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    Hey All,

    What is the best set of headphones for under $600 that are un-colored and neutral for checking the mix? So far I'm looking at the sennheiser hd650, beyerdynamic dt880 and akg k702. What are your thoughts?

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    I second this question as I'm getting the Beyerdynamic T1 for listening pleasures and would like to use them for mixing as well.
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    There are no "best" headphones for mixing...just some "least worst".

    For all sorts of reasons to do with physics and psychoacoustics, headphones give a rather different balance to any sound compared to speakers. It's to do with the lack of air between the sound source and the eardrum.

    With lots of practice, you can get to the point where you can make a good guess what something will sound like on speakers...but it's still down to interpretation, not an accurate sound.

    If you're going to go that route, I'm personally partial to Sennheiser HD 25-II or HD 280 headsets.

    However, if you want to see how scientific you can get, have a look at DAVE RAT'S MIGHTY HEADPHONE QUEST. There's a link to his various videos on the same topic at the bottom...worth watching before you spend the sort of money you're talking.
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    Grado PS500's (that was easy).

    That said - No doubt, mixing on headphones is a recipe for failure. But if you're looking for some of the best, most "natural and uncolored" headphones as a secondary reference (and certainly for zeroing in on sonic anomalies and what not), you can hardly go wrong with Grado.

    THAT said - Grado's SR225's rock nearly as well for about a third the price of the PS500's.

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    As someone already said, don't be surprised when your mix doesn't translate well on speakers. Gee, I thought I had enough reverb. Why can't I hear the center? What happened to the midrange ...

    Anyway, I'm partial to Grado headphones. Open-backed, neutral (to my ears) midrange, and nice extended but not boosted highs and lows.

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    Thanks guys. I have an FS PRO24DSP with VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring) which emulates different speaker setups in different environments. I generally mix solely with monitors but can't do so once my family goes to bed so am trying to find a viable option that let's me mix as late as I want.

    Massive, that is a great suggestion. I ruled out the Grado's because of the price of the higher end models which I see a lot more when searching on the net. I found a pair of 225s on Amazon for $200! Do you have any knowledge of the 325s?
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    I've tested tons of headphones and have a large collection. I have and love the Sennheiser HD600's , the 650's will no doubt be the best choice. They are so damn comfortable and the sound is amazing !!! I would not hesitate to mix on them either. Now for tracking they would not be ideal because of the open back (bleed), but thats why you buy a few pair of the HD202's at $24 a set. Those are great for tracking and are cheap, but very rugged. But for me the 650's are the only choice. Spend the money, you wont regret it. Better yet find a used pair on ebay. I got my 600's there for 1/2 the price and they were unused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Massive Master View Post
    Grado PS500's (that was easy).

    What John forgot to mention, that for the $600...along with the headphones, in the box you also get a small pillow and mint chocolates to enhance that listening experience.
    So you really know where that $600 went.



    Yeah...they are always mentioned when people ask for "the best" headphones.
    If I had the golden ears...I would get a pair.

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