Hi all, my first post here. I've read all I could find and posted questions about this on Gearslutz, but thought I'd come straight to the source (which was recommended there anyway).
My housing situation dictates that I pretty much have to use my own bedroom for composing/mixing, and my project is heavily 70's-influenced, with some dance-y parts, so although I am not too concerned with subsonic bass, it wouldn't hurt either. I am mostly looking for the most accurate phones under $250 for critical listening, and not so much for enjoyment.
I originally narrowed my picks down to the K701/702 and DT880's, but had to drop the AKG's due to complaints about "pain bumps" (long night session comfort is important to me, as well as heat dissipation, hence open-back), but more importantly, because I do not use animal products, laugh if you will. The Beyers on the other hand, seem great, but many mention their harsh high end, so I am hesitant. Someone pointed me to the Denon AHD2000, and Dave Rat's comparison on youtube seems to confirm them being very adequate for the job. Still, they are closed, and also, I'd like to hear more pros and cons for either.
If anything, I may go for those and pick a cheaper open back pair as a second reference. Heck, I may like it enough as it is, who knows. Presently, I am considering the AKG K240 (studio or mkII) vs ATH-AD700, and would appreciate any and all input. I've seen the AT's referred to as "anemic" and such, but please keep in mind my application for them, which might be different from those seeking pleasure. Overall, I am leaning toward the 240's, but could someone please clarify what material the headband on those is made of? I am hoping that them being cheaper, it's some sort of synthetic.
Forgot to mention, that I will be using them with the Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP interface, which also made me hesitant toward the Beyers and 70x's - as it may not drive them adequately?
Thanks in advance!
Edited by MikeN - 9/11/11 at 4:50pm