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Re: Field Headphones?

Subject: Re: Field Headphones?
From: Klas Strandberg <>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 12:44:34 +0200
An important criteria when recording birds with a parabol is how easy it is
to take them on and off with one hand. You will often need to take the
headphones off, to locate the direction of the bird, and one hand will be
busy holding the dish.


. At 00:58 2003-09-17 -0400, you wrote:
>Michael P. Moore wrote:
>> Oops...I meant to change the subject line...
>> Does anyone have any recommendations for decent field headphones that 
>> can take a good beating and probably end up getting rained upon?
>First criteria should be the quality of the sound. It does no good to be 
>light, waterproof, etc. if you cannot hear what you are recording well 
>enough. Otherwise that awful background noise won't be noticed until you 
>get back. You want to hear the details out there where you have a chance 
>of doing something about them. Don't cut corners on headphones.
>Second, as you get into more sensitive mics/turning the gain up, you 
>need headphones that seal well to your head. Otherwise you get to pick 
>up feedback. Sometimes you can find a spec for the acoustic isolation or 
>something that will give you a clue. With the high sensitivity stuff I 
>use I have to be careful never to point the mic in my direction even 
>with a good seal. A good seal will allow you to play the headphones loud 
>enough to hear that faint background.
>Third, headphones are somewhat a personal preference. You will be 
>wearing them lots, so need to try them on if possible. What is 
>comfortable to one person may be awful to another.
>Following those criteria, I use Sony MDR-V900's, both in the field and 
>editing later. The pair I'm using now is several years old, have been 
>soaked in sweat, light rain and so on. And still give as good a sound as 
>the spare pair I have that I've not used much at all. They have also 
>been dropped, cooked in the car and so on too. The joints are slightly 
>looser than when new, but that just makes them a little more 
>comfortable. I do use as much care as possible about my equipment, 
>others would kill headphones much quicker than I will.
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