Monitor / headphone ratio

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by phulden, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. phulden

    phulden Guest

    It seems (at least to some people) to be almost a law of nature that the more monitors cost, the better they are.

    Is it the same with headphones?

    Is there perhaps some kind of constant price ratio between monitor and headphone quality. I mean in a semi pro environment like my own where I have low- to midrange priced monitors (and soundcard, mics etc) - is it meaningful to spend a lot of money on headphones? If I have monitors for $500, what price range should the headphones be? Or is this a non-relevant question?

    What headphones should I get? I am willing to spend $100-$200.

  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    $100 works... Sonys. Not the very best but loud, good tone .. lasts if you take care of them.
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Quite happy with my AKG 240's. I can even mix with them with near accurate results. Of course I have been using that model for 20+ years.
  4. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    The sony's work well if your not worried about a couple db of bleed in the mic.....

    Options would be the Ultrasones.
  5. H.G.

    H.G. Guest


    I am very satisfied with my Sony MDR 7509. They are the best sounding Headphones I have used so far. Largely better then my Sennheisers and Beyer DT150.

    I got them for 192$ if I remember right.
  6. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    Seinheisers 280's- very good isolation- great for tracking vox, drums & mixing- about $90 street

    If you want some good extra headphones for the studio try the akg's K-44's. Just $20 ea at Musicians Friend, sound good and built like a tank. can't go wrong with those for xtra headphones :D
  7. hessians

    hessians Guest


    If you happen to be recording your own material in a live environment with other musicains or an engineer without the benefit of a control room (live performances), I highly recommend Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones. Here's the link to purchase directly from the manufacturer, .
    I picked a pair of these up a few weeks ago and as soon as I can afford it, I'm going to pick up a couple more pair so the whole band can here the mix as it's being performed. Basically, they're a hearing protection headset with speakers inside. They knock about 30 db of room noise away and allow you to hear the mix while you're playing at the same time. They're ideal to use while you are recording and in my opinion or more than sufficient for mixing as well.


    Timothy Hessians
  8. phulden

    phulden Guest

    $90 - is that right? With prices here in Sweden we get them for $190!

    Does anybody know of a webstore who can ship abroad?

  9. dejacky

    dejacky Guest

    just another user experience with the Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones here:

    I have the specs on the box and they're rated at 29dB. FWIW, I have a panflo 30dB extremely quiet computer fan I can still hear it with the Direct Sound "Extreme Isolation" headphones on! However, they DO block out those harmful SPLs in loud music environment.
    Unforutantely for me since I drum and record myself on an acoustic drumset, they do not provide enough sound isolation to be able to hear detailed differences in mic placement WHILE tracking a live acoustic drum set...simply too much noise bleeds into the headphones. I was on the verge of returning these after I bought them, but decided to keep them since I couldn't find anything better for $80-$90.

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