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chemosit 29th October 2017 10:57 AM

Love my HD800's. Great for tracking and even preliminary mixing. And the sound is gorgeous.

ianblack8 29th October 2017 01:30 PM

Been using AKG K702s for a year now, and have to say, still very much impressed and always looking forward to put them on. (primarily for music listening and composing, occasionally some mixing which translates to my monitors pretty well) Got to test them and compare to other models before purchasing, but these ones were perfect for me from the day one.
Sound-wise they're supposedly the same as K701s but have a detachable cable (and different color scheme). Worth noting that I got mine for 190$, and they average at around 200$ overall. (maybe the list implies older Austria made ones, which were more expensive, but are out of production now?)

Baron Karza 30th October 2017 10:12 PM

AKG’s are outstanding.

Deleted 10089a2 3rd November 2017 10:16 PM

HD600 are more accurate than the 650 and MUCH more accurate than the 800s

huglife187 18th November 2017 01:58 PM

akg k-812?
 
what about the akg k-812?

Jim Williams 18th November 2017 06:53 PM

The Absolute Sound's buyer's guide has all the missing good stuff. Bring your gold card.

crescentmoon 18th November 2017 07:18 PM

You can get the Sennheiser HD 650 for 315.00 at amazon... https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD...nce+Headphones kfhkh

brewsnbytes 22nd November 2017 12:33 PM

I gotta admit that I cheat a bit, but for a good reason...
I've been using Sonarworks Reference plugin for headphone mixing. Their correction curves to make your headphones flat are pretty spot on (at least with K701s and Sony MDR 7506s). Pretty affordable, also.
No method is perfect, but when I am mixing (usually with the K701s lately), I find myself using the new Ozone 8 Tonal Balance Control with my own custom "ref trax" curves, according to the project.
I noticed only a few months ago that my high end perception had diminished, as is expected with age.
The loss of high end hearing resulted in exaggerated high end, making the songs brittle sounding. Sonarworks and Izotope to the rescue!
While not perfect, it is a viable option for people in my "over 50" age bracket.
Cheers, love and all that fuzzy stuff!
brewsnbytes

TS-12 6th December 2017 01:58 PM

Focal Spirit Pro extremely acurate headphones

[email protected] 8th December 2017 09:12 AM

+1 for HD800

David Ray 10th January 2018 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by TS-12 (Post 13001194)
Focal Spirit Pro extremely acurate headphones

I own them and now have Elear. Paired with Sonarworks--- I'd never go back.

RKeefe1032 11th January 2018 02:38 PM

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Originally Posted by PerGunnar (Post 12918587)
Sennheiser HD-25 kfhkh

Amen. I've been using these headphones for several decades and I still have the original pair working everyday.
There are lots of cans that have a "bigger" sound but being forced to do a lot of critical tracking with these closed backs, I trust the results that have been verified over time. I have a back-up pair waiting in the wings in case of problems that never arise.

Fred_Abstract 11th January 2018 03:18 PM

i recommend hifiman 560

stonerbox 15th January 2018 11:40 AM

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This thread has a great big hole in it with the shape of a pair of Sony MDR 7520. Why people don't praise them more I will never understand.

Diabeat 16th January 2018 02:37 AM

HD-600 no?

not_so_new 13th February 2018 04:31 AM

I have the HD 650s and I have tried a few others here, nothing in my eyes comes even close to my Audeze LCD-4. Amazing, comfortable and just high quality overall. Well worth the money, some of the most important tools I have in my studio.

BBlack 13th February 2018 06:36 PM

The Focal Spirit Professionals are exceptional headphones, and - OH MY! - I have a pair for sale in Classifieds for just $165.

freshflowe

RKeefe1032 13th September 2018 09:41 PM

Trying out a pair of HD600 right now and I like them better than the Blue Lolas which have an upper mid range that I couldn't get behind. The 600's on the other hand really bring out the punch of the drums/bass. Have to get used to "open back" after years of HD25 IIs.

dingenus 21st December 2018 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by huglife187 (Post 12966005)
what about the akg k-812?

I have one. That's very, very good mixer headphone.
Tried before an Eon and a Ultrasone Signature Studio as I did want a closed back. The EON is simply a consumer headphone thats very coloring the sound to please the consumer and the Ultrasone was aggressive with a far to wide field, just as there where on both sides metal echo spaces. After this bad acquaintance I increased my budget and bought the AKG 812 with open back for the edit work at home and use my old AKG k550 on location.
The 812 is probably not the best but really belongs in the top segment.
It gives a very stable stage, giving you a precise positioning of the musicians, instruments or otherwise. Sound is very neutral, close to reality. After about 200 hours of use it seems even better, but that can also be the adjustment of my ears to the properties of this thing. In short, very recommended.

ardis 21st December 2018 10:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Sniperschool (Post 12918701)
Long time Grado RS1 owner/user here (I currently have 3 sets)
Reading this list makes me really want to try out some of the alternative kfhkh

Buy some e-Grados! $50- same drivers as the sr60. Great sport headphone surprisingly comfy and rugged....

Henrik Hjortnaes 4th January 2019 10:50 PM

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Originally Posted by stonerbox (Post 13072388)
This thread has a great big hole in it with the shape of a pair of Sony MDR 7520. Why people don't praise them more I will never understand.

How about the 165-page thread over at head-fi.org? :)

Reptil 5th January 2019 12:37 PM

Instead of the K-701 I'd include the K-712 Pro in the list. Much better IMO.
I'm using HD-25 but those are < 300$
Lots of ppl. also use the Sennheiser HD-600 and the ATH-R70R.

Steph Wellenbad 6th January 2019 06:23 PM

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This thread has a great big hole in it with the shape of a pair of Sony MDR 7520. Why people don't praise them more I will never understand.

I'm a big fan of these.

plus:

- resolution
- wearing comfort
- isolation
- realistic soundstage/imaging

minus:

- quite colored

I made a preset for Steinbergs "Frequency" EQ-plugin. This can be used as last insert within Cubase 9/Wavelab 9/Nuendo 8 and corrects the headphone. It does basically the same as Sonarworks and sounds even better..

I have also an EQ setting for the internal RME ADI 2 Pro EQ.

Works like a charm, try it out if you can ;-)

stonerbox 9th January 2019 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Steph Wellenbad (Post 13723758)
I'm a big fan of these.


- resolution
- wearing comfort
- isolation
- realistic soundstage/imaging

minus:

- quite colored

I made a preset for Steinbergs "Frequency" EQ-plugin. This can be used as last insert within Cubase 9/Wavelab 9/Nuendo 8 and corrects the headphone. It does basically the same as Sonarworks and sounds even better..

I have also an EQ setting for the internal RME ADI 2 Pro EQ.

Works like a charm, try it out if you can ;-)

What a helpful guy you are, thank you.

I don't use Steinberg's plugins but I do have a RME Raydat that comes with some, if I'm not mistaking. Edit: Just checked and it's not the EQ that's needed.

Steph Wellenbad 13th January 2019 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by stonerbox (Post 13728659)
I don't use Steinberg's plugins but I do have a RME Raydat that comes with some, if I'm not mistaking. Edit: Just checked and it's not the EQ that's needed.

You can use every onboard or EQ-plugin for this. Here is my setting for the RME EQ:

PEQ1:

Freq: 30Hz
Gain: +2,5
Q: 2.6

PEQ2:

Freq: 90Hz
Gain: -3.0
Q: 1.2

PEQ3:

Freq: 4.6k
Gain: +3.0
Q: 4.2

PEQ4:

Freq: 9.2k
Gain: -10.0
Q: 4.9

PEQ5:

Freq: 17.9k
Gain: +6.0
Q: 2.3

You must adjust "q" and gain, sometimes a bit to taste, as it is not directly compatible. You will see...

stonerbox 13th January 2019 10:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steph Wellenbad (Post 13736995)
You can use every onboard or EQ-plugin for this. Here is my setting for the RME EQ:

PEQ1:

Freq: 30Hz
Gain: +2,5
Q: 2.6

PEQ2:

Freq: 90Hz
Gain: -3.0
Q: 1.2

PEQ3:

Freq: 4.6k
Gain: +3.0
Q: 4.2

PEQ4:

Freq: 9.2k
Gain: -10.0
Q: 4.9

PEQ5:

Freq: 17.9k
Gain: +6.0
Q: 2.3

You must adjust "q" and gain, sometimes a bit to taste, as it is not directly compatible. You will see...

As friendly and helpful as you are I'm betting you're not a native of the "Internet" but rather some magical mystery land where few human beings have ever had chance to set foot. We need more of your kind where I come from. Can't thank you enough for this.

ccg 13th January 2019 11:06 PM

Yeah the 7520s are awesome. I think I've sold a dozen pair on word of mouth. Where's my money, Sony?

huglife187 14th January 2019 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by stonerbox (Post 13072388)
This thread has a great big hole in it with the shape of a pair of Sony MDR 7520. Why people don't praise them more I will never understand.


i can't understand why the sony mdr 7520 is not available anymore in europe

i worked with a sony mdr 7509hd but it's also discontinued

has anyone experience with the sony mdr 7520 and the akg k812. which one works better for mixing and mastering?

Henrik Hjortnaes 14th January 2019 04:40 PM

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i can't understand why the sony mdr 7520 is not available anymore in europe

Back in 2013, European safety regulations forced Sony to withdraw the MDR-7520 headphones from the Europe market, due to their high efficiency and power handling. It was concluded that it is too easy to achieve high Sound Pressure Levels with them. The 7520 can blow your head off and survive it, no problem.

ardis 15th January 2019 02:05 AM

If I’m not mistaken Sony phones are mostly made for field video work where hf signal detection and interference is key. I think they tend to be skewed toward the treble side and flat. They also are built like tanks....