AKG’s consumer-class K430 ‘mini’ headphone stays true to its name, impressing first and foremost with the convenience of its form factor.
The combination of smooth but heavy bass and recessed but crisp midrange and treble of the Sony XB700 makes for an exiting and enjoyable sound signature.
Despite its age, the Sony MDR-V6 really is a headphone that does very little wrong for the asking price. It is well-built, comfortable, and isolating enough to compete with the best ‘modern’ studio and DJ headphones.
Audio-Technica’s midrange SQ5 portable may not be as striking to behold as the mirror-polished ATH-ES7 but gains points back easily when it comes to comfort and isolation.
The Pioneer SE-MJ5 may yield to pricier full-size DJ cans in build quality, comfort, and isolation but for the asking price its sound is surprisingly enjoyable.
The Ultrasone HFI-15G remains a competent all-around performer despite its age and simplistic design.
From the very first listen, it is clear that Sennheiser didn’t risk messing with the established PX-series formula when updating the PX100.
Beyerdynamic’s answer to higher-priced ultraportables from AKG and Sennheiser, the DTX 300 p is a competent performer with a surprisingly reasonable price tag.
The Superlux HD668B is an incredible performer for those who put resolution and clarity above all else.