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  1. John Willett

    The Sennheiser HD580 Impressions Thread

      Interesting .....   My own HD 580 are the very originals from the first production run when they first came out - I did not know they changed them (or maybe it was just due to moving the factory to Ireland) and have not compared mine to later versions.   I had a pair of the 540 "Gold" but...
  2. John Willett

    The Sennheiser HD580 Impressions Thread

      Yes it would, I find my HD 800 very much better than my HD 650. HD 580 Jubilee and HD 580 - and also much better than the HD 700 which I had and then sold on.
  3. John Willett

    The Sennheiser HD580 Impressions Thread

      Yes, though I think the HD600 may be selected.   The HD 600 was originally the Limited Edition "HD 580 Jubilee" of which only 4,000 were made worldwide.   Sennheiser then realised how popular such quality headphones were, so they changed the paint job and renamed them the HD 600 (leaving...
  4. John Willett

    Sennheiser momentum or Beyerdynamic DT 880

      I would not offer such an opinion as to which is "better" - it's a matter of taste and personal choice - both are good, but they are different and you really should listen and decide for yourself.
  5. John Willett

    Sennheiser momentum or Beyerdynamic DT 880

    These are quite different headphones and you really need to listen and try them out.   The Momentum are closed on-ear headphones and great for out-and-about.  The DT880 are a larger semi-open design.   similar prices, though.
  6. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

    Several posts have mentioned about studio monitors rolling off at the bass end.   There are two reasons for this:   1) is the fact that you need to move a lot of air to get a good bottom end.   As a comparison, one range of professional monitors:-   5" bass driver - goes down to 50 Hz...
  7. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

      The Neumann KU 100 is about £7,000 in the UK (which I assume is about  $11,000 at 1.6 $ to the £).  
  8. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

      Basically, yes - or, rather, as close to the original as I have ever heard it.   But my comparison was with my head in the same place as the microphones and the recording was a simple recording with no messing about with it.
  9. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

    My own monitoring set-up is this:-   Grace m903 monitor controller ME Geithain RL906 nearfield monitors Sennheiser HD 800 open headphones Sennheiser HD 25-1 closed headphones Sennheiser HD 250 closed headphones (I have both Mk.I and Mk.II versions of these)   I record mostly classical...
  10. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

        Yes - this time, anyway
  11. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

      No, the boost is not audible - you must have misread what I wrote.   I used the microphones *vertical* so they were facing upwards.   They were at 90° to the piano and at that angle they have a flat response (you can see this by looking at the polar-pattern) - the high-end boost is only...
  12. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

        The mics I use for piano are Sennheiser MKH 20, Sennheiser MKH 8020, Neumann KM 183-D, Neumann KM 131-D or Gefell M 221.   That particular recording was completely digital and made with the Neumann KM 183-D (mounted vertically as they were in the nearfield) - the recording session was...
  13. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

      The HD 800 are the most neutral and revealing headphones I have ever heard.   They are *very* revealing of the source - so they will show up the fact that a bright microphone was used in the recording and everything that was used in the chain from the mic. to your ears - so they will reveal...
  14. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

        Not according to the Sennheiser website - in fact there is also a new version of the HD 25-1 called the HD 25-1 BASIC.   The HD 25-1 II (which was released quite a few years ago) is identical to the original HD 25-1 - the only difference was a longer cable (1.5m instead of 1.2m) and...
  15. John Willett

    Best Studio Headphones

    Closed headphones are not really very good for mixing and mastering - open headphones are better for this.   Good tracking headphones are the Sennheiser HD 215 (and HD 215 II) which are affordable, can be worn one-eared and are great for musicians in the studio (and cheap enough as to be not...
  16. John Willett

    HD650 headband padding uncomfortable

    Quote:   The HD 650 headband was specially designed so as *not* to be uncomfortable.   That's why it has the "opening" in the middle - to avoid putting any pressure on the part of the head that is the most sensitive.   It may be that the foam has disintegrated as it does do this...
  17. John Willett

    The Sennheiser HD 800: The First Listen, The First Review

    Quote:   The HD 800 are high impedance headphones and need a decent amplifier to drive them - almost any MP3 player amp. would be far too weak.   They do, however, drive quite nicely from a good battery portable amplifier such as the Graham Slee Voyager.   The HD 800 are very...
  18. John Willett

    Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread

    Quote:   Yes - but I would only use an adaptor cable.   The integrated barrel adaptors put a hell of a lot of strain on the 3.5mm socket and I would not touch them with a bargepole.
  19. John Willett

    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    Quote:   What *looks* fragile may not actually *be* fragile.   I have seen people saying that something looks fragine and then seen the designer to tie it in knots and throw it across the room into a concrete wall and it still comes out as good as new.   It all depends on what is...
  20. John Willett

    Neutral headphones for laptop based music production?

    Quote:   The DACport is a top quality headphone amp.  The MicPortPro is a recording tool with integrated headphone amp.  Seeing as the MicPortPro is about half the price of the DACport and includes a microphone amp. with phantom power and an ADC as well as a DAC it would not come near the...
  21. John Willett

    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    Quote:   Then my only advise is to listen and decide for yourself and ignore what anyone else says.   The HD 700 certainly sound different from the HD 800 and are loved by quite a few recording engineers.   My own decision was that I had the HD 800 and found no benefit in having...
  22. John Willett

    Neutral headphones for laptop based music production?

    Quote:     I have the KRK 8400 myself.  Although they are good closed headphones I find that the memory foam earpads make my ears sweat and I can't wear them for very long - I prefer the HD 25-1 over these.   But the HD 600 that the OP suggested are actually the ideal tool for what...
  23. John Willett

    Which of these is a Grace Design m903 a goof match for?

    Quote:     This is close to what I have.   I have the Grace m903 and my nearfield monitors used to be the K+H O110 (the previous model to the Neumann KH120 that you have) before I upgraded to the ME Geithain RL906 last year.   My main open monitoring headphones are the...
  24. John Willett

    Neutral headphones for laptop based music production?

    Quote:     Laptop sound cards are total cr*p (like all standard sound cards).   The HD 25-1  II are great for listening to detail in a mix.  My own pair are 23 years old and still going strong.   The HD 600 you suggested are actually a great choice and about the very best around...
  25. John Willett

    Conclusively working out which model of the HD25-1 I have

    You have copied my list of HD 25 deviants correctly, so I shall not repeat it.   This is the official picture of the HD 25 on the Sennheiser Germany website.     The latest official picture shows no logo.   The logo with the wavy lines is the original Sennheiser logo - this...
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