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monitor headphones?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by whateverman, Apr 8, 2010.
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  1. Deep Funk
    The AKG K171 series I can be found quite cheap.

    Two 'monitor' headphones both with a different sound signature are handy too. Sometimes the DF sounds 'polite' and my Pioneer Monitor 10R has a more 'raw' sound. I found this out while listening to Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew.'

    Good luck...
     
  2. lejaz
     
  3. lejaz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Deep Funk /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    The AKG K171 series I can be found quite cheap.

    Two 'monitor' headphones both with a different sound signature are handy too. Sometimes the DF sounds 'polite' and my Pioneer Monitor 10R has a more 'raw' sound. I found this out while listening to Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew.'

    Good luck...




    I can agree with that. I'm sure the same problem exists with monitor speakers. The 240DF sounds very neutral but it's on the light and airy side...yeah, "polite" is a good word for them. Maybe it's good to have another set with more weight and thickness to the sound as well.
     
  4. Soaa-
    The lightness of the K 240 DF's sound helps with instrument separation and soundstaging though. From my experience, "fuller" sounding headphones tend to have more blurry imaging.

    Feel free to prove me wrong though. :p
     
  5. lejaz
    I wasn't knocking the 240DF...I happen to like them a lot. I was trying to say that it's good to have more than one perspective on your mix...like listening on different speakers and your car stereo. I wasn't implying one sound signature was better than the other....but that two(or more) perspectives may be better than one.
     
  6. krmathis Contributor
    Stax 4070.
    Afaik they were originally designed by Stax for a major Japanese TV broadcasting channel, for exactly this task - monitoring. The text on the cups should give a hint as well.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Deep Funk
    The easy way out could be a Sony MDR V6/7506 with a more expensive model. A Beyerdynamic DT250 is also a good 'cheaper' option just as the Shure 440 is.

    Add a more (classic) expensive headphone like the AKG K240 DF and you have a very nice combination.
     
  8. autonomous
    If you are going to be working with headphones a lot they better be accurate AND comfortable. Mine are.
     
  9. Mr Joboto
    Beyerdynamic DT250.
     
  10. ktsai1283
    I think your friend should start off with studio standards, such as the Sony MDR-V6/7506 or the AKG K 271/K 240.

    Two benefits to getting these are 1) they're less expensive than many other monitoring headphones that aren't as well-proven for studio work and 2) they can work with a wide range of equipment and are not as "picky" as many higher-end headphones.

    Another option I've read about that seems to be great for studio work AND general music listening is the Audio-Technica ATH-M50.
     
  11. kool bubba ice
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by krmathis /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Stax 4070.
    Afaik they were originally designed by Stax for a major Japanese TV broadcasting channel, for exactly this task - monitoring. The text on the cups should give a hint as well.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]




    You had to bring these up.. I'd love a pair. Look so beautiful.. To the op, the 4070 is the most expensive, & arguably, the best studio grade reference monitoring headphones in production today. The DT48 is the most expensive dynamic studio reference grade monitoring headphone on the market in production.. Both have great build quality.. The 4070 looks more luxurious & high end, (& coming from a DT48 fan, even more resolving & detailed) while the DT48 has a more vintage/industrial look to them.. The DT48 is also endorsed by NAGRA, which has very high standards..Used for field work & recordings, etc.. Very mid centric.. I would describe them as polite, but really depends on what you feed them.. They are non bright, full sounding, stellar imaging for closed headphones, without a hint of smearing.. They been in production for 73 yrs so they must be doing something right..[​IMG] But if you want the best reference monitors, I'd get the 4070. If you want the best on a budget I'd get the DT48, which can be had used for under 150.00. Then of course you have the tried & true 240DF/Pioneer10, which are no slouch either, & the, every studio has one, entry level Sony model that was brought up earlier.

    Can't leave out the HD600, even though they are open.
     
  12. Soaa-
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lejaz /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    I wasn't implying one sound signature was better than the other....but that two(or more) perspectives may be better than one.



    Very true, that.
     
  13. rhythmdevils
    there's been a million of these threads lately, you should try a search. keywords to try:

    monitor (s)
    neutral
    studio
     
  14. kool bubba ice
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rhythmdevils /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    there's been a million of these threads lately, you should try a search. keywords to try:

    monitor (s)
    neutral
    studio




    Yes.. & I'm getting tired of typing DT48.
     
  15. Brandon7s
    Since when you're using headphones for monitoring, you're going to want a closed pair of cans, I'd go with a pair of AT's M50s. Fairly cheap, easy to drive, and to my ears they are the most flat pair of cans I've worn thus far.
     
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