Today I’m comin’ at you with the best headphones under $100! These are generally great options when first starting out, as they won’t break the bank but are good enough to mix with or just listen to your favorite tunes!
These are in no particular order, but I will order them anyways according to what stands out as most significant in my mind.
1) Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
I’ve heard so much about these and most everything’s been extremely positive. A few people that have reviewed them have had these things for 5-10 years! Pretty amazing when you think about how much abuse headphones can go through. I know first hand 😛
Clean, clear, and precise sound. detail previously unheard in consumer grade models comes out in these.
Minimal to no background noise. perfect for mixing.
Good padding, conducive to eliminating outside noise.
Reliable and durable (one reviewer commented that he still has them after 6 years!).
Great channel separation.
Flat sound, true to mixing.
Plastic headband is prone to developing cracks and sometimes breaking after prolonged use.
Some reviewers have complained of a somewhat tight, uncomfortable fit.
If these babies are anything like my M50’s, then you all are in for a real treat. The M30’s got amazing reviews, as did my M50’s, and it seems Audio Technica upgraded all three models (30, 40, 50) to 30x, 40x, and 50x.
Basically what you get with the M50x’s is simply an upgraded version of these.
Some comparison notes:
1. The M30x has a 40mm driver compared to a 45mm driver in the M50x.
2. The M30x has a frequency response of 15-22,000Hz compared to 15-28,000Hz with the M50x.
3. The M30x has a maximum input power of 1300mW at 1kHz compared to 1600mW at 1kHz with the M50x.
4. The M30x has a sensitivity of 96dB compared to 99dB with the M50x.
5. The M30x has an impedance of 47 ohms compared to 38 ohms with the M50x.
6. The M30x weighs 7.8oz compared to 10oz with the M50x.
7. The M30x has a built in cable compared to detachable cables with the M50x. The straight cables are both 9.8′.
One reviewer noted that the main difference between the 30x and 50x’s is that the 50x’s are a little louder. They have a slightly better bass response and sound fuller with more channel separation.
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