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Recommendations for 1 x Closed Headphone and 1 x IEM for on location monitoring and casual music listening

Poll Results: What to choose?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 16% of voters (1)
    Audio Technica ATH-M50
  • 33% of voters (2)
    Beyerdynamic DT250 80ohm
  • 16% of voters (1)
    Audio Technica ATH-A900X
  • 0% of voters (0)
    NAD VISO HP50 AU$350
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Sennheiser Momentum
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Audio Technica ATH-W5000
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Audiofly AF45
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Brainwavz B2
  • 16% of voters (1)
    Vsonic GR07 MK II
  • 33% of voters (2)
    Etymotic ER-4PT
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Shure SE535
  • 16% of voters (1)
    Shure SE846
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Earsonics S-EM6
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

Long time reader, first time poster. I'll go straight to the point.

I need:
1 x Closed + Circumaural (Over-ears) headphones
1 x IEM (canalphone)

What for?
- On location monitoring
(plugging straight into the camera)
- I monitor 90% speeches, vocals - (i.e. talking heads), and 10% music (e.g. musical dance, instrumentals and indie bands)
- Video editing
(through a Fiio E11 DAC or straight from a laptop headphone jack if I'm in a pinch)
- Casual music listening
(
I listen to all sort of songs from classical to modern adult contemporary - not a bass head though.
Sample songs:
From Canon in D; Concierto de Aranjuez; Africa - Toto; Eric Clapton; Bob Marley; Bob Dylan and pretty much anything from Queens, to Noah And The Whale; Of Monster and Men; and Adele .
No dance, dubstep or music from a young popular guy name start with "B"
However, I do enjoy songs like Beat it - MJ or Kingston Town - UB40 though
)
Additional notes: I don't use very high volume

Budget
- I'm from Australia so everything is overpriced (please keep that in mind)
- AU$1500 top for both of them ~ US$1330. If that is not enough. I will go with 1 x IEM only. See the requirements for why.

Requirements: (sorted by how important they are)
1. COMFORT is the top priority. Let me explain myself.
  I live in the North of Australia. Thanks to a big ozone hole above my head, we are in the top ten place with the highest skin cancer rate in the world. That is an example of how crazy hot it is over here.
  I can soldier on with sweaty ears. However, if you are standing outside in the sun, 300 gram headphone will feel like 10kg headphone after about 30 minutes.
  I had a Shure 440 - which I gave away because it hurts my head like crazy. (The band pressure on my head)
  I really like how the Audio Technica ATH-AD900 feel on my head. However, they are open cans.
  My head size is about ~23.5 inches ~60cm diameter (slightly larger than the average male)
  My ear size is about ~2.4 inches or ~6cm from top to bottom (slightly smaller than the average male)
  My inner ear is considering small (I have a pair of Jaybird Bluebuds X - wireless canalphone - and I need to use the small fitting for my inner ear)

2. Balanced, relatively natural / neutral response / flat for my applications.

3. Easy to drive. I usually plug them straight into my camera at the location. Amps means more thing to pack.

4. Lightweight - small packing footprint (sorted of related to number 1 and 3): Less stress on my head / ears, easy to pack.

5. Reliable: They are my investment (rather expensive investment). I use them as tools. I'm a careful guy. That said, the more reliable they are, the better it will be for my wallet. They will be packed together with other gears. A few knocks and bumps are unavoidable.

6. No to low microphonic please (cable noise).

A few contenders that I've got my eyes on: (sorted from sensible to expensive)
1. Closed Headphones:
- Audio Technica ATH-M50 AU$170 ~  US$152
- Beyerdynamic DT250 80ohm AU$300 ~ US$268
- Audio Technica ATH-A900X AU$300 ~ US$268
- NAD VISO HP50 AU$350 ~ US$312
- Sennheiser Momentum (the big one) AU$400 ~ $357
- Audio Technica ATH-W5000 AU$1200 ~ $1071

2. IEMs:
- Audiofly AF45 AU$60 ~ US$54
- Brainwavz B2 AU$190 ~ US$170
- Vsonic GR07 MK II AU$250 ~ US$223
- Etymotic ER-4PT AU$370 ~ US$330
- Shure SE535 AU$440 ~ US$393
- Shure SE846 AU$1200 ~ US$1071
- Earsonics S-EM6 AU$1400 ~ US$1248

Final note: 
Thank you everyone for reading and replying!
Edited by vsync - 12/22/13 at 3:05am
post #2 of 5

From that list of IEM's I would go for the GR07Mk2 just for the sound signature alone.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zamorin View Post
 

From that list of IEM's I would go for the GR07Mk2 just for the sound signature alone.

Thank you for the reply. How is the cord noise of GR07Mk2?

Is it relatively balanced and flat?

post #4 of 5

Cord noise or microphonics are minimal. I wouldn't consider the GR07 as a balanced or a flat sounding IEM. That's why I'm wondering why people use it for monitoring purposes. The SQ itself is fantastic.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks zamorin, I'll keep that in mine :beerchug:

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