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Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by billz, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. billz

    billz Guest

    hey everyone,

    I'm trying to mic up my new stack, in a small closet studio I rigged myself. Up until now, I used Sennheiser 212Pro (DJ) headphones, to listen to the sound from the mic. But that was with a small combo amp, and now, with the stack, I can't hear the mic output at all. Obviously, I either need help (someone to stand in the room, play guitar, and make adjustments, while I am far away from the source), and that's not really an option at this time, or else I need headphones which prevent more sound from bleeding through. Someone suggested I try Noise Cancelling headphones. I assume my other option would be a set of Studio Monitoring Headphones, something with significantly more Noise Attenuation. So my two part question is:

    Does noise-cancelling break down when cancelling high levels of ambient sound? i.e. does it lose precision when cancelling a high volume, allowing sound to still bleed through, or even worse, could it distort the sounds I want to hear?

    Secondly, if I get a pair of Studio Headphones, would that be an acceptable level of attenuation, for standing right next to an amp?

    Obviously, the ideal is to have helpers, so I can be in a room which is unaffected by the sound at all, but I don't need ideal, at least not yet, and I'm more just looking for a decent signal. I know everything else in my rig is good, because I got lucky with mic placement on one track, and it came out great. But i'd prefer not to rely on luck.

    Any opinions on a good brand/model for such headphones, is also welcome. If they are wireless, even better.

  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    AKG 240S
  3. arh

    arh Guest

    i'll second to that.
  4. billz

    billz Guest


    Now I'm really confused. All the specs I read for the AKG 240S say it's semi-open, and doesn't have very high levels of noise control. This seems to be exactly the opposite of what I want.

    Anyway, it matters not, since I located a friend here at work, who used to work at MP3.com, and got advice on how to do such things, from the audio engineers who worked there. He uses a set of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones. They have about 20db of noise attenuation over any other headphones I could find (rated at -36 db), he let me try them, and they work good for my needs. Funny how what you need is hard to find, and then pops right up from nowhere once you've bothered to go post it on a forum...Thanks anyway

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