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Low budget/Good value headphones?

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by ManchesterUpanda, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. So I wanna get headphones to monitor my recording.

    I want it to be under $50.00

    I know it'll be hard to find really food headphones for that low of a price; but I just want decent ones.
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    AKG k240's might be able to be picked up used in that range...good headphones.
  3. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member


    Compared to a few other recommended cans in that range (Senn HD-280, Sony MDR-7506), I prefer these. They're not perfect, but I trust them much more than any other pair I own.
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    Its going to be near impossible to find really food headphones in that price range.
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I like Devil's Food myself.
  6. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

  7. EricUndead

    EricUndead Guest

    I bought the Audio-Technica ATH-M20 for under $50 I think like $40 and they sound like 40 dollar Headphones compared to my SENNHEISER HD280's so save your money and get something you won't just throw away later on.
  8. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Since there aren't really any good cans in this price range, I've gone cheaper and have a few pairs of Senn HD202s around. They are close to $20 a pair, closed back, and (if you like the Senn style) they sound about as good as anything in the budget price range. Everything in this range is going to be colored, so I'd pick a color you like and buy cheap. Save your pennies for a genuinely good set of cans.
  9. I guess its down to the Audio-Technica ATH-M20 and the Senn HD202

    I've been looking at these Sony MDR-V700DJ V700 DJ headphones on ebay by various sellers in China for around $30.00 - $40.00

    I'm guessing these are fake...

  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    If you can shop wisely, you can get the ATh-M50 for $100 on sale and they are superior cans. Retail new they are about $150-170.
  11. as i said before I cant spend that much...
  12. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

  13. adiant

    adiant Active Member

    I haven't had a lot of experience using headphones since I last worked in Radio in 1974, but I quite like the Sennheiser HD 477 headphones I found on sale at Sears for $20 a couple of years ago.

    They pale in comparison to the HD 414 headphones I still have from 1973 (replacement ear pads from Sennheiser added about 10 years ago), but they get the job done.
  14. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I bought a bunch of Sennheiser HD212Pro's a few years back. I think they were under $50....Nice lightweight and they really dont sound half bad. Not something you want to mix on....I still use my MDR 7506's and even my really old MDR V6's or even the Koss 'clampers'... ( I know you guys dont like Sony's that much). I HAD an old old set of Fostex phones. These had suspension and great ear pads wonderfully tight lows and even highs....They were so much better than you'd think.....stolen.....AND IF YOU"RE OUT THERE READING THIS I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!! If I'm ever going to buy great phones they're gonna be Grados. End of story.
  15. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Just never really trusted my 7506s, Dave.

    I use my cans as a reality check against my two monitors (Alesis MK1s and MAudio BX5As). I have low-end issues in my room (that's been well documented here) and want something really flat.
    The Alesis' do well on the mids, the highs are a little hyped on the M-Audio's (though they do reveal harshness better than the Alesis'), and I have a sub to check the bottom.

    I just think my 240s do a better job of "telling it like it is" than my 7506s or 280s. Or my monitors. I have used them since my days of doing stereo mic recordings on my Yamaha AW16G in a club or bar, so that's probably why I trust them more.

    That said, there are thousands of headphones out there, and none are right for everybody. I'll have to look into the HD212s when I need a couple of extra cans for the musicians.

    Upanda - if you can't afford $200-$300 cans, check out the Sennheiser's Dave mentioned. Chances are you'll get some years of good use out of them if you treat them nicely.
  16. Well I'm down to 5 choices.

    I understand all of these headphones aren't top quality..or even near it, but for now I think these will do.

    1. Audio-Technica ATH M20
    2. Koss UR20 Studio Stereophones
    3. Sennheiser HD 202
    4. Sony MDR XD200
    5. Sennheiser HD 201

    They're all around 20-40 bucks

    Which one do you guys think I should chooes?
  17. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Sennheiser HD 201 if you're on a super tight budget and don't really care about quality, which I think is your case. But Personally from that list I would pick the ATH-M20. Keep in mind that my choice is limited to that list.
  18. out of the ones i listed price isn't really a big factor (since they're all cheap)

    I just want to know which one has the best quality in sound. I understand all of these headphones arent very good, but I was wondering which of the ones on the list is good.

    So you think the ATH-M20 is superior in quality out of the 5?
  19. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Superior doesn't enter the list for any of them. Usable is the qualifying adjective.
  20. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member


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