good headphones?

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  1. saneff

    saneff Gold Supporting Member

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    Guys, I'm just getting started with doing some home recording etc. I'm getting outfitted and the last thing I think I need is an upgrade to my headphones.

    What do you guys recommend for a newbie just getting started? I want nice ones with good sound when I play with my iPad and Ampkit or Garageband or whatever and also using the computer for recording. Nothing crazy money, but maybe the best bang for the buck. I guess maybe under $200 or so. Thanks!
     
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    saneff Gold Supporting Member

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    Anyone? recommend some good quality headphones? I was wanting to order today. Thanks!!
     
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    Sony MDR 7506. Best bang for the buck around $100.
     
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    Sennheiser HD280
    Shure SRH440
    AT ATHM50
    AKG K240 Studio
     
  5. Groveness

    Groveness Silver Supporting Member

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    I think these Grado SR125's have an amazing amount of detail. I've had them for about six years now and have liked them better than anything else I've listened through. The only way in which they've been even slightly deficient is with regard to bass. Recordings that sound bass heavy through other headphones sound significantly less bass heavy through these. Does that mean they're presenting a more "accurate" picture? Well, that opens a whole philosophical bag of worms viz a viz the question "what does a recording actually sound like," but philosophical quandaries aside, these are very good headphones. I believe they'll run you about $150 or so.

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    DT770

    HD280

    7509

    My preference in that order. HD280s are really good for tracking if you're afraid of bleed and have great isolation. You can get 2 pairs for under $200 if you shop well.

    DT770s are the best sounidng and most comfortable

    7509s are just great over all, studio staple, but i prefer 770s or multiple HD280s
     
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    sony mdr7506 mdr7509

    common in many studios and choice for many home studios.
     
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    Chiba Gold Supporting Member

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    Another vote for the Sennheiser HD280 'phones.

    I have 3 pair in my studio, 1 of which is "MINE" (I don't let anybody else use it) and I use it with my computer, iPad, etc. as well. I have another set at work I use to listen to music when I'm working.

    Best sound quality for $100 I've come across. As KidA said, good isolation too - my drummer loves them!
     
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    oldhousescott Silver Supporting Member

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    I like fisticuffs' list, although I might have selected the ATH-M40fs instead of the more expensive (albeit worth it) ATH-M50.
     
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    +1 for the AT ATHM50
     
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    saneff Gold Supporting Member

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    I got a pair of the HD280's. Thanks for all the input. I really like them.
     
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    I really like the HD280s as well. Good choice!!
     
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    I'm wearing my HD280's right now. Good choice. Lots of good options out there though. I may try the Shure's next time around.
     
  14. saneff

    saneff Gold Supporting Member

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    You know, these boards are so awesome. Guys really genuinely want to help each other out. That's just cool.
     
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    Shure srh 440's works and sounds great with my zoom g3 and GarageBand.
     
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    I dig the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 set as well.
     
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    :agree
     
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    Me too,I'm wearing them right now.They put my other cans to shame in that price range.I would be very comfortable if these were my only set of phones
     
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    I usually recommend the Senn HD280s because they are a nice balance of sounding good and being isolated enough to work for most situations. The Sony MD 7509s are nice but can be a bit harsh in the 3-5kHz region. My fav right now are the ultrasone Pro750s, can be a bit shy on bass, but they are very detailed.
     
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    I find most cans lacking in bass, not surprsingly

    for about $200, the Beyer DT 770 (get the 80 ohm version) are great. If you play bass or drums, and are recording, these cans "get it" in the low end and really help you hear how the bass is sitting as you play.

    I am sure there are more accurate cans out there, but these really work for recording because they get you the low end, and really sound great overall...that inspires performance IMO
     

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