My niece was blown away when she listened to some of my headphones, and since she has a birthday coming up she really wants a pair. She said the most important feature for her would be noise isolation and she also enjoys good bass.
I’d have to imagine the DT 770’s / 32Ω would be the way to go here? Good isolation, bass, and easy to drive so she can listen through her phone.
I’m not too familiar with AKG or AT offerings - anything else to look at?
Meze 99 Neo should be in that price range as I see it go for $200. DT 770 is nice but it is also pretty bright, if she has a sensitivity to treble this may be a deal breaker. T50RP MK3 would work but change the pads and make other alterations if necessary, very mod friendly as this is just the argons in it’s base form you can pay modhouse a small fee to upgrade to the argons later so this may be a good option. Some other budget options are Status Audio CB-1, AKG Pro Audio K553 MKII, Sony MDR1A, Takstar Pro82, and M1060C
akg k371 is a good piclk especially if shes into songs with a lot of female vocals but also likes bass.
if you can find them cheap the b and o h6 is a good looking well built very pleasant sounding headphone. if she like bass a lot though the mezes are one of my go to easy to drive cans for bass
I vote the meze 99 Noir. A good headphone for a beginer and doesnt have the harsher treble of the dt770. also the T40rp or 20 has very sibilant treble. the Neo only comes with one pad i think and some people really need the other pad that comes with them. which the Noir has.
The AKG K371 and K361 are very good from what i hear
When I auditioned it it was the pro plus, it had a lot of compression in the sound and just didn’t sound very good. Lack in detail, lack in clarity, lack in clean sound. Sounded rather balanced for a beyer and the bass slider did indeed work. Could have been that I had a bad copy but I can’t recommend this due to my experience with it in good faith. I would sooner tell you grab the Custom Studio. The bass slider opens up the sound making it sound a little wider as well as bassier though which was nice. Excuse my language but in my opinion, subjectively speaking, these sounded like shit.
it sounds like a worse less controlled 770 to my ears the pro plus isa better headphone much more controlled and a more pleasant listen they are lower impedance headphoines and the build quality is better than the standard beyers.
its a weird feature to implement and more work is needed to get all settings sounding good. most of the time it goes from flat good to muddy with headphones with this featre its a matter of how each setting is tuned individually and requires R and
d money to do so the takstar pro 82’s also have this feature