Summary: My audio chain is MP3@320 or FLAC > HiFimeDIY USB Isolator > HiFimeDIY Sabre U2 > Fiio 6" cable > Objective2 w/ 16v 400mA adapter > HPH-200.
If you are looking for a ~$100 on ear open can that has detailed but punchy bass (a rarity), a nice soundstage (nothing to rant about), and a well tuned mid-high range these are your best bet. They will probably pair best with a neutral or cold amplifier... Otherwise I think the bass could be unbalanced.
Pros: Generously extended bass for an open can, good detail, good soundstage, I forget it is on my head (velour), portable.
Cons: Can sound veiled or heavy if you come from bright headphones, jack of all trades (master of none).
Summary: I'm going to keep this short and brief. I can confirm these headphones are better than the Grados, these pick up subtle details that the grados lacked, has a better soundstage. These are easy to drive so no need for an amp.
Summary: I've used a few really good headphones including Sennheiser HD-580's which play with the big boys in terms of sound performance. Whilst I'm not a die hard audiophile by any means, I've a decent idea what good phones sound like. The Yamaha's come with a 2m extension cable, a 6.3mm gold plated adaptor jack. They are comfy and well made, with good quality cable that without the extension is an ideal length for use with a portable player.
Summary: Although not quite as comfortable as a pair of Grado SR-80i's (the foam is a tad harder) the sound is, if anything slightly better. They seem to have the same response mids and highs (slightly clearer) as SR-80i's but the bass has less roll off without being overstated. They also look sleeker (though I'm quite a fan of the retro look).
Summary: I'd tried a couple of pairs of cans before settling very happily with these. Sennheiser HD 202's which were like putting my head in a vice. Then a step up to the Audio Technica ATHWS55B. These were equally uncomfy but had a lovely cuddly deep bass, however the treble was teeth splitting. The Yamaha's seem relatively unsung, but they shouldn't be. They look great, proper portables.
Incredible bargain... you must check these out- forget AKG K450s!
The Eccentric, Amazon
7 July 2012
Summary: Was going the get the AKG K450s , but am so glad I didn't... they are overrated, and if you know good kit-have hi end audiophile stuff, are absolute rubbish. How they won any awards is baffling to say the least. After only three headphones trialled in a local shop with a good headphone amp, , max £100 budget , I went for these Yamaha HPH-200s.
Summary: I think these are quite new at the time of writing, can't find many other reviews. These were recommended to me as being a better alternative to a pair of faulty headphones I am returning, so I took a punt and bought them. They are on the limit, for me, of being portable, bigger than the AKG-Q460s I had, but they have a big and open soundstage (they are open backed) and the sound is very expansive, as soon as I heard the first song I was instantly impressed.
Excerpt: Переслушал заново почти всю свою коллекцию музыки. Очень удобно слушать лёжа в темноте - наушники совсем неощутимы.
Pros: Удобно сидят на голове, через несколько минут забываешь о них. Легко можно просидеть в них несколько часов, ни голова ни уши не болят потом. Заслуга велюровых амбюшуров. Хорошее звучание, как уже писали - универсальное для всех жанров (никогда не думал, что такое возможно). Музыка звучит отчётливо, бас энергичный и быстрый, но всё это великолепие звука не давит, музыку можно слушать часами.
Cons: Раньше я каждые год покупал наушники, искал "свой" звук. Искал удобные наушники. Теперь поиски завершены.....
Summary: Franchement, bravo à Yamaha...Enfin un casque très musical à 149 euros. A l'écoute, on sent de suite que Yamaha est fabriquan d'instruments de musique depuis bien longtemps : on retrouve cette philosophie dans ce casque. Ce que ce casque offre avant tout, c'est de l'émotion, et pas la platitude de bien des casques audiophiles bien plus chers, pas la caricature à coups de basses non maîtrisées ou d'aigûes stridents de casques à ce prix.