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cheap studio recording/mixing headphones, sennheiser hd 201 or AKG K-44MKII

post #1 of 7
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need a backup pair for my home. they're both 20 bucks right now and that's all I want to spend. I know neither pair will be the greatest but I'm not looking for the greatest. I've never really used any headphones under 40-50 bucks for recording  so I was wondering if anyone had any input on these 2 models.  just looking for the pair with the most accurate sound as they'll be used for recording and mixing in a pinch. thanks

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD201-Lightweight-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0007XJSQC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1333979270&sr=8-2

 

http://www.guitarcenter.com/AKG-K-44MKII-Headphones-105153514-i1469833.gc


Edited by STEIMLEM - 4/9/12 at 6:48am
post #2 of 7

The best you're likely to get is "OK" in this price range.  I go a another model # cheap AKG and it was garbage.  The cheap Senn will beat that.  However, if I were crap shooting in this price range, I would put my chips on the Monoprice Hi-Fi DJ Style Headphone.  See:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/569239/monoprice-hi-fi-dj-style-headphone-review

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thanks, the akg's aren't completely cheap though. they usually retail for like 50$ and get excellent reviews on amazon and musician store websites but are on sale for 20  which is why i threw them into the discussion.  if anyone has any personal use with the akgs i would greatly appreciate any input.

post #4 of 7
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thanks for the monoprice link as well i'll consider those too.  i've ordered cheapo cables from them and been quite satisfied

post #5 of 7

Stay away from the Monoprice for recording or any critical listening. They're far from a flat signature, and will skew all your mixes. At your price range, the HD201 is your best bet.

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ok thanks a lot .  i was leaning towards them because of the free shipping too.   like i said im not expecting much from any of the models listed i just want some cheap backups to use that will 'get the job done" when needed. accurate sound and sound isolation/no bleeding  is most important . looks like ill get a pair of 201's .

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Originally Posted by STEIMLEM View Post

ok thanks a lot .  i was leaning towards them because of the free shipping too.   like i said im not expecting much from any of the models listed i just want some cheap backups to use that will 'get the job done" when needed. accurate sound and sound isolation/no bleeding  is most important . looks like ill get a pair of 201's .

I've owned two pairs; they're nothing special, but they'll get the job done and are the most accurate at your price range.
 

 

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