Topic: Headphones

Which do you use for your portable player or casual listening?

Which do you use in the studio?

What questions do you have about headphones?

Discuss here.

I bought these for my iPod when my Sennheiser CX-300's started pooping out on the right channel. Startred reading a few reviews and decided to try them out and bought them on Amazon for about $50 USD and found that they are really great. The output isn't as high as other models high but it's hot enough and it may not be so bad if you want to preserve your precious hearing. Which we should all be doing! It also means they don't distort at all (I imagine if you jack them all the way up you will get some dist.), the best part for me is the bass output, nice and round and not over-pronounced!

SONY MDR-EX85LP
http://www.dvtd.com/images/Sony_Phones.jpg

Review: http://www.pinoymac.org/forum/showthread.php?t=23145

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DJing= Sony MDR-V600 I have had the same pair since 1995.
Studio= AKG 240
Portable= V-Moda Bassfreq, free from work.

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i'm thinking about getting the Sennheiser hd-25 for studio use and maybe for livesets
because most monitoring systems don't seem to be on the same wavelength as i am..
To be able to check the status of the mix a little bit.

Does anyone have a solid reason not to get the hd-25?

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HD-25 rules, only problem is you get sweaty ears

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Which do you use for your portable player or casual listening?
Sennheiser cx300
http://techdigest.tv/sennheiser_cx-300_2_5mm_earphones.jpg
for the price, best suond you can buy. only 30 british sovs

Which do you use in the studio?
Sony MDR-V900
http://www.gigasales.nl/images/Sony_MDR_V900%5B1%5D.gif
most comfortable headphones ive ever had... and no sweaty ears for me. smile

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my portables are the koss porta pro. nice solid build for portables.
i prefer the on-ear design i feel there is less potential for hearing damage.
my first pair were savagely attacked by a room mates poodle while i was out. there was foam everywhere.
i replaced them soon after. and koss have a lifetime guarantee which is rare in this day and age.

http://www.mymemory.co.uk/images/product_shots/1991_1202548584.jpg


for dj-ing i have pioneer HDJ-1000. great sound but not comfortable for extended periods.

http://www.thefreshpage.com/uploads/images/gadgets/pioneer-hdj1000prodjheadphones.jpg


studio monitoring is done with sennheiser HD 25 SP. never will change these.

http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser/icm_eng.nsf/resources/0A54567D0BDE5136C12574030044AD77/$File/HD_25_SP_II_199px.jpg

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Thanks Communicator for re-opening this thread, cause I was about to smile

So the time has come for me to move in with my girlfriend...we're gonna be in a more "residential" and less "ghetto" part of town, so bumping tunes from my studio at all hours of the night is probably a thing of the past. So, basically looking for the best, accurate, balanced response studio headphones I can get...

Any recommendations?

I've heard good things about the AKG K240s and the Beyer-Dynamics...

thx!

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BMX wrote:

HD-25 rules, only problem is you get sweaty ears

Couldnt have said it better. They rule but you get wet ears

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What about the AKG K-701 for the studio? Heard good things in Sound on Sound a few times.

http://www.sinemedia.com/upload/_up_img/11539795350620715.jpg

Anyone tried them?

Last edited by Communicator (2008-07-13 19:31:55)

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using headphones in a studio environment is not a good idea. your mixes will be totally non-accurate when you play them on normal speakers.  if you use normal volumes and nearfield monitors, no one will be able to hear you. you don't need to mix at high volumes, as a matter of fact it's bad because your ears fatigue quicker.

i have one question about those small ipod type thingies. i normally hate them and have normal akg small headphones for my mp3 thing. however, if i use them on my bike, the wind noise is sometimes so bad i can hardly hear music. do those in-your-ear things eliminate wind noise because they are actually in your ear?

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Dez, you're welcome.

Rude, I'll ride on my bike with mine and get back to you on that.

I agree that final mixing decisions should not be made with the cans, but sometimes you have to keep working and not make a peep or just check the mix on cans cause you know people will listen on a portable player.

Everyone should check these SOS articles out:

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec03/a … phones.htm

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan07/a … phones.htm

Last edited by Communicator (2008-07-13 21:45:03)

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rude66 wrote:

using headphones in a studio environment is not a good idea. your mixes will be totally non-accurate when you play them on normal speakers.  if you use normal volumes and nearfield monitors, no one will be able to hear you. you don't need to mix at high volumes, as a matter of fact it's bad because your ears fatigue quicker.

i have one question about those small ipod type thingies. i normally hate them and have normal akg small headphones for my mp3 thing. however, if i use them on my bike, the wind noise is sometimes so bad i can hardly hear music. do those in-your-ear things eliminate wind noise because they are actually in your ear?

I agree with the headphones in the studio, especially while mixdown.

Any of those in ear type phones are made to eliminate outside noise, but I would imagine that if they were a very no aerodynamic shape, there still might be some wind noise. I have ridden my bike with the V-moda ones and cab report that they are dangerously good. You can't hear almost anything besides the music with them in...

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the argument about checking for ''portable listeners'' is a good one, i never actually considered that as i mix for vinyl. but apart from that, if you have to use cans for some reason, there's no choice. but in general i find speakers much easier to mix on.
also i have 2 friends that were dedicated headphone mixers, and both of them have hearing problems right now..

as for the in-ear things and wind noise that's good news, otoh it might be handy if they let some outside sound come through, especially here with the bike lanes rather busy and shared by scooters and such. do all of them close of your ears like that, or is there a more open variety too? i'm not so much interested in things like bass response, as i like to play more ambient stuff while riding..

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I hear that Rude, hearing loss is no joke. And yes, the near-fields are first when working and the cans are supplemental.

The Sennheiser CX 300s let in NO outside noise but the Sonys in my 1st post actually have an opening (see left bud below) that let's out a bit of the sound and lets some in, I think I read somewhere when researching that it helps the sound output in some way. I noticed that I can hear more of the outer noise with the Sonys and I don't mind. Sometimes w/ the CX's it would be a bit annoying cause all the noises you make inside - chewing, heavy breathing, hard farting etc would be audible because of the tight seal between ears and phones.

http://www.butterflysleep.com/theanimaster/images/ex85-phones.jpg

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rude66 wrote:

using headphones in a studio environment is not a good idea. your mixes will be totally non-accurate when you play them on normal speakers.  if you use normal volumes and nearfield monitors, no one will be able to hear you. you don't need to mix at high volumes, as a matter of fact it's bad because your ears fatigue quicker.

No, I totally agree...It's not an ideal situation.

I wouldn't use them for any kind of mix down...more just when I want to play around late night...

Just looking for something with an accurate response that will most closely resemble the sound I would hear coming from my monitors.

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about those in-ear portable headphones; how is the contact noise when the wires are rubbing?

i got a cheap pair of sony freebees, but especially the thin single wires leading to the phones create noise when they rub against clothes etc. and since they're mainly used portable, this happens a lot.
and humming along just-out-of-tune is also not possible since i can hear myself hehe.

maybe those SONY MDR-EX85LP's from CommunicatoR are what i need. i'd like to hear some outside noise.

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DJing-I used Sennheiser HD-25 for djing for a couple of years, then switched to Pioneer HDJ-1000 for about 12 months, which was how long they lasted, they're made of shitty plastic which breaks around the joints  after minor use. Ive now switched back to Sennheiser, this time HD 25-1, I like the way you can twist them to rest on your shoulder. They're also tough as old boots and can withstand a decent battering.

Studio- AKG 271, super comfortable with better sound and isolation than the HD-25 imo


Portable- Shure, great sound, like being in a club when you whack em up.

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My Sony MDR 700's lasted no time, like 6 months and they were very rarely used.

Last edited by Guyver 303 (2008-07-16 19:50:40)

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haven't used headphones in 3 years lal

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I'm watching my parent's house while their on vacation at the moment, so I decided to have a look around. In the attic I found these gathering dust:

http://pt.wikizic.org/1-018-018669-AKG-K1000.jpg

Last edited by Robot Monster (2008-07-17 09:06:15)

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Wow RObot Monster those look like microphones for the ears !!

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Yeah, they look truly bizarre. The weirdest part is that no part of the set actually touches anywhere near your ears at all. Going to try them out when I get back from work, but I'm not sure how much sound I'll get from them. From what I've read about them it seems like they should have their own amp and I couldn't find one, when searchign through the attic.

some review on the net wrote:

The biggest downside was that the K-1000 were VERY, VERY, VERY inefficient headphones -

Last edited by Robot Monster (2008-07-17 13:36:44)

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http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/8329/dsc00025cj2.jpg


AKG K181 DJ , ..DON'T buy these fuckers..
i bought these cause they have swivel joints at those crucial stress points...thought they might last, but no...ghetto-ass mtf headphones held together with masses of gaffa tape

I just don't like sennheiser, but they seem to be the only ones that really last

no idea what ones i'm gonna buy when they ones finally disintergrate

Let's get Dumb

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i got AKG K171s http://net.it007.com/Product_Photo/15110.jpg
got them cus i like its panzer commander looks,
but AKGs are sonova-bs, they don't sell replacement leather pads

are these supposed to be "studio" headphones? been using them when DJ-ing, is that not good? what is the difference between these "studio" headphones and those sony/pioneer/technics "DJ" headphones?

Last edited by chairman chen (2008-07-18 06:55:44)

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For live and dj-ing I use cheap Stanton dj pro 3000's. They are fine for this, and if you take out the batteries that make the blue leads flash on the ear cup you don't look like a 15 year old trance dj either wink Seriously, I got these because their warranty is much better than with Sony and they are a lot cheaper. In the studio I never use headphones, but I should still have some AKG K240 M headphones lying around somewhere.

Does anybody have a suggestion for good headphones, preferably cheap and comfortable (light and good fit) for monitoring voices?

Last edited by Brian Chinetti (2008-07-18 07:52:58)

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