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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I am a theatrical sound designer with a strong history of both live and recording sound. I need a pair of cans for mixing music, sound effects, voice overs...you get the picture. I am looking for extremely flat headphones. The theatre I work for has a pair of sennheiser hd-25s which I use for tracking and live use. They sound pretty darn good. I also have near fields to mix with, but I can't take them home to work from home, plus my "home work" takes place during night time/nap time of my three small children, so loud speakers don't work at home. I don't mind open cans, or closed. I just want a nice flat, non fatiguing set of headphones. I have looked at hd650s and k70*s I can't listen to them as we don't have anybody in town who carries high end cans in stock. I live in Little Rock arkansas at the moment. These will be driven by an Apogee interface off of my MacBook pro.
post #2 of 24

Hi,

 

I think Shure SRH-940 seem to be a great pick for what you are looking for.

Most people agree that Sennheiser's HD600 is more neutral than HD650.

Beyerdynamic DT880 250 Ohm is also a great pick in terms of neutrality (a little bit on the bright side of neutral)

 

Best Luck!

post #3 of 24

I think HD600s would be a good option

post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 

Ok, I've looked around. I am wavering between AKG K550 (I know, closed back) and DT 880s. I have looked at HD600s and I thought that they might be too dark. I have also looked at K702s and I thought that they might be the opposite, too bright. I am leaning toward the DT880s, but I can't get the bad taste out of my mouth about the 770s...very comfy but wayyyyyy too heavy on the low end. Further ideas?

post #5 of 24

The DT880s are often considered bright.

DT880 has a slightly larger treble 'lump' than the K702 according to this graph.

post #6 of 24

I would look at the K70x or q701. Have you thought about Grado?

post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
I have looked at the k70* series. They all seems like they would be bass shy. Is that the case? I actually have a pair of sr60s and love them. But I have heard that most of the grades are more of a fun can, and not so much a flat mixing can. Is that correct?
post #8 of 24

Yeah, from what i've read/heard you don't want to be mixing on grados. Although there are probably some that would be ok, the SR series would be a bad idea.

post #9 of 24

How about the audio technica ATH-M50 They are quite neutral, pretty much flat, easy to drive and can be had for under $150.00

Specs

Type Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter 45 mm
Magnet Neodymium
Voice Coil CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
Frequency Response 15 - 28,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 1,600 mW at 1 kHz
Sensitivity 99 dB
Impedance 38 ohms
Weight 284 g (10 oz) without cable and connector
Cable 1.2 - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') Coiled, OFC litz wire
Connector Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter
Accessory Included Protective pouch

Edited by henwell - 1/16/14 at 6:27am
post #10 of 24

By the way I agree about mixing with the grado SR line they are not flat response by any means, perhaps  the PS line would be more neutral.


Edited by henwell - 1/16/14 at 6:46am
post #11 of 24

The AKGs have a flat accurate bottom-end. Most of the guys I work with use them, Grados, or Stax.

post #12 of 24
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The AKGs have a flat accurate bottom-end. Most of the guys I work with use them, Grados, or Stax.

 

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I would look at the K70x or q701. Have you thought about Grado?

The grado's(SR) would not be good for mixing too much upper mids

The PS 500 or the PS 1000 are more neutral and to me would acceptable for mixing but I think there are better choices

post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by henwell View Post
 

How about the audio technica ATH-M50 They are quite neutral, pretty much flat, easy to drive and can be had for under $150.00

M50s aren't very flat. Open backs also tend to be better for mixing and are usually more comfortable for long sessions.

post #14 of 24
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M50s aren't very flat. Open backs also tend to be better for mixing and are usually more comfortable for long sessions.

Have you ever done any mixing?

post #15 of 24
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Have you ever done any mixing?

Yes. Once I tried to mix in M50s. It didn't work. The bass doesn't translate to monitors at all.

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