A total of 12 reviews of this product on Reddit.
Fostex T50RP, good in stock for and even better when modded. I love mine so much, pretty much don’t go a day without using them. Also they say they’re semi-open but they really don’t leak much sound. I use them in a quiet office/cube farm without issue. I do have a Schiit Stack at work though, and these are best with a good amount of power.
Schplammo. Also look into aftermarket earpads for those, they have infamous stock ones.
I actually think you could get the HE400 (original, not the 400i) for around 200 used. And it’s a damn good headphone. Throw a lil amping on it and you’ve got a stellar setup.
I haven’t heard it, but Fostex just released a new model of their fabled T50rp headphones for under $200… you could try your luck there too. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0167XM092/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687602&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0002MT6RY&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1909YA6BXNB73GFWG8GA
Not sure but people do love those MK3 argons. Since that store is out they also offer the same exact service converting the T50rp’s into Argon MK3’s and it would cost you the same price. The T50rp’s are available on amazon for $160 and you can send them to Modhouseaudio for the conversion which is like $90-$140 putting you at $250-$300 mark total. Most people recommend the protein pads for the extra $50.
If you want to get into modding, the best place to start is the planar Fostex T50RP ($150 on Amazon). There are loads of options for modding it, and you can basically tune it to match your idea of perfection. I bought a secondhand pair of MK2’s and applied the Mayflower kit (dunno if I would really recommend the kit, given the useless documentation, but it is a start). Check out the excellent “Fostex T50RP Incremental Mods and Measurements” thread over on Head-Fi for inspiration.
But you can mod any pair of headphones. That is if you can repeatedly open and close it, without ruining it. Modding is an incremental game. You need to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, and then just start experimenting. It is best practice to change one thing at a time and listen to the effect. With time and effort you will gain insight into the effect of various changes and how they interact with each other. And with a smidgen of luck you might end up with something awesome!
Different cans respond differently to various mods, so YMMV, but here are some things to try:
- Pad rolling – This is the most basic mod out there! You can change pads to affect comfort and sound (and often both). Measure the outside diameter of your stock pads and search the ‘net / Amazon / AliExpress for alternatives.
- Generally speaking, the better the seal the more bass you will produce, i.e. velour = less bass and PU = more.
- Memory foam can increase comfort and seal
- Thicker pads can widen the sound stage, up to a point.
- Filtering – By placing some soft material (like toilet paper) between the driver and the ear, you can cut down on higher frequencies.
- Damping – Line the cups with Dynamat or self-adhesive felt to cut down on sound reflection (if that is the correct word). The same actually goes for the surface of the headphones closest to the ear. You can line this with felt to cut down on sound reflected back and forth between your head and the headphones (if that makes sense)
- You could also stuff cotton wool into the cups to cut down on bass (depending on the headphones). Make sure you use the same amount in both cups!
- Mass loading of your driver does something. I’m not quite clear on this one.
- Seal your cups to increase bass. Tune by adding ports (holes).
Good luck and have fun!
ok so I made a list of the best ones I found for warm headphones:
- Fostex T50RP MK3- https://www.amazon.com/Fostex-Professional-Studio-Headphones-Semi-Open/dp/B0167XM092/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1529624066&sr=8-3&keywords=mad+dog+headphones
- Philips X2/27 Fidelio Over Ear Headphone https://www.amazon.com/Philips-X2-27-Fidelio-Headphone/dp/B00O2Y2MZG?th=1
- Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart Headphones- <strong>https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-fostex-tr-x00-purpleheart-headphones</strong>
- Sennheiser HD 580 https://us.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-580-Professional-Headphone/dp/B00005S8KM
- beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 250 Ohm Studio Headphonehttps://www.amazon.com/beyerdynamic-770-PRO-Studio-Headphone/dp/B0006NL5SM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1529620083&sr=8-3&keywords=dt770
Any suggestions would be helpful.
Look In to https://www.amazon.com/Fostex-Professional-Studio-Headphones-Semi-Open/dp/B0167XM092 very nice and reasonable price. Or try https://www.amazon.com/Shure-SRH840-Professional-Monitoring-Headphones/dp/B002DP8IEK
Oh, definitely. Fostex T50RP Mk3 would be my first suggestion, with the previous version, the Mk2 (review), as backup in case $150 is a hard limit (if it’s not, get the Mk3 of course).
I will also mention the NVX XPT100 which are another great inexpensive all-rounder with a balanced sound, I include this in case you want a “true” sealed back (the Fostex are semi-open, but they isolate fairly well).
Fostex T50rp MK III They sound better than my $300 beyerdynamic 990’s. There’s also a $50 mail-in rebate going on until August.
t50rp (with rolled pads) is the silkiest, most textured bass you can find for under $200, probably $400.
planars are the real deal. just make sure you pick up some alpha dog pads