My Koss Porta-Pro headphones bit the dirt yesterday, and I’m in the market for a new pair. I am going to send the Porta-Pro’s back under warranty and get them repaired/replaced, but I’d still like to see some options in this $50 price range.
One set that has me very interested is the Superlux HD-668B. These have been getting very good reviews around the audiophile forums, but they are hard to find in the US. One shop has them for $39.99 + shipping, but are out of stock till the first week in Oct. Most of the other sources kick the price up over $50 including the shipping.
Here are a couple of reviews for them: http://www.headfonia.com/superlux-hd668b/
But I’m not entirely set on getting them. I do like the open or semi-open designs, (this Superlux is a semi-open design), as I don’t need perfect isolation from the noise in my room. I don’t intend to use this pair as a portable headphone, which I can do with the Porta-Pro’s. The only downside to using the Porta-Pro’s as a portable headphone is that you look like a complete dork while wearing them. They sound good, but the design is more than a little funky.
So, on to the question. Do any of you have a suggestion or experience to share with open or semi open designs in this price range?