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post #9946 of 29490

I am new to Head-Fi, so Hallo :), and also staring to help out on the sound engineering side. I am learning as I go, and I still have a long road to walk, thus I am asking a bit of help! I am helping out (mixing) a church band, and I am part of a different band as well. The problem I have at the moment is that the church venue is extremely reflective and I cannot always discern what frequency is making the vocals 'muddy' or the guitars too thin and so on (the band ranges from just vocals & guitar, to a six piece set incl. drums & sax). So I was hoping that if I baught a good set of monitoring headphones, I would be able to more accurately determine where my input is at fault. (Esp. the mics, which sounds like they have a peak at around 400-800Hz, but I want to be more accurate)

 

What I would like to know, is: "What headphone can be used as a Front of House monitoring aid?" Something that doensn't colour the input signal too much, so I can know when too cut or boost certain frequencies, and then listen to the speakers to hear if it 'blends' correctly. Something that isolates well so that the FOH speakers and stage monitors (esp. in a small venue) doesnt affect what you are hearing in the headphone too much. I need to discern what headphone works for mixing/monitoring as this application is definitely different to using the phones for gaming or portable applications.

 

If I am going about this the wrong way, please stop me. If not, this is the 2 headphones I have considered for monitoring in a loud and reflective environment:

1) Sennheiser HD280 Pro- 64ohm (this suits my budget best, in my country its about 130USD)

2) Audio Technica ATH-M50 (works out to 260USD where I am)        (the reviews are quite awesome on this headphone)

 

I have looked at the Sennheiser HD 380 pro, but I am worried about the mid to highs that doesn't have enough detail and or peaks in those areas.

 

Others I have considered (briefly looked at);

Sennheiser HD25-1-II (about 300USD), Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro-80 (350USD), AKG K 271 MK II (220USD).

 

My first thought was to just buy the Sennheiser HD280's and live with them. I am not listening to music for hours on end, it's short monitoring sessions (and maybe a song or so on my phone :D) I am worried though that I should not rather fork out a "little" more to hear more accurately, more detailed, with hopefully less 'colouring'.

 

What would be your suggestions? Another thing is, I have easy access to Sennheiser, some access to AKG, but Beyerdynamic or Audio Technica I'll probably have to import myself. Thus I have no experience with these mentioned last. Most of my reading has gone into Sennheiser VS Audio Technica. But the reading is taking its toll on me and I need an ouside look to what would suit my application.

 

Thank you kindly, in advance!!

 

PS. As I cannot listen to all the headphones, your advice and other reviews are of great importance to me.

post #9947 of 29490

Go with the HD280. They are a solid headphone and the best value for you. They have a pretty flat frequency response which is good for the production side of things, and also isolate better than any of the other options short of the DT770.

post #9948 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

 

If the Shure 840 is not enough bass... you're into Sony XB700 and Ultrasone Pro900 territory then.

 

The shure does not have much bass, I would class it as a light headset. Compared to DT770-80ohms very light:)

Ultrasone pro900 way to expensive.

Was thinking about the pro 500 maybe?
 

 

post #9949 of 29490

Or what about shure srh940? what is the sound compared to the srh840? and comfort

post #9950 of 29490
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Or what about shure srh940? what is the sound compared to the srh840? and comfor

no bass on 940s

post #9951 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mikkelmmk93 View Post

The shure does not have much bass, I would class it as a light headset. Compared to DT770-80ohms very light:)

Ultrasone pro900 way to expensive.

Was thinking about the pro 500 maybe?
 

 


You'll want the Pro750 at least.

 

post #9952 of 29490

Hello there ladies and gentlemen of head-fi, I am new to this forum.
I'm looking at getting full sized headphones to use while studying both at my dorm and the library, so sound leakage in a library setting is a concern. Also, my roommate can get pretty loud, so noise cancellation is also a concern. I listen to mostly classic rock, but I also listen to classical music and jazz. I've only ever heard the sony mdr-xb700's (which I really disliked) and bose AE2's (which I really liked).

 

I'm looking to spend less than $150 on headphones + (amp if needed for ipod use) and while I've heard great things about the Grado's, I'm concerned about their sound leakage in a library, noise cancellation of my roommate and how well they would perform with classical music and jazz. I've looked at the Grado sr80i-sr60i, the Audio-Technica ath-m50, Sennheiser HD555-HD280 Pro, Koss Pro DJ 100 and am open to other recommendations.

 

What do the resident audiophiles suggest?

post #9953 of 29490
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no bass on 940s


Thanks!

 

I have been thinking about the dt880 or dt990 but am I right that they leak a lot?

 

post #9954 of 29490
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Thanks!

 

I have been thinking about the dt880 or dt990 but am I right that they leak a lot?

 



dt880 semi open medium leak

DT990 fully open lotsa leak

post #9955 of 29490
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Originally Posted by irate-turtles View Post

Hello there ladies and gentlemen of head-fi, I am new to this forum.
I'm looking at getting full sized headphones to use while studying both at my dorm and the library, so sound leakage in a library setting is a concern. Also, my roommate can get pretty loud, so noise cancellation is also a concern. I listen to mostly classic rock, but I also listen to classical music and jazz. I've only ever heard the sony mdr-xb700's (which I really disliked) and bose AE2's (which I really liked).

 

I'm looking to spend less than $150 on headphones + (amp if needed for ipod use) and while I've heard great things about the Grado's, I'm concerned about their sound leakage in a library, noise cancellation of my roommate and how well they would perform with classical music and jazz. I've looked at the Grado sr80i-sr60i, the Audio-Technica ath-m50, Sennheiser HD555-HD280 Pro, Koss Pro DJ 100 and am open to other recommendations.

 

What do the resident audiophiles suggest?

 

Cross any open headphones off your list. Grados will probably get you kicked out of the library. A Senn HD280/380 would be very good choices for isolation, and they don't really need an amp either. 
 

 

post #9956 of 29490

Ok so im gonna be yet another sob asking for advice, feel free to help :)

 

I have an Essence one, my long term plan is to upgrade later on to a better dac/amp but for now I am after a pair of cans.

So I have already tested pretty much all the beyer range, sens as well, audeze lcd-2s and the akg q701 which I actually owned for a week.

The q701s were good, but after listening to the T1s I just couldnt love them... the T1s soundstage made me twist my head right to that first song off the ultrasone test cd, was sure someone started playing outside or something.

 

Anyways back to the point, I have tried the sens hd650s - felt caged in, and hd800s which were very good, but the bass impact just wasnt enough.

 

When I tried the LCD-2s I felt that the bass impact was awesome, but perhaps slightly exaggerated? but the soundstage and clarity just wasnt the same as the T1 (didnt make me want to turn my head to check if a musician was actually playing right next to me)

 

I tested these 3 headphones on a lehmann cube just FYI.

 

Basically, I am lost, It seems people follow the hd800 so much, but only a select few follow the T1? not that it matters but it makes me think that maybe theres a reason for this? I mean am i better off spending a bit more and getting hd800s?

 

I should probably mention that my favourite genres are electronica (house,psytrance,trance) but i must highlight, THIS DOES NOT MEAN IM A BASS HEAD, to me the denon d5000s were just too coloured and same with the hd650s. but then again the hd800 impact is really lacking.

 

Also, can the T1 be converted to balanced input easily? (im an electrical engineer but not a good solderer) the other question is, is balanced THAT important when i dont really get any noticable noise anyways?

 

either way, if i got the T1 i think id try to get the Woo Audio 2 later on as it seems like a great match from what i hear.

 

opinions are welcome :)

post #9957 of 29490

Most of us grunts here have played more with the midfi gear. You're better off poking around in the high end forum to get some better advice. Your toys are way beyond my pay grade... 

post #9958 of 29490

folks,does anyone has experience to tell me if there is a (more probably a solid state) amp that would give to an hd800 some more warmth signature?

i was been thinking on a auditor,leben or....

thanks in advance

post #9959 of 29490

 

Okay, So I've recently began looking for a new pair of headphones,, after having the Sennheiser 280s for about 2 years, I got tired of them and wanted something with more color / bass, etc. Since then, I've tried the Ultrasone 900 (Didn't like them at all, way too much bass and high end and barely any mid at all), Sennheiser HD-25 (I was impressed with the quality, sound isolation, size, durability, and sound quality, but not quite enough mid range once again), and the Sony MDR-v700 (I actually really liked the sound of these because they have a really driving mid range which is what I like, and some decent bass, but not enough clarity and high end as well as they give music a weird tone / color that I didn't like as much, as well as being reall plasticky and seeming like they won't last a long time due to build quality). I really mainly listen to my iPhone and mostly hear electronic music, especially Drum & Bass and Dubstep, along with some Electro House and some Rock here and there, and occasionally some hip hop. I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones that have decent bass (not too overpowering) , good high end, nice clarity and no weird colors, and ESPECIALLY a great driving mid-range because those are the frequencies where you can really FEEL the most sounds, other than sub bass such as growling basses, and drums, especially snares. So are there any recommendations you guys can give me, remember, especially for mid range? I was looking at the Sennheiser 380 and some Shure SRH840 but I'm not sure if they would be worth it. I'm yet to find a pair of perfect headphones, and my budget is anywhere up to 250 at most. I really hope you guys here can help me out! Thanks so much in advance, 

 

- Sebas.  

post #9960 of 29490

Hey guys, back from taking a bit of looking around for my ideal headphones from maybe two pages back. I got good help, but I like keeping my options open.

 

Anyway, my budget is 70-120 (maybe 130 if they're really that good...), but the thing is, they MUST be able to be found on amazon.CA and have had bad experiences ordering from other non-mega-distributor companies. Amazon just has fair prices (not the lowest, but not the highest), absolutely GODLY support, and I just like it.

 

Anyway, so far I'm definetely looking to UPGRADE from my Panasonic RP-DJS400 headphones that keep breaking, and so far, here are my options.

 

Sony MDR-V6: http://www.amazon.ca/Sony-Audio-Monitor-Headphones-MDRV6/dp/B00001WRSJ

Shure SRH750DJ: http://www.amazon.ca/Shure-SRH750DJ-Professional-DJ-Headphones/dp/B002PAQYK8/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt

 

I've heard both were good for my price range. Something else I should mention is that a Fiio E6 is being shipped to me in the mail, so any headphones that require portable amplifications (the very few that do), are fine for the options too :)

 

Also, I've heard the Grado SR60's are good too, but the version on amazon.ca are these; http://www.amazon.ca/Grado-SR60i-Prestige-Headphones-Black/dp/B0006DPMU4 . Which are the SR60i 's? Are these totally different headphones?

 

Anyway, my main goals for these headphones (not in any order):

- Better than my old Panasonic ones.

- VERY DURABLE. THIS IS A BIG ONE. My Panasonics broke 2 times in 2.5 months. Not cool. Also I'm a more active lad of 15 years and go outside a lot. They need to be able to withstand long walks and going through detour trails into nature and stuff xD

 - Sound quality has to be very good of course :) I listen to pretty much EVERYTHING, BUT; I rarely listen to classical, country, jazz, orchestra, and I do not like super powerful muddy basses. I like powerful bass, but dont overwhelm me :).

- Comfortable. These headphones are NOT my "home pair", they are my "LIFE pair". They will be with me at home in my silent room, and out with me at school amongst all the people. They'll be with me out doing some walks, and on the bus with me. EVERYWHERE with me. They gotta be comfy on the neck and on the ears.

- Portability. While the actual weight of the headphones themselves dont matter too much to me (whats the difference REALLY between 50g on your shoulders. One of the strongest weight-bearing moduels of your body? Not much to me.), the chord cant be straight and 3m long. It's impractical. I went out the other day to try out the MDR-V600s, and they're comfy, but the coiled wire is heavy. I mean, i can live with it, but the chord weight is pretty important (also yes, I know the V6 and V600s are different :) )

 

So what are my other options? I really would like to have a nice wide variety of options. Also remember, if they arent on amazon.ca, I cant get em. I just am sick and tired of getting screwed around my smaller companies, no matter how good other people claim they are. Espiecally when it's a christmas gift for myself ;)

 

Thanks! That's all I can think of for now, but will give more details later if I can think of any.

 

Edit: Also, forgot to mention, I usually do 85% Music, 14% Gaming, 1% Movies, Music Mixing, Skype, Misc if that matters.


Edited by elemein - 12/8/11 at 8:19pm
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