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Can any audio engineers recommend a good set of headphones?

Apr 21, 2012 1:50 PM

Just looking for a good quality set for when I'm doing sound work on videos.

 
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  • SteveG(AudioMasters)
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    Apr 21, 2012 2:24 PM   in reply to VidNoob

    You haven't said what your budget is, or whether you want closed or open ones.

     

    FWIW, I use (quite old) Sennheiser HD580's - the present version of this is the HD600. But these are not cheap...

     
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    Apr 22, 2012 6:45 AM   in reply to VidNoob

    The other common headphones for working on location are the Beyer DT150--but these are also shockingly expensive.

     

    I've also used Sennheiser HD 25 headphones and they work well and have a good sound at a significantly lower price than either of the "standards".  The ear cups are a bit small so I'd suggest you try them for isolation before laying out your cash though.

     
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:53 PM   in reply to VidNoob

    A staple in many studios, location sound, monitoring, etc is the Sony MDR-7506. It's a bit bass heavy at times, so like any headphone you need to "learn" them. Similar to Steve, I have the Sennheiser HD600's for critical listening and a much cheaper pair of Senn's (205's? I can't recall) for general use. I also have the Sony 7506. Both Sony and Senn's are really comfortable and isolated.

     

    Others I know use AKG's, Grado and Beyer dynamic. None of those have ever worked for me personally in terms of fit or sound.

     

    If you plan to record while wearing the headphones (voice over, etc) you will want full "closed ear" so the bleed is minimized in to the mic.

     

    http://www.headphone.com has pretty good write ups, generally focused on the "audiophile" (which I believe is short for "non-pro users with credit cards") but I've found the reviews reasonable and pretty fair.

     

     

    Colin

     
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    Apr 24, 2012 12:57 AM   in reply to Bob Howes

    Bob Howes wrote:

     

    The other common headphones for working on location are the Beyer DT150--but these are also shockingly expensive.

     

    I should have mentioned that I also have two pairs of Beyer DT250's - even more expensive, but I find them to be more comfortable than the 150s, of which I have one (now broken) pair. As closed-back headphones though, they are pretty good. Colin says he doesn't get on with Beyers, and that's quite important - it really pays to try several different types in a shop before spending too much on a pair, just to make sure that you get on with them.

     
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    Apr 24, 2012 4:40 AM   in reply to VidNoob

    +1 to what Steve says--the fit and feel is as important as the sound, if not more so if you're wearing them for hours at a time.

     

    Regarding the Sony 7506, I use them for live sound work but, speaking personally, I use them for the highish levels and good isolation.  I'd be less happy using them for any critical monitoring (the bass exaggeration as already mentioned) and I also find them uncomfortable after a few minutes.

     
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    Apr 24, 2012 6:00 AM   in reply to _colin_

    "audiophile" (which I believe is short for "non-pro users with credit cards")

     

    Spot on! This should be in Webster's.

     
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    Apr 24, 2012 7:06 AM   in reply to MikeAiken

    I suppose I should 'fess up and let Colin know I've stolen his definition of Audiophile and reposted it on another forum (with credit of course!).

     
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    Apr 24, 2012 9:38 AM   in reply to VidNoob

    I'll just underline the point that you need to go try some yourself before making a decision. Headphone choice is so subjective, even more so than choice of nearfield monitors, because the shape of the outer ear plays a much bigger role in the sound you'll experience with a given set of headphones. A good fit to your head and ears is important, too. It varies so much from person to person that you owe it to yourself to spend time on primary research before spending the cash.

     
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