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Keithho
07-19-2008, 07:50 AM
Hey guys.

Let me make it simple: WHAT IS BEST?

AKG 701, Beyerdynamic DT 880, Beyerdynamic DT 990, or Sennheiser (something).

Thanks!

astavi
07-19-2008, 08:22 AM
Things like headphones are really a matter of personal taste...head out to a local music store and try listening to a few to decide which you want.

WoodIsGood
07-19-2008, 08:59 AM
I can speak for the Grado Labs SR125's. They are adequate but lack good bass response. They reproduce mids and highs very well, though. I use them in conjunction with my studio monitors. Meaning, I put them on with the monitors playing so I can get more bass, but they allow me to really get in there and listen for small nuances, stray notes, etc. Haven't had a lot of experience with the ones you cited. astavi's advice is probably the way to go.

OpenMind
07-19-2008, 09:17 AM
AKG 701
I use this is one... and it's the best reference headphones I ever had! :cool:

When it's brand new, it seems to be a little "sharp" in mids and highs.
But that's gone after a "burn-in" period of about 150-200 hours.

persentio
07-19-2008, 09:58 AM
Another one for the AKG701! :D Ok; I admit its the first pro reference headphone I've owned, but even while burning in the damn thing it still sounds good enough for me to be able to get a reasonable mix from it, and do only a few minor adjustments using my monitors.

These things really don't hide anything. I dont know how but it makes every single element of your music fit right in and not clash with each other too much so that you can hear flaws you wouldn't have heard on your monitors. It's simply stunning!

However I don't like the high frequency response of this thing. It's much too 'pushed back'. From a chart I saw on Headphone.com the 701s really have a sharp drop in high frequency response and I have to compensate for it.

Keithho
07-19-2008, 12:41 PM
i am looking really hard on a akg 701, but the beyerdynamic DTs cast doubt.
I read that Beyerdynamic delivers a much warmer sound, and that akg don't sound good without receiver.
Any opinion about open/closed solutions? What is best? Open? Semi open?

A.Leung
07-19-2008, 12:49 PM
youll find lots of arguements for both.

Open headphones give you a more open, truer and tranparent sound then closed offer. Unless your working next door to a firestation id stick with open.

leoleo
07-19-2008, 02:15 PM
Try these guys here. I have been using them for years..
http://www.koss.com

Keithho
07-19-2008, 05:15 PM
Thanks Leung

I think i will go for a AKG 701

AlCapps
07-19-2008, 06:27 PM
If you're going for EW Orchestral mixing I think the SENNHEISER HD600 headphones are very good. Not a lot of "hype" to them, more of a warmer sound. I use them myself.

Al

Keithho
07-19-2008, 07:21 PM
By the way.

How come they sell those headphones cheaper in amazon, than headphone.com? Fakes?

persentio
07-19-2008, 11:09 PM
I'm not exactly sure how the pricings vary between authorized distributors or resellers of products or how it works between just how much the sellers want to price their stuff. There are some really good deals on Amazon for the K701 but I question the sellers' authenticity. I'd rather rest easy getting a slightly more expensive deal from a reputable authorized seller that covers the headphones with warranty or returns.

Peabody
07-20-2008, 02:01 PM
SENNHEISER HD600 headphones I like um!!!

Keithho
07-20-2008, 02:35 PM
yea.. I was looking at the HD 650 too. But they are 100buck more expensive, and with the same detail.

A.Leung
07-20-2008, 03:34 PM
My personal favs.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Sennheiser-HD-650-Open-Air-Pro-Headphones?sku=242416&src=3WWRWXGB&ZYXSEM=0

Vincent Bergbahn
07-20-2008, 08:03 PM
Get the AKG k701s They are the best! I love mine. They need an amp to run free. The K702s just came out no difference they just changed the color and have detachable cable now. That will cost an extra 100 bucks I'm sure.

AKG k701 ---> buy it on Amazon. I think I got mine for 260 shipping included.

http://www.amazon.com/AKG-Akg-K701-Studio-Headphones/dp/B000FOU51A/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1216605776&sr=8-1


http://www.amazon.com/Akg-K701-Studio-Headphones/dp/B000F7T4BE/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1216605776&sr=8-2

peter5992
07-20-2008, 08:16 PM
I have Sony MDR V 600 - love them. The Dixie Chicks used Sony's when they cut their 5 Grammy award winning album Taking The Long Way.

If it's good enough for the Dixie Chicks, it's good enough for me.

Keithho
07-21-2008, 07:16 AM
Who can resist Dixie Chicks? :D

peter5992
07-21-2008, 07:40 AM
Who can resist Dixie Chicks? :D

Exactly my point Keith. ;)

OpenMind
07-21-2008, 07:54 AM
more of a warmer sound.

That's nice for HiFi Stereo home entertainment, but headphones for recording reference should give a neutral sound... not a warm sound. :)

Cedric
07-22-2008, 08:59 AM
I use the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and I love them. Very neutral. (http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/0edf909675b1be4d/index.html)

Keithho
07-24-2008, 01:47 PM
thanks...

nrighton
08-04-2008, 11:15 PM
I love my Beyer DT770 PRO. They can be had for around 200 US, which is about 15 Euros these days :}

LuckyStrik3r
09-23-2008, 04:17 PM
I use the Sennheisser HD 25.

gabrimix
10-06-2008, 05:32 AM
I love my sony MDR-7509

LEX
10-07-2008, 02:30 AM
If you're going for EW Orchestral mixing I think the SENNHEISER HD600 headphones are very good. Not a lot of "hype" to them, more of a warmer sound. I use them myself.

Al

Yes, those are good, very good. But I'd recommend spending a little extra for the HD650's.

I've had Grado's, stolen, and Grado's are great.

But, after spending a bunch on different headphones, not only do the HD650's sound like I put my JBL's on my ears, but they translate well to other speakers.

If you have to work late, or just want another perspective that is accurate, I wouldn't go anywhere but the HD650's.

I can trust them

LEX

A.Leung
10-07-2008, 02:39 AM
Ah - the 650's - definitley worth the extra cash. So smooth and laid back when it’s supposed to be and fluidly quick but punchy when it needs to be. sweeeeeeet.

Welcome back LEX. ;)

V o n h ö g e n
10-07-2008, 05:28 AM
Yes, those are good, very good. But I'd recommend spending a little extra for the HD650's.
(...)
If you have to work late, or just want another perspective that is accurate, I wouldn't go anywhere but the HD650's.

Ah - the 650's - definitley worth the extra cash. So smooth and laid back when it’s supposed to be and fluidly quick but punchy when it needs to be. sweeeeeeet.


I completely agree with Allan and Lex. The HD650's are very accurate and indeed worth every penny! If I had to change my setup, the last pieces of hardware I'd like to see replaced would be my HD650 headphones and the HS80m Yamaha monitors. In fact, I would not feel comfortable anymore delivering any track at all, cause I wouldn't know if I could trust a different setup.

I'd like to add that the HD650's are comfortable to wear as well. You may wonder if that's relevant info, but trust me, it matters if you have to work through the night to meet a deadline!

- Jerome Vonhögen

Vincent Bergbahn
10-07-2008, 07:38 AM
AKG 701

go to head room and do comparison graphs... you'll find it.

buy'em at Amazon.

nikolas
10-07-2008, 08:33 AM
I have the HD600, mainly for economical reason, and I have to say that I'm VERY happy! I'm pretty sure that the HD650 must be a step up, but with good monitors, and some (future) room treatment it seems, atm a bit reduantant to go for the HD650s! :)

Welcome back Lex! :)