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Dadical
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Jul 21st, 2015 05:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My main studio headphones are Sennheiser HD 280 pros. I have a second pair for vocalists. That level of headphone performance isn't necessary for instrumentalists in a group session. I'm looking at picking up a few Audio Technical ATH-M20x sets.

Any alternative ideas at the $50 level?




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Jul 21st, 2015 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't have any opinions about fifty dollar cans.

I do have some thoughts about why you should not buy fifty dollar cans.

AT website says response is 15Hz to 20kHZ.
They don't state that the 3dB point (the point at which low frequencies are attenuated 3 dB )is 15Hz.
They also don't publish a response curve. That suggests to me that the 3dB point is much higher, and stating the actual 3dB point would not enhance sales.

I have no need to hear 15hZ......seems like DJ bait to me.

Lowering costs of a product is achieved by utilising ....cheap labour, cheap parts, mass production, and poor quality control.

Cheap parts will fail sooner and offer substandard results.

"That level of headphone performance isn't necessary for instrumentalists in a group session."
I disagree. Why should I, as a bass player, be given low quality cans?

I think the best thing you can do for your clients is to offer matched headphone amps and matched cans.
Be prepared to have clients come in the door with their "favourite" cans...rarely a welcome event.

cheers







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Jul 21st, 2015 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got some AKG K44 that are pretty good. Not sure where your level is at there Dadical, but they work for me. Nice flat response that does well with whatever input I throw at them. Of course, I haven't used headphones to record an isolated part or whatever the term is in a long time.

These are economical though.

Dadical
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Jul 21st, 2015 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maybe I should have said they're $50 on sale. There's a two week back order at that price.

I have no problem with someone bringing their favorite cans as long as they're closed back or not being used near a mic. I have headphone amps in multiple locations and I want the talent comfortable.



Roly
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Jul 21st, 2015 08:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rigby1027

"Of course, I haven't used headphones to record an isolated part or whatever the term is in a long time."

Interesting.....what's your method for recording an isolated part?
I'm curious.
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Jul 21st, 2015 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a pair of the ATH-M40X and like them. Comfortable to wear for extended periods and have a decent flat response.

heynorm

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Jul 22nd, 2015 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sony MDR7506 Typically $99.99 through the usual sources.

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Jul 24th, 2015 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For what you're describing, they'll be fine.

If they want better, they can pay for it.

mr.gibson

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Jul 26th, 2015 01:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm new at recording. I bought Shure SRH440 because they sounded better to me than more expensive headphones, but they're around $100.



(..or $99.99 for .99 people.)

Dadical
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Aug 5th, 2015 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Back ordered ATs arrived today. I put a pair on as A in an A/B against the Sennheiser 280HD Pros. Sounded very good. Perhaps *slightly* scoopy. Hard to know for sure since I hadn't been under the cans in a week.

B - the Sennheisers - yup the ATs are *slightly* scoopy, and a little less efficient volume wise, but far better quality than anything else in the $50 range, even better than several $100 sets. I'll take these ATs over anything I've heard in the Sony line at any price.

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