What is the best "Closed-Back Studio Reference Headphones"?

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468 posts since 4 Dec, 2021

Post Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:50 pm

Well if price isn't an issue i'll just leave this here.

Demoed this once and was blown away with the sound and the $4500 price tag.


*Edit* Just realized these aren't Closed-back
Do you have them all yet?

300 posts since 27 Apr, 2018

Post Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:51 pm

fabianhurel wrote:
Tue Nov 30, 2021 12:07 pm
n9research wrote:
Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:59 am
No matter the price, you say?

Sennheiser HD820 beat everything else mentioned into the ground, but the price is


I wonder if my Universal Audio Apollo x8 could handle these ones.
For headphones >300€ you should seriously regard to connect them to a dedicated headphone amplifier.
BTW, I have the 1990 pro, but in my case they fulfill the studio headphone cliché. They are like magnifier glasses, you hear really everything, but they are no fun.

2 posts since 7 Dec, 2021

Post Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:17 pm

I've been using AKG K371, and they've been pretty amazing. They have a more neutral sound (less muddy) compared to ATH-M50X, which I've been using previously.

Dark Fiber
93 posts since 18 Apr, 2019

Post Wed Dec 08, 2021 6:57 am

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

85 posts since 10 Sep, 2015

Post Thu Dec 09, 2021 12:30 pm

Hmm.. I cannot fork out a big sum of money for headphones, so I settled for a relatively cheap KRK KNS-8400. It has a nice flat frequency response, is comfortable to wear (for me that is) and it works great when I cannot use my monitors (late at night or comparable circumstances).
I tried others (even very expensive ones), but for some reason I keep using these ones. I guess they just "click" with me.

384 posts since 25 Aug, 2019

Post Sun Dec 12, 2021 10:49 am

Austrian Audio Hi-x55:
- very well built and comfortable.

No, they are not comfortable, that the main reason I haven't purchased them.

DT770 Pro 250ohm are super comfortable, but very sibilant and have hyped highs. Selling them right now, after I got a pair of 6xx.

2 posts since 14 Dec, 2021

Post Tue Dec 14, 2021 1:32 pm

What do you all think of the new DT 700 Pro X?

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31 posts since 7 Nov, 2021

Post Tue Dec 21, 2021 1:15 am

The best are the ones you are used to, the ones that you know. When you wear and use headphones for several hours, comfort is very important. Everyone's size and shape of head is different, so hard to recommend headphones.
The quality of most headphones today is pretty good soundwise. Unfortunately most producers produce in China today, so the quality of material might have changed. Sennheiser HD 280 Pro are not the same when they were released years ago any more

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60 posts since 30 Jun, 2019

Post Tue Dec 21, 2021 1:36 am

ill vote mine, SRH-940 :)
i love it and its really close to a monitor 'sound' or 'speaker feel' imo. sure build quality is plastic asf but thats really beside the point if theyre comfortable and sound great. Ive tried so many headphones during the years its not even funny :p but theres still many i would have liked to try but since im so happy with the 940 i honestly dont even think about it anymore. but then i use the speakers 95% of the time these days.

2nd would be the akg k712 pro but i sold that one (but its open back, so i suppose it shouldnt be here), and got the above mentioned and didnt regret it one bit. but then i also didnt have proper amplification for the k712 as they 100% require a low impedance output amp. They sounded better from your phone than from your sound interface lul.. and even then its more an audiophile headphone than anything to do with mixing and mastering.... but damn did they sound good, when you did power them correctly AND used sonarworks to correct the strange eq curve. they became HD650+ instantly.

3rd id have to say the roland rh200 which afaik is very similar to the sony 7506

some of the "bad" ones ive had before are m50x (way too treble focused, too high energy in bass but beside that I honestly think theyre a decent low budget choice), srh-440 (plasticy and bad all around), dt770 (too much bass AND treble), dt990 (not good at all), k712pro (way too much hassle)

just sharing some insights and stuff, not trying to sound like an authority on the matter. :) and also, all of the above are budget. if you have capital and its not a problem - then you shouldnt get ANY of those, you should probably spend like 10k on a dac/amp/headphone system. /s (or is it?)

6 posts since 25 Nov, 2021

Post Tue Dec 21, 2021 9:20 am

mdr-7506 is unbeatable for the price

548 posts since 16 Jan, 2019 from deep inside

Post Tue Jan 18, 2022 12:42 pm

B E A T S .

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