I have the Beyerdynamic DT-250 (250 ohm) which I like. They are closed headphone so they work well when recording say vocals and they have a rather flat curve which is great for checking the mix. Even though they have a flat curve I still think they can be used for several hours.
I use them long sessions since I don’t want to disturb by neighbors.
I'm using Q701's, since I've only had other AKG phones I can't really comment on how they pair up to the other brands, however, I have borrowed some Sen HD800's, and while the overall experience was better as far as listening, I do feel like the AKG's have a certain knack for revealing ugly mistakes.
Ambient House Meets Western Guitar, May 2013
Originally Posted by atma
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I always go back to Sony MDR-7506, they arent the best but they work so well for me. They have a little harsh/hot top end and are a little off in the bass. I find though that they help reveal things as I have come to learn them (recording mostly acoustic / singer songwriter / folk / bluegrass stuff).
When they do for my is they are excellent to track with. I have notices a problem with tracking vocals where certain headphone techniques (positions/how they are worn/etc) result in vocal pitch difficulty. The 7506 seals well and is simple to 1-year. I also have Sennheiser HD-25-1 II's that are renown but I have difficulty tracking vocals and staying on pitch they way the driver/sound hits my ear/head. The 7506 feels more intuitive to track with if that makes sense.
The HD-25-1 II is more detailed slightly and probably more accurate in the bass and treble but I know the 7506 so well do do not have trouble using them in a pinch. They are robust and versatile. The coiled cord is a necessity for me also (and the folding up is key for portability). They are really the perfect design, the tone is far from perfect but very good for studio applications. I have owned ATH M-50's, the HD-25-1 II's, HD280's and several others and I finally decided the 7506 is good enough to edit on in a pinch and its lightyears beyond the others in design and physical application when tracking.
To me all the nuances between these models are trumped by the fact that they are all closed and I would much rather have the 7506 (and its price) for my tracking/studio toolbox headphone then get something open like the HD600 which will allow you to make EQ and soundstage decisions better. The greatest sealed headphone still presents challenges in soundstage (and the greatest open headphone still presents challenges compared to good monitors in a treated room) - thats why I just stick with the 7506 for a closed headphone. Most just for tracking/edits and some light weight on the fly stuff.
In my opinion, studio equipment from the '60s and '70s is the best kind. It requires quite a bit of looking around thrift stores, pawn shops, and Craigslist, but it's very good once you find it (and usually at a very good price). I use a brilliant set of Pioneer Monitor 10s, and I have never heard music clearer than this, other than through my current integrated amplifier (which is also made by Pioneer ).
However, this set of headphones has a plug that will only fit into old amplifiers, so you have to spend $7 at RadioShack on an adapter to plug it into anything else.