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Old December 11th, 2006, 11:06 AM   #16
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I have been using the HD280 for about a year now, and they isolate very well....very comfortable, I have work them 8-10 hours in a day, but I do have small ears.....depends on the person I guess....Akg MAKES THE k271 , SUPPOSED TO BE VERY GOOD AS WELL.....also, BeyerDynamic makes some nice closed back caNS (DT-770 I think)...
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Old December 11th, 2006, 05:16 PM   #17
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I was able to do some side-by-side comparisions and the Sennheiser HD280 came out on top (now I just have to wait a week for the store to get them in stock). I also tried out the Sony 7506, BeyerDynamic DT-770, and Ultrasone 550. None of them were bad, but the HD280s, overall, seemed best for me. The only Q I have is their comfort over extended periods of time. The sales guy said though that if after a couple of days of wear they were uncomfortable to bringing'em back and they'd hook me up w/something else.



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Old December 15th, 2006, 04:40 AM   #18
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...The only Q I have is their comfort over extended periods of time. The sales guy said though that if after a couple of days of wear they were uncomfortable to bringing'em back and they'd hook me up w/something else.
The HD280s need a couple of long days to break in.

I bought a pair for my home studio, and vaguely remember feeling that they were too tight at first. I quickly forgot about that feeling, until...

My workplace bought a pair. When fresh from the box, they were much tighter than my home pair - until they had been worn for ten or twenty hours. Now they feel just as comfortable as the pair at home.

You might put them on a manequin or a cantaloupe or something when not in use during the first few days. Aside from that initial tight clamping pressure, I find them to be very comfortable.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 12:28 PM   #19
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Good idea about how to help break them in. I don't have a mannequin, but I do have a skeleton in the hallway (girlfriend is a pathologist's assistant).


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Old December 15th, 2006, 01:15 PM   #20
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Remote Audio HN7506

Remote Audio takes a pair of Sony MDR7506 drivers and puts them in a set of sound isolating cans. I have a pair and love 'em to death.

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Old December 15th, 2006, 03:38 PM   #21
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...I don't have a mannequin, but I do have a skeleton in the hallway (girlfriend is a pathologist's assistant)...
You might pick up Saint Saens' Danse Macabre and Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D minor to play for the old boy. He'll probably enjoy just about anything on the Theramin as well - just the thing to put some spark into the old bones! :)
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Old December 16th, 2006, 01:01 AM   #22
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Another voice weighting in on 7506's

I've been doing field video work with 7506's for a decade and there's a LOT to like about them. They're durable, highly efficient (need little power to generate a solid level) reasonably cheap, and so popular that it's easy to get replacement pads and replacement cords if that becomes necessary.

Having said all that I just don't consider them anywhere near "flat."

In fact to my ears they have a VERY pronounced upper midrange bump.

This is actually an excellent characteristic if you're in a field recording situation monitoring dialog or other voice based stuff in a live situation (like ENG work) but if you're using them for music recording or to proof a mix, you need to understand that they'll likely be overly bright compared to the actual source.

I love them when I'm directing, because they help me hear what my actors are saying - but I NEVER use them to listen to music or to mix anything important because they just aren't realistic.

My 2 cents anyway.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 03:59 AM   #23
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No AKG 171, please

I heard good things about the AKG 171 headphone but found them less than desirable. The wire spring on the headphone is non-adjustable and has so much force you can't wear them for even an hour. And while the frequency range is suppodedly flat past 20Khz, someone at AKG must have a good imagination. I can hear high-frequencies much better with my Sennheiser CX300 earbuds than the AKG headphone. But the AKGs should last forever for me... since I seldom use them :-( I suspect the best application would be for a drummer or musician working around high-dB audio for short takes.

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Old December 19th, 2006, 01:47 AM   #24
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You might pick up Saint Saens' Danse Macabre and Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D minor to play for the old boy. He'll probably enjoy just about anything on the Theramin as well - just the thing to put some spark into the old bones! :)
Ernie (the skeleton) is all dolled up for the holidays (he's got on a santa hat w/black trim instead of white) so I think something a bit more season should be in order.

Now for something a bit OT:
I felt like w/the 7506's I tried out I had to turn them up louder to achieve the same level of clarity (for lack of a better term) than the other cans I demo'd. They also seemed to get "muddy" in a couple of spots on some sample program audio I brought w/me and the Senns I ended up going with did not.


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Old January 11th, 2007, 03:00 PM   #25
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Just a quick follow up.

I've had the 280's for nearly two weeks now and I'm very happy with them. The sound quality, sound isolation, and comfort level all get a thumbs up.


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Old January 12th, 2007, 03:03 PM   #26
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Glad to hear the Senns worked out. Enjoy!
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Old January 13th, 2007, 10:26 AM   #27
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The new Sony HD 7509 HD phones have bigger earcups than the 7506. The 7509 is more sensitive and doesn't have the sting of the 7506. (I like the sting)

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