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What would you recommend for a decent set of entry-level headphones? They'll need to be used in an office environment, so open-back is probably out. 

 

I'm thinking $200 but can flex a bit if needed. I'm a beginner in this space!

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The AKG ones. K371 I think they are called.

 

Or for a bit of V shaped fun, a Beyer DT770 Pro on the used market.

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An audio technica ATH m50x will be a good closed back within your budget. Slightly bass heavy, if you prefer that sort of sound. Alternatively, the ATH m40x is a more neutral sounding. I own the m40x and have heard the m50x extensively. I can easily recommend either of them based on your preferences. 

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I don't get peoples fascination with the M40 and M50. Like a step up from the old ibuds maybe. But really isn't a well tuned headphone.

 

Have you heard them against much else?

 

Not trying to poo poo them, you like what you like, but I can't recommend them to people.

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5 minutes ago, Bengineer said:

I don't get peoples fascination with the M40 and M50. Like a step up from the old ibuds maybe. But really isn't a well tuned headphone.

 

Have you heard them against much else?

 

Not trying to poo poo them, you like what you like, but I can't recommend them to people.

 

I have owned the M40x for quite a few years now and would definitely recommend them for the money (around 125-150 AUD - can be had for less during a deal). They are a fairly neutral headphone for what you pay. They are also fairly easy to drive and do not really need a dedicated HP amplifier - though they do sound better with an amp. I also own the Focal Elegia, which are better, but I had to pay a lot more to get there.

 

In my opinion, the M40x is a good buy at their price - and sounded better (to my ears) than similarly priced HPs that I have heard from Sony, JBL, Senn, Beats Studio etc.  I also have VE Monk+ earbuds, which are good quality earbuds (and better than the ibuds), and the M40x sounds quite a bit better than the VE Monks.

 

I did add a caveat on the M50x that they tend to be bass heavy and may not be to everyone's tastes - still a good buy for a bass head on a budget 

 

The OP is looking for closed back recommendations at less than 200 AUD. Without getting into too much of a debate over the AT siblings, what would be your suggestions for new HPs in this price range other than the AKG and Bayer you mentioned?

 

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Well it would be the AKG and Beyer. Not much else stands out, unless you start looking at patiently waiting for a used bargain.

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Maybe check out the Beyerdynamic DT 770?

 

I haven't heard them personally, but they seem to get good reviews and Beyerdynamic is a reliable/trusted brand.

 

 

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These

https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/closed-back-headphones/products/shure-srh440-professional-studio-headphones

are the nicest closed I've heard in that price range. I prefered them to the M40 and 50's. I also have these

https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/closed-back-headphones/products/ultrasone-signature-dxp-headphones

 

though I think the Shure's are probably nicer.

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Thanks everyone, this has given me some good starting points for my search. @blakey72, it wasn't clear from your post which headphones you were referring to? 

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1 hour ago, MarkR_22 said:

Thanks everyone, this has given me some good starting points for my search. @blakey72, it wasn't clear from your post which headphones you were referring to? 

Sorry, the link didn't go in. Fixed now ;) 

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I still like my V-Moda M100. RRP $359 but often on special and about $200 second hand. On the bassy side, but still very clear. Be sure to get the thicker sheepskin pads ($30). They sound good driven by an iPhone, and even better with a little USB DAC like a Dragonfly.

 

I'm not a fan of the M50, I found them quite muddy and lifeless. 

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On 30/01/2021 at 5:21 PM, rand129678 said:

Great recommendation this one:

 

I just ordered these on the basis of Olive's measurements and comparisons as well as ASR's review and EQ settings, and their close adherence to the Harman Curve for under $200 delivered.

 

I recently replaced by Stax Lambda's with HiFiman HE400i (not 2020 version) for much the same money as the AKG371's .

 

The contemporary headphone hifi market is extraordinary value for money and sonic quality.

 

 

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