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What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby Guest » Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:53 pm

You have a desert island studio and can only take one pair of headphones for mixing purposes due to excessive shipping costs - what would you go for?

P.s. I'm about to get the AKG K701s but prior to trigger-pulling I want to see if there's much else out there in this day and age, beyond the phones recommended in SOS articles of a few years back.
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:00 pm

I'd take my trusty K701s, or maybe the flagship K812s... Not because they are better than everything else, but just because I know them well and how to interpret what I hear from them. Headphones choices are as much about personal preferences as are cars or women! We all like slightly different things and prioritise the pros and cons different! ;)

AKG, Sennhesier, Shure, Beyer, Audeze... they all have superb models to choose from.

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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby Jack Ruston » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:06 pm

Audeze LCD-X

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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby The_BPP » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:28 pm

Sennhesier HD800. So much detail!
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby ConcertinaChap » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:55 pm

Small point of information. At £149 right now the K702 is just £5 more than the K701 on Amazon. I figure the detachable cable is worth that.

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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:58 pm

Good Spot!

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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby John Willett » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:48 pm

Imran500 wrote:You have a desert island studio and can only take one pair of headphones for mixing purposes due to excessive shipping costs - what would you go for?

P.s. I'm about to get the AKG K701s but prior to trigger-pulling I want to see if there's much else out there in this day and age, beyond the phones recommended in SOS articles of a few years back.

My Sennheiser HD 800 - nothing better :D
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby Dynamic Mike » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:01 pm

I bought K702 65th Anniversary's when they fell to a silly price. Very pleased but don't have any other open-backed phones to compare them to. Very different to HD 25-II's. Horses for courses I guess.
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby The Elf » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:30 am

K701/2 each and every time. Something about those cans just suits what I need to hear perfectly. That doesn't mean they're perfect for anyone else, but they are definitely worthy of anyone's shortlist.
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby The Korff » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:20 am

^ They're also really, really comfortable!
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby Guest » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:21 pm

Think I'll go for the K702's!!! I currently use the Beyerdynamic DT770's, but I find I misjudge the bass a bit on those (although I can get round this issue by comparing with pro-recordings), plus they are closed backed and pretty heavy so uncomfortable as well.

Despite that once you get used to them you can do a half decent mix so they can't be all bad.

Will report back once I get the K702s, what's the burn in time and how do I actually burn them in if this is required?

Thanks all :D
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby Wonks » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:01 pm

Burn-in by just playing back music through them. I used my iTunes on random at a reasonable listening level (not too loud). Because they are open backed, you are going to hear them, so you might want to cover them up with something.

Up to 100 hours is recommended for AKGs. You shouldn't get any change in sound after that for a very long while.
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby Dave B » Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:43 pm

I bought a set of 702s as well for several reasons, but mainly that Max shouted at me .... :)

They really are jolly good though .. :lol:
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby Wonks » Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:01 pm

Dave B wrote:I bought a set of 702s as well for several reasons, but mainly that Max shouted at me .... :)

You should have got closed-back ones then. :D
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Re: What are your go-to headphones for mixing!

Postby The_BPP » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:39 am

I have both the 702s and the hd800s, and whilst the hd800s are superior under an A/B comparison, it's surprising how good the 702s are - a quarter the price and close in quality.
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