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Low-Cost Headphones w/ Decent Isolation

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by soapfloats, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    What it says.

    I own (2) EX-29s (broken), (1) HD-280 (bad cable), (2) MDR-7506 (one has busted ear pad), and (1) K-240s (my personal headphones).

    So this discussion is for cans under $100, preferably $25-$50.

    I like my current cans for different reasons, and want to repair/replace them if possible. I also want to have a 4-pack of cheapos to use to save on the wear and tear of the good ones.

    These will be used EXCLUSIVELY for tracking, some overdubs. Some overdubs and other monitoring will be done via the above-mentioned headphones.

    Remy, among others, has lead me to look into this, and I hope it will provide a reference for others looking for inexpensive (yet isolating) headphones for tracking/overdubs.
  2. vttom

    vttom Active Member

    Love my wireless Auvios for tracking. I've found wireless to be indispensable since I've been making recordings of violins, and a headphone cable just gets in the way. I bought 2 pairs and found I can use just 1 transmitter for both sets.
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    It's just on the edge of your $100 limit, but the ATH-M50 does a decent job of isolation though not perfect.
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Cheap Sennheiser closed backs HD 202 or equivalent.
  5. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    It's hard to beat the Sennheiser HD280 Pro at $99. Mine are probably over five years old, are repaired with gaff and work perfectly.
  6. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    I got some Sennheiser HD 202s for $20 at clearance... they're normally 40. I can't complain, I like em! A lot better than my old sony wraparound the head ones lol. Now I don't get metronome clicks in my recordings anymore...
  7. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the advice fellas.

    John and Boulder - I own the 280s (like em a lot) and have my eye on the ATHs... but I'm looking for something that I don't care if it gets stepped on.
    It doesn't have to sound good, it just has to be cheap and isolate.

    Thanks to Bob and Sarnz, that's more what I'm looking for, but keep up w/ any and all suggestions.
    I'd love to have a few 280s, M-50s, and such when I need something good.
  8. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I was in a rush last time, so here's some more info. The HD202's are for sale on Amazon for $20. The sound isn't accurate, but I don't find it annoying or tiring. They are light, so a lot of people like the feel. Some actually prefer these to the more expensive cans. Though they aren't too adjustable they seem to fit a fair number of head sizes pretty well. That's important because all the isolation in the world doesn't matter if the cans don't feel good and people wear them half off one of their ears. This would be my recommendation, but if you are getting multiple pairs you might try out a few other kinds. What feels best to one person doesn't for another.
  9. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Revisiting this topic....
    Has anyone tried the ATH-M10s? How do they compare to the HD202s?

    My partner works for a shop here in town, and he was able to get replacement headbands for the EX-29s.
    I'm still looking to buy another pair of those, and two of either the ATH or Sonys mentioned...

    So if anyone has any thoughts, let me know, please.
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I use the ATH-M30's for the band. I keep the M50's for myself and the CWO.
  11. laemmle

    laemmle Active Member

    a thumbs up on ATH-M50. definitely good headphones.
  12. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, I'm not willing to spend more than $50 for band 'phones, preferably less.
    The one exception would be the EX-29s, b/c I love them (mostly for their isolation and ability to handle loud volumes).

    I'm married to my AKG k-240s for my personal phones, partially b/c I've had them for so long.
    Maybe I'll buy a pair each of 202s and the ATH-10's and compare... and I'll keep the 30s on the list when budget allows.

    Thanks to all for your input!

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