Neutral mixing headphones??

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  1. burn000

    burn000 Guest

    Can you suggest me a good neutral mixing headphones in the 100$ range? Or do you think it'll really worth it to save up more to get something in the 200$ range (beyerdyn 990pro) instead of something in the 100$ (seinh HD280)

    My monitors are yamaha MSP5, they are ok, but I want a second reference, especially for the bass frequencies the msp5 aren'nt the greatest ...
  2. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    Jul 26, 2004
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    i don't think that's a good idea to mix on headphones in general. 2nd reference is ok, however i'd be very careful to "mix" the low end judging only from headphones when there's no monitoring available that has the necessary lo end response...better get a nice subwoofer for your current monitors...
  3. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    Grado headphones are the most neutral I've used. I'd avoid Beyer and Sennehiser in that price range. I'm not suggesting that all cheap headphones from these companies are bad, but some are pretty horrendous in this price range. You can get the Grado SR-80 within your price range, but you need to ensure that the headphone output from your equipment isn't just an afterthought, as is all too often the case.

    Good luck!

    John Stafford

    PS Grado headphones are open, so you can't give them to someone in front of a mic.
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    I would not go for the HD280. They are a nice sounding headphone that is very well sealed, but the bass is quite exaggerated. The AKG K240 DF is a pretty natural sounding headphone which can be had for about $160.
  5. CLS

    CLS Active Member

    Dec 8, 2004
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    I have to agree that the AKG K240 series (I use the Monitor version) are very even, accurate and comfortable. The comfort factor becomes critical if you're using phones over extended periods. Headphones eventually cause hearing fatigue, so having an accurate set of full-range monitor speakers is what will ultimately give an engineer the mixing capabilities they require. Having a set of AKG K240s (or something of similar quality/comfort) is both a good idea and investment. Your ears will thank you.
  6. simonw

    simonw Guest

    I use Bayerdynamic dt880 pro and find them a great 2nd refference to my BM6a's.

    Some times (3am) I cant play music too loud so the headset allow me to carry on into the early hours. They are also good simply for checking how things sound every 30 minutes or so - to make sure the main monitors are not missing anything.

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