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Looking for a nice pair of headphones that won't break the bank?

I had a pair of Audio Technica ATH M30's for a long time, and they went out on me today, so looking for something new. I really can't spend more than 100 bucks, so if there's anything out there that will work let me know.
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In that price range, from a powered source, I like Grado SR-80s. They're available at www.headphone.com. For unpowered, the SR-60s.
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The ATH-M40fs are quite a bit better sounding than the M30 (I have both) and sell for around $70. The Sennheiser HD280 are pretty popular, too, but I haven't used them.
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The ATH-M40fs are quite a bit better sounding than the M30 (I have both) and sell for around $70. The Sennheiser HD280 are pretty popular, too, but I haven't used them.
Thanks, I was just talking to a guy at Guitar Center and the two he mentioned are the ATH M-40's and the Senheisers.
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KOSS are good for their money....a little bit 'home hi-fi'ish.....but ive had a pair for years for live stuff that i throw around. they're rock solid and sound decent.
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My Sony 7506's were around $100. You can probably find them for that if you look around a bit.
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My Sony 7506's were around $100. You can probably find them for that if you look around a bit.
for goodness sakes yes. if comfort's important this is the way to go. they're not an industry standard for nuthin'.
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my M40s are great....I'll +1 them...

for really rock solid though...Vic Firth makes these musicians headphones (by no means flat but man do they isolate)
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Are these for mixing, or tracking?

The Vic Firth or the True Isolation cans wont work for mixing aT all, they are just for "hearing" while recording. I would re-buy the original AT's, personally.
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Are these for mixing, or tracking?

The Vic Firth or the True Isolation cans wont work for mixing aT all, they are just for "hearing" while recording. I would re-buy the original AT's, personally.
For right now, I need headphones for both mixing and tracking.
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Try Sony 7506 and Sennheiser HD 280. Both are great, but different. I'm sure you will like at least one of the two...
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I heard the sennheiser HD 280 PRO headphones but didnt like them because they werent flat. The low-mids seem attenuated.The high end u can hear in perfect detail, they are a bit bright. If you want flat heapdhones DO NOT get these.
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Cool

i've always been a fan of AKG k240's and it's the only headphone reference i keep using for the past 18 years...and i've gone thru quite a few of them... but if you keep them well they'll last for a long time... i have a couple of others including the extreme isolation ones... but the k240's are the ones i like the most... especially the new models with removable cords.... if the cord breaks you just have to buy a new cord from akg...

and they are pretty confortable if you have to wear them for a long time.... i use them a lot to check eq settings on a mix... i'll probably buy a few more of those... you can get them for about $80 on ebay...
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I've had 5 pair of ath-m40's over the past two years and every single set except one has gone out on me. I would never buy audio technica headphones again. I'd go for the sennheiser's if I had to do it over again.
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I've had 5 pair of ath-m40's over the past two years and every single set except one has gone out on me. I would never buy audio technica headphones again. I'd go for the sennheiser's if I had to do it over again.
Huh...I have had the same pair for about 2 years and the cable has been stomped & pinched under gear, the cans have been violently ripped off my head multiple times, and they are still going strong.

Are you tracking lots of bands? If so, I'd recommend the MoreMe headphones. They're cheap and have a great return/exchange policy if they get thrashed.
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If you wear glasses, forget all about Sennheiser HD280's. They will crush your head - that's how tight they are. Not comfortable at all for those of us with glasses on.
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The HD280's seem pretty flat to me, but may lack enough bass to make them accurate.

I was listeneng the other day, and they sounded pretty distorted on the bass end. Were my ears just having a bad day?
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I love my Sony 7506's. thumbsup

Comfortable with a smooth sound.
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Huh...I have had the same pair for about 2 years and the cable has been stomped & pinched under gear, the cans have been violently ripped off my head multiple times, and they are still going strong.

Are you tracking lots of bands? If so, I'd recommend the MoreMe headphones. They're cheap and have a great return/exchange policy if they get thrashed.

Mine actually weren't abused hardly at all. Yes I record a lot of bands but they are always careful with my cans and I rarely use more than 2 pair at a time. I was very disappointed to plug in a pair and discover they didn't work, then just about once a month after that another pair would go down.
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I'll go to bat for the HD280. My glasses have wire frames and they do fine.

They have pretty good response if your headphone amp is up to driving them. They aren't hard like the old Koss Pro4a, but your MP3 player or laptop headphone jack is gonna be a little less than you need.

I boost the very bottom a bit (like +5dB at 40Hz) but they are pretty solid.

The 7506 are a bit hyped in the upper mids, and that makes them good for tracking.

Make sure you get a cross-feed circuit for mixing on headphones.




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I have a pair or Sennheiser 47Hd's and I absolutely love them... depends on what style headphones you are looking for... but these sound amazing and they have been great for monitoring!
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I love my AKG K240, but they are not closed, so tracking with them might be introduce some bleed.
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I've had 5 pair of ath-m40's over the past two years and every single set except one has gone out on me. I would never buy audio technica headphones again. I'd go for the sennheiser's if I had to do it over again.
I have had a couple pairs of these for years and they have never given me a bit of trouble. And I don't know how many times they have been ripped off my head cause I was standing on the cord. They are pretty robust in my experience. And they sound great, I've been trying new phones for years to find something that sounds better but to no avail.
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hd280 pro here as well

i know them sooo well..maybe even better than my room bwahaha
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I'm a big fan of Sennheiser HD212a. Cheap, sound good and can actually be used to mix.
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someone else mentioned the Koss brand, I use the cheapo closed ear models for monitoring and some mixing.

They aren't great but they are cheap and rugged. When using them to check out a mix, the mix then translates very well to consumer audio devices.
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