Help me buy headphones....

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  1. T92780

    T92780 Silver Supporting Member

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    1. Record rock and blues guitar and vocals with Duet2 > MAC Pro > Logic Pro X
    2. Listen to rock and blues music through iPad, iTouch and stereo receiver.

    Please add if Alessandro MS2 would compliment my needs into suggestions:
    http://www.alessandro-products.com/main.php?p=headphones

    Also, I don't want to spend $149.99 because of value, "as good as any pair 2x the cost", so keep those suggestions/comments out of mix, use as much of 3-bills as possible.

    Thanks.
     
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    So many great options out there. Sennheiser, AKG, Sony, Beyer.
    I've gotten so used to using my Audio Technica M50s for monitoring/some mixing, I love 'em. They cost under $300, so I'm not sure if you'd still consider them ;)

    Beyer DT990s are really killer and I think they're right around $300.
     
  3. aleclee

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    Open back, I'd suggest Beyerdynamic DT880
    Closed back, the Blue MoFi is stunning

    Given that you're looking to track with them, I suspect closed back would be your preference.
     
  4. T92780

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    Thanks for feedback!!

    Let me add/clarify.....headphones will plug direct into Duet2 mostly when recording, and direct into iPad and iTouch listening to mostly spotify. Currently I only have an old pair of: Sennheiser HD212 to use as monitor and to listen to music late at night through portable device.
     
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  5. 78deluxe

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    I'd buy 2 pairs, one open and one closed.

    Senn HD598 (you can get them for $150 if you look and or wait). Openback. This isn't about "value" they are better than many $300+ cans. They will bleed sound out, so not idea for tracking vocals.

    audio technica ath-m50 would be fine for closed back cans to fill in the other $150 of your $300 budget.

    I have not heard $300 closed back cans that can compete with the Senn 598s in terms of "quality" however you say you are recording vocals, so most people would not use open back for that.

    I do not use Apple products, so I have no idea if they provide sufficient juice to these cans.

    Also you are listening to spotify, so I'd be careful about expecting "X" dollar cans to perform.
     
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    Thanks for your time.

    After little research today, now concerned about not "sufficient juice" for optimal use with Duet 2 and iPad2. I prefer to use only one set of cans for all my needs, as I use my Senn HD212 currently for everything; recording, mixing, etc, my rock/blues noodles...so my cans are my only monitors.

    I think it's clear what I'm doing, if not:
    https://soundcloud.com/t92780/sunday-clams

    I'm lost...starting to back pedal...help :)
     
  7. jdogric12

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    I bought some Sennheisers I am very unhappy with because they are extremely uncomfortable with glasses on. I kept them as "guest" cans and continue to use my 20-year old Sony pair. I was looking for a replacement since the black plasticy coating stuff was coming off the foam and getting on my ears and neck. NOW they're so old it's all flaked off and its just nice soft foam. But I never let anyone use them - like microphones and harmonicas!
     
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    That's actually what started my quest to get new set and retire my HD212 for rare guest...lol.
     
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    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I like beyer 770s for recording and listening. Very comfortable and you can get them in an impedance that works with portable devices.
     
  11. 78deluxe

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    Your Senns are 32ohms
    The 598 are 50 ohms

    The 598s are not in the same league as what you have. I have not found any closed back cans in your price range that I would enjoy using both for recording and enjoyment.

    Which pair of Senns did you buy and what is your headshape?

    I own 595 and 598s (same design) with glasses and they are super comfortable. Far far above average, I own 5 pairs of 500 series Senns currently and have owned quite a few others. The fact your Sonys have plastic coating on the foam alone is a fail compared to the senns.
     
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    The 880s sound good, but I would not consider them comfortable at least not comparatively.
     
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    Consider:
    1. What happens when they are dropped. Some pretty good phones crack.
    Don't think it will never happen.

    2. How long before handling and time deteriorate the plastic and foam?

    I have had an old pair of Koss Po4AA that were once THE benchmark and they held up spectacularly well. Sounded good. rugged. heavy. hurt my head.
    But good value. Decades of use.
    What is the current choice amongst studio pros?
    Those AKG K141's type break regularly. Don't seal well either.
     
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    I just bought a pair of HD280's
    Seems they've come down in price of late
    I understand the response is only to 25k. My old ears probably cant hear that high anyway.
     
  16. jdogric12

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    HD 280

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    I'm betting you can't even hear 18K. Download some test tones. You might need a child to confirm the file is actually playing.

    No joke.

    http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2009/03/can-you-hear-this-hearing-test/
     
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