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#2900000 - 01/06/18 06:29 AM Headphones for Practice
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I'm in the market for a new set of headphones. I have a super old pair of old school over the ear phones that are literally falling apart. I like using phones like this when learning songs vs my in ears just because they are easier to get on and off and tend to be more comfortable using them for several hours at a time.

Any recommendations? I don't need bluetooth or any wireless capability, just a regular cord to plug into my mixer. They need to be big enough to cover my ears and somewhat seal out the room noise (but don't have to be noise cancelling). Something with a nice flat response.

I've been looking on Amazon and there are so many choices it's overwhelming, so I figured I'd reach out here and see what you guys like.
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#2900003 - 01/06/18 06:39 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: DanL]
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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 ...
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#2900009 - 01/06/18 07:04 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: MotiDave]
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I've been using Sony MDR 7506's for many years. Very happy with them. I think their highs are a bit accentuated, so they are not reliable when it comes to judging how my sounds are going to be perceived through a P.A. or keyboard amp. But for practicing in the basement, I love the detail and clarity. They are comfortable on the ears and not fatiguing to listen to (no overhyped bass/treble).

I think they can be had for under $100.
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#2900011 - 01/06/18 07:08 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: dbran]
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Iím looking too - pretty much settled on Sennheiser HD-380s.
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#2900014 - 01/06/18 07:13 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: dbran]
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I wanted a TOTL set for quiet practice on my Roland FP90 piano an BK9 arranger. Good accurate bass response was a must as I do lots of editing on the BK9 for live work.
By chance MF had AKG K553 Pros on Stupid Deal of the Day. Since they were 1/2 price returnable I took a shot. Wow was I impressed with the clarity all across the full range of sound and the comfort.. So much so I called back a few days later and asked if they would sell me a scond pair at the deal price. They did it and I'm very happy with them.

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#2900023 - 01/06/18 07:43 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: drawback]
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Originally Posted By: drawback
Iím looking too - pretty much settled on Sennheiser HD-380s.


I've been adding different ones to a shopping list on Amazon, these were the 1st ones in there.
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#2900068 - 01/06/18 11:19 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: DanL]
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If you can, I'd suggest getting a pair that allows you to replace the padding. I know spending $20 on a $100 pair of headphones seems stupid, but it also seems stupid to throw out headphones because of the padding flaking.
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#2900070 - 01/06/18 11:26 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Joe Muscara]
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#2900076 - 01/06/18 11:39 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: DanL]
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Originally Posted By: DanL
Originally Posted By: drawback
Iím looking too - pretty much settled on Sennheiser HD-380s.

I've been adding different ones to a shopping list on Amazon, these were the 1st ones in there.

I have the less expensive Sennheiser 280-pro ($100) and use them for the same purpose you intend to. They are not exceptional in any one area but good across most. I like the substantial build quality, but this contributes to some discomfort when wearing them for prolonged periods. I previously purchased a more expensive, lightweight model from Sony (I forget the model number) and while they sounded better and were more comfortable, they quickly fell apart...and itís not like I was tossing them around the room.
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#2900077 - 01/06/18 11:39 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: mate stubb]
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Have to say I'm not a fan of the Sony 7506s. I bought a pair based on a recommendation I'd read somewhere, and I really do not care for these phones at all. I think the highs are way, way over-accentuated. I find them fatiguing to listen to for any extended period of time.

I recently dug them out to put 'em up on eBay and the padding was flaking. New pads were not expensive, so now that those have been replaced they're going up on the auction block.

Last week I picked up another pair of AKG K240s. They keep tinkering with the design, but I still find them to be reasonably accurate, much more comfortable, and a much better value at ~70 bucks.

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#2900079 - 01/06/18 11:41 AM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: OB Dave]
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Originally Posted By: OB Dave
Have to say I'm not a fan of the Sony 7506s. I bought a pair based on a recommendation I'd read somewhere, and I really do not care for these phones at all. I think the highs are way, way over-accentuated. I find them fatiguing to listen to for any extended period of time.

I recently dug them out to put 'em up on eBay and the padding was flaking. New pads were not expensive, so now that those have been replaced they're going up on the auction block.



^^^All of that, same, including the flaking. I use some Sennheiser over-the-ears that I love and have mixed on. I will get the model when I'm in the right room.
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#2900084 - 01/06/18 12:01 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: MathOfInsects]
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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.

I agree with OB Dave about the AKG 240's. I have 3 pair at home and use them at work also. I stopped using Sony 7506's in the late 1990's.

Originally Posted By: Joe BrokeIt
If you can, I'd suggest getting a pair that allows you to replace the padding.


AKG K 240's allow for replacement pads and cables. I keep spares. They come in handy.
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#2900086 - 01/06/18 12:05 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: dbran]
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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

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#2900088 - 01/06/18 12:17 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: MotiDave]
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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.
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#2900089 - 01/06/18 12:20 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: MathOfInsects]
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Originally Posted By: MathOfInsects
^^^All of that, same, including the flaking. I use some Sennheiser over-the-ears that I love and have mixed on. I will get the model when I'm in the right room.


HD 380 Pro
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#2900090 - 01/06/18 12:25 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: bennyray]
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Originally Posted By: bennyray
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.
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#2900107 - 01/06/18 02:01 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Six-string-man]
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I never noticed pads as being number one point of failure, rather it was electrical fraying that caused static and eventual total failure. There must be a TOTL phone that has replaceable electrical connectors! Am I making sense?
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#2900120 - 01/06/18 02:33 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: I-missRichardTee]
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Originally Posted By: I-missRichardTee
Am I making sense?


well, I don't understand the acronym TOTL, and I am sure that they are not electrical, but I did mention earlier in this thread the AKG 240's have replaceable detachable cables.

Part # AKG Acoustics Cable EK 300

3rd party cables also available for less money, I have never used them myself
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#2900121 - 01/06/18 02:34 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: davedoerfler]
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TOTL = Top of the line, I'm assuming
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#2900122 - 01/06/18 02:35 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: MathOfInsects]
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thanks, I'm slow today facepalm
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#2900126 - 01/06/18 02:55 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: davedoerfler]
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Originally Posted By: davedoerfler
thanks, I'm slow today :face palm:
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Top of the line such as a TOTL forum member as yourself

But I like pairs a lot Pair of Queens, Kings Aces
My name is T.. I like that cause it reminds me of Tony Soprano's nickname
Mr T was a TOTL bodyguard.

I am tired today myself, as evidenced by this post


Edited by I-missRichardTee (01/06/18 02:58 PM)
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#2900144 - 01/06/18 04:43 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: I-missRichardTee]
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Originally Posted By: I-missRichardTee

Top of the line such as a TOTL forum member as yourself


blush

you embarrass me, but thank you.
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#2900145 - 01/06/18 04:51 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: dbran]
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Originally Posted By: dbran
I've been using Sony MDR 7506's for many years. Very happy with them. I think their highs are a bit accentuated, so they are not reliable when it comes to judging how my sounds are going to be perceived through a P.A. or keyboard amp. But for practicing in the basement, I love the detail and clarity. They are comfortable on the ears and not fatiguing to listen to (no overhyped bass/treble).

I think they can be had for under $100.


Bingo. I have lived in the same pair for 20 years the best ever. Sting always wears them in his home studio.


Edited by Jazz+ (01/06/18 04:56 PM)
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#2900147 - 01/06/18 04:55 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: davedoerfler]
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Rumor is that Sony has changed the old 7506 for the worse....
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#2900148 - 01/06/18 04:57 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Jazz+]
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Originally Posted By: Jazz+
Sting always wears them in his home studio.

Howard Stern always wears them when he is "On The Air" also. The two of them can afford to wear whatever they want to wear. This doesn't necessarily make them the best ever for the OP, only one of dozens of very good options. JMO.
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#2900154 - 01/06/18 05:09 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: davedoerfler]
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I just got the Audio Technica ATH-M50x and like them.
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#2900156 - 01/06/18 05:20 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: jeffinpghpa]
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Audio technica ath-m50x too
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#2900158 - 01/06/18 05:30 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Daniel71]
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Grados have worked great for me for many years.

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#2900160 - 01/06/18 05:38 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: Daniel71]
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Koss Pro 4aa.

I've had mine for 40 years and they are still in new condition. They tick all of your boxes. Frequency response 10-25khz. Noise isolating, flat response. They also started making the Pro 4aa titanium. I have the originals and they still manufacture them. The only negative is that they are a little heavy.

https://www.koss.com/headphones/over-ear-headphones/pro4aa

Stop by and check them out.
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#2900165 - 01/06/18 06:01 PM Re: Headphones for Practice [Re: mate stubb]
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Still love my Grados.
Which ones Moe?
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