surprised the 702 is too tight? Is it the same clamping mechanism as the Massdrop K7XX (i.e., basically no clamp at all?) If not try the K7XX also. I find it just sort of hangs on my head.
     
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    jiminator [H]ardForum Junkie

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    The philips above are great. I have had mine a couple of years and been very happy with them.
     
  7. bandit390

    bandit390 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Thanks for the input.

    We bought:
    - HyperX Cloud Revolver S <-- Heavy and too tight.
    - Logitech G430 <-- Feels cheap and uncomfortable.
    - HyperX Cloud II <-- Comfortable, not too tight, and feels great on a small head.

    We might order the M50x and choose between the cloud II and M50x.
     
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    for gaming headset i got the HyperX cloud Alpha's i recommend these because the mic and the cord are detachable the sound is similar to the hyper x cloud 2 with out the surround sound dac thing. for studio headphones i recommend the AKG 7xx massdrop headphones they are cheap at $199 and sound really good somewhere between the 702 and 712 pro
     
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    celwin Gawd

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    Add B&O H6 2nd generation to your list to audition. Very comfortable and you would be hard pressed to find better sounding head phones. They go for $300
     
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    Open-Back headphones with cloth ear cups. Amp wouldn't really help.
     
  11. DoubleTap

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    VMODA M100 if you like a durable headset with detachable cables and excellent bass.
     
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    I used to use M50's but also found they were too tight during long gaming stretches. I purchased a Philips Fidelio x2 and couldn't be happier. Better fit, better sound, and overall much higher quality feel. They're at the top of your budget, but definitely worth checking out.
     
  13. DoubleTap

    DoubleTap [H]ard|Gawd

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    Just for other people following along, the M50 and M100 headsets are from different companies:

    Audio Technica M50 (there are a lot of variants) https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50x-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR86

    VMODA M100 https://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-Crossfade-Over-Ear-Noise-Isolating-Headphone/dp/B00A39PPI0/
     
  14. rive22

    rive22 [H]ardness Supreme

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    If she likes the ATH-AD900x I suggest the Fidelio X2 as mentioned above. They are smaller, just as comfy and sound better.

    I don't recommend the DT990s at all, even with a good DAC/AMP. Beyer's are very well made but sibilant and fatiguing. They're very detailed yes, but DT990 in particular lack energy and harmony. They're great for games and movies, etc, just not music IMHO.
     
  15. Lateralus

    Lateralus More [H]uman than Human

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    I just received a pair of these on Friday and so far I am very impressed. And ordered the XL earpads this morning from Amazon, which are a highly recommended upgrade.
     
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