Good recording headphones?

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

  1. thevisi0nary

    thevisi0nary Active Member

    Oct 23, 2012
    new jersey
    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

    Dec 7, 2008
    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

    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    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

    Oct 12, 2007
    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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