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'Sup FPSB. I don't claim to be an expert on this. In fact, I'm really not. I'm a software person, not a hardware person. However, my friends are ravers, DJs, hardware geeks, etc. so I thought I'd share what I've discovered. These are, unless I'm corrected, the best headphones you can get for their respective prices, in order of price (listed MSRP [in USD]):

Sennheiser PMX 100 $44.99

The only behind-the-neck headphones to make it onto my list. These have a terrific frequency response, even in low frequency ranges, and they're louder than any sane person would want. If nothing else, they look cool. The only downside is they might not fit on a larger-than-average head. Frequency range: 15 - 27,000 Hz

Koss Porta Pro $49.99

You may be thinking "They look futuristic, like 80's futurist." Well, yes, they were designed in the 80's. 1983, to be specific, and they haven't changed much since then. These headphones have a cult following and rightfully so. Though they look odd, the sound is nothing short of amazing, and, being the computer geeks you are, you'll like this look. Frequency range: 15 - 25,000 Hz

Grado SR 60i $79.00

These stand out as being the open headphones (I'm not counting the PMX 100 as open since it's an earpad style). What does that mean? Better harmonics, basically. If you can find some open headphones near you, try them and you'll see. On top of that, the frequency response is incredible, especially in high-frequency ranges (I.E. acoustics). These may be the best-sounding headphones under $150, though I still love my HD 212Pro. Frequency range: 20 - 20,000 Hz

Sennheiser HD 212Pro $89.95

I have 'em. Incredible bass, very light-weight, the cups come off if you ever want them to, etc.. Although the listed price is $89.95, I was able to get them for $35. I doubt you'd ever need to pay more than $45. Highly recommended. And, for those wondering, the "Pro" in the name refers to DJ use due to the high isolation. Frequency range: 15 - 19,000 Hz

DENON AH-D1001K $149.99

It's DENON. They're like Sennheiser, but a little more expensive. Nothing about these stands out. That is to say they're balanced. All-around great. 'Nuff said. Frequency range: 8 - 37,000 Hz

Audio-Technica ATH-M50S $159.00

Beautiful, amazingly comfortable, and very flexible. These are what DJs love. In fact, I know two DJs that have them and they couldn't be happier. One thing to note, however: their true potential only really comes out with an amp. Frequency range: 8 - 28,000 Hz

Sennheiser HD 800 $1,399.95

The best. You will never own these due to their price. In fact, you'll never see any. But that's a good thing. Why? Because once you use these, life will have no meaning without them. Frequency range: 6 - 51,000 Hz I've never had much interest in headsets. I have a separate microphone if I ever need it. However, if someone feels like recommending a headset or two, I'll look into the specs and add it to/create a list of headsets. But no Logitech, Razor, or Skullcandy, please. Despite what people think, they're not that good.

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    I got myself a pair of Sennheiser IE7($200+) ear-canal phones; they're amazing. -Just wanted to add that Sennheiser is a great brand.
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    Ill post the headsets i have :P as i love them :P and my headPHONES (ye mine are yellow)
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    I've never been dissatisfied with Sennheiser. I've had a few of their headsets, and I'll say they are definitely one of the top brands out on the market right now.
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    Rocketfish headphones are pretty good.
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    Some pretty nice headsets: Sennheiser PC 350 Speakers - 10Hz to 26,000Hz Microphone - 50Hz to 16,000Hz SteelSeries Siberia V2 Speakers - 10Hz to 28,000Hz Microphone - 50Hz to 16,000Hz
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    I just use cheap skullcandys. They work good and I have had them for well over a year now. They cost me like, $20 CAD.
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    Good thread. The Porta Pro rules, especially for the price, my friend has a pair. I'll post my headphones for kicks. I have a pair of open-backed headphones for at home and a portable pair of noise-cancelling earphones. Headphones (Sennheiser HD555): Quite happy with this purchase. After >40 hours use they really started to sound alot more responsive as well. Earphones (Blackbox C14): Most of you would probably have never heard of this brand. But actually, Blackbox is manufactured by Phitek Systems, who are an OEM for quite a few noise-cancelling headphones, like Creative, other brands I can't remember atm, and quite a few airlines for their business class and first class headphones and so on. To put it short: I love these earphones. I literally cannot hear anything but my music while walking in the city, and same while on the bus which is normally an incredibly intrusive rumble. Sound quality is brilliant as well.
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    Posted by Rootbeerz I've never been dissatisfied with Sennheiser. I've had a few of their headsets, and I'll say they are definitely one of the top brands out on the market right now.
    Fuck yeah, Sennheiser! That is all.
    Posted by Rootbeerz Some pretty nice headsets: Sennheiser PC 350 Speakers - 10Hz to 26,000Hz Microphone - 50Hz to 16,000Hz SteelSeries Siberia V2 Speakers - 10Hz to 28,000Hz Microphone - 50Hz to 16,000Hz
    The Sennheiser PC 350 seems identical to the PXC 350, spec-wise. If that's the case, they must be pretty kick-ass (and especially isolated). The Siberia V2 is what Basshunter uses, so they must be good. :3 Kat_Fish has them, too. I think if there are any more recommendations for them, I'll make a headset list with those two.
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    I always used the headphones that are included with mp4's or ipod's or nokia cellphones. What's the difference?
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    Posted by Necrosis. I always used the headphones that are included with mp4's or ipod's or nokia cellphones. What's the difference?
    The fact that they sound like tinny pieces of shit.
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    Posted by scout1011 The fact that they sound like tinny pieces of shit.
    After a while using them, it's the same. And if you want something different buy a home theater
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    Posted by scout1011 The fact that they sound like tinny pieces of shit.
    After a while using them, it's the same. And if you want something different buy a home theater
    Bullshit. Perhaps you listen to poorly ripped MP3's or something, source can make a huge difference. Switching from my Sennheiser's back to my old cheap Philips headphones listening to a CD is very noticeably different. The Philips sound flat, lack bass and just sound all muffled. Also, home theatre is something different entirely.
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    Posted by Necrosis. What's the difference?
    That's like asking the difference between a Corolla and an Evo. Huge. Difference.
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    I use iPod phones. derpderp
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    I used to live by skull candies cause i found a "free" pair in my school but now i use these. Sennheiser HD 212Pro $27.98 awesome for music as well as games
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    They are allright. I was given $20 from my sister to spend on a new headset to replace my failure set, and thats the one i got. $20 is a great deal for something that sounds good enough.
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    I just bought a new set of earbuds and you would be surprised by the quality you can get from that shit. I got these Altec Lansing Baackbeat Classic's and the have amazing sound quality. 40 Hz - 17,000 Hz My only complaint is that you can't really eat with them in, but I guess that's just for in ear earbuds in general. Do you think we could get the Hz ranges on those original headphones OP?
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    Posted by .Cracker Do you think we could get the Hz ranges on those original headphones OP?
    If you mean the PMX 100, it's 15 - 27,000 Hz and you can get a frequency response graph here.
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    Posted by .Cracker Do you think we could get the Hz ranges on those original headphones OP?
    If you mean the PMX 100, it's 15 - 27,000 Hz and you can get a frequency response graph here.
    I just meant on all of the ones that you posted.
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    Posted by .Cracker I just meant on all of the ones that you posted.
    Ah. Now I feel stupid. K, I'll add it to all of them, although you can expect them to all be about the same. edit: Done. Although, I don't see why frequency range would be much of a factor. The response at those given frequencies, of course, is a big deal. I mean, yeah there are occasionally really high-frequency sounds, but I can't imagine anything other than test sounds using them.
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    Sony MDR-V600 While this is a fail picture, these things are amazing. At $99, you have a 5Hz to 30,000Hz range. I assume that this is very nice.
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    Posted by .Cracker I just meant on all of the ones that you posted.
    Ah. Now I feel stupid. K, I'll add it to all of them, although you can expect them to all be about the same. edit: Done. Although, I don't see why frequency range would be much of a factor. The response at those given frequencies, of course, is a big deal. I mean, yeah there are occasionally really high-frequency sounds, but I can't imagine anything other than test sounds using them.
    Thank you. Looking at all of these i now realize my earbuds are shit and i could have made a better purchase. But oh well. I listen to a lot of music with varying frequencies in them (techno) so i like good bass and good treble.
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    Posted by omgfire I just use cheap skullcandys. They work good and I have had them for well over a year now. They cost me like, $20 CAD.
    Same! They're awesome for the price. Very clear too.
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    I have this headset with a retractable microphone. Surprisingly good sound quality, comfortable, but if you have a smaller than normal head, they'll tend to slip down your ears. Wearing any hat usually fixes this.
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    Electro static speakers aren't for me. Normally i don't give a rats ass about brands, but Sennheiser is that one brand that is quality > quantity, and fucking good at it.
    Posted by Necrosis. I always used the headphones that are included with mp4's or ipod's or nokia cellphones. What's the difference?
    Tiny, clipping, electrostatic speakers that have shit handling against any sound wave that isn't super curved and smooth. Hell those won't even handle a simple sawtooth or square wave without the speakers breaking up. Also they mostly are tri-stero, the jacks have 3 black stripes, this means one of those it a microphone segment and since it's tiny, the microphone will also clip and crap out.
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