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Good recording headphones?

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by thevisi0nary, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. thevisi0nary

    thevisi0nary Active Member

    Pretty self explanatory, i want to buy some over the ear headphones for recording. Someone i know reccomended sennheiser but i just want to explore all my options. I dont mind going up to 100$ or so, but what are the biggest differences between something like 50 and 100? I dont want something that enhances the sound too much cause i want to really hear what im mixing. Also i would really perfer over the ear headphones but ive also read that they may not be as effective. Thanks for responding
  2. timshel

    timshel Active Member

    Three pairs which I see other engineers enjoy in a multitude of mediums:

    Sennheiser HD-280
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50
    Beyerdynamic DT 770
  3. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Comfort sound quality and isolation are the top considerations in headphones. if bleed isn;t an issue, akg 24o's are my favorites by far. they have a very natural resposne for lack of a better word. they are comfy. although i find them fit a little loose on my head, so too much rocking out, and they move around. i love mine i ;ve had them for over ten years. i just went to the store tried a bunch w/ a song i knew, and picked those cuz they sounded the 'best' to me in the $100 range.

    you get better bass response form open/semi open back cans, and better isolation (less bleed) from closed back. bleed has never been an issue for me even tracking acoustic gtr w/ a pretty high end condenser. but i don't monitor very loudly. some people do.

    so far the only cans out of akgs, at's, fostex, sony, that blocked the click well on drum overheads, at the studio were a pair of vic firth iso the phones, that my buddy bought.

    I really liked the sound of the sennhiesser 280. i used them for like ten hours at my cousins project studio, and they sounded very smooth to me. i like them better than his closed back akg 270's? the 280's are the only closed back that weren't overly forward in the mid/highs, out of any of them.

    it's all down to what you like the best, but there is a reason you see the 240's in alot of places.
  4. BushmasterM4

    BushmasterM4 Active Member

    Im a huge Senn fan. I have the 280's, the 600's and the 202's (which at $20 I love). I use the 280's for tracking drums, but I find them uncomfortable for extended use. The HD600's are expensive, but oh so nice !!! The 202's, I use in the live room for tracking. I have 6 pair of them and they work great, feel ok and have wonderful bass. They are fantastic ipod cans too. But for personal use in tracking and mixing I bought a pair of KRK's ($100 set) and love them. Not like the Sennheiser HD600's (which I use during final mixing), but still comfortable and they are closed back for good tracking. People rave about the Senn 280's, but I just dont like them, but they are tight fitting and work great for tracking drums. Maybe its my big head.

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