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Best all-around headphones for $100?

Basically I need headphones for basically $100--maybe a couple bucks more but not much.

I have it narrowed down to ATH-M50 (AT), MDR-7506 (Sony), HD-280 (Sennheiser), and SR80 (Grado) based on people's reviews. My uses will be mixing and having each member of the band use them individually when playing their instrument while listening to the mix. Which set would suit me best for both purposes?

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Can't speak as to the others, but I love my M50's.
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I'm inclined towards either those or the Grado's because I hear various complaints that the Sony's or Sennheiser's are either uncomfortable or bad response-wise. But the one thing I can't exactly find demo samples for online is a set of headphones.

EDIT-- Actually, I hear that about every one of them. Does it just depend on the reviewer's head?
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the AT ATH M50 are super all arounders.
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I'm inclined towards either those or the Grado's because I hear various complaints that the Sony's or Sennheiser's are either uncomfortable or bad response-wise. But the one thing I can't exactly find demo samples for online is a set of headphones.

EDIT-- Actually, I hear that about every one of them. Does it just depend on the reviewer's head?
grados are far from accurate. they are among the most "inaccurate" cans I have ever heard. really sweet sounding, but not honest
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AKG 240 mkII

Aloha,

M 50's are great, but the 240's are just as good and more comfortable, IMO.

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Aloha,

M 50's are great, but the 240's are just as good and more comfortable, IMO.

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I will disagree with you there. Maybe on comfort...but not at all in terms of getting an accurate read.. The Rare AKG240 Sextet(the ones with six passive radiators) are great, but hard to find.

Hell, I need another pair of cans...if the OP doesn't like them(the m50s), I will buy them off him for what he paid, and he can get some more.
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I always found the K240's to be too bright and thusly - fatiguing.

I've been a huge fan of the K-141's for a couple of decades now... but as always... YMMV.
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Okay, update: I have $125 now to spend, but no more, if that makes a difference over like $100. This is because the Zoom R16, awesomely, comes with a power supply out of the box--unlike my Boss ME-70 which would cost another $20 to power from the wall.

So I'm thinking of getting AT headphones but should I get M50, A500, A700, or what else in my price range? What is best for, as I said, all-around use?
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Okay, update: I have $125 now to spend, but no more, if that makes a difference over like $100. This is because the Zoom R16, awesomely, comes with a power supply out of the box--unlike my Boss ME-70 which would cost another $20 to power from the wall.

So I'm thinking of getting AT headphones but should I get M50, A500, A700, or what else in my price range? What is best for, as I said, all-around use?
the m50, as I mentioned, is great for all around use.
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Alright, just placed the order for M50S. Thank you guys for the help! Just wanted the most bang for my buck.
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hope you like them. i have not had any luck in finding heaphones i liked in that general prices range.
i have tried the ATH-M50, and i still have the MDR-7506, MDR-V700, HD-280, and several others.
the Sony's have the better build in my humble opinion but the Sennheiser better.
i have not liked any Audio Technica's that i have tried.
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One more vote for the ath-m50's over the akg 240's. I'm sure you'll be happy.
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I use Beyer DT770s, but I'd be comfortable working with the Sony 7506 or Fostex T40s too. (They all sound VERY different).

MDR-7506 is always a fine choice, although they definitely have a character. They feel very consistent with any of Sony's paper-cone speakers -- IMO, that is the amazing achievement about those headphones. But then again Sony audio went to hell in the mid/late '90s, so the reference point is any product before that era (SMS-1Ps come to mind).

While not so well-loved over here at gearslutz or for music production, I find Fostex T40s to be an excellent choice for monitoring/mixing. Very dry and unflattering. All Fostex T-series headphones share the same quality; T40 is the higher-end, closed variant.
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Shure SRH 440's. Perfect for me, for $100.
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The Sony 7506 is the pick in that price range IMO.

Worth spending some more if you can, but if not then the 7506 is useable.
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A very happy Grado user here. Took a while to get used to them.. especially because they revealed all my mistakes on records I'd made before.. (over eq-ing/phase related stuff). I don't think they are the flattest, no but a nice pair to work with.. fits well with my head/ears Don't know about the others so I recommend testing them all with same reference music.
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