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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby ore_terra » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:01 am

I agree that mixing with sound cancelling (in my case the Quietcomfort 35 II) feels a bit weird, but I'm loving them for tracking and location recording! I find that weirdness a fair price to pay in exchange for the isolation. when recording in the same room than the drums, I find myself getting mic positions and settings quicker, most of all the low end.

I'm using them with Sonarworks.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby Jez Corbett » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:52 pm

So, couple of things I've worked out from this thread:

1. Noise cancelling headphones do weird things to sound, can't really monitor with them (as suspected).
2. In ear phones can deliver proper bass if fitted right.

I'm going to consider option 2, but in the mean time, any good fairly well sealed closed back studio headphones I should consider? I've never really been a fan of in ear, especially not for all day every day, and with not being able to try them out I'm a little hesitant to splash the (client's) cash before I consider all options.

Also I suspect the €1000 Sennheisers might raise eyebrows a little too high.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby Wonks » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:04 pm

The €500 Neumanns might be worth considering, but too new for any worthwhile reviews.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:13 pm

Good old Sennheiser HD25 mk2s are pretty decent, good isolation and reasonable sound quality. They are 'on ear' rather than 'over ear' so, as they need to be fairly tight, some find the uncomfortable. I wear glasses and don't find a problem wearing them for moderate periods of time but definitely a try before you buy.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:24 pm

Beyer DT770s with an instance of Sonarworks might do a reasonable job if the fit is good, but I know some folks are less keen.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby Jez Corbett » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:35 pm

blinddrew wrote:Beyer DT770s with an instance of Sonarworks might do a reasonable job if the fit is good, but I know some folks are less keen.

DT770s fit just right for me, should have mentioned they would be my first choice, unless there's anything else worth considering that are more isolating.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby Hrodulf » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:00 pm

I'm not too keen on recommending IEM's for critical stuff. Mainly because they're super sensitive to how you put them in and what tips you've chosen. That's the reason why we don't officially support them for Reference 4.

A decent pair of ANC cans like the Bose QC25/35 or Sony WH1000-XM2/3 with calibrations seem like an overall better choice.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby The Elf » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:56 pm

From my experience with them I wouldn't recommend in-ears for critical listening either. For a stage environment they're fine, but that's where my love of them ends.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:14 pm

Depending on your use case, the other thing to bear in mind with in-ears is that they're not the best tool for multiple users... :sick:
I'm hoping to get someone else trained up at work so I'm definitely in the market for over-ears.
Oh well, just have to work with what we have in my case.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby Wonks » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:21 pm

Get an Igor so that you can keep the same in-ears and just swap the ears themselves over.
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:41 pm

:bouncy: :bouncy: :bouncy:
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Re: Noise Cancelling Studio Headphones?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:41 pm

Or an Igorina :thumbup:
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