Best studio headphones?

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enroe
KVRian
1112 posts since 19 Mar, 2008 from germany

Post Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:39 am

SparkySpark wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:54 pm
BTW, the freq response should be of importance (I think) when considering whether the bass, vocals or treble are too loud. For me, the sound is not the most crucial aspect of headphones really but the balance between these three.
Ah, yes, I see.

For setting the amount of bass and treble in a mix - and thus for
overall balancing - I would compare it to a reference wav-file.
But everybody here has his (or her) own way to do a balancing. :)
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KVRAF
1754 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:15 am

Eclectus wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:15 am
SparkySpark wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:54 pm
Eclectus wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:51 pm
So you are suggesting Ozone Elements as the best studio headphones? Interesting!
Well, Ozone Advanced, but essentially yes, at least for hobby musicians within a decade or so. (That is also the reason why Ozone, Nectar and Neutron exist: to be the perfect engineer for mixing/mastering and leave all creative decisions to the user.)
Cool, thanks. Are the elements comfortable to wear? Do they block a lot of noise? Do they have a replaceable cable? Or do I need the advanced for that?
Hmmm... I am not sure whether you are being genuine or sarcastic here, but I'll answer your question as if it is indeed genuine. :)

Ozone is very well-known SOFTWARE by Izotope, specifically engineered for mixing and mastering purposes. Some people may not like it as much as rivaling software (say Fabfilter's stuff), but I am certain it could be used on many commercial productions. BTW, right now there is a big sale (theeir greatest ever) going on regarding Ozone. It comes in many flavours and you might want to check it out.
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SparkySpark
KVRAF
1754 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:18 am

enroe wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:39 am
SparkySpark wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:54 pm
BTW, the freq response should be of importance (I think) when considering whether the bass, vocals or treble are too loud. For me, the sound is not the most crucial aspect of headphones really but the balance between these three.
Ah, yes, I see.

For setting the amount of bass and treble in a mix - and thus for
overall balancing - I would compare it to a reference wav-file.
But everybody here has his (or her) own way to do a balancing. :)
Yes, agreed. This is why I am interesting in the Tonal Balance Control in Ozone Advanced. Haven't tried it yet though. :)
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Eclectus
KVRist
238 posts since 1 Dec, 2013 from Belgium

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:27 am

SparkySpark wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:15 am
Eclectus wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:15 am
SparkySpark wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:54 pm
Eclectus wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:51 pm
So you are suggesting Ozone Elements as the best studio headphones? Interesting!
Well, Ozone Advanced, but essentially yes, at least for hobby musicians within a decade or so. (That is also the reason why Ozone, Nectar and Neutron exist: to be the perfect engineer for mixing/mastering and leave all creative decisions to the user.)
Cool, thanks. Are the elements comfortable to wear? Do they block a lot of noise? Do they have a replaceable cable? Or do I need the advanced for that?
Hmmm... I am not sure whether you are being genuine or sarcastic here, but I'll answer your question as if it is indeed genuine. :)

Ozone is very well-known SOFTWARE by Izotope, specifically engineered for mixing and mastering purposes. Some people may not like it as much as rivaling software (say Fabfilter's stuff), but I am certain it could be used on many commercial productions. BTW, right now there is a big sale (theeir greatest ever) going on regarding Ozone. It comes in many flavours and you might want to check it out.
Well honestly I don't understand how you can recommend software when someone is asking for a pair of headphones. That's so random that my brain just exploded. But also, the best reminder of the increasing futility of KVR. Anything goes anywhere these days, and it's really creeping me out. Next thing you know, people start recommending Reaper in every single thread. Oh wait...

1DMF
KVRist
81 posts since 16 Aug, 2012 from England

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:37 am

chk071 wrote:
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.
I have them and cannot judge bass on them at all. They are good quality, great sound, nice detail, but no good for mix/mastering IMO.

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Unaspected
KVRian
1168 posts since 4 May, 2012

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:00 am

I use AKG K272HDs when tracking audio, though I only use monitors for mixing.

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McLilith
KVRAF
2042 posts since 7 Jul, 2003 from Huntington, WV

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:35 am

Does anyone have opinions on Sennheiser HD 280 headphones?
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PatrickW
KVRer
29 posts since 13 Apr, 2009 from Belgium

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:30 pm

Sennheiser 600 + Sonarworks Reference = great combination

reggie1979
KVRAF
1895 posts since 26 Nov, 2018

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:57 am

McLilith wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:35 am
Does anyone have opinions on Sennheiser HD 280 headphones?
I don't care for them. First of all, unless they have changed them, they feel like vice grips. Second they are very colored. Kinda bright, too much low end. They don't suck, I just don't care for them.

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McLilith
KVRAF
2042 posts since 7 Jul, 2003 from Huntington, WV

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:38 pm

Thanks for the input.
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melomood
KVRist
377 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:19 pm

Is there anything to those EMU headphones with the teak or walnut back
or is that just some gimmicky whatever?

lfm
KVRAF
5159 posts since 22 Jan, 2005 from Sweden

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:03 pm

I don't quite get the reasoning - "like the frequency response"?

If to mix - what matters is if you feel like having to redo final mixes over and over again because they don't translate to other listening devices you use.

After done mixes in HD650 - I can pretty much run mixing monitors, hifi monitors and car too - and still balance and sound great.

And don't forget the Fletcher-Munson curves how different ears respond to various sound pressure level(volume).

So find some common ground that sound fine on as many devices as possible so you an release it.

But HD650 require special preamp as I found, since most phones outs on equipment have really cheap circuits. That means not getting your moneys worth on those phones. It's not just about getting enough volume - frequency response suffer too if not proper output for 250 ohm phones, or whatever they are.

While recording I just use HD280 or HD201 or anything, does not matter as long as I hear something.

But for mixing it must translate well.

Mattvk19
KVRist
41 posts since 25 Jul, 2019

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:16 am

jethrobull wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:59 am
Save yourself some money and get the Samson SR850's
Intresting option. Did you ever compared to other headphones?

lil_miss_beats
KVRer
11 posts since 4 Sep, 2019

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:51 am

i use the sennheiser hd280 pro in the studio and coffee shops - find they work great for what I do (variety of styles). Also been very durable since I travel with them alot, and pretty affordable!

reggie1979
KVRAF
1895 posts since 26 Nov, 2018

Re: Best studio headphones?

Post Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:12 pm

lfm wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:03 pm
I don't quite get the reasoning - "like the frequency response"?

If to mix - what matters is if you feel like having to redo final mixes over and over again because they don't translate to other listening devices you use.

After done mixes in HD650 - I can pretty much run mixing monitors, hifi monitors and car too - and still balance and sound great.

And don't forget the Fletcher-Munson curves how different ears respond to various sound pressure level(volume).

So find some common ground that sound fine on as many devices as possible so you an release it.

But HD650 require special preamp as I found, since most phones outs on equipment have really cheap circuits. That means not getting your moneys worth on those phones. It's not just about getting enough volume - frequency response suffer too if not proper output for 250 ohm phones, or whatever they are.

While recording I just use HD280 or HD201 or anything, does not matter as long as I hear something.

But for mixing it must translate well.
650's are fantastic cans. You should definitely be able to mix with those. But there not any good for tracking. I had some 580 (great cans, never used them though) and I couldn't deal with the noise of my guitar or bass bleeding through.

That's why I like my 8400's. They are comfy, they are not hyped and in what is a very loud environment I live in, the block things out. Best non-open cans I've ever had.

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