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I want some good headphones primarily for music production/mixing/DJ-ing/listening. they'd also be used for gaming and watching movies, but most important is music. I want good range and clarity, i don't want the sound to leak out everywhere so everyone can here my silly music tongue.gif Also important is a good amount of bass. I was considering the Sennheiser 280's but looking at reviews, they're awesome except for the lack of a low range that really hits. any other similar headphones to that? Preferably DJ style so i can have them in one ear and not in the other if i want.

also, they cant be more than 100 (maybe slightly more, but 100 or less would be better). The 280's are only 80 bucks right now since they're on sale, so i'm leaning towards those at the moment.

OH, and nothing that looks stupid. no bright red, "extreme" doofy, skullcandy looking flamboyant headphones. And by any means, no skullcandys.
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I have the 280's as do several friends of mine. They are great reference headphones FOR THE PRICE.
As a recommendation though...

They take at least thirty hours of use to get broken in. Ie, they will sound better the longer you use them. They are also very tight to begin with, like a vice grip on your head. If you open them on the back of your chair, or something else, it will help loosen them up.

Very durable, great sound, very loud if need be, and great for live events where you need to block out ambient noise. I use mine at conventions and concerts for board ref monitoring, etc.
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Also as a note to the reviews you've read. They are pretty flat in the EQ... Which is WHAT YOU WANT when using for mixing, production, etc. you can EQ your source to sound how you like it and at will produce a consistent quality across whatever anyone else is listening to it on.

IE, if you think Beats headphones are the only way to make music, then you are an idiot. More bass does not equal better headphones.
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Sony MDR-V600
Sony MDR-V6
AKG K-240
Audio-Technica ATH-M50

i have the MDR-V600. i mix music too. its a good headphones. quality wise and price.
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For music mixing, you want the headphones to be as flat as possible (not too much bass, not too much treble) that way you'll mix them properly and the music will sound great in almost any system you play it in. Also, never mix strictly for headphones, not a good idea. Pick up some good monitors and try to mix so it sounds good on the headphones and monitors.
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The Shure SRH440 headphones are also pretty decent.
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Originally Posted by PCWIZMTL View Post

For music mixing, you want the headphones to be as flat as possible (not too much bass, not too much treble) that way you'll mix them properly and the music will sound great in almost any system you play it in. Also, never mix strictly for headphones, not a good idea. Pick up some good monitors and try to mix so it sounds good on the headphones and monitors.

Unless you're making dub step, then it can sound horrible and people won't care.
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For music mixing, you want the headphones to be as flat as possible (not too much bass, not too much treble) that way you'll mix them properly and the music will sound great in almost any system you play it in. Also, never mix strictly for headphones, not a good idea. Pick up some good monitors and try to mix so it sounds good on the headphones and monitors.

its more accurate mixing/monitoring from headphones. esp. for mastering, finalizing.

note that they are also "studio monitors"
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Not going to recommend a specific model, but stay away from ATH-M50s if you also want to use them for gaming. Absolutely terrible soundstage and positional cues are just enough to determine left or right at most. On the flip side, they are great for electronic music, especially with Beyer DT250 replacement earpads. The beyer pads and the foam inserts they come with definitely change the sound signature for the better imo if you sew the foam insert into the inner of the new pads to hold them in place.


+1 for a neutral pair of headphones. Your probably going to want something from a studio monitor lineup. Your looking for a pair of very balanced and neutral closed headphones imo.
    
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a bit off topic, but I am finally getting into a bit higher end audio...
I just purchased the ultimate ears Triple Fi 10's on black friday and love how these sound...
http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Ears-TripleFi-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B0019RBJOE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323277831&sr=8-1

Those Audio-Technica ATH-M50 pretty much got perfect reviews from users and wonder how that compares...

If I were to get a SB Titanium HD sound card, and already have lossless music tracks, would it be worth the investment?
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