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What other type of thread did you expect to see? wink.gif

Anyway, I'm in the market for a nice new pair of headphones. I'll be using them mainly for music recording/mixing, but also intend to use them for listening, as well. I might be gaming with them, but I'd rather not consider that a factor. I've never actually owned a pair of "good" headphones, so any help is appreciated.

Budget: ~<$400

What I want:
  • Detailed bass
  • Neutral (but present) midrange
  • Crisp highs
  • I'd prefer it to be on the "fast" end of the spectrum
  • Comfortable

What I don't want:
  • Boomy/"one-note" bass
  • Overzealous coloration
  • Graininess to the high frequencies
  • Bose or Beats

Some of the ones I have been looking at include:
  • Beyerdynamic DT 880 PRO
  • Ultrasone PRO 750
  • Ultrasone PRO 900

Ah, lists. Making everything easier. biggrin.gif

If anyone has any insight on the three listed above, that'd be great, but PLEASE do not limit the discussion to those. If good reason is given, I'll consider just about anything.
    
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The DT 880s are great, but they might be a little bass-heavy for you (though that really depends on what "detailed bass" and "boomy" bass means to you). Other fantastic headphones in this price range to consider are:

If I had to pick one, I'd probably recommend the Denon. The Denon's have a very flat response, which should be very good for music recording/mixing. Though for comfort, you can't go wrong with anything from Beyerdynamic. I use my DT 770 Pros for gaming simply because they are so damn comfortable, even though I have better headphones for listening.
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I agree. For what you want the Denons would be great! Let us know what you choose.
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The DT 880s are great, but they might be a little bass-heavy for you (though that really depends on what "detailed bass" and "boomy" bass means to you). Other fantastic headphones in this price range to consider are: If I had to pick one, I'd probably recommend the Denon. The Denon's have a very flat response, which should be very good for music recording/mixing. Though for comfort, you can't go wrong with anything from Beyerdynamic. I use my DT 770 Pros for gaming simply because they are so damn comfortable, even though I have better headphones for listening.
  • The Sony's sound great for everything except for the comfort aspect. I'll be considering them, though.
  • After reading about the DT 990's, I just don't think they would be the headphones for me.
  • I was also considering the HD600's. I'm glad you mentioned them, actually. I really like their modular nature.
  • The Denon's also sound awesome.

Now I've got some thinking to do. It's too bad there aren't any shops around here that would allow me to test some of these out.
    
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post #5 of 23
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Okay, so I've narrowed it down to the Ultrasone PRO 750's, the HD600's, and the Denon's.

Hypothetically, if I could find all of them at the same exact price, which ones would you guys get?
    
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post #6 of 23
I like more color in my music, so I'd chose the HD600s. But since you are really looking for reference cans, I strongly recommend the Denons. Their flat sound signature (especially in the low to low-mid range, something unique in most cans this price range) will give you the sound quality you are looking for.
post #7 of 23
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I ended up going with the HD600's. Something didn't sit right with me about the Denons.

Also, as I wanted to avoid mentioning this for various reasons, I do own a pair of JBL LSR2325p studio monitors. It will be very nice to have the contrast between those and the HD600's.

I'm excited to get them in! Thanks for the help, guys!
    
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post #8 of 23
Happy to help!

The HD600s are fantastic. You won't be disappointed, I can promise you that!
post #9 of 23
are you plugging this into a mixer?
Current sound setup?
Is isolation from other noise an issue?

Ultrasones and Denons won't be good for your needs.

DT880 bass-heavy? What!?
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post

are you plugging this into a mixer?
Current sound setup?
Is isolation from other noise an issue?
Ultrasones and Denons won't be good for your needs.
DT880 bass-heavy? What!?

What's wrong with the Denons? And yeah, I know people who find the DT880s to be a little bass heavy. Of course, that's predicated on my meaning of bass heavy.. It's obviously not boomy, but given the highly analytical nature of the DT880s, people have reported that the bass of the DT880s just sort of wears on them and ends up dominating the music.
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