Using a good pair of Headphones

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by dabmeister music, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Woodbridge, Va
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    I use the Sony MDR7506 headphones when tracking. The 7506's have been the mainstay in my studio for some time now. I'm starting to think otherwise about the overall performance of these things. Not saying they're not good phones but are they better than anything else on the market. I see some opt for a pair of AKGs or Sennheisers. Are there anyother good brands that I don't know about? :)
  2. kierankelly

    kierankelly Guest

    I love the beyer-dynamic DT770 I use them every day . and a hell of a lot more solid than anything in the AKG headphone department
  3. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    I have the sony's (a long time...back to the v76's). I've come to have a slightly diff take on phones for musicians to wear:
    The sony's are very bright. Wich would seem to be a good thing at first glance. And it is in many situations. But I like to also have something a bit duller, like akg's or fostex's, also. Sometimes, when they want the track real loud in the cans (how often is that?) the top end can cut their haed off. If there's less top, it;s easier to get them loud. They hear he fundamental more than the harmonics that way. In other words, I feel it's easier to get a more comfortable AND louder cue mix to them on darker cans.
    A lot of the tricks we had to use for extra top in many situation, coming from the land of tape, now seem to be needing rethinking in this land of digital super-bright that we've come to.
    I still use the sony's though. But it's cool to, have a variety.
  4. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    I do like the akg 240M/DF. Quite comfortable, nice sound but watch out for leakage. Senheiser is also a good name.
  5. by

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    I recently ordered a batch of those harvey gerst headphones and they are actually more comfortable then most expensive ($100+) cans I've used - and yeah after long periods of time with them cranked up. Better isolation then any other I've used. They are much more mid-rangey, but that helps alot... I actually get discusted when I switch from using them and put on the sony's (OUCH! harsh!) but yeah, they aren't as high quality sound, but who cares, if it's just for tracking reasons!

    oh i forgot to mention this... they are cheap and i've not had a complaint so far from my clients (some actually believed they were the "pro" heaphones among several really expensive ones lying around)..

    [ August 19, 2003, 12:48 PM: Message edited by: by ]
  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Have you tried stuffing them with foam or tissue? It makes them sound even better. I got a pair to review and I was very impressed with them. Limited lifetime guarantee and very sturdy.. at $25 bucks a pair..
    So now I don't have to let dumb asses tear up my good Sony phones...
  7. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Woodbridge, Va
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    Good point Kurt , man...that's what I had in mind too. Having people not tear up your gear... period.
  8. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Love my 7506's...The Sonys sound really clear to me and they're voiced in such a way as i can hear details while I'm tracking.I bought 4 pairs of Sennheiser 202's last year @$39 a pop.They sound really good and they have lasted well.For the drummer I keep a couple of pair of the old Koss "clampers" least they can hear what theyre playing in the phones with these.Would like to try a set of the More-Me's.
  9. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    I, too, use the Sony 7506 (2 pair) and a pair of Sony V900's (3 watt model) for Drum tracking.

    The 7506's are indeed bright, but I have found that most musucians have high frequency hearing loss, so it is not a bad thing.

    Not to mention, my cheapo Behringer HA4700 has 4 channels, each with high/low EQ per channel. Season to the artists' taste and... "We Are Rolling"...

    Some of the high impedance cans sound good, but don't have the ability to get loud on most HP amps, or don't have a good power handling like the Sony's. Yes, I am a glorified Sony fan, so shoot me!

    Later :cool:
  10. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    For personal use, I use the AKG240's and the Sennheiser HD280's (both about $100/pair), but for the visiting talent, I bought 5 of those Sennheiser HD202's that Dave mentioned for $89!!! They work great, and are really cheap! Did I mention 5 for $89???!!!

    Go here:


    They are a lot nicer than they look in the pictures...I was really surprised when they arrived. Not bad for $18 a piece!
  11. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    I ordered a set from Harvey, and will give them a try.

    The "sturdy" part is especially appealing. Phones plus extension cable for $32, shipped, is also appealing.
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