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Hello all, I'd like to purchase a better set of cans today. They will be used for movie watching and video game playing, along with some music. I've been looking for a while and have narrowed it down to a handful of pairs, so here are my choices.
Audio Technica ATH-AD700 - $90 - Comfortable but not best for games & movies. Huge.
Sony MDR-V6 - $65 - Excellent sound but they fit tight. Probably the best value pair.
Sony MDR-7506 - $90 - Step up from the V6's, still really good.
Sennheiser HD-280 - $80 - Great sound but cheap build quality.
Sennheiser HD-555 - $100 - Basically the same deal as the 280's, maybe better sound quality.
I'm really leaning towards the V6's because of the value, but my head is kind of big and I'm afraid they'll be too tight. Any other suggestions are welcomed.
 
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Well.. if I have to choose these 5... I love my AD700's..

But, if you really want to look at what is under $100..

Grado-Prestige-Sr80i

Their a great all around choice for anything. Played with them on my last vacation and keep fighting myself not to buy them because of all I have now.
 
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Well.. if I have to choose these 5... I love my AD700's..

But, if you really want to look at what is under $100..

Grado-Prestige-Sr80i

Their a great all around choice for anything. Played with them on my last vacation and keep fighting myself not to buy them because of all I have now.
Bah, I should have put those on the list. How comfortable are they? I kind of just dismissed them because I haven't read a single review stating that they feel good to wear for hours.
 
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Bah, I should have put those on the list. How comfortable are they? I kind of just dismissed them because I haven't read a single review stating that they feel good to wear for hours.
I had no problem wearing them for the 6h it took to get to my destination. I've fallen asleep wearing them while on the trip. Their good for big heads..

also.. Our headphone thread is great to search.. There's a search tool inside a search tool yo.

But, I do love my AD700's.. Just don't like to wear them so long..

Plus.. with the Grados I know a few people on TPU sport both the 60i and 80i's.
 
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I would go with the V6, if you don't like the way they feel send them back, amazon wont complain :toast:
 
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Shure SRH440 are my favorite budget pair.
I have these... They are more on the neutral side of sound, which I like (You can easily use EQ to flavor the sound to your liking). As for comfort, it isn't the best for me, as my ears are big, they touched the driver and it hurts like crazy, so I stuffed tissue paper in the earpads, which also improves soundstage a little. I have to wear the SRH440 a bit loose to be comfortable, which is fine as long as you don't move your head very fast.

My SRH440s are a year old now, and there are lots of signs of use. I bring them to a lot of places, they are far from breaking, but they aren't going to stay immaculate unless you take care of them.

I think it is probably worth it to pay a bit more and go for the SRH840 or 750DJ
 

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ATH AD700 gets my vote, even though I really want a MDR-V6.
 
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I have these... They are more on the neutral side of sound, which I like (You can easily use EQ to flavor the sound to your liking). As for comfort, it isn't the best for me, as my ears are big, they touched the driver and it hurts like crazy, so I stuffed tissue paper in the earpads, which also improves soundstage a little. I have to wear the SRH440 a bit loose to be comfortable, which is fine as long as you don't move your head very fast.

My SRH440s are a year old now, and there are lots of signs of use. I bring them to a lot of places, they are far from breaking, but they aren't going to stay immaculate unless you take care of them.

I think it is probably worth it to pay a bit more and go for the SRH840 or 750DJ
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002Z9JWZS/?tag=tec06d-20
 
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I love my AD700s, they are super comfy, but are light on bass. Since I prefer accuracy to thumping, they fit the bill well. Also, since using these, I don't think I'd ever own another pair of closed cans, or ones with drivers less than 50mm.
 
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I like my grados 225's so if the 80's sound anything like the 225's then get those.

My 225's are not the most comfortable but I wear glasses, that might be why.
 
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Here we are again with suggestions all over the place. There are just too darn many good sets to choose from :/
 

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Here we are again with suggestions all over the place. There are just too darn many good sets to choose from :/
Of course. :p

I got my younger brother
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DGTGNG/?tag=tec06d-20

He loves them, they are super comfortable and sound good if not great for the $50. They lack a warm tone to them like my Grados but still great nonetheless.

For example, the Rio sound track on my grados with no amp sounds amazing!! very warm, very lively and enough bass to be present but not overpowering. I've had some cheapers and some more expensive than these honestly to many to remember but these are my favorite by far.
 
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Of course. :p

I got my younger brother
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DGTGNG/?tag=tec06d-20

He loves them, they are super comfortable and sound good if not great for the $50. They lack a warm tone to them like my Grados but still great nonetheless.

For example, the Rio sound track on my grados with no amp sounds amazing!! very warm, very lively and enough bass to be present but not overpowering. I've had some cheapers and some more expensive than these honestly to many to remember but these are my favorite by far.
How would you rate your Grados' prolonged-usage comfort on a scale 1-10?
 

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I've been wearing them for almost 3 hours and my ears are okay, they are starting to hurt a bit but on a 1-10,
1 being cannot stand them at all
10 being I could wear them ALL day.

Since there are 24 hours in a day, most of us are active for 16 hours, we work typically work 8 hours, I can wear them for about 3 1/2 hours before I have to give my ears a rest I would say a 7. I haven't washed the ear covers yet, which is a plan and I really hope they can get a bit softer
 
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I think I've decided on the MDR-V6's. They can fold up to be ultra-compact, are tried and true, and produce unflavored, accurate sound. I can flavor it as I see fit with equalization and whatnot. Plus they're the second cheapest pair that has been mentioned here.
 
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I think I've decided on the MDR-V6's. They can fold up to be ultra-compact, are tried and true, and produce unflavored, accurate sound. I can flavor it as I see fit with equalization and whatnot. Plus they're the second cheapest pair that has been mentioned here.
If you want unflavored sound, the SRH440's are VERY VERY good at it. I wouldn't recommend the SRH440 only if you have Elephantish ears like I do (stick out of your head alot etc) xD They to fine on big heads as well. The detachable cord is a very nice touch

I am saying this without knowing anything about the V6's though
 
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you mean Ferengi ears.
 
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I bought the V6's. Once they arrive and I try them out a bit I'll post my thoughts in the headphone thread. Thanks guys.
 
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I also bought the V6's and have had them for 2 months. They are very clear and comfy. I used to own a set of the V500's and they are just like them but the ear cups are slightly smaller

Really all you could ask for in head phones
 
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Audio Technica ATH-AD700 - $90 - Comfortable but not best for games & movies. Huge.
Depends on what you are looking for in gaming. They are perfect for first person shooters where you want accurate reproduction. It's hard to describe soundstage, but there's good location projection and a crispness to effects you won't get with sealed cans. Also, the AD700's can be worn for very long periods of time without getting uncomfortable and the pads will never harden up.
 
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Why not the Monster Beats headphones?
 

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Why not the Monster Beats headphones?
Because they are overpriced for the sound quality you receive. All the cans listed here perform better, but at a much lower msrp. The $130 Solos sound like your typical $50 headphones.
 
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Storage OS/Games:Samsung 960 EVO 250GB NVME|2xSamsung EVO 850 1TB SSD|Data:3xWD Red/Purple 4TB & WD SE 1TB
Display(s) Dell S2417DG 1440p@165hz G-Sync | Philips 50PFT4009/12
Case Phantek Eclipse P400 Black/White | Intel Compute Case
Audio Device(s) Creative Core3D (Onboard) | Intel HD Audio
Power Supply Corsair SF600 | Generic Intel Power Adapter (3amp)
Mouse Logitech G502 | Logtech MK270 kit @ Lynni-Stick
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Chroma X UK
Software Win10 Pro CU UK x64 | Win10 Home CU x86
Benchmark Scores 3DMark Skydrive @ 1440p: GS: 25188 / PS: 12238 / CS: 25308: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/11665249
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