Originally Posted by neophit
I am looking for a pair for headphones for under $100. I listen to alternative/rock/punk music (not alot of bass), play games (surround sound would be fun), watch dvds, and need them to be notebook friendly of course. I spend a lot of time doing these things so comfort is also a concern.
Best advice - Dont buy a pair of headphones from Best Buy / Circuit City or any of these mass marketing stores you have near you.
Surround sound via headphones can be stunning HOWEVER few recording studios recognize the actual potential of the headphone market and simply avoid using "Binaural" techniques to record sound.
Most games come with EAX which will give you a pretty decent sound presentation with headphones - but this is seriously 5.1 multimedia speaker system territory
You can do a LOT with $100.00 if you know what to look for.
What you want :-
* Rock music friendly
* Laptop friendly (foldable...compact)
* nice for games (you need bass here
I can give you a $40.00 solution - the Koss PortaPro2 which is actually (ugh!) something you can order from circuit city online.
My other recommendations (pricier) :-
* as always - Grado SR-60 + Todd Flat pads (www.ttvj.com
for both) ($100)
* Sennheiser HD-555 ($140)
* Sennheiser HD-515 ($100)
* Sennheiser HD-580 ($150 this could well be the best ever headphone at this price point)
* Grado SR-225 ($160.00 - um...this one is just as good - but different sounding than the HD-580)
Hope this helps
Audio stores DONT stock a wide range of headphones. You are eliminating your options straightaway. www.headfi.com
has some very accurate descriptions of these headphones and opinions there can be trusted (assuming you ask around and know who represents observations accurately).