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  1. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    Hello brothers
    i need your advice for buying a pair of headphones for home use with my amp
    that can give a decent representation without costing me an arm and a leg
    i currently have a Blackstar HT5r head that has a headphone out and I also have a small 4 channel mixer
    I'm planning to replace the Blackstar with the MB V mini soon so Hit me with your suggestions
    I'm all ears
    thanks in advance
     
  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    What's an arm and a leg cost these days? I can make a lot of suggestions of cans to listen to, at different price points.
     
  3. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    For price/performance, and my personal preference, it's the Sennheiser HD280 Pro, $99 on all the online music sites. But you don't state your price point.

    Happy Hunting~!






     
  4. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    Well Les to answer your question the cost is dependant on the country you are living in
    And unfortunately in the Middle East right now human life is very cheap but i digress
    As Wefixflats suggested a $100-150 would a good price point so more choices the merrier
    Thanks again
     
  5. alantig

    alantig SSBMA

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  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Grados are great and have used them for many years, but they are open back phones, and that may or may not be what you want, as there is bleed from them while tracking.

    Also, their low impedance doesn't work with some headphone output jacks. So you should check their impedance against the specs for your equipment just to make sure.

    In that price range there are some nice AKG phones (at least in the US) like the AKG 240 MkII, and the AKG M80. If you can swing it, The Beyer Dynamic DT-770 series is a very good closed back studio phone. Audio Technica makes some very nice cans in that range, and so does Sennheiser. Shure SRH headphones sound very good and have gotten very good reviews.
     
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    g.wizz Nabs

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    Thank you brothers i'll start the search engine and get crackin'

    :rock:
     
  8. bigcraigie_1

    bigcraigie_1 New Member

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    Beyer Dynamic DT-770 Pro user here and find them not only exceptional in the audio sense but also very comfortable for long sessions. Never suffered ear fatigue from them which is always an important consideration when buying a set of cans. The DT-990's are the open back version of the same headphones I believe with the 770's being closed back.
     
  9. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The open back makes the 880s (the 990s aren't as good) a little more accurate in the low end; the 770s (which I have and do also recommend) are a little ripe in the bass. This can be great for tracking - it really helps one find the kick and the bass when playing a loud amp in a room, for example - but it's something you have to adjust for in mixing. So that makes it problematic.
     
  10. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    I bought these last year in August after reading another headphone thread here.

    Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

    I have used them with my Mesa Mark Five 25 in the headphone jack on the back, and also with my iPad Air for the Jam Up Pro thingymabob.
    I am very happy with them, and have also used them with my 24 track Zoom R24 recorder.

    Read the reviews on them at Amazon for more info.
    I also looked at the 280s, but choose these after reading the reviews on them.

    [​IMG]

    This is just one of the many reviews on them, and one that sold me on them.
     
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  11. bigcraigie_1

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    Couldn't agree more, I use my 770's purely for tracking and late night practice. I use my studio monitors for mixing.
     
  12. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    These days when so many people listen on headphones, it's important to reference mixes with headphones as well as monitors.
     
  13. bigcraigie_1

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    The more options you have to listen to a mix through the better. I've even seen myself tweaking mixes in my car. Sounds a bit odd, but thats where I listen to music more than anywhere, so my ears are well used to listening to music in that environment. Also worth seeing how your mixes sound in mono.
     
  14. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    ...And on your phone and through laptop speakers too!
     
  15. Spikedog007

    Spikedog007 Life is good, it really is.

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    +1 on the Grados. Had a pair I used for my home mixing. Highly recommend them. Comfortable to wear and very good audio quality. Best cans for the money imho.
     
  16. Therinx

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    I've got Grado 325's and AKG K272HD's.

    Both are awesome, but yes, please note the impedance issue and open back of the Grado's. I'd give it the nod over the AKG's in terms of pure sound but the AKG's get the nod for comfort, and also sound great.

    The 272 is notably less expensive than the 325 though.
     
  17. Mikegarveyblues

    Mikegarveyblues Cream Crackered

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    Or worse, the crappy little earbuds.. Although they have their uses.

    Always liked Sennheiser. Had a nice pair. Few years back but I managed to break them. I need to get a set of new phones as I have a kid on the way any day and I'll be using them a lot for playing and recording, so I'm interested in what the rest of you are suggesting.
     
  18. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Let's face it, whether we're talking about speakers or headphones, or microphones, or phono cartridges, or other electro-mechanical transducers, we're talking about relatively compromised, primitive devices. Cones, horns, electrostatic transducers...all of them...are pretty slapdash kind of things compared to real-life sound.

    A guy just drove past my open window with a Harley. I could make a great recording of that sound, and run it through my very fine studio system, and while it will do a lot of what that Harley sound does, it won't do all of it. And you won't think there's a Harley in the room.

    Loudspeakers are 1920s technology. Sure, today's speakers sound a lot better than the radio sets of the 20s that they were an innovation for, but the technology is still a bunch of tweaks on the original.

    Microphone design was pretty mature by the 1930s-50s. Headphones are just more tweaks built upon other tweaks. Until the fundamental designs of sound reproduction undergo a revolution, the little details we talk about with this stuff are tiny in comparison to the bigger issue of how to actually make sound reproduction truly faithful to the original sound.

    There isn't a headphone that's a world-beater, and frankly, there are very few true dogs out there in the pro audio marketplace. It's always a matter of picking your poison, what you can live with, and what you prefer in the way of comfort and tonal balance.
     
  19. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    I like the Sony MDR-V6/-7506 because its errors are of the non-egregious variety. I think that's what people should look for -- minimal errors. If it's missing high end or low end, there's no replacing that. If it has high end and low end and a big suckout in the middle, it's hard to compensate for with predictable results. If there's a big bass hump that makes it hard to hear the treble, then that's bad. The Sony has a mild mid suckout and plenty of highs and lows, so all you have to do is become familiar with it.
     
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  20. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    Glad you like the Sonys, very pleased with mine.
    Have even used them plugged into the Mark of my Mark Five 25.
     

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