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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 6:45:28 PM | Author: John  
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Any recommendations for good headphones. I have neighbors moved in below so I am trying to keep it down now.

I do a lot of lower freq./sub music so that's the main problem I have with headphones- not hearing those frequencies.
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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 6:50:32 PM | Author: Paul  
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I can't remember the model . But I was reading just a couple days ago that Bose has a new set of phones tailored just for the thumping croud . Around $150 .
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Date: 11/11/2005 | Time: 9:57:59 AM | Author: Den Hollinden  
Message: Headphones


Hey, John,
     First off, as you probably know, it's normal not to get full bass response from headphones, which is why its normally not recommended to mix using headphones alone. Even with your restrictions on noise, I would recommend you at least test each of your mixes on good studio monitors. With your style of music, you'd probably want to add a subwoofer to your basic monitoring environment.

     That said, I would personally use my AKG K240s for the headphone segment of my mixing--just because they're what I've used over the years and I know how various things sound in them. The point here is it's important to find something you like and use them to listen to everything to get that natural baseline in your head.

     Finally, don't buy anything until you've had a chance to personally try them out. Throw one of your previous finished mixes on a CD, and take it to the store with you. Once you get there, as a minimum try out the Sony Studio Monitor MDR-V700DJ. They have big 50 mm drivers to give you subsonic response down to 5 Hz. If you can't hold your head up with those monsters on it, try something in the Bose TriPort line, followed by any other models suggested after my post by my associates.
     Den

Note to the group: I'm thinking we should maybe spend more time auditioning our mixes in headphones. I've read a lot of interviews with pros who say they never listen to the mix on cans. It seems to me that with iTunes, the Internet etc., a significant number of our mixes will never be listened to on anything but, and maybe we should have a better handle on that.

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Date: 11/11/2005 | Time: 10:48:10 AM | Author: Paul  
Message: Headphones


Den , good point . The only thing I do on cans is check the stereo spread . It is important to make sure it isn't too wide . Otherwise it's sounds very un-natural with phones on .
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Date: 11/11/2005 | Time: 11:05:56 AM | Author: Ken  
Message: Headphones


I like my Sony MDR-7506's alot.
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Date: 11/11/2005 | Time: 1:54:31 PM | Author: firefox  
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I use akg271s
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Date: 11/12/2005 | Time: 5:40:48 AM | Author: Jim Sturm  
Message: Headphones


I use AKG K240DFs, but that's because I like the flat response and open back design.

Just about any of the Sony 750X series are quality units, well worth the money. They are also closed back, and won't bleed like the AKGs. IMO they tend to favor the bass a bit more than the AKGs, and might be more in line with what you are looking for.

Sounds like you're looking for a LISTENING set, rather than a MONITORING set. If that's the case, the big, old, klunky Koss cans used to be great! Lotsa bass coloration going on there!

-Jim
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Date: 11/13/2005 | Time: 6:06:30 PM | Author: andy  
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I've got beyerdynamic DT 770s. They're velvet padded and block outside noise well. You can hear every attack and the sound is pure for editing.
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Date: 11/16/2005 | Time: 1:37:51 PM | Author: Den Hollinden  
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Jim brought up a good point--that John may not be mixing at all, just listening to music. Even so, I think the recommendations given here have been good ones. A lot of consumer monitoring equipment has a bass-boost or 'turbo-bass' feature, but I couldn't imagine anybody who posts here liking the idea of artificially boosting certain frequencies. It's a bit unnerving to me to know that I can spend hours in the studio adjusting things until it's just right, only to have somebody play the mix on a stereo where the listener has tossed the EQ faders about until it 'looks' 'right.'
     Den
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