Budget Headphones $20-50

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by Guitarfreak, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    I am doing some research for a friend that wants to get into recording as a hobby. He needs a pair of phones for monitoring while recording and maybe for playing guitar at night when he can't turn the amp on. He will not be using these for mixing or referencing or anything like that. He just wants a nice pair of phones for around the budget mark.
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Sennheisers, HD202/201/2xx

    My friend got a pair of 201's for general listening and loved them.

    But there may be better.
  3. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    at that price who cares - get whatever looks nice.
  4. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere Guest

    I use a set of Yamaha RH5MA for studio use. They sound GREAT compared to a slightly cheaper set of Audio Technica's I also use. They are very, very clear and crisp sounding. The only downside is they don't grab your head very well and tend to fall off occasionally which can be a downside if you're tracking but otherwise they are a great set of headphones.

    It seems like the priced has raised since I bought them. I believe they are still worth it. Good luck.

  5. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
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    While I don't totally agree, he has a point. Go with a reputable brand in that range. Sennheiser, AKG, AT, Sony...
    Any phones at that price are going to be poor - better to get the knock-off of something good actually made by the folks who built the good ones.
  6. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    Aug 9, 2005
    From LV but Army brought me to TN
    AKG K240's used are your best bet my man.
  7. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    He ended up going with the Senn HD 201's. Thanks guys :)
  8. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    I have been diggin' these :

    panasonic RP-HTX7PP

    I use them more than my akg 270's. They are nice and light and they sound decent and detailed to my ear. Plus they are a closed back so they block out outside sound.

    They may not be robust enough for "recording animals".
    But they are uber cheap.
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