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Filmmaker music enthousiast looking for one pair.

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Greetings everyone,

 

I looked for help on my usual (French) forums before deciding to register here and ask.

 

SHORT VERSION : 

 

I'm looking for a pair od headphones that are just as good (soundwise) as the HD380 but more confortable (the Sennheiser are too tight for me) and also more portable so that I can listen to music outside withtout looking like a dork.

 

 

LONG VERSION : 

 

I've been looking for headphones for the last months when my newly sound educated ear is getting more and more annoyed by the crappy sound delivering systems i'm feeding it (the quality of the audio files might also factor in somewhat). I've been using in-ear for years now but I want to move up and get some good stuff. Now to the second point. 

 

I'm an amateur filmmaker, I make short movies with friends for fun and hoping to get better and to deliver some kick-ass stuff later on. The first few years, I wall all about the picture, the camera, the lighting, the grading and whatnot. The first time I encountered sound was on my first "serious" shoot when I plugged an MK400 Sennheiser microphone on my camera and thought it would be enough to get good sound. Oh God, was I ever more wrong on something ? Ever since, I learned (mostly the hard way) how "sound is half the experience" in a movie. Today, I'm much more aware of sound design and sound mixing (although to a much later extent than the former), maybe even too much as I'm now the one who drives the rest of the crew crazy about how good I want my sound. Anyway, although I've no desire into becoming a sound designer or mixer, I want to put my fingers in it. I want to experiment and learn the basics of sound post-production on my next movie projects.

 

The headphones I'm looking for would have to suit both need (portable music and "studio quality-ish" (please keep in mind I'm far from being anywhere near as audiophile as you guys are)). All that being said, last week I impulsively ordered the Sennheiser's HD380, thinking they would do the trick. And I was wrong : the HD380 are far from being portable (size, weight, cable) and they apply a good deal of pressure on my ears which I find uncomfortable. I understand that headphones do loosen up given some time but I also understand that Sennheiser is knows for their tight headphones. BUT, soundwise... I don't think I'm exaggerating when I'm saying that I had an orgasmic feeling when I put them on and played some CD quality lossless uncompressed music (Fault lines, by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for the curious). I had a dumb smile on my face as I was discovering how rich sound can be. Suddenly I understood what words I read in reviews like  "sound stage" really meant. It was obvious, right there in my ear, so much joy !

 

But, as much as I liked that, the drawbacks are still there so I'm sending the 380s back and I'm start the search all over again for a pair of headphones that deliver a sound just as good as the 380s but with the added portability and comfort (and preferably within the same price range).

 

Thank you for reading guys, I'll leave it up to you now.

 

Khayam. 


Edited by Khayam - 9/28/13 at 5:32am
post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 

No one's inspired by that lengthy display of my audio feelings ? :(

post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by Khayam View Post

No one's inspired by that lengthy display of my audio feelings ? frown.gif

You did bury the lead pretty deep smily_headphones1.gif
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
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You did bury the lead pretty deep smily_headphones1.gif

 

Now that you mention it.. 

 

I'm going to add a short version  :o.

 

Still, do you have any tip for me ?

post #5 of 8
Sorry. I'm not that familiar with the comfort nor the sound signature of the HD380s.

However, if it's just that the headphones are putting a little too much pressure, they do tend to loosen up a little as you wear them. You can even try standing up a few books and putting the headphones on them, letting them stretch out a little over a couple of days.

Finally, best not to have closed headphones be too loose or you won't get a good seal, which will negatively affect the bass.
post #6 of 8

The Shure SRH840 might meet your needs or maybe the Sennheiser Momentum.

 

However for listening outside the over-the-ear design is kind of impractical while if you want to listen inside the on-ear start to get uncomfortable over time. The Momentums are maybe the best compromise, but I wouldn't use the same headphones for in and outside. Maybe add an IEM like for example Klipsch S4 for outdoor listening. 

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks for the input. 

 

The momentum is way too expensive for me. I can't justify spending that much on my first quality headphones. The Shure looks just as heavy and cumbersome as the 380 :/.

 

I'm starting to realize that trying to combine outdoor music and studio monitoring under a budget is gonna be hard to pull off. A used HD25 would do it if only they weren't so tight on the head. 

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Originally Posted by Khayam View Post
 

Hey, thanks for the input. 

 

The momentum is way too expensive for me. I can't justify spending that much on my first quality headphones. The Shure looks just as heavy and cumbersome as the 380 :/.

 

I'm starting to realize that trying to combine outdoor music and studio monitoring under a budget is gonna be hard to pull off. A used HD25 would do it if only they weren't so tight on the head. 

 

I agree the Shure 840 is a little big but it is comfy and sound wise it's top notch... and go figure I'm selling for for $125 shipped :3

 

Still though the Shure 840 does clamp quiet a bit [you can remove that by leaving it streched out over some books I've been told] but sound wise it's a wonderful headphone! I would think for monitors it would be top notch [I upgraded if u wondering why I'm selling it] 

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