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Help - Entry level On/Over Ear headphones

Hey,

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So I've been trying to do some research on my own looking for my first actually good entry level headphones for around $100. In my searches I have become somewhat bewildered by all the choices and could use some help deciding what headphones would be right for me. I was initially looking at audiotechnica ath-ad700, through some recommendations from my brother but, I watched a video with a self proclaimed audio specialist in which he noted the headphones were loose even on his "giant head". He recommended the Grado Prestige Series SR80i Stereo Headphones over the audiotechnicas. I did research on the grado headphones but, everybody seemed to find they were weak in terms of bass, which is a huge factor in my decision because I listen to a lot of rap, hip hop, and dubstep (also rock but that isn't exactly base dependent). I later looked into some Sennheiser and cam back to audiotechnica for the Audio Technica ATHES55BK On-Ear Headphones. I was also wondering if anybody knows the quality of these because there are literally no information on them anywhere on the internet.

Summary:
- I'm lost and need help finding over/on ear headphones around $100
- Headphones that don't require a amplifier to preform at full potential
- I primarily listen to rap, hip-hop, and dubstep. (rock also)
- audiotechnica ath-ad700 seemed to large/bulky of a fit for me
- Grado Prestige Series SR80i Stereo Headphones supposedly lack bass
- anybody know anything about Audio Technica ATHES55BK On-Ear Headphones

Thanks for your time, and any suggestions would be immensely appreciated.

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Grado SR60i

I guess you've already touched on Grado, but I have to put in a good word for the SR60, now upgraded to SR60i. They were my first dive into quality audio a few years back, and I got them specifically because they were recommended for use without a headphone amp. I was pretty blown away by the sound, especially for $80. I listen to a pretty ecletic range of music, too, and I don't remember a lack of bass ever being an issue, but my expectations may have been different than yours. Even this website mentions the new "i" upgrade produces deeper bass: http://www.stereophile.com/headphones/grado_sr60i_headphones/

Anyway, if you have a chance to give them a listen I would definitely recommend it. My experience and most reviews I've seen suggest it would be pretty hard to find a better set of cans at that price level.

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