Pair of headphones like Beats by Dre for less money, less gaudy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by deosaa7, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. deosaa7 macrumors member

    May 27, 2011
    I tried a pair of beats by dre at the apple store but their price is just too expensive for me. My budget is <$100 so I am wondering what (preferably collapsable - I am a student on the run at all times) pair of over eat headphones has that kind of bass quality at a lesser price point? I would prefer a more subtle design too...I like the beats design but I don't like the big B plastered all over it, I would prefer people not knowing how much money I dropped (or didn't drop) on a set.

  2. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    Get the Klispch Image Ones off eBay. I just got mine and I couldn't be happier switching from Bose On-Ear Triports.

    Retails for about $159 but i got them for $59. They normally around $70-80 on eBay.
  3. RolandNights macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    Audio Technica ATH-M50

    I'm not a hardcore audiophile or anything, but I have the Audio Technica ATH-M50 and I love'em. I got them for $120 on Amazon awhile back.

    I lack the audiophile vocab, but the Amazon reviews are really helpful. I have these and the similarly priced Bose AE2i, but I definitely use these for when I want a better sound experience. They're collapsible and roughly the same size as the $300 pair of Beats by Dre.

    My only complaint regarding portability is the super long cord. If you're going to have your mp3 player in your pocket, you're gonna need to tie it off.
  4. 7thMac macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2010
    You should definitely investigate alternatives. The Audio Technicas recommended above would be a good start.
  5. andrewlgm macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2011
    J4M rugged by JBuds - $50

    Creative aurvana - $50

    JAYS a-JAYS Four - $70

    Klipsch Image S2m - $35
  6. RolandNights macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    BTW, I'll also add that Beats by Dre are extremely overpriced. Major retailers purchase the $300 set from the manufacturer in the low-mid $100 range (source: buddy of mine that works at a major electronics retailer).
  7. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida

    Go there, make an account, and read. Read a lot. You'll learn tons.

    You can look at the list of headphones I've owned if you want a quick recommendation for something good :)

    If you have any questions or want an in depth response, feel free to PM me, I'd be happy to help :)
  8. caseyh macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    Other manufacturers

    I'm glad you have the wherewithall to avoid the Beats.

    On-the-ear vs over-the-ear is largely a comfort thing. Open headphones are generally considered slightly better from a sound-quality perspective, but people near you will be able to hear the music. Closed designs insulate the sound better--your roommate and people at the library would prefer those.

    Avoid Best Buy and the Apple Store for your purchase. Avoid Bose and anything associated with Monster--way overpriced.

    As someone else suggested, read up at Also check

    Check out these manufacturers. I'd look to eBay or something for a good price. On my budget, I've always loved my Sennheisers. I'd spring for some Grado's if I had more money. Look at used Grado's, too--you can buy parts for them.
  9. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    It is SO refreshing to see a fellow Head-fier or AVS forum user. I agree; first pair of cans I ever owned was some Senn 555s. Loved them to death. Of course, that was back in the beginning when I got a LoD for my iPod Touch and hooked them up to a 100 dollar amp.

    Ignorance is bliss.
  10. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    open headphones aren't just slightly better, and indoors people much farther than nearby will be able to hear you, unless you like keeping the volume extremely low...and, in that case, you wouldn't be listening to music, you'd be listening to everyone else.

    either way, Beats are closed headphones. no point recommending open ones since those kinda aren't the same.
  11. Young Spade, Aug 15, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011

    Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    EDIT: *facepalm*

  12. ritmomundo macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have the Sennheiser HD595s, and I think they're amazing. The HD555s are cheaper (about $100), and there's an easy modification you can do to make them as good as the HD595s (check out youtube for this).
  13. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    read what I said again:
    those are open headphones.
  14. jamswirl macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2011
    Yup, check out head-fi. It can be a little overwhelming at first but there is so much info on there you'll be able to find anything on pretty much any headphone. The people there are pretty friendly too. Just be sure to read before posting, chances are you're question has been asked and answered 30 times before.
  15. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Edited. Sorry about that :)
  16. Tonepoet, Aug 17, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

    Tonepoet macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    I'd never tried the Beats or anything too terribly fancy for that matter but I'd personally recommend a pair of Sony MDR V-6s. If you don't mind cheap packaging and a beat up retail box, this place sells them new for as low as $40 new. I love 'em, think they're some of the best headphones I'd ever heard and so does my mother who uses them almost daily to listen to music on her laptop.

    Some people don't like the stock fake leather earpads, making a few comfort and durability complaints so if they feel a bit uncomfortable to you, you might want to replace them with velor earpads from Beyerdynamic or Pearstone for about $20 more. A couple people say the change in materials makes them sound a bit more bassy when they're known for a very flat frequency response but others don't really notice any change at all. Only issue other than that is that you may have to put the volume a little higher than you're used to with typical headphones in order to make them shine their best but only a little.

    They're one of Sony's old standbys from the 1980s made for professional monitor use. They'd attempted to discontinue them once, in favor of the MDR-v600s but they'd come back by popular demand. Very popular for headphone enthusiasts looking to purchase in the sub $100 range. They're closed headphones if I recall correctly.

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