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.