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Headphones vs. Studio Monitors

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by joh6, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. joh6

    joh6 Active Member

    Ok I've looked and I haven't seen a thread for this but if there is please redirect me. I am currently using a pair of Shure Critical Listening Headphones to do ALL of my mixing, recording etc etc etc... Anyways I noticed that a LOT if not all of you here use Studio Monitors, And I'm wondering am I losing some of my quality in mixing by not using monitors for editing or is this a safe practice that I can just blindly run with.
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I'm gonna have to have one of those someday.
  4. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    I had that inhouse and tried it a few times.
    Not bad, but still...it needs getting used to. Not the same as working with speakers.
    Like... using a non familiar speaker brand, which is pretty close to what it actually is..lol...

    There are so many ways you can tweak the signal that one gets easily confused and that is not what you want when mixing. Total recall would be necessary to jump accurately to your personal settings. Audio quality is very good, though.

    If you know your HPs you can get decend results, but they need to be fine-tuned on monitors, anyhow.
  5. joh6

    joh6 Active Member

    That thing is Super Decent... i just don't think i could justify the price when i have so many other pieces of gear i could spend that cash on... For Example Monitors
  6. angela27

    angela27 Active Member

    Please can anyone suggest me best quality headphones.
  7. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Angela, ...
    for what application?
    In a spaceship you need other HPs than at home listening to HiEnd stereo systems.
    And different ones for checking a master or a mix, ... to record a violinist or a drummer, .. for listening to a MP3 player or working in a call center....
    Please... more input...
  8. DanTheMan

    DanTheMan Active Member

    $2k is a bit steep. You could get some great monitors for that. It does exemplify the limitations of each and is in many ways the best of both worlds.

  9. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    But, I'm thinking if you were living in an appartment , it could definitely shed new light on late night fear of conflicts. I'd like one in my studio even if it didn't work lol. Looks really cool.:tongue:
  10. DanTheMan

    DanTheMan Active Member

    I really should have said 'the best of both worlds and then some'. There are still problems with cans related to fit and HRTF issues. None the less that device is absolutely awesome.

  11. DrGonz

    DrGonz Active Member

    I sometimes wonder if headphones are the more preferred way to listen to music these days? Then I pulled up to this car blaring some thumping noise out ten speakers and a 1500 watt amp and thought that's not music.

    Anyhow, I am sitting here listening to music in my headphones and realized how intimate it is to listen on my cans. There is this feeling I get mixing w/ headphones too that I just cannot get in my monitors. Although when I did way more hours of mixing in a studio w/ monitors those mixes came out so much better than mixing w/ the cans. But the idea really is the two different immediate reference points while mixing in your studio. I still love headphones more than any other way of listening to mixes. In the end, it's all about the two and knowing each of them inside out and outside in.
  12. Signature Sound

    Signature Sound Active Member

    Listening to your mix through both is important. Mixing on headphones I don't know about that.. As far as how people are listening nowadays, I have to think that it's probably half and half on percentage of people listening to music on headphones/earbuds vs car/speakers, so you definitely want to use both in the prcoess. But monitors are the better way to mix IMO, the Phonitor looks cool though.

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