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Headphones Help - I know nudding

Sunshyne Jones

TRIBE Member
Okay, so my boyfriend needs a new set of headphones for his at-home office editing suite. I think he said his old ones cost around $300.

I don't know what kind they are (I know, I have to look at that!) but the new pair doesn't have to be the same ... they just have to be good.

So I thought I'd ask here for some advice on that front. What should I look for? What is the price range i.e. what does a really expensive pair go for and where does a $300 set fit?

Hell I don't even know what to ask or what info to give! Um ... he uses a Mac and Apple products for editing - he's editing a music documentary right now - he's a director and will be doing lots of this type of stuff so the headphones are important to him.

Advice??
 

marcinm

TRIBE Member
get the pioneer HDJ 1000 headphones.. sound great, look great... and yeah, kick ass all around ;)

Marcin M :)
 

deep

TRIBE Member
fuck sennheiser, go beyerdynamic. :D

http://www.head-fi.org is a good resource.

$200-300 will get you fantastic headphones.

I'm not normally a fan of Sony's products, but their MDR-7506 / MDR-7509 headphones are one of the standards in studios. They should appeal to his purposes and are good headphones.

A lot of people here will give you reccomendations on headphones that are great for dj'ing, which are not necessarily the same as headphones designed for studios...DJ headphones (like Sony's MDR-700 series) don't have as "balanced" a sound as do studio headphones, which convey sound in the most objective way possible...

In so far as what to look for, each set of headphones has a characteristic sound, so you can't really distinguish based on numbers or specifications. I really do think that it's not the type of gift you should try and surprise someone with , especially if he's the type of person (like me) who will pay $300 for headphones. Go with him to Bay Bloor audio or somewhere that carries lots of good headphones, bring a lot of CD's, let him test drive some cans and see which ones he likes best.
 
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AshG

Member
Originally posted by deep
fuck sennheiser, go beyerdynamic. :D

http://www.head-fi.org is a good resource. SJ.

$200-300 will get you fantastic headphones.

I'm not normally a fan of Sony's products, but their MDR-7506 / MDR-7509 headphones are one of the standards in studios. They should appeal to his purposes and are good headphones.

A lot of people here will give you reccomendations on headphones that are great for dj'ing, which are not necessarily the same as headphones designed for studios...
that's the great thing about the Sennheiser HD 25s.
They've been designed for studio use, but in fact are ideal for djing(swivel ear cup, detachable components - as with all senns, and very light).
 

deep

TRIBE Member
I know, Senn makes great headphones, I just have a personal allegiance to Beyerdynamic because I love mine so much. :)
 

AshG

Member
Originally posted by deep
I know, Senn makes great headphones, I just have a personal allegiance to Beyerdynamic because I love mine so much. :)
and i likewise with my senns.

and so may i suggest that we break fast together as friends rather than cleave one another's cans as enemies.
 

deep

TRIBE Member
agreed :)

(especially since the industrially styled heavyweight beyerdynamics would have a weight advantage over your light senns) ;)
 

labRat

TRIBE Member
I hear that the ones given out by Sunquest are particularly good. There are plenty of people wearing them at my gym, so they must be.
 

Sunshyne Jones

TRIBE Member
Thanks all - very helpful!

I think you're right Deep - I should let him pick 'em out himself ... he's pretty serious about his headphones.

Just as an aside, I'm SO glad I'm not the one who broke them -- he kept telling me to be extra careful around the computer desk / area 'cause he wanted me to watch out for the headphones. "oops - watch out for the headphones, they're on the back of the chair" ... "oops, watch out for the headphones, they're on the desk right by your arm" - you get the picture. Then I get to his place one day and he's broken them himself.

He's very sad about it and I want to get him new ones that he'll be psyched about.

I don't want to go with the ones he has because maybe he wants to upgrade or switch brands or something.

I'll pass on the advice from this thread when we go pick 'em out.

Thanks again - I really appreciate it. :)
 

DeepSix

TRIBE Promoter
I think the testdrive option is the best out there...just cause I like Senns and someone likes Sony, doesn't mean that either are better...depending on you bf's ear, and how he listens to sounds...what specific sounds he's listening for...etc - can dictate what type of phones he should need/use. If he's not a DJ, there's a lot of features on some headphones which aren't necessary for studio use.

Oh, and one other good thing about the Senns is that they are modular - you can replace each individual part on in it instead of the whole unit at a much lower price.
 

Sunshyne Jones

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by DeepSix
I think the testdrive option is the best out there...just cause I like Senns and someone likes Sony, doesn't mean that either are better...depending on you bf's ear, and how he listens to sounds...what specific sounds he's listening for...etc - can dictate what type of phones he should need/use. If he's not a DJ, there's a lot of features on some headphones which aren't necessary for studio use.

Oh, and one other good thing about the Senns is that they are modular - you can replace each individual part on in it instead of the whole unit at a much lower price.
Nice - thanks!
 
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