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Monitor Headphones vs EQ'd Headphones
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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post Jun 9 2013, 09:26
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I think we should define what a "monitoring headphone" is and if it has any actual technical meaning that would give it a certain sound.
There's an old SOS article comparing monitor vs hi-fi speakers and the conclusion is that there isn't a significant sound difference between them.

I think a flat frequency response and a detailed transparent sound is generally the goal for both.
There might be a tendency for monitoring equipment to accentuate the upper mids or highs, to reveal certain "delicate" frequencies. It seems to be the case with some "classics", like the Yamaha NS10 or Sony MDR-V6 for headphones (AFAIK neither of those are very flat in terms of EQ), but I can't say whether it's the rule for all monitoring speakers and headphones.
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