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New headphones for general listening and studio monitoring

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Hey guys, I'm new to the headphone game and I would like a high-quality, versatile pair. I listen to almost every genre of music, but usually alternative/indie rock, and do quite a bit of musical recording. I need something that has tight low end, crisp highs, and defined mids. Basically, if it can reproduce Steely Dan's Aja album like a champ then it's for me. But, again, perform well as a studio headphone. Right now I use JVC Flats that I've had for probably 5 or 6 years, so I realize that almost anything decent will be a step up.

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My budget is under $200, preferably more around $150. I was really turned on by the Bowers & Wilkins P3 and the V-MODA LP. I also want to know more about the higher-end SOL headphones, like the Tracks HD and Tracks Ultra, because I've heard that the standard Tracks leave quite a bit to be desired in the midrange.

 

Thanks so much!

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First of all, thanks for calling out Aja... that is an awesome album that still stands as one of the cleanest performance/recording works of music out there, especially given the wide distro and mass appeal of the music itself.  I used a few tracks in my own evaluations that led up to the purchase of the HD-700 over the HD-800 and others a few months ago.  Granted, the HD-800 was out of my budget but I was willing to save up another 6 months if it really blew me away...

 

Three good candidates for you:

 

Sennheiser HD-380

Sony MDR-7510

Shure SRH840

 

I would want to hear all three before making any decision.  I have only heard the HD-380 from the list above, and thought it was very competent and maybe even better on a decent dac/amp (source was just a iPhone when I auditioned it).  Based on all the reviews and comments, I would expect the same or better from the other two.  I am being tough on them because my point of reference is Senn HD-600/650/700....of which I would pick the HD-600 for studio work.  I haven't heard the V-Moda's with the exception of the M-100, which I own and love, but would not recommend for studio work despite the fun sound sig with strong bass.  Based on my own research, if possible I would save up for (or look for used...) either Focal Spirit Pro or Sony MDR-7520 because I think these two headphones are actually the best fit to your requirements regardless of price.  If you want something now, on budget and brand new, then I think the three above are very strong contenders.


Edited by Greggo - 1/15/14 at 12:49pm
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I should add that IMHO:  My three recs > ATH-M50 > SOL > Beats....

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