What are the best headphones for mixing?

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What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by peter_heard01 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:34 am

Need to get a pair of headphones that I can wear for a long time and mix with in the studio when everyone else is in bed.

Any advice on which the best ones are?
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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by DJVATERS » Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:06 am

these are decent.

http://www.shure.com/americas/products/ ... /index.htm

i have the SRH440 - dont know what i would do without them!

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by user1999 » Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:36 am

Beyerdynamics!

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by djmela5 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:34 pm

DJVATERS wrote:these are decent.

i have the SRH440 - dont know what i would do without them!
is SRH440 better then HDJ-1000 or HDJ-2000 ?

thanks,

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by Maloku » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:08 pm

I use beyerdynamics DT-250s. Their a little pricey, but great if you use headphones for mixing or any other type of automation.

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by ollyb303 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:44 pm

I use audio technica ath-m40 fs: http://eu.audio-technica.com/en/product ... prodID=155

They're very nice, with a fairly flat response for a very decent price.

I'd recommend them.
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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by heisenberg9 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:48 pm

Sennheiser HD600. Considered for years to be the best headphones for under a grand. Sennheiser is plugging newer more expensive headphones now so you have to go to eBay or a headphone forum site to buy them now.

If you are looking for neutral sounding headphones that "pull" things out of the mix like near field monitors, I would suggest the Sony MDR-7506 (there is a cheaper variant of it available but I don't know the model # off hand) or the Sennheiser HD-25 II. The Senn HD-25 II are more musical sounding than the Sony's and suffer from a bit of headclamping issues (not bad though). Both pull in the bass nicely without pumping it up which is what you want. If the phones pump then your mix will sound weak to most listeners. My preference for the later two headphones is the Sennheisers. The build quality is better and the sonorities are really pleasing without distorting the sound too much although you have to watch the way you place them on your head so you don't suffer from headclamping fatigue. The HD600 are remarkable headphones though.

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by Mister36 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:51 pm

May sound like an odd choice but Vic Firth SIH1 headphones are the best monitoring headphones I've ever used and have the flattest response of any headphones I've ever heard.

That being said, it's far from advisable to mix using headphones. It's just not tennis.

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by Hei©o » Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:06 am

here take a look: http://www.headphone.com/selection-guid ... studio.php

i am about to buy the same thing, for late night production.

i can not decide among Denon AH-D2000 and Ultrasone PROLine 2500. :-/
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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by djmela5 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:25 pm

Hei©o wrote:here take a look: http://www.headphone.com/selection-guid ... studio.php

i am about to buy the same thing, for late night production.

i can not decide among Denon AH-D2000 and Ultrasone PROLine 2500. :-/

Thank you :)

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by zc » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:41 pm

I use beyerdynamic dt 770's. They are not as expensive as most posted above, but still deliver amazing sound and comfort.

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by improbabilitist » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:56 pm

I have the HD-25 with the HD-650 copper cable and it certainly has a very open and clear characteristic.
But let's say I would up the notch, are there any headphones more capable of doing my mixes on? I know there are the really expensive ones, but I think they're more geared towards HiFi use.
Especially now the new Focusrite VRM box that came out, I'm really considering giving my neighbours a break and doing things ITC (In The Cans) :D

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by Badger123 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:23 pm

I use headphones to listen to rehearsal material because it makes me feel like I'm there in the room and don't feel drawn to process the sound at all. Using monitors really quietly is a better way of mixing than using headphones because there's a narrower listening window. So many things sound great loud. So much will sound absorbing in headphones that sounds 2D over monitors. Checking mixes on headphones is more valid for spotting bits of unintentional noises etc than using them as an alternative main source.

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by Rampus » Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:35 pm

Strangely, nobody has mentioned the AKG K 240 Mk II yet. I own a lot of different headphones, and the AKG's are by far the most comfortable to wear over longer periods, and have a very neutral sound. Highly recommended!

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Re: What are the best headphones for mixing?

Post by kanuck » Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:41 pm

Maloku wrote:I use beyerdynamics DT-250s. Their a little pricey, but great if you use headphones for mixing or any other type of automation.
agreed.. to be honest my experience in headphones isn't too great but I've mixed with those headphones and they've sounded pretty decent on a variety of sound systems.

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