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Good headphones for listening to music and being music monitors?

post #1 of 7
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I listen to a lot of mid-rangey stuff being very interested in guitar-heavy music including genres such as blues, classic rock, and acoustic pop. I am also interested in using these headphones as a monitor for guitar and potentially vocals. I'd prefer to spend under $150 as I'm still in school and can't afford much more than that. Bass is obviously not on my list of priorities but I would like a balanced sound. 

 

Recommendations that fit these criteria would be very greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 7
You might like KNS8400. It's very resolving with a crisp treble; it's a little bass shy though. You can improve the balance by putting some foam or tissue under the earpads. Build quality is average, comfort is slightly above average, and isolation is noticeably above average. One minor downside is that the detachable cable bears noise but you can replace it with a number of others (see K450, Q460, M50x).
post #3 of 7

Does it need to be closed-back? If not.....

 

I would throw in any AKG K141 as an idea - they're very mid-focused but fun for music listening too.

The vintage silver ones are usually uncomfortable due to the pads aging, but have a VERY liquid midrange.

The vintage gold ones usually have their ear pads still intact, and have a slightly bigger bass punch than the silvers, so might be better all-rounders. Also the black and gold look will make everyone think you're a mafia boss.

Even the modern AKG K142 isn't bad either.

 

Any old AKG k240 (apart from the original sextett which is tuned more for sound/music enjoyment than monitoring) is also a good choice for semi-open, and gives a very good combination of value for money, superior comfort, and sound. 

 

If you're lucky enough to find a vintage DT990 (600 ohm with plastic double-headband) for around $150, that's also a really good one to go for. 

By now, the original earpads are quite flat and you get a very nice full range of sound. 

Don't get one with brand new modern ear pads, as the sound completely changes to V-shaped (bass and treble emphasis and veiled mid-range) which isn't bad, as it still sounds fun, but it's most likely the opposite of what you want.

post #4 of 7

Grado SR125, AKG K240s (55 ohm would be best) if you don't need the isolation, although the AKG is (IMHO) semi-isolating.  MDR-V6/7506 or HD25-1 if you need some degree of isolation.

 

If i had to pick one of the above it would be the K240s-55.  Its a good all around headphone, and a well balanced presentation of frequencies.  Oh one more thing, as a right handed guitar player I unanimously prefer left sided cords, and I hang it outside of my shoulder.  The "Y" cables of my better headphones get in the way of my playing.  Its really annoying going up and down the neck with a wire getting in the way... IMHO of course.

post #5 of 7
For a neutral sound, look into the Fischer FA-003 and Brainwavz HM5. There are a number of incarnations of this headphone, all of which use the driver and cups, so same sound (one manufacturer makes them):
http://www.head-fi.org/t/491632/review-fischer-audio-fa-003-a-neutral-champ
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585281/review-brainwavz-hm5-a-new-neutral-champ

Generally considered very good headphones in the <$150 range. Right now, you can get the NVX Audio XPT100 version for $80 shipped. Good deal for someone in school smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post

Grado SR125, AKG K240s (55 ohm would be best) if you don't need the isolation, although the AKG is (IMHO) semi-isolating.  MDR-V6/7506 or HD25-1 if you need some degree of isolation.

If you are hard on headphones, the MDR-V6 and 7506 are very durable and are commonly used in the audio/video industry for monitoring because they are workhorses. Very good sound for the price with a bit of bass emphasis, and you can upgrade the comfort by changing out the pads.
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Thread Starter 

I'm thinking of just ordering AKG K240s tomorrow. From what I've been reading they're very quality headphones and well within my budget.

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