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Dan Miele

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Headphones Recommendations?
« on: May 18, 2011, 04:25:55 pm »

Hello everyone, long time lurker, first time poster here.  I've been looking to invest in a quality pair of headphones for a while.  While I primarily want them to use while mixing live gigs, I would also like them to be suitable for the occasional audio editing project on my computer and/or just listening to music on my computer.  (I really don't know if this makes a difference or not).  Right now I've been borrowing AKG K77's from my school whenever I need them.  Frankly, this is becoming annoying, and I can't use them for any of the freelance work I do.  I'm willing to spend a couple hundred dollars.  Thanks.

Oh, and I was also wondering if any of you had a recommendation for the best kick drum mic?  ;)
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 04:31:12 pm »

Hello everyone, long time lurker, first time poster here.  I've been looking to invest in a quality pair of headphones for a while.  While I primarily want them to use while mixing live gigs, I would also like them to be suitable for the occasional audio editing project on my computer and/or just listening to music on my computer.  (I really don't know if this makes a difference or not).  Right now I've been borrowing AKG K77's from my school whenever I need them.  Frankly, this is becoming annoying, and I can't use them for any of the freelance work I do.  I'm willing to spend a couple hundred dollars.  Thanks.

Oh, and I was also wondering if any of you had a recommendation for the best kick drum mic?

Many folks like the Sennheiser 280's and they come in around $100.  For your combined usage they'd be very good.  They're super comfortable for long hours of editing/mixing, but they do have some plastic bits on them that will break if you hit them wrong.  Doesn't really affect anything, but I'd like it if they didn't do that.

Probably the best bang for the buck.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2011, 04:46:19 pm »

Many folks like the Sennheiser 280's and they come in around $100.  For your combined usage they'd be very good.  They're super comfortable for long hours of editing/mixing, but they do have some plastic bits on them that will break if you hit them wrong.  Doesn't really affect anything, but I'd like it if they didn't do that.

Probably the best bang for the buck.

I really like the Senny 280s...you can do anything with them as the above poster mentioned...throw some in your live rig leave em in the studio whatever. THey sound nice, have good isolation and are preety cheap as far as good headphones go.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011, 06:07:32 pm »

Dave Rat has a five part quest looking for the right headphones. Have a lookie here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJh8B1QfEn0

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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 06:11:35 pm »

Hello everyone, long time lurker, first time poster here.  I've been looking to invest in a quality pair of headphones for a while.  While I primarily want them to use while mixing live gigs, I would also like them to be suitable for the occasional audio editing project on my computer and/or just listening to music on my computer.  (I really don't know if this makes a difference or not).  Right now I've been borrowing AKG K77's from my school whenever I need them.  Frankly, this is becoming annoying, and I can't use them for any of the freelance work I do.  I'm willing to spend a couple hundred dollars.  Thanks.

Oh, and I was also wondering if any of you had a recommendation for the best kick drum mic?  ;)


Dave Rat did a great shootout looking for the best set of cans that went on for a year, with tons of testing and data, I suggest starting there. He ended up going with the Denon D2000's as the best pair.

Edit: Gah Dave beat me to it. The link I posted is the blog, which is a great read from day 1.
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011, 06:28:47 pm »

Edit: Gah Dave beat me to it. The link I posted is the blog, which is a great read from day 1.
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2011, 07:53:29 pm »

Edit: Gah Dave beat me to it. The link I posted is the blog, which is a great read from day 1.


But I still have my Sennheisers!

I found the 280s to be bit exagerrated down low. I use HD-25s. Great external noise isolation and sound a bit flatter. Great when your doing monitors and you've been jammed behind a megalithic FOH stack.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2011, 07:58:51 pm »

I found the 280s to be bit exagerrated down low. I use HD-25s. Great external noise isolation and sound a bit flatter. Great when your doing monitors and you've been jammed behind a megalithic FOH stack.

Everything is "exaggerated down low" when you're sitting behind the stacks.
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2011, 10:12:12 pm »

The Senny 280s are better than the Sony 7506, but are of what I'd call average fidelity (and isolation if that matters).  The Shure 840s are better yet, but still scooped in the middle.  The ExtremeHeadphones EX29 has better fidelity and at least second best isolation, but are a little polite in the highs (which ain't bad given the quality of much of today's stuff).  If isolation is of no import, get some Grado open-airs, preferably 100 series or better.  The discontinued M-Audio IE10 buds are very good as well.
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011, 10:16:49 pm »

I found the 280s to be bit exagerrated down low. I use HD-25s. Great external noise isolation and sound a bit flatter. Great when your doing monitors and you've been jammed behind a megalithic FOH stack.
I second the HD-25s. Very confortable and great sound!!
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2011, 11:19:16 pm »

Everything is "exaggerated down low" when you're sitting behind the stacks.

Headaches included..
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2011, 08:14:40 am »

I found the 280s to be bit exagerrated down low. I use HD-25s. Great external noise isolation and sound a bit flatter. Great when your doing monitors and you've been jammed behind a megalithic FOH stack.


Do a quick google on the 'tack mod' for HD280s. I did it to mine and it tightened up the low end considerably!! I put on a pair of stock ones now and wonder what people like about them!

Nothing else seems to be affected after doing the mod.
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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2011, 12:41:09 pm »

I have been using a pair of Equation Audio RP-21 headphones for a few years now, and I like how flat of a response they seem to have.  They aren't exaggerated in the lows (though there is a version like that if you want it) and they're "smooth" up top. 

They're not the prettiest and don't fold up compactly like some other cans; they have a detachable cord (hasn't been a problem, but I still don't like it).  At $90-$100 they are a great deal.

I got mine from 8th Street Music...great store, close to home, and still going strong.
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2011, 12:58:15 pm »

+1 on the Sennheiser HD280's. They're durable as all hell, sound pretty good, isolate well, and their customer support is outstanding.
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2011, 05:11:33 pm »

I bought a pair of GK Ultraphones a few years ago. The isolation and sound are both above average. Every time I've let a drummer borrow them, they've wanted to take them home.  The only thing I don't like about them is wearing them on a hot day.

At home, I use a pair of Sennheiser HD590, which sound good, but provide no isolation.

http://www.gk-music.com/ultraphones.htm
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« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2011, 05:32:36 pm »

I bought a pair of GK Ultraphones a few years ago. The isolation and sound are both above average. Every time I've let a drummer borrow them, they've wanted to take them home.  The only thing I don't like about them is wearing them on a hot day.

At home, I use a pair of Sennheiser HD590, which sound good, but provide no isolation.

http://www.gk-music.com/ultraphones.htm

I have and use the Ultraphones as my primary headphones for live sound, live recording and live broadcast.  The reason I didn't mention them in my original reply was the OP stipulation of "a couple hundred dollars".  Isolation rules!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2011, 05:59:27 pm »

The OP may find it worthwhile to cough up the extra $30; I did!  ;D

I have and use the Ultraphones as my primary headphones for live sound, live recording and live broadcast.  The reason I didn't mention them in my original reply was the OP stipulation of "a couple hundred dollars".  Isolation rules!!!!
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Re: Headphones Recommendations?
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2011, 07:44:26 pm »

Hello everyone, long time lurker, first time poster here.  I've been looking to invest in a quality pair of headphones for a while.  While I primarily want them to use while mixing live gigs, I would also like them to be suitable for the occasional audio editing project on my computer and/or just listening to music on my computer.  (I really don't know if this makes a difference or not).  Right now I've been borrowing AKG K77's from my school whenever I need them.  Frankly, this is becoming annoying, and I can't use them for any of the freelance work I do.  I'm willing to spend a couple hundred dollars.  Thanks.

Oh, and I was also wondering if any of you had a recommendation for the best kick drum mic?  ;)

I picked up a pair of Audio Technica M50's a few years back for really cheap (~$80) and they're fairly decent. They have a bit of a boost in the lows and the top end isn't as clean as some others, but they've served me well. Big improvement over the 7506's I was using previously.

I've got a set of Shure 840's, not a big fan of them though. For some reason they just don't quite sound right to me.
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« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2011, 10:25:14 am »

While I primarily want them to use while mixing live gigs, I would also like them to be suitable for the occasional audio editing project on my computer and/or just listening to music on my computer.
..... I'm willing to spend a couple hundred dollars.  Thanks.

I have been using the Ultraphones for over 10 years now.
While I am not really a big fan of the Sony 7506, they sound quite different once mounted in the Peltor muffs.

The isolation they provide is incredible, and as a side bonus, I am running the headphone volume a lot lower than I used to. My previous headphones were Sony MDR-CD450, but I got tired of replacing the ear padding every 2 years (at 60 bucks a set !)
You can get the replacement Peltor ear pads at any safety supply type outlet. I bought 2 sets for 10 bucks when I received the Ultraphones, and have not had to use them yet.

They are NOT the best sounding 'phones on the market, but they are very good in loud environments.
 
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« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2011, 12:56:29 pm »

Hello everyone, long time lurker, first time poster here.  I've been looking to invest in a quality pair of headphones for a while.  While I primarily want them to use while mixing live gigs, I would also like them to be suitable for the occasional audio editing project on my computer and/or just listening to music on my computer.  (I really don't know if this makes a difference or not).  Right now I've been borrowing AKG K77's from my school whenever I need them.  Frankly, this is becoming annoying, and I can't use them for any of the freelance work I do.  I'm willing to spend a couple hundred dollars.  Thanks.

Oh, and I was also wondering if any of you had a recommendation for the best kick drum mic?  ;)

I love my AKG K271 headphones for listening/editing and live.  However they do not fold or allow one ear use.  They are very flat.

My recommendation to you would be Audio-Technica ATH-M50.  They have a boosted low end that is a really nice match to the way I tune a PA with a moderate bump in the subs.  I bought the ATs and a pair of Sennheiser HD280 at the same time and liked the ATH-50 so much better.

If you want maximum isolation, I have 2 pair of the Direct Sound EX-29 at my venue which have been great.

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« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2011, 06:38:46 pm »

I have a couple of pairs of Sony MDR 7506s... I have had them for nearly 20 years.  They sound good, in a smiley-curve kinda way.  I have replaced the pads a couple of times, and they keep on ticking.  They have pretty decent isolation, and they are comfortable as well.  I haven't tried the Sennheisers that everyone raves about.  My only gripe is that when the pads wear out, they flake a bit.

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« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2011, 06:21:21 am »

I got a chance to hear the Shure 840 a few days ago.  Better than the 280, but not as good as the EX29 (I'm told that the EX25 is better than the EX29, but who knows).
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« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2011, 12:30:45 pm »

The Sony 7504, Sennheiser HD280, and AKG K171 all cost around $100.00. The HD280 sounds better and has better isolation. The AKG K171 sounds better than both the Sennheiser of the Sony, but it's an on-ear design, so the isolation is not as good

For around $200.00, I really like the AKG K271. Great sound, great isolation.
 
The hyped low end of the A/T 'phones makes them popular with DJs and other people who are into that sort of thing. A lot of studios have a couple pair of A/Ts around just for that reason.

The Shures, Equations, and others mentioned I've never heard, so I can't comment.
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