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Headphones for a friend who plays acoustic guitar

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My friend who plays acoustic guitar wants a pair of sond MDR-X10's with the reason that beats vocals sound underwater-like (Finally someone gets it). I warned him saying that MDR-X10s are bassy too, and are also underwater-like. He doesn't like swampy bass, but he also can stand anemic bass either. Do you guys know of any comfortable, stylish, closed and balanced headphones that do an acoustic guitar justice for around 300 usd?

 

Edit:He's also recording music, and he needs proper studio monitors. It makes me cringe when he masters on his brother's turtle beaches or 20 dollar logitech speakers.


Edited by Gallade475 - 11/10/12 at 5:16pm
post #2 of 17
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comfortable, stylish, closed and balanced headphones that do an acoustic guitar justice for around 200?

 

V-Moda M-80.

post #3 of 17
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I think i'll go with Warrenpchi and get the m-100, because he doesn't like supra-aural, and the m100 is also about 300 bucks.

post #4 of 17

LOL, it said $200 before!  biggrin.gif  Otherwise I'd have said the M-100 without hesitation!  But yeah, he would probably like that a lot.

 

Nice avatar BTW... smile.gif

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LOL, it said $200 before!  biggrin.gif  Otherwise I'd have said the M-100 without hesitation!  But yeah, he would probably like that a lot.

Yeah, i said that not realizing that the X-10 was 300 dollars. I think it will be a match for him, but the only problem, is that he also wants to record music, and m100s aren't very neutral from what I gather. Anything that could also be used as studio monitors but are easy to drive, maybe the K550?

post #6 of 17

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros. That's what I recommend.

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Anything that could also be used as studio monitors but are easy to drive, maybe the K550?

 

Hmm, can't say as I haven't auditioned them yet.  Maybe, given all considerations, one of the newer ATH-M50 (the less bassy ones) might be better as an all-arounder?  If the "stylish" requirement is important, maybe one of the white ones?  BTW, have not heard these either so this isn't a rec, just a suggestion as something to look into.

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Hmm, can't say as I haven't auditioned them yet.  Maybe, given all considerations, one of the newer ATH-M50 (the less bassy ones) might be better as an all-arounder?  If the "stylish" requirement is important, maybe one of the white ones?  BTW, have not heard these either so this isn't a rec, just a suggestion as something to look into.

I can't say that any ath m50 is very neutral. the new revision is still bassy on a grand scheme, but not neutral enough to monitor with.

post #9 of 17

The AKG K271 MKII's aren't super stylish, but they are very comfortable, pretty well rounded, with an excellent mid range.

post #10 of 17

Well, here's the problem right?  "Neutral" and "stylish" go together like a "nerd" and a "hot chick"...  It can happen, but there's usually a lot of money involved - or the neutral cans are very, very funny with an excellent sense of humor.  Just got a hold of some Fostex T50RP myself - and I like them for their evenness and balance.  But they're neither stylish nor sexy.
 

post #11 of 17
I'd agree with the M50 being a bad pick too. No soundstage and boomy. redface.gif

If we could live with open cans, the Grado SR-225i and Ultrasone HFI-2400 would both get him where he wants to go. But since that probably won't fly, you might steer him towards the AT ATH-ESW9 (they're colored, but it's not ridiculous - realize you will *never* get truly flat and accurate from a headphone, and you should be mastering with monitors anyways), they're closed, and they do very well with acoustic music. If you're okay going a bit over budget, the Kenwood KH-K1000 are a very good choice.

Finally, especially since Best Buy sells them, the Sennheiser HD380Pro would be worth a look. You could try the K550 while you're there, but they're not "flat and accurate" either. They also aren't super bassy. I'm not a big fan of the K550. redface.gif
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I'd agree with the M50 being a bad pick too. No soundstage and boomy. redface.gif
If we could live with open cans, the Grado SR-225i and Ultrasone HFI-2400 would both get him where he wants to go. But since that probably won't fly, you might steer him towards the AT ATH-ESW9 (they're colored, but it's not ridiculous - realize you will *never* get truly flat and accurate from a headphone, and you should be mastering with monitors anyways), they're closed, and they do very well with acoustic music. If you're okay going a bit over budget, the Kenwood KH-K1000 are a very good choice.
Finally, especially since Best Buy sells them, the Sennheiser HD380Pro would be worth a look. You could try the K550 while you're there, but they're not "flat and accurate" either. They also aren't super bassy. I'm not a big fan of the K550. redface.gif

 

And no mid range.

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Do you guys know of any comfortable, stylish, closed and balanced headphones that do an acoustic guitar justice for around 300 usd?


Sounds like the Brainwavz HM5 to me. "Stylish" is something he'll have to decide for himself, but I've never had a more comfortable pair of closed headphones. I use them for recording/mixing and they perform very well in that area.

post #14 of 17
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well, he doesn't mind the look of grados or akgs, i guess i could strike stylish off of the list, and just see what he wants the most.

post #15 of 17

Heya,

 

Shure SRH840

Beyer DT770 (Premium not Pro; these will have to be used)

Ultrasone PRO 750 & PRO 650

Denon D2000 (used)

Sony MDRZX700

Sony MDR1R

AudioTechnica A900 A700, A700X, A900X

Sennheiser HD380 PRO

AKG K550

AKG K271 MKII & K272 HD

KRK KNS 6400 & 8400

 

Very best,

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