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    Best cheap headphones for Home Recording Studio?

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    Hi there guys!

    Can you advise me on that question.
    I bought the Seinhneiser Hd201, but they are awful.
    I considering on AKG K44.
    I'm sure there must be plenty of another best suited headphones for mixing and mastering, but I'm trying to get the best I can afford (and I really can't afford much more that this).
    Do you know this AKG K44 headphones?

    Or would you advise others (relatively cheap and good)?

    Thanks

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    There really aren't any headphones suitable for mixing (I won't even go into how often headphones are used during mastering).

    If you're looking for something to zero in on anomalies and check edits and what not, go with anything that reproduces reasonably well -- You can almost guarantee they'll be open, they don't need to be expensive (Grado makes a set -- SR60's? -- something along those lines -- Freakishly cheap and quite nice). But if you're actually looking for accuracy and consistency for mixing purposes, you aren't going to find it anywhere with your ears covered and isolated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Massive Master View Post
    But if you're actually looking for accuracy and consistency for mixing purposes, you aren't going to find it anywhere with your ears covered and isolated...
    Well, it actually makes sense. But from what I read, heaphones are much less expensive than speakers. I have a good pair of speakers:Creative Inspire T10. Guess I could work it that. Here are the specs:
    • Speaker Power: 5 Watts RMS per channel (2 channels)
    • Frequency response: 80Hz ~ 20kHz
    • Signal / Noise Ratio (SNR): 80 dB
    • Dimensions (PxLxA) column (13.7 x 9 x 19.4) cm

    What do you think? It will do the work?
    About monitoring the recording process (vocals and instruments) that’s another questions isn’t it? Guess for that any good headphones will do…

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    you don't want speakers, you want studio monitors, they are designed for the thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by ollie99 View Post
    studio monitors, they are designed for the thing
    Can you advise me on some studio monitors... you know: good and cheap!!!

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    max budget? if 100 then m-audio av 40's. I use them and they sound great to me compared to when I mixed on headphones
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    Well, it actually makes sense. But from what I read, heaphones are much less expensive than speakers.
    True to some extent -- But only one is the proper tool.
    you don't want speakers, you want studio monitors, they are designed for the thing
    Just to avoid any confusion -- "Studio monitors" are speakers. I hate to say that most boxes with a "Studio Monitor" sticker on them aren't even necessarily good speakers (but I digress). And quality traditional loudspeakers (Bowers & Wilkins, Tyler Acoustics, etc., etc.) are going to be far more accurate and far more consistent than most "cheap" boxes that say "studio monitor" on them.

    THAT ALL SAID --

    Your monitoring chain is the absolute most important purchase you will ever make as far as audio is concerned. Every single decision you make is based on how your monitoring chain interacts with your ears (and subsequently, your brain). Nothing else will ever be nearly as important, everything else pales by comparison.

    Cut corners and go "cheap" anywhere - But never on your monitors. I know people who have been at this for years - decades in some cases - and they can't get a decent mix. They bought cheap monitors. I also know people who invested wisely in quality components that are cranking out listenable mixes in a matter of months.

    SO - It begs the questions - What sort of budget are you trying to stick to and are you willing to hold off for a while to save up for something decent if necessary?

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    Ok, thanks ollie99.
    That's a little expensive for me right now, but I'll check them out.
    Maybe I can find them in some secondhand online store or whatever.
    Otherwise, I'll just have to wait. Cannot afford that.
    Guess I'll do the trick with the T10 Inspire Speakers, and some cheap (relatively speaking... the Seinnheiser aren't so cheap)... for now!

    Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Massive Master View Post
    Your monitoring chain is the absolute most important purchase you will ever make as far as audio is concerned. Every single decision you make is based on how your monitoring chain interacts with your ears (and subsequently, your brain). Nothing else will ever be nearly as important, everything else pales by comparison.
    Oh dear Lord!!!
    I really must think this through...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scdaymon View Post
    Oh dear Lord!!!
    I really must think this through...
    John's right tho.
    Every decision you make regarding your mix...from reverb to volume and pan is gonna be made based on what you hear.
    If you can't hear what's really happening in your mix, you can't make accurate decisions on what to do with it.

    I used to use a nice home stereo system with lots of watts and when I'd mix, I'd (obviously) make it sound good on that system.
    But when I'd take it to my truck or another stereo, it sounded like ass. Muddy, boomy etc.
    Not that my ass is muddy or boomy (usually)
    but it just didn't translate worth a shit.
    But I got myself a good set of monitors and treated my room (took me a couple years to get it sorted) I started putting out some good mixes.
    Well, less like ass anyway.

    Think about it dude.

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