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Big Joe Daddy
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Hey Guys,
I've never owned a high quality set of headphones. A couple months ago I purchased my first set of IEM's and went with the Westone UM3's. (I play guitar with a group of guys and I'm also the guy with the PA). They work great and sound way better than my old clunky set of headphones.

But I want to get a good set of headphones that I can use when doing sound checks and to use as I explore the brand new world of recording. The IEM's are a hassle when you need to take them on and off again frequently.

So what can you recommend that won't break the bank? I was hoping to find something in the $150 range.
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I used to use the AKG K240's and switched to the Sony MDR-7506's... Been very pleased! Also, nice choice on the Westone UM3's We settled on the UM2's before the 3's were available.
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Sony MDR-7506

Not the best noise reduction but the sound quality is incredible. Definitely worth the money. Lightweight. Well padded. I wear mine for hours upon hours (taking occasional breaks but just to get my ears back).

They're geared towards studio use but if you're careful with em they are good for the road too. Help me get a quick listen to a Solo channel when I need to.

Not trying to hijack thread but just putting in a ++ for the 7506.

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The 7506's are also prominent in the Live Sound industry as well. They are used at FOH and Monitor World to PFL tracks while mixing.

I used to use the AKG K240s. They were good and them and the 7506's are the best quality for around $100. If you are willing to spend a little more, I upgraded to the Beyerdynamic DT-770. They have a good sound and felt pads that I can wear for many hours. Also check out Ultrasone. They build very high quality studio headphones for a little more money.
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Can anyone tell me a headphone with great isolation?
I need it to record my drums.

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VicFirth makes some good sound isolation headphones. They wear on the ears after about an hour. I ended up rewiring them into different enclosures.

Extreme Isolation makes some pretty popular ones: http://www.extremeheadphones.com/

Another route to go that I have used is getting In ear monitors. M-Audio's IE series is a good choice that isn't too expensive. Ultimate ears sells the same for about the same price. Actually the M-Audio IE series is just Ultimate Ears drivers with an M-Audio enclosure. They usually give about -26db of noise reduction.
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I know this will sound a bit weird but bear with me.

In my other life I'm a military aircraft mechanic. Excellent hearing protection is mandatory. One thing some of my flying crew chief's have done over the years is modify headset ear muffs that we use on the ramp (Peltor H10 are good for about 30 dB reduction) or just snake headphones up under them.

Looks a little dorky while playing but I've spent 12 to 16+ hour shifts in them without complaint and the cost very respectable. Try to get them with foam gel muffs, your ears will sweat a bit but, they're comfortable and do the job.

Just search for aircraft hearing protection and look around.
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I found these videos very helpful as well... (5 in total)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJh8B1QfEn0

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I'm very pleased with Audio Technica ATH-M50. Fantastic headphone for the price. I think it's just $150

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I use Sennheiser HD25 MkII's - love them so much - does not hurt my ears if I wear them for a long time paid $300 Aussie dollars so probably about 150 in the states

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The AKG 240 series is too open for live work (IMHO), and I find Sony cans to be overly bright and harsh sounding. Yeah, I know they're popular, but I don't like them at all.

For good isolation and decent sound, the Senn HD280 Pro is nice. I don't like them for listening to music (GRADO all the way for that), but I find the Senns good for judging EQ and the isolation is quite good. They are a little dull in the high end - that's their weakness.
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Ultrasone here, and happy with them.
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Well I decided to run with the Sony MDR-7506. Not a lot of money. Got 'em on their way. Thanks for all the input Boys.
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No isolation, best fidelity: Grado (any model, but preferably the 125 or better).

Good isolation, very good fidelity: M-Audio IE10 buds.

Best isolation, good fidelity: ExtremeHeadphones EX29 (the latest version only). (Some headphone amps are a bit puny for these if you like to listen too loudly.)

Good isolation, decent fidelity: Sennheiser 280.

Lousy isolation, mediocre fidelity: Sony 7506.


All of these are around $100 save for Grado, which run from around $60 to very expensive.
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Use your earbuds, you won't get anything of that quality in a headphone.
 
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