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Audiophilia: Headphones, Amps, DAPs, and Empty Wallets

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  • DrovekDrovek Registered User regular
    Hi thread,

    I'm looking for recommendations on headphones for music instrument practice. I'd guess that would be a wired set and maybe closed? I'm not really sure what would be the best here, to be honest.

    Preferably something that could be gotten on Europe, and maybe around $200-250 if at all possible?

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  • Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User regular
    Drovek wrote: »
    Hi thread,

    I'm looking for recommendations on headphones for music instrument practice. I'd guess that would be a wired set and maybe closed? I'm not really sure what would be the best here, to be honest.

    Preferably something that could be gotten on Europe, and maybe around $200-250 if at all possible?
    One of the "standards" is the Sony MDR-7506. As long as you don't pinch your hand in one of the hinges (a rite of passage for all studio musicians), it's great. They usually run about $100. I've heard good things about the Sennheiser Pro Audio HD 300 and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 is often at the top of people's lists.

    You will probably want wired and closed-back. What instrument are you playing, and what context will be headphones be used? Plugged directly to an amp? Audio interface? Mixer? Also, would you prefer IEMs over over-ear headphones, instead?

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  • DrovekDrovek Registered User regular
    Hahnsoo1 wrote: »
    Drovek wrote: »
    Hi thread,

    I'm looking for recommendations on headphones for music instrument practice. I'd guess that would be a wired set and maybe closed? I'm not really sure what would be the best here, to be honest.

    Preferably something that could be gotten on Europe, and maybe around $200-250 if at all possible?
    One of the "standards" is the Sony MDR-7506. As long as you don't pinch your hand in one of the hinges (a rite of passage for all studio musicians), it's great. They usually run about $100. I've heard good things about the Sennheiser Pro Audio HD 300 and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 is often at the top of people's lists.

    You will probably want wired and closed-back. What instrument are you playing, and what context will be headphones be used? Plugged directly to an amp? Audio interface? Mixer? Also, would you prefer IEMs over over-ear headphones, instead?

    Thanks for the reply!

    It's going to be an electronic drum kit just to start learning at home. (Eyeing the Yamaha DTX402K but still looking around.)

    My thinking with over-ear is comfort: in-ear hurts after a while (mostly the ones I've gotten the chance to use.) Though I've never worn any type of headset while playing drums, so I have no idea if that's even a good idea :lol:

    The connection would be, at least for now, directly through the headphone output of the unit without any amp.

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  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited August 26
    Drummer here.

    Any over the ear headphones that you find comfortable will work fine, the fidelity is not important here. Just the ability to play without pain or discomfort for however long you intend to jam!

    That unfortunately makes it hard to recommend, as comfort of particular models can vary based on personal factors. You can still get an idea of general comfort from reviews if you look for it, but still ymmv.

    Closed vs open, I prefer open on solo practice (mixing in music and the drums) if I don't need utmost silence, as it doesn't make you feel cut off while practicing. Having the space just feels more natural, and this is why when you play on stage live with IEMs, the engineer should mix in some room mics into your monitor. It helps avoid feeling awkward while playing, personally the isolation is otherwise decently distracting ime.

    Consider IEMs as a good pair can be comfortable for a three-hour live show, and still costs less than higher-end fidelity cans. $100-150 had lots of good options when I was shopping for mine? Benefit is that you get used to using IEMs while playing, it's not just a big rock star thing to have now. My amateur show had individually mixed IEMs for everyone on stage, which I could control on my phone over wifi. Pretty sweet for performances, I would say!

    edit: oh and meant to mention, if you also just are wanting to invest in good cans for listening and not just practicing, nothing special for drumming. Just go with the recommendations and try to make sure you're going to be comfortable over extended periods with them on. You, uh, got a big head or any problems with other head gear in the past?

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  • DrovekDrovek Registered User regular
    Hadn't thought about it from an "isolation" perspective. :surprised:

    And yes, this would double as a listening device also. Maybe I could also take some open-back recommendations. :smile:

    Maybe in-ears could be an interesting option a bit later in the future, my main issue with them in the past has been comfort. Either it hurting or it being the wrong fit and falling easily. Haven't had much issue with on-ear sets in the past, so it's a bit of going for a safer bet.

    Thanks for the info!

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  • CormacCormac Registered User regular
    Sometimes with IEM's you'll have to try a few different kinds of tips. Both shape and material to see what works best for you. For me, foam tips that compress and expand to fit my ear are the most comfortable and give me the best seal. I have yet to find any silicone tips that are comfortable for long periods or seal well enough.

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  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    Yeah it's really a personal thing. I'm the opposite, foam tends to cause pressure in my ear that is uncomfortable. The right size silicone/rubber tips work well for me.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    My Dayton Ultimax 18 subwoofer just stopped working for a second time. It has a 1200W Dayton plate amplifier that takes both digital and analog input with a DSP LCD display.

    No idea what happened, I didn't change anything. Just won't give me any sound. Checked the receiver, checked all the settings, the other seven speakers all work fine.

    I dissembled it and ran a volt tester through the board and everything is getting power and the connections all looked good.

    Going to grab a buddies subwoofer tonight and double check I can get at least one subwoofer firing and then I'll probably replace the plate with a 1000W amp...or I might just build two smaller 12 inch subs and use one on each side of my TV.

    I think this plate had just bad mojo all together because it similarly died like six months ago and I got a replacement under warranty, but now Dayton doesn't even make a 1200 W model.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    As an update, tried a buddies subwoofer and worked fine. So it's not the receiver or the cables.

    It's never the cables.

    So now I've got a $600 paperweight of a plate amplifier and an unpowered 18 inch Ultimax speaker.

    I guess my options are to replace the plate with something more reliable or get an external amplifier?

    What a pain in the ass.

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  • ButtersButters A glass of some milks Registered User regular
    I feel your pain, man. I had to replace my $600 foot rest myself a month or two ago

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Butters wrote: »
    I feel your pain, man. I had to replace my $600 foot rest myself a month or two ago

    Did you build yours, or buy?

    I took a voltmeter through the board and there's power going everywhere, but I can't get any sound to come out. Tried both analog and SPDIF inputs.

    I can't imagine it's a power surge or something that fried it because it's through the surge protector, but who knows.

    I had really hoped to get more than six years out of this thing.

    Well I guess I'll replace the plate amplifier and fuck around with the busted one later on.

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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    I almost wish I hadn't gotten nice headphones now :lol:

    My earbuds on my phone are almost unlistenable by comparison.

    Maybe I should get a btr5 at some point...

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  • DixonDixon Screwed...possibly doomed CanadaRegistered User regular
    I almost wish I hadn't gotten nice headphones now :lol:

    My earbuds on my phone are almost unlistenable by comparison.

    Maybe I should get a btr5 at some point...

    This is definitely an issue hahaha, I know your pain.

    Also a lot of 90's - early 00's music is hard to listen to due to the garbage mixing quality.

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  • Mr.WangtangMr.Wangtang Registered User regular
    Drovek wrote: »
    Hi thread,

    I'm looking for recommendations on headphones for music instrument practice. I'd guess that would be a wired set and maybe closed? I'm not really sure what would be the best here, to be honest.

    Preferably something that could be gotten on Europe, and maybe around $200-250 if at all possible?

    +1 for the 7506's. Industry standard for good reason. Stock pads can feel a tad warm but more breathable replacements are cheap and easy to switch out. I don't think even a drummer could break them ;).

    Drovek
  • AtheraalAtheraal Registered User regular
    +1 from me too. Checking this thread made me decide to grab a pair of 7506s that a local place happened to have on sale yesterday, and I'm thoroughly satisfied with how they sound.

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