Best studio headphones?

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borjadja
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161 posts since 19 Apr, 2013

Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:47 pm

I've been looking at the Sennheiser HD660s for studio headphones. I wanna use them on the go (public loud places, etc.) as well as in the studio. I'm wondering if they will do the job or would it be better to go for something like the Sennheiser PXC550?

Or what other headphones would you recommend? Thanks!

himalaya
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5080 posts since 23 Mar, 2006 from pendeLondonmonium

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:31 pm

The HD660 are open-back so if you want to use them on the 'go' in public places, these are no good, for obvious reasons.

I'd try Audio-Technica ATM-50x. Closed-back, rugged, and sounds very good.
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clangorous
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294 posts since 13 Nov, 2013 from Charlotte, North Carolina

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Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:51 pm

Whichever ones you get, the key is to listen to everything on them and not just use them for mixing.

With that in mind for mixing you need have good mid range so I like the open back AKG K701. They sound phenomenal and are like a sound microscope.

I use the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x to check that the bass translates, and I always check on earbuds, as well as my monitors to make sure the mix doesn't fall apart listening via actual speakers.

SparkySpark
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1664 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

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Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:53 pm

It really depends on what you are going to use them for.

A few weeks ago I dd a shootout test of headphones in Paris (there's a great store at Place de Pigalle) and listened to some Depeche Mode and Kate Bush songs, tracks I know very well, and that also resemble my own music style. I was after headphones that could make my mixes translate well to other systems (ie mastering, specifically checking relation between bass, mids and treble). For better or worse, here are my findings:
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: way to much bass for me
- BeyerDynamic DT880: sounded balanced (=flat) but all music I listened to sounded pretty boring. (If you are looking at their product line and want a flat response, stay away from 770 (too bassy) and 990 (happy face hyping)).
- Lots of other soundphones... Not interested.
- Sony ... 7506: actually the ones I went with. The music sounded great on them and without any hype. HOWEVER, as soon as I started recording vocals I noticed how harsh they sound. I really, really wish Sony would come to their senses and make headphones that don't exaggerate the highs like crazy. What's strange is that David Gahan sounded good on them in the store, whereas I didn't. Ooops! :wink: That didn't come out right, I meant of course in comparison to listening to other headphones on my and his voice - Daveyboy is a much better singer than I. :D

- Another set of headphones I have: the lovely and extremely affordable AKG 240 Studio. They really look expensive, feel great on my head even for long periods of time, and music sounds, well, musical :wink: on them. The only - but major! - problem with them is that they really lack bass.

So, personally I am thinking of adding the 880's, so that I have three headphones for different purposes. I think that would be the best way to go for you too. If you are into EDM, then perhaps the M50x (for getting a great mixing experience) plus the 880 (for mastering in case you don't have a proper monitor setup). BTW, I second the choice of the 701 as a possible replacement for the 880.
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digitalboytn
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Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:44 pm

AKG K702....
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risome
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2031 posts since 30 Oct, 2006 from Australia, NSW

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Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:59 pm

Audeze period https://www.audeze.com Hefty price but seriously the best.I adore mine .Its like having my Dynaudio studio speakers strapped to my ears :-)
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foosnark
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4870 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

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Post Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:13 pm

clangorous wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:51 pm
Whichever ones you get, the key is to listen to everything on them and not just use them for mixing.
Yeah, I think the important thing is to know your headphones and their characteristics/limitations well, and check your mixes on something else too. And for them to be comfortable.

I am a diehard fan of the cheap Superlux HD668B. They're semi-open back, super comfortable once you replace the ear pads (even for someone with a big head who wears glasses), and I have owned one pair of them for many years now and picked up a second for work (and as a backup). I go through my whole process with them, and use them for gaming and music and everything else. They perform like $300 headphones, but they're in the $40-$50 range.

himalaya
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5080 posts since 23 Mar, 2006 from pendeLondonmonium

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:26 am

Too many open-back headphones recommendations for the OP who needs to use the headphones in public spaces.
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himalaya
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5080 posts since 23 Mar, 2006 from pendeLondonmonium

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:29 am

risome wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:59 pm
Audeze period https://www.audeze.com Hefty price but seriously the best.I adore mine .Its like having my Dynaudio studio speakers strapped to my ears :-)
But which ones?
I've used the LCD-X extensively, and so far (out of the sets I've used/tried) this is the only pair I'd consider mixing on, but they are open-back so not a good recommendation for the OP.
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WatchTheGuitar
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159 posts since 30 Apr, 2019

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:55 am

I've got the 250 Ohm Beyer Dynamic DT-770 Pro cans and I love them for studio recording as they sound great and they're pretty leak proof so ideal for doing vocals. I drive them through a cheap Chinese headphone valve amp I got from Amazon for £40 and that gives them headroom. You'd need a portable headphone amp to drive them on the go or go for the 32 Ohm pair instead, but I've heard they don't sound as good. The 250 Ohm ones are under £100 now so I'd say they're a steal at that price and cheap enough to buy as dedicated studio headphones - as I do - and get another pair for when you're out and about.

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jethrobull
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1823 posts since 5 Jun, 2011 from England,UK

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:59 am

Save yourself some money and get the Samson SR850's
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chk071
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22142 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:12 am

Did anyone try the Audio-Technica ATH-M40 X's? Reviews sound as if those are a good budget choice as well.

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2859 posts since 17 Apr, 2005 from S.E. TN

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:40 am

Open back vs sealed for "public places" depends on context.

If you are sitting down in a noisy place to do some "critical listening" then sealed cans or isolating good seal earbuds would be nice. Planes, trains, terminals, fast food joint, a bench in a crowded park whatever.

But if wearing phones "on the go" walking, running, biking, driving, then isolation is undesirable. Higher risk of being injured by a vehicle that you didn't hear coming. Or you unfortunately didn't hear the bystandar yelling "Hey fella watch out for that falling piano!" :)

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foosnark
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4870 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:11 pm

I can't stand closed-back headphones. Semi-open is where it's at, or in-ear.

D Midas
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142 posts since 30 Jan, 2011 from Canada

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:53 pm

Focal Listen professional

They are closed back with a tight seal, very comfortable and sound fantastic.
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