Guys, I have a question.
Does a neutral sound sound boring? I ask because I'm interested between the 4.a or 8.a and while I listen to a lot of indie/progressive rock and enjoy a good bass, I also am trying to get into recording music. Would the 8.A be unsuitable for this? I think the 4.A would be more suitable but I'm scared of having a boring sound.
I've only had the SM3 and otto eq-7's before this. I prefer the SM3's bigger bass and soundstage but I also prefer the natural sound of the eq-7's.
I don't know what I want! And the price jump is pretty significant between the 4.A and the 8.A...
A neutral sound sounds neutral. whether it's boring depends on your ears and taste. I myself was never a big fan of an overly neutral sound, as I like warmth and "fun". Others however, prefer the neutral and somewhat analytical sound - it's all a matter of preference and taste, just like one girl would be extremely attractive to my eyes and you wouldn't consider her attractive at all - it's all subjective, and the same goes for headphones.
I haven't heard the 8.A yet, so I can't rate is as a monitor for recording, but generally I would advice against "musical/fun" headphones for mastering and recording, as you wan't to get a sound as neutral as possible when doing this.
Another way for you to go could be getting the 3.A which is supposedly the 8.A's "little brother" as far as I've understood it and use the extra cash for a set of ety's or something like that. But to be honest, I'm sure you will enjoy the 4.A. I haven't read many thoughts on it, as very few people own it at this point (Heir is a young company), but if I remember correctly Sinocelt has it, and is very pleased with his.
To revert to the recording issue, I know musicians using extremely colored speakers and headphones for both mixing and mastering, and they're quite successful, so really, it can be done.
Edited by Staal - 1/8/12 at 8:52am