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All-purpose closed back headphones search (ATH-M30X upgrade)
Old 7th June 2019
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All-purpose closed back headphones search (ATH-M30X upgrade)

Hey All,
I'm want to upgrade to my old ATH-M30X and was hoping to get some recommendations. I'm looking for something predominantly for personal listening and tracking, but I'll also use them to check mixes (I already have a pair of hd600's that I use for critical mixing). My main gripe with the M30's is that they feel congested in the low mids and lack clarity/detail in the high end.
I'm in the market for a utilitarian set of closed-back headphones that are comfortable over long periods of time, have good isolation, and a flat frequency response for under $150 - anyone got any good suggestions?
Old 7th June 2019
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So you have an idea of your options:

https://www.sweetwater.com/c412--Closed-back_Headphones
Old 7th June 2019
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Thanks, but every manufacturer claims that their headphones have "amazing clarity and detail." I posted on a here because I'm trying to address a specific problem I have with a specific set of headphones
Old 7th June 2019
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Notice that there are 102 choices of closed back headphones if you click on Poinzy’s Sweetwater link. 51 of them are in your price range. I’d guess at least 20 of them sound good in a general sense.
The shape of your head and ears are unknown, so comfort is hard to predict. The AT phones have a generally similar sound, so I think you should eliminate that brand if you don’t want a slightly different version of the same signature.
Among what’s left, I can’t guess what you might like. The Sony 7506 is a classic which seems to fit the sound profile you are looking for. My experience is that they don’t stand up to cord pulling or getting stepped on very well. Otherwise you can get five good years from them before the pads flatten out or deteriorate.
Old 14th June 2019
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You like AT's get the 50's love mine......
Old 4 weeks ago
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Dt770 Pro.
So underrated! And pretty cheep now a days.
The 250 ohm, need a good headphone amp, but pretty flat.
Old 4 weeks ago
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... The Sony 7506 is a classic which seems to fit the sound profile you are looking for. My experience is that they don’t stand up to cord pulling or getting stepped on very well. Otherwise you can get five good years from them before the pads flatten out or deteriorate.
Genuine replacement pads are freely available for under US$30 a pair.
Old 4 weeks ago
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You like AT's get the 50's love mine......
I ended up going with the at50's in the end and I like them a lot. I tracked down that the the m30s had a crazy 20+ DB notch between 4.5k and 6.5k which made it impossible to detect any sibilance or cymbal harshness.
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I ended up going with the at50's in the end and I like them a lot. I tracked down that the the m30s had a crazy 20+ DB notch between 4.5k and 6.5k which made it impossible to detect any sibilance or cymbal harshness.
Good call!
Looking at that graph, I see why the 30s seem pleasant to me, if a little soft on absolute detail. It’s like a de-esser is stuck in reduction.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I like 50's because they sound similar to speakers. Not a huge difference except with reverb etc and spacial stuff common to all phones.....
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