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I need a good set of cans. Need some advice. Studio Headphones
Old 18th December 2007
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I need a good set of cans. Need some advice.

So I'm in the market for a new set of headphones.
That gotta be GREAT!
Mainly for mixing and editing. I just moved into a small apartment.

Here are the ones I'm considering:
Sennheiser HD650
Ultrasone Proline Closedback 750
A/T ATH-AD1000
AKG K701


I'd like to hear from people who have used any of these or own a pair.
Thanks.
Old 18th December 2007
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hands down winner 4 me: Sony MDR-7509
Old 18th December 2007
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Try ultra phones. Sonys with xtra soundproofing.Gk-music.com
My engineer says they are great for tracking.No bleed.
Old 18th December 2007
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7509 +1
Old 18th December 2007
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7509 +1
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Old 18th December 2007
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7509's have a pretty bright high end, I wouldn't recommend them for mixing purposes. Actually, I wouldn't recommend any headphones for mixing, only to double check a mix or to check for flaws in the mix(clicks, pops, phase problems, etc.)
Old 18th December 2007
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+1 for 7509
Old 18th December 2007
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7509's have a pretty bright high end, I wouldn't recommend them for mixing purposes. Actually, I wouldn't recommend any headphones for mixing, only to double check a mix or to check for flaws in the mix(clicks, pops, phase problems, etc.)
Thanks gtrman, but I don't really need a lesson here. I'm not solely relying on headphones. But I do need something that can get me in the ballpark. I go to a studio (here in Salt Lake City) with a perfectly tuned room for mix down and it doesn't take me as long. I can save money and get things just the way I like them. That being said, what headphones are cool for this?

That's what I thought when i tried out a pair of 7509's. Plus I don't think they are built very well. They feel cheap and I didn't think they were all that honest in sound. HD280's were better for mixing on for me, instead of the 7509.

Anyone ever tried the Ultrasones?
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Old 18th December 2007
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I use the Senn 280's (HD 280 Pro) for tracking drums. The isolation is perfect for this. I do not like them for any mix checking though. They have this unusual midrange bump that would certainly throw off mixes in my opinion. I have had several pair of Sony MDR-7506 and 7509 phones through the years and they are built like a tank actually.

I would shy away from mixing on 280's though. My 2 cents. But I'm not a mixer, I am a drummer who just happens to mix often. I just use the phones to check certain things and rely on the mains for 95+% of the rest. I understand your predicament though. Good luck!
Old 18th December 2007
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I use the Senn 280's (HD 280 Pro) for tracking drums. The isolation is perfect for this. I do not like them for any mix checking though.
Me too.. That's why I need a new pair. Plus I'm moving into a new smaller apartment with my girlfriend. I don't want to keep her up at night while I work. Thanks though.
Old 18th December 2007
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Grado RS1
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Hmmm... do you own a pair? From the looks of it they seem pretty sheik!
Old 18th December 2007
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I'm so used to my old 7506's.


What's the difference between these and the 7509's?
Old 18th December 2007
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The new audio technica ath/m50's are pretty FANTASTIC for only $140-ish. They handle a LOT of low end and are all harsh in the top like the dreaded 7506's :-) Kinda like senn 280's with way more low end capacity
Old 18th December 2007
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Personally, I like my Grado sr325s. The open can sennheisers are the only ones I've heard that really compare, and choosing between them is more a matter of taste than saying one is better than the other.
Old 18th December 2007
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Used the 280's for a few years.

Switched to Ultrasone 650........so much better. Excellent stereo field....no mid-range bump.

I'm forced to use the phones quite a lot while tracking AND mixing and the Ultrasones work for me.

I keep the 280's by the computer to listen to all the excellent gearslutz material.
Old 18th December 2007
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I quite like the Sennheiser HD650, very flat response. To get the best of them you'll need a headphone amp though.
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