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post #1 of 10
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Hi all, I'm in college studying audio engineering and have been shopping around for a good pair of headphones to use in my labs but can't decide what to go with. I'd like something either over-the-ear or noise-canceling so it's just me and whatever I'm working with and I'll probably use them for personal use with my guitars amp, audio receiver (for games and movies), and my iPod outside of class.

I was looking into the Sennheiser HD280 Pro over-the-ear headphones for their audio isolation and CNET gave them a great score (8.3) but I've heard the bass isn't really that great. I was also looking at Bose over-the-ear headphones in CC the other day but even though they sounded good I'm under the impression Bose is typically far to overpriced and there's something better in my price range. I'd like to stay within $150 which seems reasonable considering both the Bose headphones and the Sennheiser HD280 Pro are less than that.

Thanks for any advice you can give me.
post #2 of 10
Yes, the Bose are definitely overpriced, and not really that great sounding.

The HD280Pro is definitely not a bassy headphone.

Forget about noise cancelling, you have to deal with a power source to power the noise cancelling circuits, and they don't really work better at noise reduction than a simple sealed headphone.

So for a sealed headphone (going up in price) I'd recommend the:

AKG K81DJ
Sony MDRV6 or 7506 siblings
Beyerdynamic DT 250-80 (click here.....this reviewer mentions the HD280 in the same review)

All good sealed headphones in their various price ranges
post #3 of 10
The Sennheiser is definitely a decent headphone at a good price. The isolation it provides is very respectable, it is fairly comfortable, and I didn't have any major issues with its overall SQ. Bass isn't even that bad; I was happy with it for rock and even a little ultra-late night HT (so long as you don't push the levels too much). My only complaint about it was that seemed a bit on the bright side, although you can't expect the world at ~80 or so.
post #4 of 10
I'd go for the Senns HD280pros. Comfy, good sound. Perhaps not the most efficient headphones. I'd say if anything, there is plenty of base but without correction it may tend to be a bit boomy. Not at all bad though.
post #5 of 10
Go with Beyerdynamic DT770. You will not be disapointed.
post #6 of 10
this ain't the place to ask... go to www.head-fi.org
post #7 of 10
headfi.org
post #8 of 10
For any professional use IMO there's only one pair of headphones you need to consider: Fostex T20RP mkII. The T20RP is a classic that's been used in most pro recording studios for many years, for some very good reasons. Don't bother paying more for the higher end models in the line, they actually don't sound as good (I tried them). Also don't bother with the AKG K240s, which are another really popular model. They're too bright and can't handle the levels the Fostex ones can, though they're way more comfortable and hold up better over time. You do need to be gentle with the Fostex ones because they have several parts that can, over time, get loose or broken. The good thing is though, on fostex.com you can buy replacements for any part of the headphones that might need replacement.

The Fostex ones are only $59 or $69 at Amazon. I just checked and the ones listed for $59 just say T20RP (they ship from MusiciansFriend.com), while the $69 ones say T20RP mkII. I don't know but I would guess they're both the mkIIs since that's the current model and it's been out a long time.

By the way... No offense but anyone studying studio recording needs to learn how to spell "bass" which is a completely different word from "base."
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by einsteinjb View Post

For any professional use IMO there's only one pair of headphones you need to consider: Fostex T20RP mkII. The T20RP is a classic that's been used in most pro recording studios for many years, for some very good reasons. Don't bother paying more for the higher end models in the line, they actually don't sound as good (I tried them). Also don't bother with the AKG K240s, which are another really popular model. They're too bright and can't handle the levels the Fostex ones can, though they're way more comfortable and hold up better over time. You do need to be gentle with the Fostex ones because they have several parts that can, over time, get loose or broken. The good thing is though, on fostex.com you can buy replacements for any part of the headphones that might need replacement.

The Fostex ones are only $59 or $69 at Amazon. I just checked and the ones listed for $59 just say T20RP (they ship from MusiciansFriend.com), while the $69 ones say T20RP mkII. I don't know but I would guess they're both the mkIIs since that's the current model and it's been out a long time.

By the way... No offense but anyone studying studio recording needs to learn how to spell "bass" which is a completely different word from "base."

Sorry that's the second time I've done that tonight, I'm fully aware of how to spell bass I've just been typing in a hurry and not proof-reading. I'll check those out though, thanks for the recommendation.
post #10 of 10
You want bass for less than $100? Sony MDR-V6.
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