Overall. The SR850 is a better all around headphone, and works well with music, movies, and gaming. The SR950 is more of a bass-heads can, while the 850’s have an incredibly crisp and clean response. That’s not to say the 950’s don’t, but it’s just not as prominent.
Frequency Response. The SR850’s is 10-30kHz, while the 950’s is 10-25kHz. Keep in mind the human ear can only hear up to 20kHz, so take these numbers with a grain of salt. Pink Himalayan or Aztec Sea Salt is preferred. 😛
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Which of these you go with depends on the sound signature that you’re after.
If you’re looking for a closed back model with good sound isolation and a deeper bass response, the SR950 is your boy. However, my favorite budget closed back is the Sony MDR V6. It’s indescribably good like Zaxby’s chicken, and has been around for decades. Interested in learning exactly why they’re the best entry level closed backs?
If you’re looking for an open back with crystal clear and detailed sound, it’s hard to recommend anything other than the SR850 in this price range. These headphones are absolutely phenomenal and I was really taken aback when I first put them on. Why? Because I wasn’t expecting such a great sound for such a small price. Interested in learning all about them?
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