Best Headphones for $50 or less

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Rodan, Jun 12, 2003.

  1. I need to buy a new set of headphones, which I will be using to record on my 4-track, Cakewalk Sonar and possibly even to listen to other music with. My main purpose for these headphones will be to monitor music I will be recording, so I will want them to be as accurate as possible. Unfortunately, I only have about $50 bucks to spend.

    I used to have a set of Senheiser HD432s that I liked a lot, but those are gone now:(

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Also, if you can tell me where I can get the pair you recommend, that would be very helpful too.
  2. Senny HD212s. Great freq responce (12-19000), comfortable, good tone on pretty much everything, and they look cool too!!:D

    You can get them pretty much anywhere, Guitar Center, Sam Ash, Musicians Friend, etc. And almost everyone has them for $49.99.

    Rock on
  3. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I say some Grado SR-60's, for that price. While I like my HD-212 Pro's, they tend to be a bit bass heavy, as is common in closed cans. I'd go with the SR-60's or SR-80's depending on how much is available to spend.

    Edit: I'd also like to suggest the Senn 497's too. (aka headroom) is a good vendor for the lower priced headphones but tend to be a bit expensive for certain cans, like higher-end beyers and so forth.
  4. Last year I needed another set of headphones immediately and didn't have time for mail order or to go to the nearest Guitar Center (140 miles distant) to find "good" ones. We have a Radio Shack nine miles from the house so went there to see if they might have something acceptable. I found a set of Radio Shack "Extreme Foldups" for thirty dollars that have been fantastic, good sound and more comfortable than any I have tried. I don't know how well they'd be received by someone who only wants to use the high end stuff, but considering what I paid for them, they are a great value. I use them all the time now.
  5. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Probably Koss PortaPro's. Last I knew, RS had been selling them with their name written over them.

    Good cheap cans.

    If you've got some $$ to boot, go with HFI 650 Trackmasters, for closed, portable cans that sound excellent.
  6. m_stpierre


    Apr 10, 2003
    I'll be getting myself a couple of these soon.

    I haven't tried them out yet, but I've heard
    good things about 'em.

    Metal construction, detachable cups, stereo/
    mono switch. $20.00 each!

  7. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    Have you guys tried the ones from Behringer? I need a pair for practicing purposes, mainly to hear the bass and the drum muchine, any suggestions? Thanks.