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Monitor, Music, Games - Sony MDR-V6, Sennheiser HD-280 Pro or somethine similar?

post #1 of 16
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I'm pretty new to nicer headphones. I'm planning on purchasing my first pair of headphones that will cost me more than $20 and I really need some guidance. Forgive me if this is something that is posted all the time. I tried to look through the site but it can be a little overwhelming for a noob like me. Anyway, heres the scoop!

What I need my phones to do: Music Monitoring and listening, as well as sound isolation. I will probally use them with my ipod from time to time but not really all that often. I'll probally just use some crap earbuds when i do most of my walking. As for the monitoring, I create music (like many here do, i assume). I work mainly with electronic sounds, virtual strings, real guitars, some beats and some altered vocals. Think bands like sigur ros, amiina, album leaf, air, my bloody valentine, bjork. So i need something that really covers alot of bases. I also need the phones to do a fair amount of sound isolation since I have roomates and live in the city where backround noise can sometimes be bothersome. I also plan on using them on airplanes.

Besides all of that I would like to use them with my PSP from time to time, but that doesnt come in to the equation at all unless its some sort of weird tie breaker or something. Music monitoring and listening is the primary goal by far.

I've read ALOT about the Sony MDR-V6 and Sennheiser HD-280 Pros, as well as a few other headphones under $100 but I just cant find anything that really goes one way or another. It seems like the second I read about one being better i read something about it being worse. So if you have any advice or experience to share, please do. I need a good introduction to the audiophile world under $100.
post #2 of 16
fotm equation audio rp-21's would probably be a good choice.

and for walking around w/ mp3 player, you dont have to use crap earbuds. if you don't mind clip-ons, a very good and cheap solution is the koss ksc-75; at $15, they can not be beat. this is a universal consensus here.
post #3 of 16
i think the sony mdr v6 have a better legacy than the equation audio rp21

they're tried and true and pretty much an industry standard
post #4 of 16
V6s are very detailed, and every mixer/monitor needs to own the V6 in their collection. They are very neutral, mids are a tad recessed, IMO... but I like a U-shaped "Rock" EQ, honestly. In detailed cans, I look for highs and bass... this can delivers. Mids are also good quality, but just not quite as forward as my KSC75.
post #5 of 16
I don't like the mids on the V6, but other than that, they're good for monitoring and the bass goes deep. Highs also annoying me a bit, but nothing I can't tolerate.
post #6 of 16
i think i'm in the minority on this, but i owned both and preferred the 280s, especially for longer sessions. the v6s were never comfortable on my head for more than 30 minutes or so and i thought they were too trebly
post #7 of 16
I can't comment on the others, but I really like my HD280's.
post #8 of 16
+1 for the RP-21s, neutral, pretty much zero fatigue
post #9 of 16
Would IEM's be any good here? He needs sound isolation and to be able to focus on the music well. So i think a pair of IEM's would fit the bill?
Maybe something like the Shure E2c?
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Choo Choo View Post
I can't comment on the others, but I really like my HD280's.
Seconded, never heard the Sony though.
post #11 of 16
I found the V6 to be "shrill". The upper-mid/lower-high freqs really hurt my ears. They were too pronounced, IMO, coupled with some mid recession it just was painful. They do have good bass extension and if you can go beyond the shrillness or get used to it, it'll work fine.

RP-21 is supposed to be a monitor, but I've not heard it and it's FOTM now so there's lots of impressions on the board.
post #12 of 16
My 16 year old V6's are sweet & golden sounding compared to my 7506's. The 7506's can get sibilant sounding at times.
post #13 of 16
I think if you like loud music, V6 wouldn't be a problem in anyway... and would suit your purposes well.

Otherwise, you could prolly find the V6 a tad shrill... but most can adjust, if anything.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
wow, thanks for all of this info. i'm still torn but things are comming together well. i think i'll just roll the dice and check one of those pairs out and then try the others out later on down the road.

i do have one question that remains though, of the three headphones you guys are compairing, which has the best sound isolation?
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by kunterline View Post
i do have one question that remains though, of the three headphones you guys are compairing, which has the best sound isolation?
hd280 for sure
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