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Headphone recommendation

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by frits51, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. frits51

    frits51 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    Heath, Texas
    Hi, everybody.

    I'm looking for a headphone recommendation for my home practice room.

    I have a GK MB115 amp with headphone jack and aux input for my Walkman mp3 player.

    I have about $150 to spend.

    Looking for good sound at moderate volume levels, good definition, full bottom end without distorting.

  2. Swipter


    Sep 7, 2009
    I like the audio technica mh50s. Amazon has them for that right now. They also come with a 1/8 with 1/4 inch screw on adapter. I have had mine for about two years with moderate use and no issues. You will get other recommendations.
  3. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    SONY MDR7506.
    Read the reviews. You can wear them a LONG time without them feeling uncomfortable too.

    I kept re-foaming some excellent OLD Koss that I'd had for 20 years until they finally quit. Tried a LOT of phones using my mp3 player in various stores, read reviews, checked here, and these are the replacements for my old phones.
  4. tonym


    Apr 12, 2011
    ^^ This.

    Great sound. Had them for ten years maybe. Was wearing them last night for 3 hours no problem.
  5. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    The Sony and the AT's mentioned are both nice choices. I like the Shure SRH440. It can be had for under a $100. Comfortable and a reasonably flat response.
  6. dalahorse


    Apr 14, 2010
    Loves me my AKG 141 headphones. They're in the US$200 range. Audition a pair and then look for a used set?

    There are a ton of awesome headphones out there. Good luck on your quest!
  7. ....... AKG's are generally very good!
  8. frits51

    frits51 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    Heath, Texas
    Thanks to all.

    Other reviews have me leaning toward the Audio Technica ATH-M50.

    Now to find the best price.

    Thanks, again.
  9. The M50's are a good choice. They have a similar response to the Beyer DT770's.
  10. I just picked up the Sony studio standards... will let you know what we find out.
  11. Mads

    Mads Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2005
    Oslo, Norway
    Audio Technica ATH-M50 and Beyer DT770 are the ones I used most in the studio (and at home after the kid is asleep).

    I thing the Audio Technicas are a bit less fatiguing in use over time, but they both sound great.
  12. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Sony MDR7506. Just darn good all-around headphones.
  13. Another +1 to the ATHM50s. I've had them for a few years now with zero issues, even with my 5 string.
  14. Had the Sony 7506 and currently use the BeyerDynamic DT770's. Another set usually mentioned are the Grado's. I believe the 60 or 80's are great for bass.
  15. Raymeous


    Jul 2, 2010
    San Diego
    I'm only going to comment on what I have, AKG K240's and Sony 7506's.

    Both models are of a solid build and are very commonly found in both home and pro studios, meaning that they offer consistancy from place to place. Both sets of headphones are found in the $100-$120 range, sometimes about $20 less depending on sales.

    AKG K240's
    1) PRO - Light weight, full ear surround for comfort, openbacked for less fatigue over time.
    2) PRO - Has a very "light" and natural sound without overly hyped bass and treble.
    3) CON - Open backed causes occasional bleed into vocal mics
    4) CON - Impedance match ups cause them to be rather quiet. Aggressive drummers will blow them up trying to "hear better" while treating their kit like it owed 'em money, instead of just calming down a bit and playing like a human instead of a gorilla. (Can you tell I've dealt with this last bit?)

    Sony 7506's
    1) PRO - Matched impedance with most sources means they can get loud
    2) PRO - Closed back means less likely to bleed into your vocal mics
    3) CON - Closed back means they can get hot/sweaty
    4) CON - They feel a little bassy to me after the AKG's

    * - This is not the fault of the headphones, but since they are louder headphones I find myself cranking things up a bit more ("rockin' out!") than I should which of course causes more ear fatigue over time. Again this is the users fault not the headphones.

    Anyway I hope this helps in some way. Both are great and I would like to have several sets of each, truth be told. :bassist:
  16. jeffreyjrj


    Jan 24, 2012
    I just bough the ATH M50 last week and I must say that I am quite pleased with them. They have fantastic overall sound and are extremely comfortable. They seem like they are pretty durable as well. The only thing that Bothers me a LITTLE is that there are no vents. After a while it gets a little humid in there, but it is not enough for me to reject these bad boys. I can jam for a few hours with those things and feel almost no discomfort.

    If your a bass head as in you don't care for overall sound just want the booming bass maybe consider something else but for the price of 100$ on amazon, you can't really find much better.

    If you want to spend your max budget you might find something a little better, but I don't own many studio quality headphones do this is the only one I can give you an honest opinion on.

    Good luck bro!
  17. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Sony MDR 7506
  18. KrisHayes


    Sep 30, 2012
    Audio Technica M50's at that price point, no doubt.