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Looking for Headphones to Mix and Master on

post #1 of 4
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Just your average "what headphones should I buy" thread.

 

Background:

Hello, everyone. I am a bedroom producer with not to much experience in making music, but I'm improving. I know that some frown upon mixing on headphones, but I live in a rather quiet environment, where my neighbors don't appreciate any noise coming from my house at night (when I usually make music) especially when it's just two measures repeated over and over again. I make a variety of music ranging from piano/orchestral to rock to electronic stuff.

 

What I'm looking for:

My budget isn't too high, so things under $250ish would be nice.

I'm not a big fan of closed back headphones, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if I ended up with them.

Wearable for long periods of time (not too uncomfortable).

Low impedance preferred, I don't really want to invest in a headphone amp (going to be plugging them straight into my computer).

Obviously relativity flat response for mixing.

Sturdy headphones to last for a while.

 

Hopefully that's enough info to get things started.

 

Headphones I'm looking at:

I've looked around a bit, let me know if these headphones are any good.

- AKG K 240 MK II Stereo Studio Headphones

- Audio-Technica ATH-M50

- Ultrasone HFI-780 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones

 

 

That's it for now!

                         Thank You.

post #2 of 4

I would say the HD598 fits your needs. Very comfortable, falt response, good detail,easy to drive. I honestly never heard them, but I own the HD558, that are supposed to be very similar. Or you can get the HD558 and save some money. In my experince the HD558 are very good headphones for the money. I have no experiance with the ones you listed though.

 

You might want to take a look in Audio technika ATH - AD700 too.

 

BTW, what is your source? If you need good details for mixing for example, laptop is not a good source and further down the road you will need to invest in a DAC/Amp.  

post #3 of 4
The HD598s are too warm and relaxed for mixing and mastering, unless leisure listening will be what you are doing most of the time. The beyerdynamic DT880 premium 32 ohms is what you want for mixing and mastering, as well as leisure listening at times. Remember, 32 ohms is what you want, which will not need a seperate amp. Amazon has the DT880 32 ohms for $249 used.
post #4 of 4

Beyer DT880

AKG K612

HD558/598

 

These are probably your best options in that price range.

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