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#2900172 - 01/06/18 06:25 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Marzzz]
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Originally Posted By: Marzzz
Originally Posted By: dbran
I've been using Sony MDR 7506's for many years

+1; I have two pairs that have held up very well for more than a decade. Light, comfortable, foldable (if you want to travel with them).

Originally Posted By: OB Dave
Have to say I'm not a fan of the Sony 7506s. I think the highs are way, way over-accentuated.
Well, I am old enough that a little accentuation of the highs is probably not the worst thing.... hitt


>THIS< for me. I've had AKG, Sennheiser and even some old Pioneer headphones do creditable duty, but Sony MDRs have found my current sweet spot in general use. I learned early on that you always buy at least near high-end and dismiss anything that isn't 20Hz-20KHz. Ear buds on grocery store checkout lane racks are electronic waste with an expiration date that passed before they were shipped. Drop at least $100 and closer to $200, if its practical. It pays off.
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#2900184 - 01/06/18 07:01 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Michael Fright]
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Originally Posted By: Michael Wright
Originally Posted By: mate stubb
Still love my Grados.
Which ones Moe?


SR80 - about $100
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#2900185 - 01/06/18 07:03 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: matted stump]
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Originally Posted By: mate stubb
Originally Posted By: Michael Wright
Originally Posted By: mate stubb
Still love my Grados.
Which ones Moe?


SR80 - about $100
Thanks Moe
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#2900198 - 01/06/18 09:14 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: davedoerfler]
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Originally Posted By: davedoerfler
Hey Dan, the big online retailer that has "Stupid Deal Of The Day" today only Tascam TH-300X Studio Headphones for $35.00 inc S/H.
Can't go wrong at that price.


so, thanks to this thread, and GAS, and it being late, I just purchased above referenced headphones since they were 75% off regular selling price, which equated to the cost of a case of beer. cheers
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#2900238 - 01/07/18 07:50 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Six-string-man]
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Originally Posted By: Six-string-man
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Originally Posted By: MotiDave
I use audio technique ATH-M50, i love them. Iím sure there are others, better, ... ... as you mention the list is endless. These run around $150. I tried $50 pair ... no. Tried around $110...no. Got to these and loved them. Wait for others to come in with their fave - or search KC: this thread has happened before here ...


I have a pair of these as well. They fit nicely and can wear for hours with no problem. In fact I saw where they were on sale today when I was browsing around music stores.


+1 for these. They are wonderfully comfortable, and sound great.


Hard to beat these for the price; I have the version with the extra long straight cord, very handy in studios.
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#2900261 - 01/07/18 09:52 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Michael Fright]
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I use a two quid pair of earbuds from ASDA, they suffice at their job of
ensuring I'm not constantly getting told to shut up by the neighbours.


Edited by mediocrepianist (01/07/18 09:52 AM)

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#2900385 - 01/07/18 07:47 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Michael Fright]
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I used Audio Technical ATH-M40fs's for years, but now I use KRK KNS-8400s.

The KRK's are comfortable with a replaceable cord and in-line volume control, and they have surfaced issues with mixes far more than my M40's did.

They aren't cheap (about $150), but they're no where near the high end of the price spectrum either.

Some folks recommend burning them in, so I hooked mine up to an iPod for a week on constant shuffle.
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#2900467 - 01/08/18 06:53 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Sundown]
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Thanks for the input everyone!

Narrowing it down to the KRK's and the Sennheiser 380's.
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#2900506 - 01/08/18 08:59 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: DanL]
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Hey Dan - I tried out the 380s over the weekend. They sounded good but I didnít like the fit. I tried on some ATs, and a couple of others but decided against them, after trying on & listening to the Sony 7506s, which I bought. grin

YMMV of course but the bottom line is donít buy sight-unseen.
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#2901282 - 01/10/18 08:41 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Clawback]
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I have a pair of Sennheiser 280's that areÖmehÖand picked up the AKG 240 for about $50 last year (great deal). Much better fidelity and less fatigue. I'm good for now.
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#2901287 - 01/10/18 09:48 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: hookie]
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Originally Posted By: hookie
picked up the AKG 240 for about $50 last year (great deal). Much better fidelity and less fatigue. I'm good for now.


prices have really dropped on these. Now available new for US $69.00 inc. tax and S/H. Bargain as far as I am concerned. cool
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#2901290 - 01/10/18 10:36 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: davedoerfler]
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Yep, got mine new for $50 but even at $70, I agree, still a great deal. ymmv
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#2901398 - 01/11/18 09:20 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: hookie]
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I ended up going for the Senn 380's.

Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I'm sure they are going to be way better than my ancient Optimus headphones that I've had since the 90's.
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#2901452 - 01/11/18 01:51 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: DanL]
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Originally Posted By: DanL
I ended up going for the Senn 380's.


excellent choice. I don't have those but similar, the Senn HD 598 Cs. They are very comfortable. You are going to like yours. thu
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#2901454 - 01/11/18 02:46 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: davedoerfler]
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Brotha Dan, welcome to the Senn 380 club. thu

I used Sony MDR-7506s for years in the recording studio until they literally flaked out. laugh

Picked up the Senn 380s to replace the 7506s. I'll never go back to Sony. grin cool
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#2901461 - 01/11/18 03:19 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: ProfD]
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Wow, Prof! That's a huge comment on the Senns vs. the 7506. I've been slow making a decision on an affordable pair of big cans...I was waffling between a pair of Grados and the 7506. Sounds like I need to consider the 380s as well.

What do you find better than the Sonys with the 380s?

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#2901510 - 01/11/18 10:17 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: timwat]
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Originally Posted By: timwat

What do you find better than the Sonys with the 380s?


hey Tim, jumping in here, the Sony's are not flat. For listening they are fine, but for mixing they are colored (high end bump), as has already been discussed in this thread. They are an excellent set of headphones for less than US $90.00.
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#2901528 - 01/12/18 04:21 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: davedoerfler]
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Originally Posted By: davedoerfler
Originally Posted By: timwat

What do you find better than the Sonys with the 380s?


hey Tim, jumping in here, the Sony's are not flat. For listening they are fine, but for mixing they are colored (high end bump), as has already been discussed in this thread. They are an excellent set of headphones for less than US $90.00.

Brotha Dave nailed it. thu

The Senn 380s definitely have a smoother, less hyped sound on the high end. Great bass response too.

In addition to monitoring at home, I take my 380s to the music store when auditioning KBs. They come with a very cool carrying case as well. cool
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#2902984 - 01/18/18 06:34 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: ProfD]
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My new phones arrived yesterday. I spent about 15 minutes with them and compared to my old ones- there is no comparison. The Senns sound so much better, it will now be even more of a pleasure to get down to business of learning new tunes and programming sounds!
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