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Right now I need closed headphones for actual professional monitoring needs. Not to sit home to enjoy music, rather, think of this as "mission critical". So the requirements are simple: As flat and as detailed as possible, all while remaining durable for outdoor (sometimes sheer wilderness) uses.

Source device is a Sony PCM-D50, unamped.

Budget: Below $250 USD. I have the Sennheiser HD215 right now and I'm getting the feeling that they're no longer proper for what I need. Maybe ATH-M40fs? They claim a "flat response". Or the Sony MDR-7506?

Thank you very much.

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post #2 of 58

You can check out headphone.com, they have a ton of headphones and frequency responses graph for almost every set.

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Yes, in that case it would be the ER-4S (D50 has way too much power for 4P). But I never dared to get the ER-4 because of the sheer fear of the tri-flanges. Many Chinese audiophiles claimed anything from stuck sleeve to otitis media.

post #5 of 58

How about these: Beyer DT-48A-00

 

DT-48A-00-2T.jpg

 

$330 with 25% off discount.

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The Maestro one, IIRC, has the same frame structure as the DBI PRO-700. If that is true than I cannot wear it. Too small.

The DT-48's price... Is quite a bit.

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The Maestro one, IIRC, has the same frame structure as the DBI PRO-700. If that is true than I cannot wear it. Too small.

 



You can change the pads...and you'll get even more flat FQ

post #8 of 58

Hmmm... Seems that the T50rp is right up your ally. The frequency response is pretty flat from what I remember. 

post #9 of 58

t50rp sounds more lifelike must be an ortho thing.

 

More fuller body to it.

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t50rp sounds more lifelike must be an ortho thing.

 

More fuller body to it.

 Exactly, especially on live recordings, it almost feels like you're there when they are recorded correctly.

 

To the OP: If you decide to go with the T50rp I wouldn't get into modding them as it might change the FR. It sure does sound good when you put them in a wood inclosure but I bet it's not good for monitoring purposes. 

post #11 of 58

DT48E...25ohms version...probably even flatter than the Fostex and fantastic clarity throughout the mids. A 3 time Oscar winning location sound engineer used them exclusively FWIR

post #12 of 58

^^ for the Fostexs you'll need a good amp.

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CD900 ST? Oh no, those are rare and pricey...

 

The DT48E with new ear pads is a good option, especially for acoustic life performances. If low budget is more to your liking I would try a HD428 and I am not joking. 

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ATH-M40fs does indeed have a somewhat linear response and yes they are quite detailed, I listened to a pair for quite some time, almost a year. Though it was always plugged to a Roland mixer, which did amp them, so I'm not sure how they perform unamped.

post #15 of 58

AKG K240. I know of at least one musician who mastered his albums using these.

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