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I am a filmmaker, and I need a pair of studio headphones.

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I need a new pair of headphones to monitor the audio coming from my mic. I need a pair that is neutral and accurate. My budget is $100 - $250. My mic is the Sennheiser MKE600 shotgun mic, and I am recording with a Tascam recorder. I would prefer them to be over ear headphones with a straight cable. They should not be high impedance. I am already leaning towards the ATH-M50S. Any recommendations that you think would be better suited for me than the ATH-M50S?
Edited by CliffJumper - 9/28/13 at 6:15pm
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Most headphones at $250 are higher impedance and need an amp.  The sony MDR v6 are good for your purpose.  If you want something indestructible the German Maestro gmp 8.35d are at the top of your price range.  M50s are a little over rated imo.

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The AKG K550 is an option, very efficient and easy to drive. They are straight cable, light, and pretty comfortable, and have a neutral sound signature. Depending on the fit, they can seem a bit lean on bass, but actually have very deep bass extension. I think the list price is $299, but it is easy to find them closer to $200. I bought a refurbished pair from Harmon Kardon's eBay storefront for a little over $200, and see new ones listed under $250 pretty frequently.

 

I have not used these, but the Shure SRH840 and SRH 940 roughly fit your budget. I would check if they come stock with coiled or straight cables, though (they have removable cables, and I think the 940 comes with both straight and coiled).

 

Not sure how much isolation you need from outside noise, but the Shures may work a little better in that regard, from what I can remember from some Head-Fiers comments. Their earpads are replaceable, so you can either use velour or the pleather ones.

 

I have briefly auditioned the Sony MDR V6, and I agree that it could also be a good fit for your needs. The earcups are pretty shallow, though, but that might not be a problem for you.

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