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lol I love reviews from people that know nothing about audio. Sure, I bet you can hear the 8Hz really well...

It says something that they gave the 280pro such a high rating too.

 

Good points!

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Tyll reviews the Shure SRH1540.

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It's odd, I'm not sure he paints them as great for critical listening.

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I thought he said in the video that he's replacing the Focals on the WOF but he didn't. I would guess he thinks 1540 is good enough for WOF (which changes very often in that category), but his reservations about neutrality and normal listening levels led him to keep the Focals up for professional audio use.
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And more. :(

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So what exactly is wrong with the DT770's causing them to be crossed out, and what better options are available?

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So what exactly is wrong with the DT770's causing them to be crossed out, and what better options are available?


I would imagine you would want neutral headphones when mixing/mastering recording music.  DT770s are anything but neutral.  I have some, and enjoy them very much., but I would never use them to mix/master any recordings.

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I would imagine you would want neutral headphones when mixing/mastering recording music.  DT770s are anything but neutral.  I have some, and enjoy them very much., but I would never use them to mix/master any recordings.

But half the people say that they are neutral and the other half dont. Which, those who say they are not neutral, say that the mids are recessed. But then there will be a reply saying that the mids were only recessed on the old version, or the higher ohm versions. I know the bass is a little boosted but that is a good thing to me, I just want to know the truth about whether the mids and highs are flat with boosted bass before I buy them, but every other opinion I read is different. I cannot try them out, and I would rather not buy and return, because my parents are not likely to let me return them, after I am returning my second pair already to get these and they are getting annoyed.

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But half the people say that they are neutral and the other half dont. Which, those who say they are not neutral, say that the mids are recessed.

Well, a lot of people on here don't know what neutral sounds like (lol). ALL of the measurements I have seen for the different DT770s show some bass emphasis. For example, and this is similar to what I hear with them:



For bass to be emphasized, it has to happen relative to something else, which generally means recessed mids.
post #250 of 524
The bass (and the treble) make the mids sound recessed. The overall sound isn't neutral.
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Subscribed! I've been looking at a number of these for a while so it'll be good to see some more options on the list.

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I approve of the build quality and portability (could use bigger earcups though). But there's a reason I've never seen this or its predecessor in any of the studios I've worked in or visited: it's too unbalanced. And according to Tyll's graphs, the new one has even more bass and AT seems to have replaced bad treble with no treble--following the consumer market trend.
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First of all, great thread. I've been looking for relatively neutral headphones at around the $100 price point. Recently I got a chance to try a bunch of studio headphones at a local SamAsh, using my phone as a source (HTC One). Just wanted to put some thoughts down on those considering a couple of popular models.

 

First studio headphone I ever owned was the MDR-V6. Wow. Never before have I heard a more mid-forward headphone, but the touch of high end sparkle lead to some amazing details I never picked out before. Because I listen to both electronic music and metal, midrange has to be both incredibly neutral so that it doesn't shear my ears apart like the V6 but also not too recessed as to sound unrealistic. The V6 had way too much upper mids for my taste. Sold them.

 

The next headphone I purchased was interesting, at first they sounded awesome and I thought they were way more neutral and that they were what neutral should sound like since I had little to compare to, that was the HD 280 Pro. Now that I've heard many other cans, I can tell you that these are emphasized in sub-bass, have a slightly woody mid, rolled off highs, and recessed upperm mids. Their sub-bass has awesome extension, but there's a problem. The mid-bass is sucked out by at least 5-8 dB and that along with the other sonic problems the headphone has make them nearly unusable for someone who wants a neutral sound. I actually still have them though, if only for their sub-bass for some electronic music and also for tracking guitar, since I'm a hobbyist guitarist. Insane isolation is by far their strongest suit.

 

The next I tried was the AKG K240 Studio. Wow, way too colored for being labeled "Studio." Almost nonexistent sub-bass, an exaggerated mid and upper bass, and a glossy 10 kHz peak make these far from neutral. Their mids aren't that bad but still have some grain to them. These are quite fun and have a very decent soundstage for the price, but alas I'm just going to give them to my father who loves to listen to The Beatles. They seem to work awesomely with that kind of music, but not mine.

 

My current favorite is the Shure SRH440. I tried KNS 6400, M50, SRH840, a Superlux and a Samson at a local SamAsh and the SRH440 won out over all of them in terms of just sounding "right" to my ears. It's too bad they didn't have any HD600s or Beyers to demo. I've always wanted to try those. So that's what I'm using now, they are slightly upper-mid forward but the balance of bass, mids, and treble is fantastic for their price, and they're comfortable to me too while retaining solid build quality. The only real downside is recessed sub-bass.

 

I'm working with a grad student budget here, so sorry that I can't contribute at all to peoples' notions on HD800s and LCD3s of the world. Hope this helps some people shopping around this price range for relatively neutral studio headphones.

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I approve of the build quality and portability (could use bigger earcups though). But there's a reason I've never seen this or its predecessor in any of the studios I've worked in or visited: it's too unbalanced. And according to Tyll's graphs, the new one has even more bass and AT seems to have replaced bad treble with no treble--following the consumer market trend.

 

Thanks for the feedback. Recently, I listened to a bunch of headphones over five hours.

  • Sennheiser HD6 Mix. My biggest disappointment. The most comfortable of the headphones I tried, but the sound was plain weird.
  • Shure SHR1540. Good stuff. Maybe the most euphonic of the headphones I tried, but not the most neutral -- the sound is warm and somewhat soft.
  • NAD Viso HP50. Ugly, but sounds good! I liked it as much or better than the SHR1540, and it is more neutral. The sound is very cohesive.
  • Sony MDR7510. The biggest surprise. I tried it mostly to see if the MDR7520 would fit me, but the sound was actually quite good. On par with the HP50, IMO.
  • Sennheiser Momentum. Best looking, with good neutralish sound. I liked the HP50 just a bit better, sound-wise.
  • Sennheiser Momentum On Ear. Very cute. Same sound signature as the Momentum, just not quite as refined.
  • Audio Technica M50x. Not bad. While it isn't quite a basshead pair of headphones, it is still clear that the bass is north of neutral.
  • Sennheiser HD25 Aluminum. This is a basshead pair of headphones! The sound is good, but clearly not neutral.
  • Marshall Monitor. Weird sound, if not quite as much as that of the HD6 Mix. Muffled. Its sound can be changed, though, and I didn't try that.

Edited by Sinocelt - 5/9/14 at 2:17am
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