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OfflineRennezuela
post 05. Jul 2011, 03:01
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Hi everyone (but mainly those with experience in the production side of electronic music),


I find myself in the position where I have finally decided to get off my arse and finish the catalogue of unfinished (mastered/mixed to an ear-pleasing extent) IDM-style music I have produced. I'm familiar with midi-controllers, DAW's, mixing and mastering and my hardware is not bad. What I really need at this point is a decent set of monitors. But, I have no Rober Di Niro's, so I have decided to buy a decent set of headphones.

Having read countless online reviews and discussions it seems as though the Audio Technica M50s (at about 130EUR on Amazon) is the way to go. Without sounding like a scrooge, if it were possible achieve a similar quality with a cheaper pair I'm wide open to suggestions.

I realise this topic has probably been broached countless times, but, recessionary headphones are an important investment, a decision not to be taken lightly!

Thanks in advance mo fo's.

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post 05. Jul 2011, 18:00
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Personally I'd say your better off getting some moniters. Decent headphones will cost you as much as a pair of second hand monitors, and in the end mixing down with headphones is never that accurate, unless perhaps you get monitoring headphones, which cost a fucking bomb. I saw a pair of Rokit 5s going on ebay for $180...I'm sure you'll find something decent around the same price.

Here's one thread I started a while back when I was looking for some headphones though, maybe you'll find something useful here: http://www.torrentech.org/index.php?showtopic=122305
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post 05. Jul 2011, 18:14
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Thanks from the reply man. I probably should have metioned that the space I'm using isn't the most condusive to the use of monitors (there's an elderly couple on the other side of my wall), though, I know what you mean. If it was a straight up choice, I'd go for the second hand monitors.

Cheers for the nod to the thread.
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post 05. Jul 2011, 20:38
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I actually got some ATH-M50s about a week ago for my birthday for about the same reason. I needed something more comfortable for casual listening, but also something with great sound reproduction for when I decide to mess around with some productions and mixtapes.
Of course you're not going to get the same reproduction as a pair of decent studio monitors, but the headphones have an amazing soundstage and are incredibly accurate.

Break them in and you'll love them... I ran about 24 hours of pink noise through mine out of the box and they just keep getting better.

Check out the reviews over at http://www.head-fi.org - the ATH-M50s are ranked #6, amongst headphones that are at least 3x as expensive.

Enjoy them, should you decide to spring for them thumbsup.gif
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post 05. Jul 2011, 21:03
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have had these for few years, sound great for the price. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ATHM40
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post 05. Jul 2011, 21:15
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QUOTE (FilAwsephEyez @ 05. Jul 2011, 20:38) *
I actually got some ATH-M50s about a week ago for my birthday for about the same reason. I needed something more comfortable for casual listening, but also something with great sound reproduction for when I decide to mess around with some productions and mixtapes.
Of course you're not going to get the same reproduction as a pair of decent studio monitors, but the headphones have an amazing soundstage and are incredibly accurate.

Break them in and you'll love them... I ran about 24 hours of pink noise through mine out of the box and they just keep getting better.

Check out the reviews over at http://www.head-fi.org - the ATH-M50s are ranked #6, amongst headphones that are at least 3x as expensive.

Enjoy them, should you decide to spring for them thumbsup.gif


Cheers man, I think that's sealed the decision. I may just get them from Amazon, though I'd prefer to support local shops, Dublin is an expensive place.

Thanks again.
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post 05. Jul 2011, 21:17
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QUOTE (viraltech @ 05. Jul 2011, 21:03) *
have had these for few years, sound great for the price. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ATHM40



Hey Viral,

Friends of mine have reccommended this model in the past. Have you used the M50's/is the upgrade worth an extra 70EUR in your opinion?

Thanks for the reply too, I appreciate it.
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post 06. Jul 2011, 08:15
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QUOTE (Rennezuela @ 04. Jul 2011, 21:01) *
Without sounding like a scrooge, if it were possible achieve a similar quality with a cheaper pair I'm wide open to suggestions.


Basically, that's a super tall order. As someone else already mentioned, Cans costing triple the price or more often can't compete with these.

I've had a pair of M50s for about a year and I wouldn't hestitate to recommend them for a second. Get them, you won't be disappointed.
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post 06. Jul 2011, 10:34
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If you're feeling exotic you could always make a pair yourself...


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post 23. Nov 2011, 13:01
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I can highly recommend anything from AKG, and in your case the AKG k271 studio headphones. They are known to be the flattest phones out there for the price!
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post 23. Dec 2011, 16:06
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I can recommend audio technica ath-m50. Solid build with very nice sound caractaristics.
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post 23. Dec 2011, 20:55
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dt 880pro
cost more but is very analytic. perfect for mixing without monitor.
worth the price, highly recommend it


edit: damn, stoneage-thread! he probably bought three HPs since posted dry.gif
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post 25. Dec 2011, 00:04
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I got some Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250Ohm, the overall sound is very clear, I'd use them for that.
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post 30. Dec 2011, 21:10
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QUOTE (uggelmuggel @ 23. Dec 2011, 19:55) *
dt 880pro
cost more but is very analytic. perfect for mixing without monitor.
worth the price, highly recommend it


edit: damn, stoneage-thread! he probably bought three HPs since posted dry.gif



Agreed, dt880's are the bees knees for under £200, think ur best savin for little longer :-(
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post 31. Dec 2011, 18:47
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Audio Technica M50s - Been using them for about two years now for Studio work as well as DJing. Best Headphones I have ever owned.

I would personally save up for them but if you are looking for headphones that are a bit cheaper, Grado SR-60's. Major complaint with the Grado's is that they are uncomfortable for a lot of use, seemed fine to me, but then again I haven't tested them for the long hours like I have my ATH-M50s.
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post 19. Feb 2012, 13:32
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recently a colleague ripped my headphones off a wallbox and forgot to open the lock. jack and adapter were totally destroyed. beyerdynamics didn't have to but replaced everything within days!
that kind of service + outstanding quality thumbsup.gif

(nope, i don't work for beyerdynamics)
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post 25. Apr 2012, 09:23
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What about AKG's studio headphones? I know they have a pretty decent selection all having the same basic features and comfort which I personally love about my AKG's.
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If you are serious/creatively inspired, to get these tracks mixed and produced well, and you cant afford monitors, then cutting corners on headphones is probably not a wise choice. For 50 - 100EUR more you could purchase....

AKG 702

The AKG 702's would be a safe choice. They are semi-open so will be alright for mixing. I personally know two producers (one quite well known) that use these cans for production while travelling, and they love them.

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro

For slightly less, you could grab the Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro's. They are semi-open so are also good for mixing. I own a pair of these and I love them, great for mixng and tracking on the move.

As always, its all gonna be about luck of the draw unless you do what some serious headphonephiles do, and that is order a whole bunch online (once you've made sure they accept returns), try them out, and send back the ones you're not satisfied with. Also remember that headphones (especially when used for audio production) may require a 'burn in' period of 100 - 200 hours. It is a controversial subject, but if you're serious about audio production then I have never seen any harm in leaving your new headphones alone for a week before using them. Heres a link that may help:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/56744/headphone-burn-in-faq

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