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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, first time posting here so I hope this is the right part of the forum to do this! wink.gif

 

Just wanting some advice really.

 

I'm after some new headphones to use as portable monitors (preferably cup, not in ear) I'm a music Tech lecturer and I need something with a reliable fairly flat frequency response so I can be grading and mixing things from my laptop on the fly.
I'm currently using AKG k271s and as beautiful as they sound i wondered if there was anything out there that is a little flatter. I want something fairly similar price/style/quality wise with a flatter frequency response. The kind of thing that's comfortable enough to be wearing for hours with a nice, crisp detailed sound. something between the £100 to £150 mark would be my ideal budget.
 
Any ideas/thoughts/recommendations?

 

Thanks so much! dt880smile.png

post #2 of 13

KRK KNS6400 or 8400.

post #3 of 13

This thread is a lot similar to mine and could help msmuse101 toobeyersmile.png

 

Could anyone help me out there?

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tangster View Post

KRK KNS6400 or 8400.

So you think KNS6400 would be better for mixing than K240 even with the closed-back design?

 

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post #5 of 13
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So you think KNS6400 would be better for mixing than K240 even with the closed-back design?

 

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Sadly I haven't had the chance to listen to the K240.

 

@OP, if you happen to be near Liverpool, feel free to come by mine to give the KNS8400 a spin.

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Sadly I live a 3 hour drive away from there, cheers for the offer though.

 

I've just been checking out the 8400s and they deff look to be bang on the money. We use KRK monitors in our studios at work and i've always been impressed with the sound they kick out(didn't even think to check out their headphones so a great shout there!). How do they compare to the ROKITs? Do they have a similar clarity?

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tangster View Post

Sadly I haven't had the chance to listen to the K240.

 

@OP, if you happen to be near Liverpool, feel free to come by mine to give the KNS8400 a spin.

 

But do you think there is much difference for mixing between open and closed designs?

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

There is a big difference. You get a closer (perhaps more compressed sound) with closed but you hear a lot less of the world and ambiance around you. I've always found it's down to preference. I'd always rather hear more of the music and less of the room so i've always worked with closed. Open gives you a bit of a truer sound but if you're working in a noisy environment, e.g. a classroom or a staff room like i do, they're no good. It's all down to what you want to use them for and where you're going to be using them. When in a quiet studio space I use monitor speakers but thats obviously not always practical.


Edited by msmuse101 - 2/14/13 at 1:23pm
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by msmuse101 View Post

Sadly I live a 3 hour drive away from there, cheers for the offer though.

 

I've just been checking out the 8400s and they deff look to be bang on the money. We use KRK monitors in our studios at work and i've always been impressed with the sound they kick out(didn't even think to check out their headphones so a great shout there!). How do they compare to the ROKITs? Do they have a similar clarity?

Not all that similar to the Rokits. Detail is there, but the imaging and the low end of the RP6 or higher is lost. Bit like the RP5 sound squashed into a headphone. If you can find a music store, they might let you audition them for a while, that's how I got mine.


Edited by Tangster - 2/14/13 at 1:44pm
post #10 of 13

I use Sony V6 for recording and mixing.

post #11 of 13

x2 Sony MDR-V6 or 7506. Magically detailed drivers, in 27 years not even Sony has beat them.

post #12 of 13

AKG k240m 600ohm should be good. there are alot on ebay used and with your £150, you can even buy two or three k240m!

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Dyaems View Post

AKG k240m 600ohm should be good. there are alot on ebay used and with your £150, you can even buy two or three k240m!


My K271s are top of the rage of that line. I'd be taking a step back with the 240s so no point. The response would be no flatter either. Thanks anyway :)

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