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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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Martel
post Jul 14 2013, 21:29
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The problem with these compensation curves is that they depend on individual's physiology. Unless your auditory apparatus is that of the average Joe (whose "curve" was used), you will not perceive these "compensated" IEMs (or, to a lesser degree, any other headphone type) as flat. Still better than no compensation...

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