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Best over-ear headphones under $100?

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by cchean, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. cchean

    cchean Super Member

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    Looking to buy a pair of headphones for casual listening. Nothing fancy, no mic, no bluetooth, just old school headphones. I ownded in the past Seenheiser HD-414 and a Sony MDR-V6, they are long gone. I was considering AKG K240 or Grado SR60. Any other suggestions?
     

     

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  2. Harvestor

    Harvestor Super Member

    AKG 240 get my vote
     
  3. radioactive

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    Another vote for the akg 240.i love mine.
     
  4. EngineerNate

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    MDR-7506 gets my vote.
     
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  5. cratz2

    cratz2 Addicted Member

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    I paid $100 shipped from Amazon for a used pair of AKG 553s. Those would get my vote though the price has gone up a bit.

    If bass isn't a top priority, Amazon has the AKG K92s on sale for a ridiculous $35. I haven't actually heard them but I have a pair of the K52s which are similar but two steps down the ladder.

    They don't work super well with a phone but for home use, the AKG 240s have a lot of positives. They are a pretty open design so they let sound out and let noise in but they also sound MUCH more open than most phones in the price range.
     
  6. radioactive

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    Nothing a headphone amp such as a fiio can't take care of.i use my 240s with my iPod or phone with a fiio eo7k amp
     

     

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  7. cratz2

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    Totally agree, the 240s still aren't my top choice for use with a phone.
     
  8. radioactive

    radioactive tube gear fanatic Subscriber

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    Not my choice either but during the summer I use them for my commute to work and in the winter I use a pair of etymotic er4s I.e.c.for home use i use my stax electrostatics through my fairchild amplifiers.:smoke:everything has its place.
     
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  9. chip18sw

    chip18sw Active Member

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    I don't see how a discussion on Headphones under 100 bucks, can be had, without the Grado 60's being mentioned?? I bought mine back in the day. I was starting to head phone hunt. Stax Electrostatic Cans and such stuff were comparisons (for me.)

    But when I found the Grado 60's ... I found them to be more than good enough! I still have them and they work! I paid $69 bucks for them back in the day. And I see they have a newer version ( Grado 60 e) and the price has gone up! So, no longer $69 bucks ... now they are uh $ 79 bucks!' :)

    Most likely the newer ones are "better" still but my "originals" are more than "Good Enough" for me. :)

    And I guess I have had them this long??
    https://www.stereophile.com/headphones/532/index.html
     
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  10. radioactive

    radioactive tube gear fanatic Subscriber

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    The original poster did mention the grad sr60.:)
     
  11. chip18sw

    chip18sw Active Member

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    LOL ... my bad! But .. hey in my defense, apparently I was correct?? You can't have a discussion about headphones under $100 bucks without including the Grado 60's. :)

    Ok, I "see" it now! So yeah check them out! :)
     
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  12. bbqjoe

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    I don't know from Grado, I have these, and I find them decent enough.
    Sennheiser HD280 pro. Right at $99.9 free shipping.
    Solid. Heavy cord. Easily replaced pads.

    They'll also pump your brains out if you want.
     
  13. Mr.Jim

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    Sony mdr-v6
     
  14. Tom Brennan

    Tom Brennan AK Member Subscriber

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    The Shure SRH440 is worth consideration.

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  15. Lavane

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    Another vote for the 240's.
     
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  16. HTHMAN

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    I do not use them a lot but I love the sound of my Grado SR60's. Great value.
     

     

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  17. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    The SR-60's I have are on ear not over ear. This is so even after changing the cushions as I did.

    My Monolith M-560's and HiFi Man HE-350's are over the ear type.
     
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  18. HTHMAN

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    This is true and IMO not the most comfortable for long term sessions. To get around the ear for Grado, you would need to go to the bowl ear cups.
     
  19. guscjr

    guscjr Active Member

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    I own AKG 240 MKII and find them comfortable and enjoyable, but I just grabbed 2 pairs of AKG K92 closed back phones for family members and after giving them a listen for a couple of days in my little studio setup, am mighty impressed at their sound, quite different than the 240's open back design. The really good news is they're going for $39 including shipping right now at zZounds. I just ordered another pair for myself.
     
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  20. cratz2

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    Yeah, at $35 to $40, those K92s have to be the best deal going under $50.
     

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