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Budget tracking headphones under £50?

Hi,

I'm looking to replace my Sennheiser EH2200 headphones as after 10+ years of abuse both the lead and drivers are starting to fail. These have been great workhorse headphones for tracking and have performed extremely well for this duty.

As these are an old design that has been discontinued for several years I'm hoping that there will be something that will perform at least as well if not better for under £50?

I would like to have excellent isolation to prevent leakage into the mic, decent sound and lightweight and comfort.

What would you recommend under £50?

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theres a sony set I think called mvr6, excellent, flat and within budget. they compare well with senny 600s on neutrality (in any case its worth googling "headphone learning centre build graph"

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Thanks for the reply and suggestion. MY Sennheiser EH2200's only cost me around £30 and have been brilliant so I am hoping to find something at a similar price but maybe an improvement due to advances in technology over the past 10-15 years?
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Wow I have not heard of these but they do appear to have excellent reviews!!?

I'm just a little nervous moving away from a quality brand like Sennheiser for these but who knows, they may be just the ticket??
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You can pick up used DT100's for around £50-60.

They're an industry standard tracking headphone, they're built like small tanks and they have replacement parts readily available.

Worth checking out!
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I get pretty good use out of AKG K77s, just as cheap tracking headphones. Isolation is fine.
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You can pick up used DT100's for around £50-60.

They're an industry standard tracking headphone, they're built like small tanks and they have replacement parts readily available.

Worth checking out!
And they have NO bass to speak of and hence feel like a thin sliver of music...I'd stay well clear of those for inspiring someone to perform music.....for radio or VO maybe. BBC standard for a reason.

My vote goes to Fostex T20RP's. Should be able to get them for 50 quid if you look around.
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Those Fostex headphones cost around £100!!

At the moment I'm leaning towards

Monoprice 8323 - £15
Superlux HD661 - £24
Superlux HD662 - £28
Superlux - HD632 - £32

All of these are closed back design and have removable cables. Also, there are lots of great reviews on these online.

Has anyone had any experience with more than one of these?
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Since you liked the Sennheiser brand maybe you could look at the HD280 pro's. I have a pair that has served me quite well and they can be had for around the price you mentioned.
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I've just seen the Sennheiser HD202's and they would appear to have a replaceable cable? Does the cable simply unplug from the ear pieces?
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Just seen the Fostex T40RP are semi open which I don't want because of noise leakage into the mic.
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Just seen the Fostex T40RP are semi open which I don't want because of noise leakage into the mic.
Fostex T20/40/50RP's have been used as tracking headphones for years and years by lots of your heros, regardless what it says on the tin. No leakage issues. Particularly un-hyped sound. Nice.
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Yes it would appear that these are very well received budget closed back headphones.

There are several to choose from in ascending price:-

HD661
HD662
H631
HD660

Also the Sennheiser HD202 II and possibly the HD205 II?
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Sold couple of £100 + headphones as some of the Superlux models surprisingly offered some better presentations in the sound, (Albeit at cost of build quality)
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Which Superlux models have you had experience with and which would you recommend?
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Consider the Audio-Technica ATH-M series also.
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Consider the Audio-Technica ATH-M series also.
+1. I've got ath-m30's that work well for tracking, are comfortable, and sound good.
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+1. I've got ath-m30's that work well for tracking, are comfortable, and sound good.
***** for the ATH-M30, sounds almost as good as the M50 for about 1/4 the price, typically about $40/set on Amazon. They don't break easily, they play loud, sound good and they're light weight.
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+1. I've got ath-m30's that work well for tracking, are comfortable, and sound good.
Do these have replaceable/removeable leads?
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One thing I would like is a replaceable lead for the headphones as these are always the part that goes wrong from my experience!

The only headphones that I've found that have replaceable leads so far within my budget are :-

Monoprice 8323 - £15
Superlux HD669 - £24
Superlux HD661 - £24
Superlux HD631 DJ - £36


Has anyone had a chance to compare any of these?
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Superlux HD-660 - Thomann UK

I really love these - very liniar!
Yes they look great but I'm put off by the fact that they don't have a replaceable lead??
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Do these have replaceable/removeable leads?
Nope. I've never had trouble though.
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