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BillW
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Headphones

Postby BillW » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:09 pm

I actually hesitate to ask this question since there are dozens of well respected brands, thousands of models, and probably more opinions than that.

So - let me make it easy. Easier? Less difficult? Less likely to start an endless debate?

Closed vs open back. I'm intrigued by someone here who mentioned a Samson brand of semi-open are almost too cheap to be true ($30).

Semi-open, so I've read - is preferred because it's a more natural listening environment.

I already have a decent (but no way expensive) closed back Sennheisers tha tI like for listening. But I've taken to mixing through my computer speakers (better sounding than you'd think) since I felt I wasn't getting a good sense of how the song would sound "in the air". But I'd rather mix with headphones because the constant replaying - looping - etc I know is getting my wife annoyed.

(Happy wife, etc.)

So - open or semi-open for mixing > closed?
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Re: Headphones

Postby outteh » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:10 pm

Open, for mixing. Doesn't "color" the sound as much as closed back. :D

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Re: Headphones

Postby rrichard63 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:40 pm

Open back for mixing. Closed back for performers while recording, to reduce bleed into their microphones, and also to reduce distractions while performing. In that situation, these factors outweigh the better fidelity of open back.

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Re: Headphones

Postby comedians » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:20 pm

Hi Bill

You may want to read this https://sonarworks.com/blog/how-to-choose-the-best-studio-headphones/

There are also several pages of tips to mixing on headphones.

Personaly I use Samson SR850's, low cost, comfortable, good response and reasonably flat response, and I might have I have several pairs of expensive cans which I no longer use prefering the Samson.

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Re: Headphones

Postby Ian Craig » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:30 pm

I use earpieces that hook over my ears. They work fine and don't block my sinuses (like headphones do). Say what you want, I know what I'm doing :P :lol:
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Re: Headphones

Postby Mark Bliss » Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:50 pm

But I'd rather mix with headphones because the constant replaying - looping - etc I know is getting my wife annoyed.

Things to consider:
"Constant replaying, looping" etc. sounds like mostly editing. Much of this can be done equally as well on closed back and often, inexpensive headphones. Or even ear buds sometimes. Etc.
Plus they are very much more desirable for recording/monitoring purposes. (Porpoises not so much, they keep sliding off their heads)

And while good open backs are superior to closed backs for truly critical listening when mixing, be aware that unlike closed backs, anyone around you can often hear them pretty well too. And I dont know about the previously mentioned semi's, but generally studio grade open backs arent that inexpensive either.

Maybe you can talk your wife into wearing the closed backs while you work with the opens......
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Re: Headphones

Postby Khaos Hellatron » Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:49 am

I suggest you use a type that you're comfortable with. I myself have Monitors, Closed-Back Headphones, Open-Back Headphones and I use them of course. But, you know what I ended up using as my main mixing monitor? My trusty Sennheiser MX 400 II (They're like $6). Yes, they're just Earbuds - but they work for me. A huge factor is perhaps earbuds were what I got used to listening to since I was a kid so I know exactly how they should sound and feel in my ears. What I'm trying to say is try both Open and Closed-Back and go with whatever sounds and feels naturally right for you.
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