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Best performance Headphones for bassists

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by dslapster64, Nov 18, 2018.


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  1. dslapster64

    dslapster64

    Feb 5, 2009
    Can anyone recommend the best over the ear headphones for recording/performance for bassists? Of course, looking for the best bang for the buck.
     
  2. Sony MDR-7506 headphones are about $80 and are pretty much the Pro standard. They have a consistent, detailed, studio-style response. Different frequency ranges are clearly audible, and if there are any hiss, compression, hum, or clipping issues in your setup, you’re going to hear them.
     
  3. saabfender

    saabfender SUSPENDED

    Jan 10, 2018
    Indianapolis
    Usual suspects are the Sennheiser 280, Sony 7506 and AKG 240.
     
  4. dslapster64

    dslapster64

    Feb 5, 2009
    Excellent
    Thanks a lot
     
  5. Kelly robinson

    Kelly robinson

    Dec 30, 2014
    For what it's worth - I have both the Sony's and the AKG's and much prefer the Sony's sonically . The AKG's do seem a tad lighter to wear for long periods than the Sony's but that's the only advantage I found to using them ... Kelly
     
  6. dslapster64

    dslapster64

    Feb 5, 2009
    Which has the best low frequency?
     
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I have the AKGs and love them, haven't tried the Sony though.
     
  8. dslapster64

    dslapster64

    Feb 5, 2009
    Well thanks I’m going to try out the Sonys
     
  9. byrdzeye

    byrdzeye

    Mar 28, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    Also check out the Audio-Technica M40's or better yet, the M50's. Very high quality, rugged, and you can wear them for long sessions.
     
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  10. Another vote for the Sony 7506"s. I wouldn't consider them bass heavy if that's what you are looking for, but are very well balanced. Definitely a great back for your buck..
     
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  11. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    Maine
    Just get GOOD headphones. All good headphones handle bass well. I prefer the Audio-Technica ATH-M50.
    If you keep asking for the ones with the most bass, you'll risk spending too much on hack marketing garbage like Beats or Bose.
     
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  12. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
    I like the Sony MDR V600. So much that I bought 2 of 'em. About $99.00 each.
     
  13. JACink

    JACink

    Mar 9, 2011
    Spain
    I know that the general consensus is that the ATH-M50 are better than the M40, but if you change the pads on the M40 the response is much more even over all frequencies than the M50. The M50 is a little heavy in the bass spectrum to be considered neutral.

    However, lots of people like having more bass.
     
  14. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    BeyerDynamic 770’s.
     
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  15. kalanb

    kalanb

    Dec 17, 2012
    I have the audio technical m40x. I liked them more than the m50, which actually had more bass. The reason is that the extra bass was on the low low end and made it harder to pick out bass lines.
     
  16. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
  17. mrcbass

    mrcbass

    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    I have audio-technica ATH-M40x. No complaints for recording, mixing and silent practice. $120-$150 range
     
  18. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    Samson SR850 if you’re on a budget....fine headphones to my ears.
     
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  19. Bullitt5135

    Bullitt5135

    Nov 16, 2010
    SE Michigan
    I love my Sony MDR-7506 headphones. That being said, if you are near a Guitar Center, they have a dozen or so popular models on display from Sony, Yamaha, Shure, Beyerdynamic, etc.
     

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