Recommend me some headphones.

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by BiigM, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. BiigM


    Nov 11, 2007
    Hi. I've had several headphones the latest being DT-990 pro from beyer dynamic. I use them all the time for practicing.

    Problem is that with all the headphones i've had, including the dt-990 which are pretty expensive, a rattle develops over time when playing deep tones. I don't think I play that loud. It's to bad cause I really like the sound of the dt-990.

    Can someone recommend me some headphones that will not break down from deep bass over time and that sounds as good as the dt-990.

    Thx :)
  2. I'm a Sennheiser fan, but, unfortunately, I could never try one of a quallity similar to the DT-990. I mean, I'm shure Sennheiser makes headphones of such quality, but never tried one.
    I own a HD-202 and a HD-197 and they are great. I tried also the HD-280 PRO and the pleased me too, but too expensive.
    Maybe you could try the HD 595 or Sennheiser HD 25-1-II <--- this a great site
  3. mkrtu9


    Mar 2, 2006
    I've had the Sennheiser HD 280 for several years and they have been great.
  4. +1 on the HD-280. Same experience - sturdy, sound great. They fold up very nicely for traveling, too.
  5. BiigM


    Nov 11, 2007
    Had sennheiser hd 200 before the beyer dynamics. They didn't sound as good offcourse, but more importantly, they devoloped the same rattling (for lack of a better word).

    I need something that will hold over time.
  6. Lexicon


    Feb 24, 2009
    I can't speak directly to the DT-990s but I have a set of Audio Technica ATH-D40fs headphones that are designed for exhanced bass response. I use with both Roland Vdrums and my bass and they sound great. Excellent bass reproduction and a fairly reasonable price.
  7. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Hi BiigM.

    If you keep ruining expensive headphones, it's likely that you are playing too loud and/or too low.

    You may have been doing this for so long that you no longer can hear how loud your 'phones really are.

    I went half deaf from loud headphones during a home recording project, and another TB'er is going completely deaf from his headphone abuse:

    A really rough day coping with hearing loss

    More info:

    Sound Science: Pete Townshend Blames Headphones for Hearing Loss

    Hearing Loss and Ear Plugs


    BTW. I use audio-technica ATH-M20 headphones ($50 CND) for practising bass (they sound good for BG)--and I now watch my volume and don't boost the lows (or anything else).
  8. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother

    Jul 24, 2009

    This is my first post on this forum. Bought an used Fender American Jazz Bass (1999) last week to replace my sh***tty Ibanez Ergodyne bass... now I'm hopelessly addicted to it and trying to find out more gear to buy!

    Anyway, I'm also a HUGE Sennheiser fan. I opened my wallet last October and I bought the HD-650's (open headphones). I had a Sennheiser headphone for 10 years (don't remember the model but it cost me $250 CDN back then). The HD-650's are solid and feel great. They're not too heavy and after a few minutes you almost forget they are on your head. :)

    The soundstage is superb and they sound perfectly at any frequency. The bass response is just flawless... every sound with a quick attack (especially bassdrums and snares) sounds exactly like the real thing... without the vibrations on your body and your neighbors complaining :eyebrow:

    I use them everyday for listening music and for practicing bass. I use a POD Pro for interfacing my bass with my computer.

    On the negative side, Metal doesn't sound too good on the HD-650's. Their highlight would be acoutic/orchestral music and of course all kinds of rock music. Also, Grado's sound a bit better, but their $800 headphones are as comfortable as a $50 headphone. Not good when you have those cans on your head for several hours.

    I'd recommend to visit the website, they have great headphone reviews that will help you in finding your headphones :p

    BTW, sorry for my bad English, my first language is French ;)
  9. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Welcome to TalkBass Animal Mother! :) :bassist:
  10. I also use Hd 650s, but Beyers are generally darker/more bass pronounced in my experience.

    cans with these sort of impedences really need an amp to sing. also, like said above, if all your headphones are developing rattles you are probably playing them too loud whether you think so or not.
  11. Kipaste


    Jun 27, 2006
    Helsinki, Finland
    I have beyerdynamic dt-7700 pro and I'm sort of happy with them. I have a bad habit of breaking headphones but these have lasted so far and they sound great. But the bad thing is that I think they somewhat enhance the bass sound. I wan't the brutal truth when recording instead of anything that makes the bass sound fatter than it is. But I'm paranoid when it comes to things like this.
  12. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    +100 on Grado labs
  13. basmartin


    Aug 6, 2007
    DT-770 has almost a flat frequency response. When you play bas through headphones, you´ll get alot more low frequencies than playing through your bass amp. DT-770 goes all the way down to 5 Hz, I think...

    To BiigM, if you´re are breaking your headphones, you´re playing way too loud. Low frequencies are a bit tricky, even if they don´t feel so loud to your ear, they can still do some damage to your hearing and to the headphones. Get used to playing with a little less volume is my best advice. And stick to Beyerdymanic, love those headphones.
  14. Kipaste


    Jun 27, 2006
    Helsinki, Finland
    Yeah, I know the stats. It's just that.. I've done so many mixes that sound good on my headphones but less than stellar on a portable boomblaster. I know it's because the cheap portable boomblaster sounds bad, but still.. As I said, I'm paranoid.

    And by breaking the headphones, I mean by abuse. They just fall apart sooner or later as I'm not very careful with these things. My young pitbull has also racked up some headphone kills. I have a pretty low pain treshold when it comes to volume so no worries about playing too loudly.
  15. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I have different headphones for different purposes. For casual listening, my open-backed Sennheiser HD590s are very comfortable and they sound great. But, because they're open-backed, they aren't appropriate in all situations.

    For monitoring my mixer during a gig, listening for subtle details during playback, and so forth, my GK Ultraphones are far superior; their 30dB of isolation enables me to hear very clearly without cranking the volume and risking either my hearing or damaging my 'phones - and in the studio, I don't have to worry about leakage from these 'phones being picked up by any of the microphones.

    The first time I took the GK Ultraphones to a rehearsal and let my drummer use 'em, he had an eargasm and ordered a pair for himself the next day! :cool:
  16. basmartin


    Aug 6, 2007
    The second half of my post was directed to the OP. I should probably edit it...

    Mixing in good sounding equiment isn´t always a guarantee, I hear ya.
  17. Kipaste


    Jun 27, 2006
    Helsinki, Finland
    Nah, my bad, I didn't notice that you already pointed it to someone else.
  18. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    "Question: What do you get when you combine a comfortable 29db hearing protection ear muff with SONY 7506 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones?

    Answer: UltraPhones! The ultimate hearing protection stereo headphones for musicians."

  19. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois

    I agree with the poster who said you probably have the volume too loud. I've been using the HD 280s for years for mixing, practicing the bass, casual music listening and even at work. I use them perhaps 15-20 hours per week, and in over five years, they still sound solid with no "rattles" or other issues. I think you're just shoving too much bass through your headphones and since you said you've had more than a couple of headphones fail in the same way, it seems more than likely you could be permanently damaging your hearing.

    And if your headphones keep dying because you're physically abusing them, (as you said your dog chewed on a few of them) I don't think they make headphones that are capable of standing up to that kind of treatment. I think the manufacturer assumes a certain level of care that they don't need to make them bulletproof.