Originally Posted by cunning
Can anyone recommend any good reference/monitoring headphones. I want a set that are neutral across the frequencies. Open back is preferred but closed will do as there doesn't seem to be a great deal of open sets on the market.
My budget is £100 - £150 (~$230)
I'm considering either
Beyerdynamic 770 Pro
(have read these are bass heavy?)
KRK KNS 8400
If anyone can advise between the above or recommend alternatives I'd be very grateful
I am a mixer, and I own the SRH840 (I can get very close to a finished mix of TV shows in those, but I cannot get close to a finished music mix in those). I listened to the 770s, and didn't like them. I have not heard the KRKs.
You can't accurately hear the frequencies below 80 Hz on the SRH840, but I doubt any headphones do that kind of work well. Shure used to claim that the SRH440 were better for mixing, and the SRH840 were better for critical listening of finished mixes. I think you can create a superior image, and the SRH840 are very good for balancing, though there is very subtle hype in the upper mid range that you have to get used to that can screw up some of balances like cymbals and snares by about 1 to 2dB. If you can go listen to them, that's my advice. They have a crystal clear sound, and do not feel hyped, like most of the others. They are a bit bright out of the box, but don't take long to break in (maybe just play music through them for a few days). If you EQ stuff on professional speakers, first, you can easily take the mix into the headphones and get it very very close. You just can't expect doing the entire mix in headphones, and have it translate perfectly to professional speakers.
I'm not sure what your application is for the headphones, but it sounds like you want to do something like mixing.
I'm actually intrigued by the KRK's, but I don't think I can hear them where I live.