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Old June 13th, 2004, 04:07 PM   #1
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High-Isolation Headphones

I was covering an outdoor live band for the Chamber of
Commerse. It'll be part of a promo to get
people to come here.
Anyways, I was in the field with my Sony 7506s.
I've always felt that these are not particualarly
good for blocking out the surrounding
noise, but in front of that band I couldn't
even use them because the band was overpowering.
Are there any accuarate headphones that
would be a big leap up in isolation?
Of course, a main concern in this type of
shooting environment is distortion, so I need
headphones that will allow me to monitor.

Just as a post script, I was going line in to a VX
and had the pre-amp set to very minimum boost,
which I believe is 6 dB, and the pre-amp limiters were
*still* activating.
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Old June 13th, 2004, 05:39 PM   #2
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Check out the Remote Audio HN-7506

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Old June 13th, 2004, 06:03 PM   #3
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The Remote Audio cans are pretty well an industry standard, and are very, very, good.
For me, I prefer to go the other route, isolating in the ear, rather than outside. This isn't *quite* as good as iso-cans like the remotes, but a heckuva lot lighter in weight. Cost is slightly higher though too.
Look at the ER4 and 6. I carry the 4's with me everywhere I go.
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Old June 13th, 2004, 07:01 PM   #4
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Never heard of those HN-7506s before. I wish they came in black.
I nomally wear dark clothes to more blend in while
I'm working.
Anyone have any ideas in a black headphone.
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Old June 13th, 2004, 07:57 PM   #5
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You could also try some industrial strength ear muffs that will fit over the phones.

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Old June 15th, 2004, 06:41 PM   #6
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Maybe this will be a "Mr. Obvious" statement, but just in case anybody doesn't already know... The Remote Audio phones are aircraft headsets with 7506 guts. If somebody felt inspired enough they could pick-up some used Sigtronics headsets for $50 and pop in the guts of their 7506's...

When I used to fly I always thought that would be a good idea with my David Clarks... Bose makes some really high-end aviation cans, but I don't think an active cancelling system would be the ticket for random noise... it's more for droning sounds that can be phase cancelled.

UPDATE... I tried to find the best price on new aviation headsets and for anything new you'll be pushing $100... $80-$90 at the lowest... When you combine that cost with the cost of the 7506s the Remote Audio phones start looking pretty attractive...
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Old June 15th, 2004, 08:10 PM   #7
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Spot, that etymotics.com link appears to be a placeholder portal.
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Old June 17th, 2004, 05:32 AM   #8
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Also check out http://IFBSource.com for other in-ear monitors. In-ears are gaining popularity as lightweight, high quality audio monitors with very high isolation if used with custom ear molds.

Another more common choice is the Sennheiser HD-280 Pro headphones. Similar in design to the Sony 7506's, though larger, they are more robust, have a better headband, more durable cushions, a smoother frequency response (especially in the low end), and MUCH better ambient noise isolation. They are cheaper too.

Caution - Creating the Remote Audio HN-7506's took a bit more than just placing the drivers in an aviation headset. It took them quite some time to get them to sound right.
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