Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by gdomeier, Feb 27, 2006.
What studio phones do you recommend?
listening to minute detail (sennheiser 580's)
for tracking? (sennheiser 280's)
Grado makes excellent sounding phones in all price ranges, extremely well-regarded, but they're open back, so not for tracking. The Sennheisers are also good. The AKGs are good for certain things, especially tracking, as are Beyer Dynamic.
There's a new German-made phone that's supposed to be good, and is getting good reviews, I forgot the name.
Audio Technica makes some good tracking phones.
+1 to all of that. I used Grado's while on my computer and when isolation isn't an issue. A/T m40fs for drums and bass. (or Senn 280's if you prefer) and AKG K271's for tracking everything else. I use the K271's most for the simple reason that I find them most comfortable. I have not tried the Ultrasones yet.
Here's one of the better headphone sites I've seen.
i used a friend's HFI-550 for tracking, and good lord, they were nice.
Sennheiser HD 600s are my fave
I like the Senn 280s for tracking also. Decent isolation.
Am I the only one, or does the coiled pig tail type chord really irritate you in the home studio environment? Too damn heavy and always catching on everything from table legs to shirt sleeves. Distracts me when I'm tracking.
Another vote for the Senn 280. Love 'em!
How about those Sony 7506's? They were recommended to me for durability, isolation and sound. Anyone able to compare w/Senn 280's for the home studio?
Thanks everyone. Looks like I have some 280's on the way.
Yes, I own both. The Sony's have little to no isolation, are deficient on the low end IMO (they understate bass frequencies to my ears), but are very clear and crisp on the high end. I like them, but I wouldn't use them for tracking or for mixing. They work well for when you need to listen deep into the mix for problems like crackling, mild clipping on snare or other dyncmic sound sources, etc.
I like the Beyer DT150 for tracking. This sounds crazy, but comfort being a big issue you should go someplace and try on all the big makes. I hated the 7506 for some reason and think the Beyer is very comfortable.
I'm looking, too. I currently have a pair of AKG K240's I've used for a long time, but I'm finding that they seem to be bass heavy. If I mix using them, then take the mix and play it on just about anything else, it's lost a lot of bass (because of the apparent boosted bass response of the K240s). Anyone else experience this?
I thought the Sony 7506s (or MDR V6) were the most widely accepted and used studio standards. Has this changed?
they are, and its mostly what i find in the studios i frequent, tho, they're usually all beat to crap, and still too tight around my ears.
The 600s - 650s some say are better, but get the 580s and a good dedicated head amp for around the same $$, and you have a great sonic microscope. 280s = closed circumaural, Senn quality, minimal bleed.