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RE: Field Headphones?

Subject: RE: Field Headphones?
From: "Martyn Stewart" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 21:13:10 -0700
I too use the Sony MDR-V900 and find them a very comfortable headphone.
It also depends on what you are recording, Walt would have a headlamp on
his head while out recording frogs & toads, if you are recording birds,
obviously you wouldn't need the headlamp but either way, a great set of
headphones that will cost you about $130 to $150 if you shop around, MRP
is about $259.99. You can get them at B&H at the moment for $139.95
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-----Original Message-----
From: Walter Knapp  
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 9:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Field Headphones?
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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