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Old 4th February 2009
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some headphones for producing

hey,

I'm looking for a set of headphones and i found here something for my budget:

1) AKG K-121 STUDIO
http://www.thomann.de/gb/akg_k121_studio.htm

2) AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-M40FS
http://www.thomann.de/gb/audio_technica_athm40fs.htm

3) AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-D40 FS
http://www.thomann.de/gb/audio_technica_athd40_fs.htm

4) SENNHEISER HD 280 PRO
http://www.thomann.de/gb/sennheiser_hd280pro_djkopfhoerer.htm

Has anyone experience with above mentioned headphones? Which would be the best choice? I really don't want to spend more money. I had very expencive sennheiser HD25 before and they broke 3 times during 1 year, so i thought fook it... I wont spend alot of money on headphones again.

Forgot to mention, I need them mostly for producing or listening to music, so they should have detailed, accurate and true sound. They also should be comfortable to wear for longer sessions.

Cheers

Last edited by djalarj; 4th February 2009 at 02:25 AM.. Reason: links were in german
Old 4th February 2009
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I have Audio Technica ATH m-50s, not on your list but only slightly more than you listed.

They get alot of praise around here and I love mine. I use them in conjunction with my (now treated room) to mix and by combining the two my mixes have improved alot and are continuuing to do so.

They get the thumbs up from me. My friend has the m-40s and I think theyre meh, spend a couple extra bucks its worth it.

EDIT - Oh and theyre pretty damn comfortable.
Old 4th February 2009
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stanton dj pro 60
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You broke HD-25's 3 times? Where do they keep breaking? I figured those things were indestructable with the metal headband.
Old 4th February 2009
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I'll second the ATH-M50s phones and suggest you stay away from the M40s. The difference is like night and day. The M40s lack detail and the bass is muddy. I can't really comment on the other choices since I haven't had any experience with any of them.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mikecook ➑️
You broke HD-25's 3 times? Where do they keep breaking? I figured those things were indestructable with the metal headband.
I used them carefully at home. First and second time there was a problem with a membrane on the right side, it just stoped playing any sound. I sent em back to shop everytime and on the second time someone robbed the shop and stole my broken HD25's! So i got em replaced... soon i started hearing heavy distortion. Imagine this, I had 1 year warranty and all this 3 probs occured in one year... lucky me! So shop took care of all the repairs. When they got fixed for the last time, I just sold them. No more sennheiser for me.
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that's too bad you had such a bad experience.. the HD-25 is a beautiful dj headphone.. I wouldn't recommend them for studio work though.
I use the Ultrasone HFI-500 headphone in my home studio. I suggest you check these out before you buy anything. stike
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I own the sennheiser 280's in silver. I def like them They have good isolation for when I track. But I would def go for the Yamaha RH10MS.

Yamaha's monitors are ridiculously good for the price. I LOVE my HS80's. I learned on NS-10s and they are like NS-10's in how they translate, but they have much better low frequency response and the highs and mids are sharp not harsh. Like NS-10s that sound beautiful basically.

Im getting off track, anyways the Yamaha headphones rock.
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Oh yea

And out of the ones you said I would go with the 280 Pros. I have them and they are SUPER rugged if thats an issue for you, and sound great, very flat. Yamahas are a little more like 135 but they sound like 350 headphones.
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ive been recomended the beyerdynamic dt250's by Headphonic | Australian Headphone Specialists: Buy Etymotic, Alessandro, Audio Technica, Ultimate Ears, Talisman, Meier Audio and more, all he really sells is headphones so id say he knows his stuff. and also they come in an 80 ohm version so you can get good results without a headphone amp.
has anyone actually used these here as im seriously considering getting a pair and dont have the luxury of being able to try them out
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ATH M-50s
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Of your selection Id go for the AKGs or Sennheiser. I have the ATH-M40FS and they are indeed pretty ****e - I would only use them for record monitoring - never mxing. I use HD650s for that.

There are lots of headphone review sites around the web like this to get feedback:

Headphones Headsets Reviews Find the Best Headphone Headsets

Also Amazon.com reviews can be quite useful...
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i know they're not in your list there, but i did see the HD280, so i figure you ought to look into the Sony MDR-7506, too. they're similar in overall sound quality to the 280, but i find them to be a bit more "open" sounding and a little flatter on the low-end. the headphones are also a bit more comfortable for me, for extended listening sessions. the HD280 is super-snug. (i own and use both)
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The AKG's are crap for bass. The Mid to high detail is great, but without that big low end, they're no good for electronic music and they get very fatiguing.

Check out the Ultrasone Proline 750's.
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I use AKG 271 and am quite happy with them, but I also want to get a pair of ATH M50's after hearing so many good reviews. HeadRoom - Right Between Your Ears is a good resource, has reference charts for most models which is useful.
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Just a reminder : use monitors when you can, headphones will damage your hearing with too much exposure even at lower volumes..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mikecook ➑️
that's too bad you had such a bad experience.. the HD-25 is a beautiful dj headphone.. I wouldn't recommend them for studio work though.
I use the Ultrasone HFI-500 headphone in my home studio. I suggest you check these out before you buy anything. stike
The HD 25 has a good frequency range though does it not?

I use my 25 SPs when I need to go into the headphones.
Old 5th February 2009
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Thanks for all the replies. Some headphones that you mentioned here cost a little more than i expected. But two earphones i got interested are:

Sony MDR-7506 and Sennheiser HD 280 pro

I found alot of topics on gearslutz about this tqo types of phones, also checked opinion on zzounds.com

What I found out is that HD280 can't handle bass on higher volumes. MDR7506 can handle that, but low end is not so flat (adds a little extra bass) and highs are a bit irritating. Did anyone experience this facts also?

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Originally Posted by djalarj ➑️
What I found out is that HD280 can't handle bass on higher volumes. MDR7506 can handle that, but low end is not so flat (adds a little extra bass) and highs are a bit irritating. Did anyone experience this facts also?
that's odd; i have experienced sort of the opposite. i always thought my 7506 were flatter in their bass response vs. the 280. the highs can be a little on the bright side, that's true, but i've never found it to be very fatiguing at all.
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this place has great headphone reviews:

HeadRoom - Right Between Your Ears
Old 7th February 2009 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SWAN808 ➑️
Of your selection Id go for the AKGs or Sennheiser. I have the ATH-M40FS and they are indeed pretty ****e - I would only use them for record monitoring - never mxing. I use HD650s for that.

There are lots of headphone review sites around the web like this to get feedback:

Headphones Headsets Reviews Find the Best Headphone Headsets

Also Amazon.com reviews can be quite useful...
great site, mate thumbsup

I'll go for sennheiser hd280 Pro
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I have been using Sony MDR V7000's for almost 10 years now, and I get great mixes on them. To me, they are the NS10's of DJ/Studio headphones. They don't have a great shape for prolonged listening (read: the cups are comfy but shallow, making my ears sore after hours of use).

Contrary to what most people might say, I would recommend them (their sound) for studio use.
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