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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.

i'm not trying to do anything TOO fancy, but i just want my music to sound decent on a wide range of systems. if i edit using my crappy sound system i always go way overboard on the bass and it sounds awful and muddy on regular headphones. so flat is probably a good thing. now if i want to use this for music listening will they sound decent? At this point, anything is better than apple headphones, but would it sound good for electro, house, that type of stuff, occasionally metal or hip hop? I mean if it sounds too flat i could just adjust the EQ on my computer or my ipod. also to a lesser concern, will it sound alright with gaming? again, anything is better than what i'm using now, but will battlefield 3 and skyrim sound good?

also, i'm kind of new to mixing, so what exactly are monitors, what do they do and how much do they usually run for?
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Monitors are typically used for mastering, editing, mixing situations because they have a 'true' sound, as in, not boosted with bass, having a flat frequency response. They will run from ~$300 for a decent powered pair and up to $1k+ for high end models (per speaker).

As far as headphones for gaming, most of the listed studio reference headphones should work fine, but may lack some of the separation (because of a flatter response) and sometimes can get uncomfortable during extended use. I have a steel series headsets use for gaming and a pair of hd280's and shure 240's (I think) for audio/video mastering and mixing. Just depends on how you game and what you are comfortable with.
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