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RE: Best phones for $300'ish

There is nothing more subjective than headphones. Everyone's "room" is different. Everyone's tolerance for what they can have in their ear, on their ear, over their ear, weighing down their head...is unique unto them.

In the sub-$300 range for circumaural headphones the Drop/Senn HD6XX at $220 is a massive bargain - if...you like the Sennheiser sound and if...you can tolerate the clamping force. Weight isn't that bad.

Planar bargain of the year at $149 is hands down HiFiman HE400se...if you can handle the weight.

Most recently I have become very enamored of the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500x. A steal at $85. Super light for an over the ear full sized headphone. Very spacious presentation, no real clamp. Two caveats, the "wings" suspension system may not sit right on a small/narrow noggin but you can add tension with a rubber band; the cord is horrible. Really long memory wire essentially and not removable. I coil most of it and retain with velcro to make it usable as a desktop can.

All of the above need some eq, for me anyway. AutoEQ on computer, Schiit Loki Mini+ on the big rig.

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