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5 pro headphone mini reviews

Filed under: — adrian @ 1:27 am

I’ve owned the first three and tried the last two at work the other day for a couple hours each. These are all pretty pricey.

  1. Sennheiser HD600 open a classic and a benchmark. some of the brightest and clearest sound I’ve heard from a headphone. absolutely flat, though: you hear what’s in the music and it makes nothing sound prittier; if the music sound crappy, these won’t fix it. great for monitoring music while mixing or the like (but bad for recording because open headphones can bleed to the mic). modular cable a plus. openness can be annoying if you want outside sounds to be blocked out. fairly comfortable, can be worn hours at a time.
  2. Beyerdynamic DT990 open great sounding, slightly bassy, still very clear. great everyday headphones. the ones with the velour earpads are super comfortable, possibly my favorite in terms of comfort level
  3. Beyerdynamic DT770 closed like a closed version of the 990s. Not quite as clear but still sound very clear and nice. slightly bassy. similarly comfortable to the 990s.
  4. Technics RP-DH1200 closed fairly clear but muddy sound. fairly bassy and optomized for a louder sound that I’d like. the force both down and in is too high so they’re fairly uncomfortable for longer periods of time. solid construction. Modular cable a plus.
  5. Audio Techics ATH-AD900 open Fairly clear sound, but not as bright as the HD600s (probably not as good of a high-end response). Large earpieces that sit too low and the force from the headband is too light.

Overall, I’d say the HD600s are the best sounding, but the DT990s are my favorite everday headphone for comfort and listenability.

4 Responses to “5 pro headphone mini reviews”

  1. Jesse Says:

    pricey indeed. maybe you could review some headphones that sound good but do not cost a first born?

  2. adrian Says:

    I don’t have a lot of experience with cheaper headphones.

    The Sony MDR-EX71SL and MDR-EX51LP earbuds are both fine. They sound alright. I currently use the 51’s with my ipod (and the earbud clip).

  3. Alex Says:

    What, no love for Sennheiser’s HD-650? ;) Mmm..

  4. adrian Says:

    I haven’t tried the 650s (or not for very long, at least).

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