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Some help please - Studio headphones..!

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21 years

I need some good headphones for mixing and mastering in my little home studio and i got several options:
1. AKG K271
2. AKG K240
3. Sennheiser HD280
4. Grado SR125

I need them to be comfertable as well.
I use Echo Gina3g.
Which one do you think will be the best for me?

Thanks. :wink:


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21 years

Member Sat, 07/05/2008 - 08:37
I have some studio monitors but the have some extra bass beacuse of the wood desk it sits on, and my room doesnt have good enaugh acoustics.
And I need some decent volume for mixing-mastering and i cant push the monitors because of my parents.

So headphones is the way for me.

Can anybody give some comparison between these headphones?

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Codemonkey Sat, 07/05/2008 - 09:39
Use open back, not closed back. HD280s (wearing a pair) are good for playback (parents also :P) and brilliant for live work as mentioned, but whenever I mix on them there's just something off. Open back are meant to be a lot more realistic and there are things I notice on a pair of crappy open backs (think £10) that I haven't noticed with the 280s.

I mean, I would check a mix with the 280s (for the flat response) but I would never trust it until I heard it in a few other places and liked it.

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Member Sat, 07/05/2008 - 09:43
They're all cheap.

As has been said, don't mix on headphones.
Especially if you want to push volume and do a lot of it. It will kill your hearing.

If you want an accurate example of what you're listening to, and a pleasant sound too. Buy some HD 600s. But be prepared for the spacial characteristics of your mixes to be out of whack on real speakers.

Mixes from your 280's will probably sound stupid on my speakers and laughable on my 600s.

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RemyRAD Sun, 07/06/2008 - 02:15
It's tough being a stupid kid. But the fact is, you want closed back headphones when mixing in a noisy environment or when recording in the studio and in particular, vocals.

For mixing purposes, you want any kind of open back a.k.a. open-air headphones. That is a headphones that whenwas present you're hearing he is virtually normal and unrestricted by the headphones.

My first pair of truly quality headphones I got with my birthday money at 12 years of age, in 1968, which are were the then the brand spanking new Sennheiser HD414. Later, I needed a closed back pair of headphones and on my following birthday I purchased the KOSS Pro4AA's.

Now I still have those same models and other newer versions. I know how to mix with headphones because I have years of extensive experience comparing them to good control room studio monitors. Bottom line is, you'll never get an acceptable mix relying strictly upon headphones. That's why you are a stupid kid and we are professionals. But parents can hinder your ability to listen to blaring loud monitors for countless hours. You'll learn a lot by carefully listening to other peoples ' recordings through headphones but bass will always nearly be impossible to properly judge through headphones. What it sounds like you don't have enough bass, you have enough bass. When the bass sounds correct, it's way too much. But you really have to listen to other references before beginning to try and mix.

Listen to your audio mother
Ms. Remy Ann David

By the way, you are wet behind your ears.