Old 11-24-2022, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Favorite cheap headphones?

I've been using an old pair with no name on them for years. Every time I buy a new pair in the 80-120$ range they suck. Probably because they're in the 80-120$ range, but still one hopes for miracles.

How much should I expect to pay for good enough to do most mixing on?
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Old 11-24-2022, 11:24 AM   #2
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I was working for years on cheapos. Recently switched to Austrian Audio X60. Very detailed, low distortion even when LOUD. Really comfortable after long hours still. Would buy them again.
Disclaimer: They are that neutral so that a bad mix sounds.... bad. Really bad. So there is nothing hyped about them. They are work tools. Not fun phones. Good mixes though... Awesome. Clarity, punch, depth, all there. Work great with low volume and don't die or fart when you want to slam it.
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Old 11-24-2022, 12:20 PM   #3
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For $100 hard to go wrong with Sennheiser HD280.

On sale for $80 at amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Pr...dp/B00IT0IHOY/
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Old 11-24-2022, 12:45 PM   #4
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I got my Sennheiser HD 599 SE phones for £80 at Amazon ... great phones.

Now £69 ... check it out.

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Old 11-24-2022, 12:56 PM   #5
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Grado SR60 or 80 at the cheap end. If you cannot afford them you get them second-hand.

If you are prepared to stretch your budget have a look at second-hand Sennheiser HD600. Check to see if your sound interface will play loud enough with the HD600s.

These 599 headphones are pretty decent and heavily discounted at £70:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sennheiser-...Y2hfYXRm&psc=1
You can't go wrong at that price they are nicely balanced warm headphones. They don't have the clarity of HD600 but they have a nice sweet sound and are plenty good enough for most people's needs when mixing I suggest.
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Old 11-24-2022, 01:26 PM   #6
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Grados are fantastic, but I wasn't happy mixing on them. An unbelieveable bargain are the Soundmagic E10 in-ears, featuring an extremely detailed bass resolution and non-fatiguing top end.
(coming from someone who doesn't Like headphones at all)
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Old 11-24-2022, 01:39 PM   #7
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Beyer 880 are good, but I still use my Sony 7506 all the time. They show me every flaw, from random foot tapping or piano damper thuds, to occasional clicks or room noises, and from minor high end harshness and “sss” and plosives to mud in the low mids. They would not be my choice for casual listening (that would be senn hd6xx open back models), but for detailed examination of a mix, the 7506 is what I am used to, and will stick with.
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Old 11-24-2022, 02:30 PM   #8
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Grados are fantastic, but I wasn't happy mixing on them.
I don't think you'd have a problem with my other suggestions there.
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https://www.thomann.de/gb/superlux_hd681.htm
sounding like 150 EUR headphones, just try and read the comments there. Have fun friends.
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Old 11-24-2022, 03:05 PM   #10
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https://www.thomann.de/gb/superlux_hd681.htm
sounding like 150 EUR headphones, just try and read the comments there. Have fun friends.
+1!
(Although I haven't actually used them for mixing, but as music/gaming headphones. They sound a LOT better than the price tag, imho.)
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Old 11-25-2022, 02:34 AM   #11
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I don't think you'd have a problem with my other suggestions there.
The same I'd have with most other headphones give or take. Exceptions are magnetoplanars, which sound so honest and brutal that it's impossible to enjoy 95% of all music out there. Once it sounds good on them, you know you're on the right track. Not suitable for recording though, as they're (very) open back.
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If you are prepared to stretch your budget have a look at second-hand Sennheiser HD600.
If you really do a lot with headphones - composing, mixing, ... -
then it might be worth spending a little more: HD-600

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Old 11-25-2022, 05:33 AM   #13
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The same I'd have with most other headphones give or take. Exceptions are magnetoplanars, which sound so honest and brutal that it's impossible to enjoy 95% of all music out there. Once it sounds good on them, you know you're on the right track. Not suitable for recording though, as they're (very) open back.
Happy with HD800 and electrostatic Stax, both of which I prefer to magnaplanar. Maggie's are good though - at the high end anyway. Not big on headphones though - if I can help it.

I've had these headphones for a long, long time now. Had HD600s for decades too. Stax even older.
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Old 11-25-2022, 05:46 AM   #14
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If you really do a lot with headphones - composing, mixing, ... -
then it might be worth spending a little more: HD-600

I find those brilliant all rounders. Very nicely detailed -will tell you enough about your mix- but not the super defined lay everything bare type (arguably unlike the other headphones I discussed in the last post).

Apologies for the waffle in the last post to everyone. Beingmf started me on relatively high-end headphones mentioned Maggies!
HD600 are probably high-end to most people too- maybe even second-hand, especially when people extolled the virtues of £25 headphones.

Edit:I see now you can buy magnaplanar headphones from just £150!!!
Last time I was looked into them there was no modest cost versions. I seem to recall them starting at about £600. So that's my fault for going into high-end territory waffle.

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Old 11-25-2022, 11:23 AM   #15
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Awesome replies all. I figure I'll wait until I have a little more dough as it sounds like the HD 600's are a good bet. I don't do much mixing on HP but it's handy for editing, and of course if edits were horses I would ride like a king. Or something.
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Old 11-25-2022, 12:11 PM   #16
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Awesome replies all. I figure I'll wait until I have a little more dough as it sounds like the HD 600's are a good bet. I don't do much mixing on HP but it's handy for editing, and of course if edits were horses I would ride like a king. Or something.
Glad it helped.

HD600 to me sounds plain and honest in the best way for working or pleasure.

Sparkly treble and bass bloom of many cheaper poorly controlled cans can fool people. They don't realise they are listening through a relative layer of mud!
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Old 11-25-2022, 01:10 PM   #17
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People don’t seem aware of the audio technica ATH-AD500X.

They’re about 80 bucks and really fantastic for the money. They are open back, which I would strongly recommend for mixing.
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Old 11-26-2022, 07:24 AM   #18
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Default Beyer DT 770 Pro

These may not fall into the "budget" catagory for some,however they are spectacular in all the ways that truly matter for less than $150USD

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...ing-headphones
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Old 11-26-2022, 10:57 AM   #19
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Cheap right now is Tascam th300x at $40, I've seen them at $150. I have liked these a lot, and wondering how they compare for other people.
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Old 11-26-2022, 12:10 PM   #20
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I see now you can buy magnaplanar headphones from just £150!!!
Last time I was looked into them there was no modest cost versions. I seem to recall them starting at about £600. So that's my fault for going into high-end territory waffle.
Righty! I got me the Monoprice 1060, which are probably the most affordable of them all, but really really good.
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Old 11-26-2022, 01:37 PM   #21
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I think AKG is good value for money and I’m partial to the 702:s. Once you go open back there’s no going back!

They have a replacement cable which is great. I’ve had to ditch perfectly fine cans because the cable gives.
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Old 11-26-2022, 04:18 PM   #22
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I am very happy with the AKG 721 MKII, I got foe some €80.

(As an Upgrade I am considering Adam or Neumann NDH30, rather than different cheapies. But I would need a pro amp for those, additionally )
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