I use headphones a lot for when I am editing video, which of course involves editing sound.
Headphones are great for editing sound and in particular editing speech or, for example, substituting bits of "atmos" for bits of unwanted recorded sound, there are many tasks like this when editing sound. This editing of sound is quite an art and one which, if I say so myself, I am good at. I first started editing sound in the 80s when I started working in radio for the BBC. Then it was 1/4" tape of course.
The best headphones I have for editing sound are my AKG K702s. These are extremely accurate and give really superb detail which is vital for the kind of editing I've described. I use these with a good solid state amplifier (either my up-market Sugden or my budget Pro-ject, either is just as good).
When I come to stereo placement (which is later in the editing process, close to the end) I use my Rogers db101 speakers. These I have ideally positioned for near-field monitoring. My Rogers db101 speakers are driven by my Sugden amplifier which is very accurate.
Music I use is mostly added without any need for mixing. However I do edit music a lot to fit within sequences. For editing music I do use headphones. If I were mixing music a lot I would get suitable speakers (freq range going down much further than my current Rogers) and I would use those.
My experience is that headphones are superb for editing sound, but usually not very good for mixing music.
Edited by p a t r i c k - 5/10/13 at 5:19am