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Subject: R: [Nature Recordists] Headphones comparison
From: "Daniele Grieco" carnevale_cinese
Date: Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:02 pm ((PDT))
I've searched for years a flat closed reference headphones for monitoring t=
hat was comfy, really flat and closed. I learned that open type sound flatt=
er at less money and that It's damn difficult to find a product with all yo=
u need.

At the moment I'm really happy with the Etymotic ER-4P for monitoring (with=
 S adapter) and listening pleasure (P).
pros: ruler flat (with S adapter) great isolation, portable, great comfort =
once you find the right tip for you (for me It's the small frost one).
cons: they're IEM and they need to go really deep, deeper than other IEM (p=
ast the second bend of the ear canal) to sound right (flat and with the rig=
ht dynamics). It's a personal device (no sharing of ear wax please :P), It'=
s a bit annoying if you have to plug and unplug too often (not easy on and =
off like a full size model)

I also use an Audio-Technica ATH-M50 for quick commuting and friends.
pros: good sound but not perfect (too much bass, a bit of veil in the mids,=
 not refined highs) closed, comfy (good clamping force on my small head but=
 changed with time), sturdy, great compromise.
cons: not perfect sound (good for tracking but not for mixing)

I've tried for a period also the MDR-7506.
pros: light, comfy
cons: annoying (IMO) coiled cable, not flat: boomy and one note bass, shout=
y and metallic highs. IMO tailored for monitoring of film dialogue: If ther=
e's a neon light buzz in the cable you will notice it. If some one stomps o=
n the stage you will hear it.

If you want more info and a base to start look hear:
and all the 5 part of this

Good search!


Greetings from Italy!


--- Gio 15/9/11, Magnus Bergsson <> ha scritto:

Da: Magnus Bergsson <>
Oggetto: [Nature Recordists] Headphones comparison
Data: Gioved=EC 15 settembre 2011, 20:09


      Hi all

I like to know if someone can give me some sound and handling comparison

between Sennheiser HD 25-1 II and Sony MDR7509 (or 7506) headphones.

I am used to use Sennheiser HD25-1 II, but they press to much on may ears. =

need more comfortable "around the ear" headphones but without loss of "soun=


I can not make this comparison in Iceland, where I live, because this Sony

headphones are not in stock.

I am looking for good "closed back"  headphones  to monitor nature sound an=

classical music recordings.

I have as well look at Ultrasone PRO750 or 900 headphones, if Sony are not

"as good" as Sennheiser.



Bestu kve=F0jur / Best regards

*Magn=FAs Bergsson

*Tel: + 354 6162904*


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