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Good headphones for under $100 Studio Headphones
Old 27th December 2010
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Good headphones for under $100

Do they exist?
Sennheiser makes some nice stuff, right?
Little help?
Old 28th December 2010
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We like Audio Technica... ATH M40, ATH M-45, ATH M-50...
Old 28th December 2010
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Shure SRH 440's. I never leave home without them.
Old 28th December 2010
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mdr-7506 are all over the US at about $85 recently
Old 28th December 2010
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Thanks! I found a pair of AT M45s for $70!
I'm gona pull the trigger, I think.
Old 28th December 2010
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I like Sony MDR 7506
Old 28th December 2010
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ATH M-50
Old 28th December 2010
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ATH M40

8 years and still working...
Old 28th December 2010
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I bought a box of 6 AY M30 on sale three years ago....150,00 4 still work....amazing in a studio. I iike them better than the 40, which i also use.

the 30 are light on the head like the Sonys and sound very nice. I give the Sennheissers to the drums and bass. They have the beef, and everyone else gets M30s unless they ask for AKG 240s, or the Fostex, which I also have some of.
Old 28th December 2010
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Sennheiser HD280 Pro. It’s right at $100, but can probably find it for cheaper.
Old 28th December 2010
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The Equation RP-21's are great tracking phones at that price point.
Old 28th December 2010
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Sennheiser HD280 Pro. It’s right at $100, but can probably find it for cheaper.
Yep. I likes mine!
Old 28th December 2010
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If you don't mind open headphones and the bleed issue, Sennheiser HD555 is an excellent choice. That and my Sony MDR-V6 get it done for me most of the time.
Old 29th December 2010
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MDR- V6's are great.

V6's are cheaper than 7506, same thing, just a different warranty.
Old 29th December 2010
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Sennheiser HD280 Pro. It’s right at $100, but can probably find it for cheaper.
Yeah, they get picked on a bit but I think they're pretty good cans. Not perfect but good for their price range. You should be able to find a pair under $100.
Old 29th December 2010
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Vic Firth closed headphones have been recommended to me as being very good. Anyone here ever tried them?
Old 29th December 2010
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Vic Firth closed headphones have been recommended to me as being very good. Anyone here ever tried them?
The pair I owned lacked low end response and were very tight, so wearing them for long periods of time was out of the question.

To the OP, you have better choices at the $200 range, it might be a better choice to wait then to get inferior cans.
Old 2nd January 2011
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I've used sony 7509 for long time,
it's great for personnal monitoring (or for just listening music
but it's not closed enough for musicians recording in studio,
and I had trouble trying tu use it when overdubbing vocals upon a mix.
for drummers, I had to push the phone-amp all the way up all the time !

also in live environements, it's ok unless you got loud environment (i.e. rock concert f.o.h or stage position)

as a results, It's been damaged a bit and quickly gets a bit distorded in midrange now......

by the way I'm new to this (great !) forum, hello to all of you
and thanks for your helpful contributions !
Old 2nd January 2011
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hd280 for me...can get used for 50 fairly easily
Old 2nd January 2011
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Wink

Dave Rat does a five part video thing on youtube
It's really good. He's awesome. I wonder if he has a GS account...
The Mighty Headphone Quest:

Part one

Part two

Part three

Part four

Part five
Old 3rd January 2011
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If it is just for listening for personal enjoyment then the Grado SR-60 or SR-80.

I am partial to the AGK K-44 for tracking or the Extreme Isolation headphones.
Old 3rd January 2011
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Sony MDR V6 or 7506.

Most comfortable to me by a good bit.
Old 3rd January 2011
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Do they exist?
Sennheiser makes some nice stuff, right?
Little help?
For what? Cue? Monitoring? Mixing?

If you're using them when you perform, then any closed back headphones that you like are fine. As long as you get good isolation to minimize headphone bleed, anything you like is fine. The Sony MDR 7506 comes to mind. It's pretty bright, so you can hear yourself sing over the resonance in your skull.

For monitoring (i.e. mic placment), you need something that's closed back so you can isolate the sound, but it also has to be fairly flat so you get an accurate picture of what the signal sounds like. The Sony MDR 7506 is about the last headphone I'd pick for this purpose because it's so bright. I paid $200 for my Beyer DT 770's. I don't have a $100 suggestion for these.

For mixing, you probably want a headphone that is very flat, but is open backed so you get a more natural bass response. I have no suggestion here, as I don't mix through headphones.
Old 3rd January 2011
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Audio Technica ATM-45's here! I might even get a set of ATM 50's as well. Great flat headphones! I think the only difference between the ATM 45 and ATM 50 is that the 45's are like listening to 6 inch monitors and the 50 hit like a 8 inch monitor (speaker size that is) IMHO. I'm learning how to monifor and mix on my 45's but that's only from a monitoring standpoint meaning I'm primarily learning to mix on my monitors then check with my cans as well. However, the true test will be when I replace my Soundblaster with a new interface!

Seventh
Old 3rd January 2011
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sennheiser hd280 pros are about 100 and amazing i have them and love them
Old 3rd January 2011
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AKG K 530. Little bit "tubbier" than K 702's but for the price they're great.
Old 3rd January 2011
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I use Audio Technica ATH-D40s

Have about 6 pairs. I think they were $59.00

Yes. I was right.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ATHD40
Old 3rd January 2011
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I would go AKG K 240 or Sony MDR 7506, the first is semi-open and in need of a long period of burning in, but ultimately potentially the best, the second is closed and great to enjoy music, but could be too bright and give headaches on some sources.

I am used to the Sony and like it. That's the thing, you get used to what you hear and everything else doesn't sound quite right.
Old 3rd January 2011
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Good "inexpensive" headphones

Anything in the ATH- "range" will suit your needs. I have the ATH-M35's closed back headphones ($57USD) and the frequency response is unbelievable thumbsup Not only are they comfortable but they are fun to listen on. The low end is full and warm and the highs are not brittle like some other studio cans I've experienced. Sennheiser is the other brand I trust for comfortable, good sounding cans.
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