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xmofficial 2012-11-01 06:24

Which production headphones do you recommend that won't be so noisy on the outside?
Hi guys,

Which production headphones do you recommend that won't be so noisy on the outside?

I'm interested in getting new balanced headphones for production. I've got Sennheiser HD590s but they really piss off the people I live with hah. Looking to getting something good for production (anything from a few to several hundred) yet not annoying those around me.

Also, it surely is possible to have large cans for production yet be 'quiet' ?


Malfunkt 2012-11-01 07:05

I really enjoy my Shure shr-840. I know there is even a newer version of these closed back designs. They are very efficient and do not require a dedicated headphone amp. They have a very sweet mid-range, and are non-fatiguing. Great comfort too, not too clampy.

It really depends on your purpose, but make sure to by a good pair and match with a great soundcard and in some cases an amp. Check out Just don't lose your mind (or wallet) with all the options. Just pick a good pair and don't look back.

Get a circumaural closed headphone design. Look into beyerdynamic, denon, Akg, and sennheiser.

Btw- some headphones have better isolation. With closed designs you'll find you won't need to turn up the music as loud. You won't bother anyone and be able to rock out.

slackboy72 2012-11-01 07:36

Quite frankly almost all the closed designs are going to colour the sound compared to an open design. Usually it's an overhyped bottom end and less clarity in the mids and highs. The Shure is a good suggestion as would be some second hand Denon D5000s. But if the people you are living with are getting annoyed by the leakage from some headphones then you really should get some new people to live with.

As for there's just as much hype and bs floating around that board as good advice. Have a look at their cable forum for all the people who buy $250 power cables.

ryszard 2012-11-01 07:57

Don't know about the balanced thing. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250-ohm are classed as reference headphones and claim better than 20 dB of isolation. I've had a pair for 16 years. Great sound and very comfortable. I finally had to retire them from studio use--the drivers are worn out--but I still use them daily in my medical transcription business. They retail for around $200 USD.

I replaced them in the studio with a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Professional. They are 64 ohm and therefore a little bit bass heavy. (Get the 280-13 high impedance version for more flat response.) They are not classed as reference 'phones, but I don't see where they give up anything to the DT 770. They claim over 30 dB of isolation, the best that I am aware of. I've only had them for about two weeks, but I'm impressed with the efficiency (MUCH louder than my other set), isolation, and bass response. They sell for around $100 USD.

If those don't do it for you, for total eargasm go to They have sets for as much as $2,000. Don't forget the $1,900 preamp!



LastAlternative 2012-11-01 08:13

I have Sennheizer HD280 pro 64ohms. They are studio headphones about $100, closed-back, 8Hz-25kHz! Here's a link:
In the ~2 years I've had these, they are still in brand new condition (I take care of my stuff) and they have never sounded tainted in any frequency range. Too many headphones are beefed up in the low end or mids...
Keep in mind though the higher priced headphones about 2-$300+ are nice and all but most likely, you'll have to buy a headphone amp as well to make them sound best... More $$$ than you probably want to spend.
Godspeed on your journey to find the right headphones!

devilfish 2012-11-01 10:06

"beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition"!


ryszard 2012-11-01 10:10


Originally Posted by devilfish (Post 1168635)
"beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition"!


Those are semi-open 'phones. The OP was specifically looking for closed-back type.

slackboy72 2012-11-01 10:29


Originally Posted by ryszard (Post 1168637)
Those are semi-open 'phones. The OP was specifically looking for closed-back type.

Yeah I have the 990s which are very similar. Best I've heard under the $1,000 mark but they're open. Also need a decent amp.

What sort of budget do you have?
Are you using them to master music?
What gear do you currently have to drive them?

devilfish 2012-11-01 10:34

I know ..

He is looking for a fast car.

the DT-880 have no wide rims ..
but they where really fast ;)

LastAlternative 2012-11-01 11:29

You seriously want closed back headphones, especially for recording. This is so you get no microphone and guitar pickup bleed. That's the LAST thing you want in your song! Not to mention, any headphone bleed will annoy anyone around.

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