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Monitor Headphones vs EQ'd Headphones
thedisavowed
post Jun 8 2013, 15:46
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Obviously (like with most audio topics) there's probably some subjectivity here but -

I own a pair of AKG K240 studio monitor headphones. I've always liked their sound, and apart from them getting a bit sweaty after prolonged use (3-4 hours) I really have no complaints.

Recently a buddy of mine who's a musician came over and saw I had them and said they were nice headphones for mixing but that if he was just listening to music it wouldn't be his first choice - he'd rather have some EQ'd headphones.

I've seen a similar sentiment on gaming boards in discussions of headphones.

These headphones are well liked among gamers and music people: http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-AD700-O...=I1OLXLGOX6RLWS

Was thinking of trying them just for kicks but I'm curious if anyone here has any insight they can share? I mean I get what he's saying - but wouldn't monitor headphones really be representing how the music is "supposed" to sound? Wouldn't EQ'd headphones be coloring the sound with the sound of the headphones themselves?
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saratoga
post Jun 8 2013, 17:40
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There isn't really a difference between getting headphones that are designed to have a flat response and taking a pair of similar quality headphones and flattening the response with EQ if that is what you're asking. Maybe the EQ'ed ones will be a little flatter if you do the calibration well.
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QUOTE (saratoga @ Jun 8 2013, 11:40) *
There isn't really a difference between getting headphones that are designed to have a flat response and taking a pair of similar quality headphones and flattening the response with EQ if that is what you're asking. Maybe the EQ'ed ones will be a little flatter if you do the calibration well.


Well - put it this way:

I read a tweet a while ago by Flying Lotus (artist) who said he was listening to his new record on Beats by Dre. He said he didn't like the headphones but that he knew that a lot of kids would be hearing his music that way.

In other words - he's saying that the system itself (the Beats by Dre) are investing their own sound/personality into reproducing the sound and that he didn't care for the effect.

So my question is: are studio monitor headphones ideal for music consumption (and not just a studio tool as my friend was implying) or are they actually ideal for hearing music as the artist intended?
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