If you're looking for a good portable with excellent sound, go buy these now. I said now. Why are you still reading this? I said go buy it!
I would like to start by saying that those can usually be found between $30-$70.
I got mine for $40 and payed $15 for shipping. And trust me when i say, this is one of the best $55 i have spent on audio equipment.
Ever since i got these, i never left the house without them. Ever. They are very convenient and portable.
Pros: fun sounding, very detailed, portable, folds up, smooth treble (non-fatiguing), easy to drive.
Cons: uncomfortable for long periods of use, some may find them too bassy (i don't), a carrying case would've been nice.
Summary: First Impressions:
Well, when I first used these, I used them in the same place I'd expect myself to continue using these, on the go from place to place, and while at places outside the home. When I first plugged them in, I was planning on letting them burn in for 10, 15 minutes, but I couldn't resist and decided to listen less then 5 seconds after starting that process. I pressed random on my music player, and I was greeted with an 8 bit chiptune track.
Pros: They sound amazing, especially for the price
Cons: Not comfortable enough for a long listening session
Summary: Straight out of Japan, not available in North America, why do the Japanese get all the good toys?
I have had these for just over 2 months now and these are my go to portable headphone.
The S500's are light, compact and I personally do not find them uncomfortable. A very soft headband cushion and your run of the mill pleather ear pads that are firm but not uncomfortably so.
Pros: Amazing Soung, Very easy to drive.
Cons: Uncomfortable for some, Fork swivels can creak at the end of travel, Carying case or bag would have been nice.
Summary: These are my first pair of cans and straight out of the package they look pretty amazing. When I first put them on I thoroughly enjoyed what i heard. Works well for bluesy songs and there is an emphasis on bass but not incredibly bass heavy by any means. After a few hours of use, they are just getting better and better!
Pros: PRICE, awesome sound, is very capable for all songs, dont look half bad
Cons: Comfort may be an issue for some (not for me), wish cords were detachable but can't complain for this price
Summary: I got these straight from Japan via Tenso right as Dsnuts got the hype train rolling last fall. Bought 3 pairs, of which I gave one to a colleague (yes,they are so inexpensive you can just give them away!) and one to my brother in law, and luckily, I kept a pair myself! I have an ongoing love-affair with these headphones! Higher end portables (Sennheiser HD 25-1 II, ATH ES700 etc.
Pros: Price! They are basically free! Portability, they fold up really nicely. Bang for buck! Fun sound with slight emphasis on bass!
Cons: The black version has been know to chip (wear). Can be uncomfortable during prolonged use.
Summary: These babies were great right out of the box, and for the price, I definitely suggest them for anyone on a budget, or just anyone in general!
The sound on these is great, good bass, smooth mids, but slightly recessed treble. I did a few mods on these: put felt in the cups to tighten the bass and reduce sound leak (which was definitely present), and then I covered two of the bass vents to increase bass.
Pros: Sound quality, easy to mod, memory foam headband
Cons: Treble is a little recessed, pads are a little hard.
Summary: Sounds quality is really god i have to say this. This headphone is undisputed wonderfull :) I wish i can say these words to comfort. But i cant say this. Because pads are killing me and my ears. I dont want to change it but i must i guess.
What is my advise/advice?
Pros: Price/Performance rate is awesome
Cons: build quality not equal to this f/p rate.Not comfortable because of PADS.