Whatever you say I highly recommend sony's mdr series. They are probably not the most accurate headphones, but if you learn them, you will love them. It's again, like with studio monitors, it's really a personal choice. Personally I have never liked AKG phones, etc. Only try out will help you. I would even say never make deinite decisions after a few or a lot recommendations. Remeber that one man's happiness is the others' sadness.
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What do slutz use? I want to buy a neutral sounding set of cans, any recommendations?
Sennheiser HD600. A bonus: They're EXTREMELY comfortable to wear. I've NEVER heard a totally neutral set of cans, or loudspeakers, for that matter. That said, the Sennheiser's are pretty darn flat without any major peaks. I feel they're a bit "warm" or maybe a little heavy in the extreme bottom, but nothing that's an obstacle.
The 650s sound a little brighter or thinner to me and I prefer the 600s.
Another interesting phenomenon is unit-to-unit consistency is not so great so there are variances.
AKG has a new "super model" which I have not heard, but which Headroom's website has good things to say and is the "rival" to the HD600's but with a slightly brighter tonal balance.
Expect to pay good money for a "neutral" set of phones.
AKG K701s are about as nuetral as you'll get. My opinions of the other hi end headphones:
Ultrasones: Proline 750s and 2500s: Can't believe that the ones I heard weren't broken. Hands down the worst sounding transducers I've ever come across.
Sennheisers: HD580s, 600s, 650s: Very pleasing to listen to. Definitely a tonal balance that leans towards the warm side. More laid back sound. Not particularly nuetral, but very enjoyable, relaxed listen. Probably my favorite can for casual listening.
Beyers: DT880, 831, 990: Brighter than the Senns, with a bigger bottom end as well. Fun to listen to, and pretty clear/detailed/accurate/etc. Probably my second favorite can for work.
Grados: Entire Line: Too fatiguing for me. They are bright, punchy, and in your face. I feel like I'm getting attacked when I'm wearing a pair. They're definitely detailed and smooth, but I can't stand them. They sound good, they're just not to my taste. Lots of people love them though, which goes to show that audio is all subjective.
AKGs: K601 701: Most nuetral cans I've ever heard. Very clear, detailed, clean. What you hear is what's there. These are the Dynaudios of the headphone world. If you're looking for a set of cans for casual listening, you'l lbe better served elsewhere, but for work and analyzing mixes, these things rock. Plus they are very comfortable. Highly reccomended.
I hate the Y cable on the Senn's. That and their spring connectors. If you have them or are considering getting any of the the Senn models that have the spring connectors, expect to have problems at some point with intermittent contact between the spring and the cable end connector. It's a fairly easy fix, but I think it's a poor design. Here's instructions for the fix, courtesy of "jeepy206":