Decent budget headphones for movies

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
My Rs. 150 Techcom headphones is now due for replacement and I am thinking of getting something slightly better, mainly for somewhat better life (these cheap ones usually last for one a half years or so) and sound quality.

Budget isn’t really all that much, as I want to spend less than 1k can stretch to maybe 1.5-2k, if it improves the sound quality or longevity drastically.

I am mainly going to be using these for movies and YouTube videos, which varies mainly from the standard rips to quality HD rips. Due to this, I want a headphone which can deliver a bit loud noise, since the volume in a few videos can be really low and I am using on board audio.
 

hacket

Old school
I picked up a pair of Sony MDR-XD100. Costs 1.1k if you buy it from showrooms/store.

MDR-XD100 : HiFi / Home Theatre Headphones : Headphones : Sony India

Pros
Its ideally suited for movies.Good bass, clear vocals,etc

Ergonomics is decent,sits well on your ears.

cable is long ~2 mtrs, can be helpful if you are using it for watching television.

Cons
Flimsy plastics, feels delicate.

noticeable distortion at v.high volume and sound leaks.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
What are a few batteries for the sole owner of the most additive travel board on the www??!!! :p
lol

Btw sir need a little bit of gyan about impedance etc. gibberish that is plastered over the packs of headphones, unless it is absolutely useless to read them.

I picked up a pair of Sony MDR-XD100. Costs 1.1k if you buy it from showrooms/store.

MDR-XD100 : HiFi / Home Theatre Headphones : Headphones : Sony India

Pros
Its ideally suited for movies.Good bass, clear vocals,etc

Ergonomics is decent,sits well on your ears.

cable is long ~2 mtrs, can be helpful if you are using it for watching television.

Cons
Flimsy plastics, feels delicate.

noticeable distortion at v.high volume and sound leaks.
Its says impedance at 70ohms, while the philips one are rated at 32. Any idea if that will prove as a hindrance for on board sound card or am I reading it wrongly and high impedance rating is actually better?
 

anupmathur

Super Moderator
Staff member
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Its says impedance at 70ohms, while the philips one are rated at 32. Any idea if that will prove as a hindrance for on board sound card or am I reading it wrongly and high impedance rating is actually better?
A lower impedance would be better unless the headphones carry their own amp built in!

How do you distort what I said? :p
What are a few batteries for the sole owner of the most addictive travel board on the www??!!! :p
Ideally the headphones would have been 8 ohms, but 32 has become almost standard. 70 ohm phones will give less volume from 'standard' amps.
 

hacket

Old school
@Yogi, am not sure about those numbers.

Right now, am using it on a Intel Atom powered pc which has an on board sound card. It does feel under utilized, it sounds wee better (better clarity and slightly higher volume) when I switch over to my Creative sound blaster 7.1 card.

Why not check it out in a showroom,they usually have a demo piece, carry few songs in a pen drive and test it.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
A lower impedance would be better unless the headphones carry their own amp built in!

Ideally the headphones would have been 8 ohms, but 32 has become almost standard. 70 ohm phones will give less volume from 'standard' amps.
Thank you sir for clearing one of the major doubts I had.


@Yogi, am not sure about those numbers.

Right now, am using it on a Intel Atom powered pc which has an on board sound card. It does feel under utilized, it sounds wee better (better clarity and slightly higher volume) when I switch over to my Creative sound blaster 7.1 card.

Why not check it out in a showroom,they usually have a demo piece, carry few songs in a pen drive and test it.
Doubt even the Sony world here would allow a demo.
 

Salil

Super Moderator
Staff member
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