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harrycobbold
Dec 27, 2009, 03:56 PM
Hi, I'm looking to purchase a pair of mid range over ear headphones ( something between 50 - 120 ) for just general use (music/films/etc) and I've done a lot of looking around and its quite obvious that there are quite a few to choose from, can anyone recommend any?

Noise Cancellation isn't a necessity but is always nice to have

Any help appreciated
Thanks

Harry
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zimv20
Dec 27, 2009, 04:37 PM
Sony MDR 7506 is pretty popular on filmsets. that's what i always use.

FX120
Dec 27, 2009, 05:45 PM
The three "standard" monitor headphones I have run into most often are:

Sony MDR-7506
AKG K240
Audio-Technica M50

Out of all of those the M50's are my current go-to monitor headphones.

Penguissimo
Dec 27, 2009, 08:52 PM
I'm not sure if you could find a good enough deal in the UK to get them into your price range, but the AKG K701/702 can be had in the US for under $250, and they're absolutely fantastic headphones. Open back, so you need to use them in a relatively quiet environment, but the sound has met with approval even on audiophile forums.

ChrisA
Dec 28, 2009, 02:06 PM
The three "standard" monitor headphones I have run into most often are:

Sony MDR-7506
AKG K240
Audio-Technica M50


Sweetwater is selling the K240 for $99. I think they will ship international.

I've had a pair of K240 for more than 20 years. I like them enough to have just
bought a second pair when I noticed the $99 sale price.

The best description of the K240 sound is that they sound like you don't have headphones on.

thegoldenmackid
Dec 29, 2009, 03:47 PM
I love my SRH840s, review here. (http://themacfeed.com/2009/11/review-shure-srh840/)

Sir Cecil
Dec 29, 2009, 04:44 PM
The three "standard" monitor headphones I have run into most often are:

Sony MDR-7506
AKG K240
Audio-Technica M50

Out of all of those the M50's are my current go-to monitor headphones.


The MDR-7506 is reliable and very good value. Great for editing where much detail is needed, though a little sharp and bright for me when used for general listening.

I was disappointed with the M50. Nice build quality but a bit lifeless and one-dimensional in my system. I prefer the Sony to these.

I spent a little more in the end and settled on the Beyer Dynamic DT770 Pros, and I couldn't be happier with their detailed, refined and smooth sound. Extremely comfortable and easy to drive too. Strongly recommended as a big improvement on the other two mentioned if your budget can stretch to just below $200.