(There is a TLDR at the end)
I am interested in buying headphones for listening to music from my phone. The reason for buying new headphones is to appreciate the music better and fully experience the sounds that I hear. I want to take my enjoyment to the next level. Though, I do have to mention that my budget is a bit tight.
This might be unimportant but I mostly listen to pop, soul and r&b music.
I would be happy if you could recommend me some headphones with the following criteria:
- Over the ear
- Closed back
- Suited for listening to music from my phone
- under ~170 dollars
I did some research based on the criteria I just mentioned and found out that often these headphones were mentioned in forums and audio sites:
- Shure: Srh440A
- Audio-Technica: Ath-M50X
- Sony: Mdr-cd900st
- Rode: Rode NTH-100
- Beyerdynamic: Dt 770 Pro (Many mentioned that it has a harsh treble. I don’t really understand what that means. Would you be able to reduce the ‘harsh treble’ with an equalizer? Also, there are multiple versions based on the impedance (32, 80, and 250 ohms) - which one would I need?)
For the more expensive ones, these were mentioned:
- Audio-Technica: ATH-A990Z
- AKG: Pro Audio K553 MKII
- Beyerdynamic: Dt 700 Pro X
- Sony: mdr-1am2
- Audio-Technica: ath-msr7b
… BUT keep in mind that I actually want to buy headphones under 170 dollars. I am just mentioning them here to get a better overview of the available headphones on the market in the 250 dollar range. So, I would greatly appreciate it if you could recommend me a headphone under 170 dollars and then one that is a bit more expensive up to 260 dollars.
Until yesterday I was a complete noob regarding anything related to headphones. I would appreciate it if you could explain in simple terms why I should or should not take a headphone. If you have any other recommendations please mention them.
I can’t really say what is important to me in regards to sound quality, clarity, imaging, soundstage (the last two sound really fancy xD), etc. since I don’t really understand what these terms mean since I do not have a reference point. I need to experience the above-mentioned terms to really understand what they stand for. I did research their definition but I still don’t quiet get them.
Also, the only headphones that I own and have ever used are the AKG 371 (I was gifted them).
Through the research I did yesterday and today I saw that IEMs, DACs, and AMPs were sometimes mentioned. Not sure what the latter two really do but I would like to not be required to buy any additional equipment. And I am not interested in IEMs.
TLDR: Please recommend me some closed back wired headphones under 170 dollars that are suitable for listening music from the phone that would take my enjoyment and experience of music to the next level.
PS: If you recommend a headphone it would be great if you could also mention how they compare to the AKG 371 so that I could get a better understanding
PSPS: In what other forum would posting this be beneficial? I saw that there are multiple audio forums on the Internet and I chose this one … randomly. I am considering asking the same question on some other forums to get a variety of answers and perspectives, but at the same time, I don’t want to create spam.