small portable monitors and headset

Discussion in 'Recording' started by kiwinz, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. kiwinz

    kiwinz Guest

    I've been travelling alot lately and spending time in hotel rooms,
    Having done some recording when possible ,
    digi 02 rack into my mac.
    Then doing a rough mix using 4 different
    headphones ( all cheapos )swapping between passes.This works
    to a point where I try and find a happy medium and resonable sound
    across all 4 headphones.Then we have a quick listen on any system
    that is around us at any time The results are of course variable and interesting ha ha ,

    Im thinking bout getting a nicer set of headphones to help and maybe
    some really small monitors that would be operating mainly at a low level
    because of the changing room dynamics and neighbours.
    The monitors have to be small because of restrictions while in transit.

    I'd like these hdphones/monitors as travelling companions over the next couple of years ,where i can get to know their response and translate to
    other systems more consistantly.

    I couldnt justify spending more than 1k on either purchase,
    any recomendations ?,
  2. DonGrossinger

    DonGrossinger Active Member

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  3. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    Mali, Africa
    AKG K141's are both a good price and 'flat'... ish!
    i recently bought a pair of sony MDR 7505's because the phones turn and store (physically) flat, and was told they are fairly 'flat' in the frequency realm also. they are great for travel and packing and hooking up to my XH-A1 for video monitoring, but i find the difference between them and the AKG's HUGE.
    i think the sony's are more hyped... and are louder? weird... they are WAY louder than the AKGs at the same volume... i don't trust them... i don't trust anything... 'flat' is a myth, a myth i tell you! lies! everything is lying to me! what? i must bite off my fingers? who said that? ok. i will. what? no i can't eat them! no! what? taste like chicken? well ok. just this once...
  4. JackHenry

    JackHenry Active Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    South Australia
    The AKG K141 are 55 ohm and the Sony MDR 7505 are 24 ohm. That would account for the volume difference for the same 'knob' setting
  5. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    Mali, Africa
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  6. kiwinz

    kiwinz Guest

    thanks for the feedback guys, I have been checking out the K701s and they sound the ticket .
    Any ideas for small portable powered monitors that have a
    decent response at low levels ?
  7. kiwinz

    kiwinz Guest

    Where can I order the AKG K 701 s on line , anyone know a site with good prices ? .
    We are headind to the U A E today and buying gear there is very much hit and miss
  8. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    I use the Yamaha MSP5s as a portable monitor - well under your budget but a decent monitor and useable. A fairly nice low end. I think they're about $500/pr.

    I trust what I hear and have compared them to my real JBL monitors enough to know what not to do when listening strictly on the Yamahas.

    I think they'd travel well. The only thing you may want to do is to create a removable AC plug, but that could be done w/o too much trouble in a few minutes as long as you shielded your connections. The only reason I say this is because I typically hall them in a crate and am always concerned about the connected wires. I plan to do what I am describing so the speakers travel better.



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