Affordable Studio Headphones (Suggestions)

Which one of these options would you suggest.

  • Sony MDRV6 (R1500)

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RedViking

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I am looking to get affordable Studio Reference Headphones for recording at home. Budget R800-R2000 max. (cheaper will be better for now). I am not planning to do serious mastering with it, mostly to track my guitars, but a little bit of mixing. Usually I would spend a lot of money because it is an investment, but now is not possible. I also bought earphones for my wife which cost a tiny fortune.

So far these have been suggested: Samson SR850 Headphones. At R800 it is very affordable BUT

Maybe a closed back suggestion will also be nice as I have some noise in my office (amp, inverter, PC, server etc.). So if it has some relatively good passive noise cancelling it will be a plus?

Any suggestions?


Poll options so far (Excludes shipping):

Sony MDRV6 (R1500)
Sony MDR7506 Pro (R1500)
Audio-Technica ATHM40x Pro (R1500)
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x (R2000)
• Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (R2000)
Sennheiser HD280PRO (R1500)
Grado SR80e (R1500)
 
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ekske1

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The Sony's are only comparable to the Bose QuietComfort 35
This thread is about my Studio Reference Heaphones!! !! :laugh::laugh::laugh::ROFL::ROFL::ROFL::p
but I saw the sony's and they looked hawt :crying:

// strokes DT 990 PRO 250 headpones :whistling:
 

Chingha

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The Sony's are only comparable to the Bose QuietComfort 35
This thread is about affordable Studio Reference Heaphones!! !! :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL::p

P.S. I can make a review thread if there is not one yet for the Sony WH-1000XM3
"P.S. I can make a review thread if there is not one yet for the Sony WH-1000XM3"

Yes please
 

ponder

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Bryn

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The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x is also within your budget from local suppliers.

I love my M50x. Strongly recommend Audio-Technica. They respond really well to EQ too.

Most monitors I've heard are stone cold lifeless s**t, especially the HD 800. Fine for studio work I guess but severely lacking in musicality and soundstage. But that does beg the question of whether 'pleasing' headphones like the M40x and M50x are what OP is looking for.
 

LegionnaireJ

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Have the Samson SR850. Paid R500 for two sets about 4 years ago. Use them every day, the soundstage on the open back is mind blowing compared to most closed back sets.(admittedly- haven't listened to many). Sincerely doubt for the price that there are many sets that can touch them.

Ambient noise-can hear pc fan when no music is playing. Once music is going no problem though - but then I crank the volume pretty high. Not a musician though, so make of that what you will. Fooled around with them some on a Yamaha p85 digital piano, worked extremely well.

Earpad pleather have started to crack slightly now, cable has withstood quite a lot of abuse with no issues. Would buy again in a heartbeat.
 

RedViking

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I love my M50x. Strongly recommend Audio-Technica. They respond really well to EQ too.

Most monitors I've heard are stone cold lifeless s**t, especially the HD 800. Fine for studio work I guess but severely lacking in musicality and soundstage. But that does beg the question of whether 'pleasing' headphones like the M40x and M50x are what OP is looking for.

I would like a good balance between as natural as possible sounding when recording but also not completely lifeless as I will also use it to listen to music. Headphones that 'boost' the bass for example is something I do not want. For the real mastering I will rather later invest in studio monitors and change my setup.
 
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