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Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby dickiefunk » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:58 pm

Hi,

I’m looking to buy some tracking headphones around £50. My criteria are

1/ Decent prevention of sound leakage
2/ Good audio quality
3/ Lightweight and comfortable
4/ Rrplacable cable
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:20 pm

Spend a bit more and buy some Sennheiser HD25s.....
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby James Perrett » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:20 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Spend a bit more and buy some Sennheiser HD25s.....

Or spend a bit less on some HD206's.
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby trunkdog » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:28 am

Are any of those detachable cords?
The detachable cord always bites me.
Non-detachable: I enjoy my Sony MDR-7506's.
Also my Sennheiser HD-280's
Once had a decent set if AKG's with detachable cord, can't recall the model but they obviously gave up the ghost or I'd still be using them.

https://www.headphone.com/collections/t ... dio+50-100" target="phpbbpopup

Looks like a single unit fits the bill, used of course.

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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby ef37a » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:22 am

Not brilliant isolation but I like the sound of my AKG K92s.

Very comfortable, attached cable but a single wire at least and long so I have cable tied a loop onto the metal headband to take the strain off the exit point.

They are also very sensitive, about 112dBSPL/V iirc.

I have to say? I think you are asking a lot for a nifty!

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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby John Egan » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:25 am

dickiefunk wrote:Hi,

I’m looking to buy some tracking headphones around £50. My criteria are

1/ Decent prevention of sound leakage
2/ Good audio quality
3/ Lightweight and comfortable
4/ Rrplacable cable

I bought the Studiospares M100 closed back phones. I am really pleased with them for tracking. Decent quality for £59.
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby resistorman » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:08 pm

I bought some monoprice ones in an emergency and was pleasantly surprised at the sound and isolation. They’ve added more types to their range.

https://www.monoprice.com/search/index? ... =Monoprice
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby James Perrett » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:29 pm

trunkdog wrote:Are any of those detachable cords?
The detachable cord always bites me.
Non-detachable: I enjoy my Sony MDR-7506's.
Also my Sennheiser HD-280's

Just checked the Sennheiser site and they claim that the HD280 cables are replaceable. HD25 cables are also replaceable (and the optional velour earpieces are highly recommended if you go for this one).

I'd also take a look at the Beyerdynamic range - but models I'd recommend like the DT250, DT100 or DT770 are all around double your budget.
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby Dr R » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:21 pm

Definitely audition the HD280.
The HD25 are better sounding, but not by as much as the price difference suggests, and the HD280 sound isolation is vastly better. I use mine for mixing and FOH.
The cable's replaceable, not detachable, and apart from the foam headband splitting, which seems to be a common issue, they are utterly reliable.

The only downside is that they are full-size over-ear headphones, so they do make your ears warm. Which is actually a built-in feature to improve your mixes by making you take a break every 40 minutes or so ;)

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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby bill555 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:31 am

Surprised no one has mentioned the Audio-Technica ATH-M30s.
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby zenguitar » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:06 am

ATH-M30x is a good call. I treated myself to a pair of limited edition red ATH-M50x recently. And I have a nice old pair of ATH-M40fs that could do with replacement earpads and headband pad.

Definitely worth auditioning the Audio-Technica cans.

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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby innerchord » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:15 am

I'd recommend you save a little more and get the audio-technica ATH-M40x.
Excellent headphones, if a little delicate - physically that is!

Better (flatter) response than the '30, and with the detachable cable you want.
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby dickiefunk » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:52 pm

Thanks for the suggestions guys. To put things into perspective my current tracking headphones are cheap and old Sennheiser EH2200’s. These have been useable but don’t sound great at all. I paid around £30 new for these about 15 years ago.

My initial thoughts were the StudioSpares M1000 or ISK HD9999 as both of these have had a lot of great reviews, have replaceable cables and are closed back design.

However, I am willing to up my budget to around £80 if there is something noticeably better?

Options that I’ve found are Sennheiser 215mkII, Sony SRH440, Audio Technica ATH M40x and AKG K182?

Has anyone been able to compare any of the headphones I’ve mentioned?
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby Dynamic Mike » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:19 am

James Perrett wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote:Spend a bit more and buy some Sennheiser HD25s.....

Or spend a bit less on some HD206's.

Unless you wear glasses. If you do 'on-ear' designs prevent a lot of leakage.
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby Rubber5oul » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:39 pm

I’m sure you’re already sorted but if not you should consider AKG K92. Wouldn’t recommend for mixing but for tracking they are spot on. Comfy too. Cable isn’t detachable though so that might be a deal breaker.
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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby ef37a » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:07 pm

Rubber5oul wrote:I’m sure you’re already sorted but if not you should consider AKG K92. Wouldn’t recommend for mixing but for tracking they are spot on. Comfy too. Cable isn’t detachable though so that might be a deal breaker.

Already mentioned those but no matter. In fact mine have gone back to Gear4Music because the R/H driver has gone intermittent. Not the driver itself but the connection to it from the L/H side. Do hope it is a one off fault.

Now have 'up to 30 days' to wait.

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Re: Recommend tracking headphones around £50?

Postby kcseb » Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:16 pm

I just bought a pair of Studiospares M1000 headphones: went in person to the branch on the A406 in London. Just plugged them in now. Really comfortable and a lovely sound, probably slightly coloured but I want them for tracking so I can live with that, would rather have things sounding a little on the pleasant side when doing a vocal take!

So a thumbs up from me for the Studiospares M1000 - and bearing in mind I haven't broken mine in properly yet!
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