I know mixing on headphones is far from ideal or recommended, but given the fact that I have to work on the move a lot, have to keep volume levels down often, and just cannot afford a decent set of monitors for the foreseeable future, I need to use headphones as my primary production/mix environment for now, with checks on other equipment when I can manage it, of course.
I live in India, so I have limited choices. I also have constrained budget (nothing above USD $200, which works out to around 10000 Indian rupees). From what's available to me, I'm currently debating between the Shure SRH840 and Audio Technica ATH-M50, but I'm definitely looking for suggestions around the same price range (100$ - 200$), from the brands that I can find here (Shure, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, KRK, Beyerdynamic).
Audio Technica ATH-M50 - General opinion on these seems to be very favourable, and they're incredibly popular and universally acclaimed. I'm worried about the reported big, unrealistic bass, though, which I've heard being described as exaggerated, inaccurate and misleading to a fault. IEspecially for production and mixing applications. I've also read opinions about its somewhat recessed mids, which would be a problem for me. The frequency response graph on Head Room (http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID=2941) also illustrates that boost in the bass, above and below 100 Hz.
Shure SRH840 - These aren't very popular (yet?), and finding opinions on these, specfically when compared to the Audio Technica model, is hard. I've read a few opinions on them being more detailed, clear, revealing and balanced than the ATH-M50, but I'm looking for more people who've used these headphones in a studio/production environment to chime in on how they perform specifically for those purposes. The Head Room graph does indicate a wide lower-mids and bass hump, though (http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID=913), so they're also far from the ideal 'flat'.
M-Audio Q40 - Again, not much tangible information on these, no frequency response graph on Head Room either. I've heard they're a little bloated in the mid-bass, but no serious complaints. Then again, too few and scattered opinions to be guided by.
Contenders? (within the $200 bracket) - I'm open to suggestions within this price range as well, but from all my research, the above three models, especially the Audio Technica and the Shure seem to be my best bet for my specific purpose.
The thing is, I know frequency response graphs are only half the story, and are also not to be taken as perfectly precise. I've also heard about the Shure getting more balanced especially in the low-end, after significant burn-in.
Can anyone help me pick between these three headphones, or offer alternatives specifically suited for a production/mix environment? This is urgent, as I have to pick by the end of the month.
Edited by DanielKRego - 10/26/11 at 3:29am