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    Beyerdynamic DT 880 pro. These sounded exactly like my Mackie HR624’s in a treated room…..with one exception: on the cans I could hear what was happening in the low end with a touch more clarity. It was a little more defined below 80hz.

    I use them only for checking mixes.

    In addition, I have another pair of no name $12 headphones that is the last check I do on a mix after aventones, Mackie, and DT 880’s. Those little no name garbage headphones help spot high end oddities on occasion.

    #25719 Reply


    I know this topic is way out of date but thought this might be useful for people who work in headphones a lot or write when traveling…

    This fantastic tool has made mixing on headphones a much more enjoyable and “real world” experience for me:


    It’s the first virtual room monitoring plugin I’ve found that sounds real. They’ve taken impulses of some fantastic rooms and monitoring systems in them, and it makes working in headphones a very pleasant experience… It’s also quite handy for listening across various speakers in different rooms.

    #25725 Reply


    It would appear that Focal’s Spirit Professional ($349) cans are changing the game. Some pro mixers have said they would be comfortable mixing with them only.

    #25729 Reply


    Hey Dpwave. I have a pair and use them daily… I Couldn’t recommend a better headphone, especially when compared to higher priced offerings from Sennheiser etc…
    Very comfortable, easy on the ears for sure, and the sound is absolutely lovely…

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    Art Munson
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    Interesting… I’ve had mine for about 5 months. All’s well, but that’s short term in terms of what I expect form a good pair of cans, so will certainly use them with an open eye…
    (or ear perhaps!) Thanks for the heads up Art…

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    I had a pair of DT880’s but they broke, then a pair of DT990’s (open) and one accidental drop and they broke. But they were still usable. What ended their life was a short in the cord going into the earpiece.

    The Focal’s have a detachable cord, which helps with one common problem. My DT990s have a short in the headset wiring going into the earpiece. I’ll keep them, but trying to put them back together after repairing the short is gonna’ take a lot of duct tape.

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    Even though the thread is old, the concept is not. So, I just thought I would chime in with my opinion.

    I am very happy with my Sennheiser 800s headphones and Dangerous Source amp. I also use the new Waves NX plugin. I dont use any of the head tracking options, but I like this setup.

    The Sennheiser 800s are extremely comfortable. I love the detail I can hear in the mix. The NX plug helps get enough bleed into both ears so the stereo imaging is similar to using my speakers. Some people say comments about harshness, I dont hear any of that. But, I am 50, so maybe my ears are less sensitive now.

    I cant compare with every option out there, and I am not saying that anyone should go buy any of the gear I have. But, mixing on headphones is a pleasure to me, probably because I love hearing so much detail that I really dont hear through my studio speakers.

    I also have a well well treated control room and JBL4328/4312 speakers in a 2.2 arrangement. No amount of treatment fixes the issues in most rooms, particularly with getting accurate low end representation. I do not have a perfect shaped room, so there is only so much i can do.

    I guess I like having both options, headphones and speakers. If i could only have one, I would stick with the headphones. They basically sound the same no matter where I am sitting, or what is going on around me.

    Finally, I will say this…you can mix well on anything, once you understand how its sound characteristics translate to the outside world. It is less about the gear, and more about understanding “your” gear, your space, and reference. No two people are the same, so just get what you want, what you can afford, and learn to use it well.

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    Love my Sennheiser HD 650’s. If it sounds good on them & my Focal Twins, there’s a good chance the mix is a success. Of course, the car & the living room stereos are still mandatory references.

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