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looking to get a new headset as my old ones are busted. Used Sennheiser's HD 280 Pros for like years and loved them, however the 3.5mm jack bent about a month ago to the point where i had to tilt it to get sound in both sides of the headphones. Was wondering if anyone has any other recommendations for headphones, budget is $100

looking to get a new headset as my old ones are busted. Used [url=https://en-us.sennheiser.com/hd-280-pro?gclid=Cj0KCQjwsZHPBRClARIsAC-VMPA1_oMexCdHXhnRtd8FMmeaZ2nCW5ojUJqRiMJjYxk3hEnjwIell88aAuneEALw_wcB]Sennheiser's HD 280 Pros[/url] for like years and loved them, however the 3.5mm jack bent about a month ago to the point where i had to tilt it to get sound in both sides of the headphones. Was wondering if anyone has any other recommendations for headphones, budget is $100
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#2
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I guess I'll piggyback off this thread

Also looking for ~$100

Preferably open-back if possible

I guess I'll piggyback off this thread

Also looking for ~$100

Preferably open-back if possible
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#3
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Audio-Technica M40X are great for the price, from my experience.

I haven't personally used them, but I've seen the Philips SHP9500S get recommended often for ~50-60$ on sale, and they're on sale pretty much all the time. They're open back and have a detachable cable.

Here are some other suggestions near and under 100$ from r/headphones:
https://sites.google.com/view/headphoneadvice/closed-back-headphones/category-100 (closed back)
https://sites.google.com/view/headphoneadvice/open-back-headphones/category-100 (open back)

[url=https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M40x-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR54?tag=teamfortresst-20]Audio-Technica M40X[/url] are great for the price, from my experience.

I haven't personally used them, but I've seen the [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826138190]Philips SHP9500S[/url] get recommended often for ~50-60$ on sale, and they're on sale pretty much all the time. They're open back and have a detachable cable.

Here are some other suggestions near and under 100$ from r/headphones:
https://sites.google.com/view/headphoneadvice/closed-back-headphones/category-100 (closed back)
https://sites.google.com/view/headphoneadvice/open-back-headphones/category-100 (open back)
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#4
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https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-AD700X-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B009S332TQ

Some of the best open backs around $100. I had a really good experience with the older version of these myself. The AD500X are good to if you can't afford the extra couple $.

If you need closed then the m40x is good.

https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M40x-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR54/

DO NOT GET THE M50X

https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-AD700X-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B009S332TQ?tag=teamfortresst-20

Some of the best open backs around $100. I had a really good experience with the older version of these myself. The AD500X are good to if you can't afford the extra couple $.

If you need closed then the m40x is good.

https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M40x-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR54/

DO NOT GET THE M50X
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#5
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when you're asking for headphones recommendations you have to be much more specific if you want something that you'll enjoy listening to and enjoy using instead of just having them play sounds

budget (which you covered, but nothing else really)
open or closed
usage (gaming/movies, music, or all around)
do you need portability
on ear or over ear (over ear for most)
preferred sound signature (neutral, V, bass heavy, etcetc)

when you're asking for headphones recommendations you have to be much more specific if you want something that you'll enjoy listening to and enjoy using instead of just having them play sounds

budget (which you covered, but nothing else really)
open or closed
usage (gaming/movies, music, or all around)
do you need portability
on ear or over ear (over ear for most)
preferred sound signature (neutral, V, bass heavy, etcetc)
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#6
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ProSkeezwhen you're asking for headphones recommendations you have to be much more specific if you want something that you'll enjoy listening to and enjoy using instead of just having them play sounds

budget (which you covered, but nothing else really)
open or closed
usage (gaming/movies, music, or all around)
do you need portability
on ear or over ear (over ear for most)
preferred sound signature (neutral, V, bass heavy, etcetc)

My bad, will specify in the future
Closed headphones for kind of all around use, do some audio work so headphones with a flat/neutral signature are nice. Portability not needed.

[quote=ProSkeez]when you're asking for headphones recommendations you have to be much more specific if you want something that you'll enjoy listening to and enjoy using instead of just having them play sounds

budget (which you covered, but nothing else really)
open or closed
usage (gaming/movies, music, or all around)
do you need portability
on ear or over ear (over ear for most)
preferred sound signature (neutral, V, bass heavy, etcetc)[/quote]
My bad, will specify in the future
Closed headphones for kind of all around use, do some audio work so headphones with a flat/neutral signature are nice. Portability not needed.
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#7
6 Frags +
Manacute Philips SHP9500S

these are by far the best bang for your buck

[quote=Manacute] [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826138190]Philips SHP9500S[/url][/quote]

these are by far the best bang for your buck
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ScrewballDO NOT GET THE M50X

Why not?

[quote=Screwball]
DO NOT GET THE M50X[/quote]
Why not?
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#9
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i bought the logitech g430's and they seem to be pretty good, you can also adjust the mic boost so you can get some showstopper quality OH YEAH's in there while ur playing

i bought the logitech g430's and they seem to be pretty good, you can also adjust the mic boost so you can get some showstopper quality OH YEAH's in there while ur playing
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#10
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BrightlyBoyScrewballDO NOT GET THE M50XWhy not?

I think it's because a lot of of online discussions involve people praising the m50 as one of the best headphones available in its price range. Maybe this was the case a few years ago, but not anymore. There are many better or equal alternatives within the same price range available now, such as dt770, SRH840 etc.

That said, m50 is a solid and sturdy pair thats portable, but can honestly be quite uncomfortable when used for prolonged periods of time. Switching to a more comfortable pair of earpads unfortunately affects the most distinguishing feature of the m50's sound, the bass.

[quote=BrightlyBoy][quote=Screwball]
DO NOT GET THE M50X[/quote]
Why not?[/quote]
I think it's because a lot of of online discussions involve people praising the m50 as one of the best headphones available in its price range. Maybe this was the case a few years ago, but not anymore. There are many better or equal alternatives within the same price range available now, such as dt770, SRH840 etc.

That said, m50 is a solid and sturdy pair thats portable, but can honestly be quite uncomfortable when used for prolonged periods of time. Switching to a more comfortable pair of earpads unfortunately affects the most distinguishing feature of the m50's sound, the bass.
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#11
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the m50x makes my ears very very hot

the m50x makes my ears very very hot
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#12
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BrightlyBoyScrewballDO NOT GET THE M50XWhy not?

Treble murder cans. Literally uncomfortable to listen to. Poor sound stage. STRICTLY for monitoring. If you want something closed but better than the M40X get the MSR7s, MDR1As, or even Beoplay H6s.

[quote=BrightlyBoy][quote=Screwball]
DO NOT GET THE M50X[/quote]
Why not?[/quote]
Treble murder cans. Literally uncomfortable to listen to. Poor sound stage. STRICTLY for monitoring. If you want something closed but better than the M40X get the MSR7s, MDR1As, or even Beoplay H6s.
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#13
3 Frags +

Is the 3.5mm jack the only problem with it? If so then without any further details, it seems like a rather simple fix to replace the jack and soldering the wires to a new jack instead of spending another $100 on a new pair.

Is the 3.5mm jack the only problem with it? If so then without any further details, it seems like a rather simple fix to replace the jack and soldering the wires to a new jack instead of spending another $100 on a new pair.
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#14
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Joe_ShroeIs the 3.5mm jack the only problem with it? If so then without any further details, it seems like a rather simple fix to replace the jack and soldering the wires to a new jack instead of spending another $100 on a new pair.

+1 a jack is like 2-3$ and you can easily fix them

[quote=Joe_Shroe]Is the 3.5mm jack the only problem with it? If so then without any further details, it seems like a rather simple fix to replace the jack and soldering the wires to a new jack instead of spending another $100 on a new pair.[/quote]

+1 a jack is like 2-3$ and you can easily fix them
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#15
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Joe_ShroeIs the 3.5mm jack the only problem with it? If so then without any further details, it seems like a rather simple fix to replace the jack and soldering the wires to a new jack instead of spending another $100 on a new pair.

Don't really have experience with soldering, and don't own a soldering iron to boot. Plus looking to see if there are any other headphone options i should consider as the HD280 pros are the only decent set i've owned

[quote=Joe_Shroe]Is the 3.5mm jack the only problem with it? If so then without any further details, it seems like a rather simple fix to replace the jack and soldering the wires to a new jack instead of spending another $100 on a new pair.[/quote]
Don't really have experience with soldering, and don't own a soldering iron to boot. Plus looking to see if there are any other headphone options i should consider as the HD280 pros are the only decent set i've owned
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#16
3 Frags +

Make sure you consider whether or not you want/need a detachable chord. I would recommend getting a pair with a detachable chord because:
- If your jack breaks like the ones on your current headphones, that's a cheap chord replacement instead of an expensive headphone replacement (also works in your favour since you aren't comfortable with soldering)
- You can convert the headphone to a headset by attaching a microphone, something like this
- You can swap out the standard cable for a longer one

Make sure you consider whether or not you want/need a detachable chord. I would recommend getting a pair with a detachable chord because:
- If your jack breaks like the ones on your current headphones, that's a cheap chord replacement instead of an expensive headphone replacement (also works in your favour since you aren't comfortable with soldering)
- You can convert the headphone to a headset by attaching a microphone, something like [url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJ17WKK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00&linkCode=sl1&tag=teamfortresst-20&linkId=43942e12f8c5c532ddd6f322d2fdeefa]this[/url]
- You can swap out the standard cable for a longer one
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#17
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ConsoleDon't really have experience with soldering, and don't own a soldering iron to boot. Plus looking to see if there are any other headphone options i should consider as the HD280 pros are the only decent set i've owned

Fair enough. The one I've been using for a year now is the NVX XPT100 - $70 (was $80 when I bought it).

-Closed, over ear, slightly warm/neutral sound signature
-Great soundstage
-Bass mids and treble are all great, with mids and treble being the best
-Solid build quality, flexible but sturdy metal headband
-Comes with 2 sets of flat or angled earpads, really big and cushiony
-Also includes both 1.3m and 3.0m headphone cables in case one gets damaged again

-On a personal note, reviews are always saying how these are incredibly comfortable and can be worn for hours on end, but I myself was more used to smaller headphones like Bose QuietComfort 25 (yes it's a Bose but those are probably the most comfortable headphones known to man). The headphones themselves are pretty bulky and heavy in comparison, and it took me a while to get used to the extra weight and massive earpads (eventually I just stuck some more padding to the headbands since I would always feel pressure on the top of my head after a while). These are probably one of the beefiest looking headphones I've come across, but if you don't mind the size then the sound quality is really good for its price.

[quote=Console]
Don't really have experience with soldering, and don't own a soldering iron to boot. Plus looking to see if there are any other headphone options i should consider as the HD280 pros are the only decent set i've owned[/quote]
Fair enough. The one I've been using for a year now is the [url=https://www.nvx.com/xpt100-studio-over-ear-headphones/]NVX XPT100 - $70[/url] (was $80 when I bought it).

-Closed, over ear, slightly warm/neutral sound signature
-Great soundstage
-Bass mids and treble are all great, with mids and treble being the best
-Solid build quality, flexible but sturdy metal headband
-Comes with 2 sets of flat or angled earpads, really big and cushiony
-Also includes both 1.3m and 3.0m headphone cables in case one gets damaged again

-On a personal note, reviews are always saying how these are incredibly comfortable and can be worn for hours on end, but I myself was more used to smaller headphones like Bose QuietComfort 25 (yes it's a Bose but those are probably the most comfortable headphones known to man). The headphones themselves are pretty bulky and heavy in comparison, and it took me a while to get used to the extra weight and massive earpads (eventually I just stuck some more padding to the headbands since I would always feel pressure on the top of my head after a while). These are probably one of the beefiest looking headphones I've come across, but if you don't mind the size then the sound quality is really good for its price.
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