As those of you who have followed this column for any length of time can attest, headphone mixing is one of the big no-no's around these parts. In our humble opinion, headphone mixes do not translate well in the real world, period, end of story. Other than checking for balance issues and the occasional hunting down of little details, they are tools best left for the tracking process.
1. Sub $150 price, based on the industry wide standard for warranty I consider them disposable after the 2 years end.
2. I see that most professional environments demand sound isolation, for my particular scenario where that isn't the case, shouldn't open headphones provide more accurate reproduction?
3. Again, accurate reproduction is the key concern. The HD555 (and I guess the rest of the HDs) has the signature Sennheiser veil, not good for faithful reproduction of the source.
The HD555 (and I guess the rest of the HDs) has the signature Sennheiser veil, not good for faithful reproduction of the source.
shouldn't open headphones provide more accurate reproduction
Headphones are not easy to specify/measure and the manufacturers sometimes fudge the specs. Opinions & preferences also vary. Read some reviews, go to a store and listen, choose headphones that sound good to you and are comfortable to you.
FYI - Koss has a lifetime warranty. But, headphones should last many years in a studio-like environment.
...How many dB of veil do the Sennheiser's have?
Veil is a subjective description, but since it is consistently reported by everyone it isn't really a controversial audiophile fabrication.
Quote from: Benliq on 29 October, 2013, 03:54:08 PMVeil is a subjective description, but since it is consistently reported by everyone it isn't really a controversial audiophile fabrication.I disagree. I have been mixing on HD595s for years now because of a lack of space for proper monitors, checking as often as I could on speakers and of course comparing with real-life sound, as I record classical music mainly, I think they're very accurate. I'd like to know who this 'everyone' refers to, haven't heard anyone about it yet.
Personally I got a worse opinion of the hd595, after getting a srh940.
I'm using Sennheiser HD280 right now, EQ'ed according to Rins measurement and I captured stereo impulses from xnors crossfeed that I insert on the stereo buss in my DAW. My speakers are Alesis M1 in a semi-treated room. Translateability has been rather good so far but I always check a mix on speakers before making any final decisions.
Are there any open headphones that are regularly used (other than Sennheisers) by the professional community?
I'm mixing for headphone users, so I don't have to worry about speaker listeners.
but I 'm not fully convinced by such trivial explanation.
I had an extensive look at Koss, they seem to have stopped innovation since the 80s.
Of the 4 characteristics that describe sound quality (noise, distortion, frequency response, and timing) I'd guess veil is most related to frequency response. It's something in the high frequencies, right? ...Maybe distortion (or the lack of distortion) is heard as a veil, but I doubt that's the issue.
@Benliq -- Have a look at this thread. The replies were very helpful.5 years on and I'd still make the same purchase.http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....showtopic=67751The posts by WmAx were the most helpful to me. C.
When I listened at the store, nothing sounded as good as the ones I already had. So I didn't buy anything, and I used those headphones 'till they died.
Might find this useful info too (if you go the Sony route):http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/53489-...adphones#548221C.
my dissatisfaction with the HD555 may as well be its open-design. I thought closed headphones had loose, rumbling bass. I need to have the low frequency notes heard clearly, and not swallowed into a giant rumble.
I thought closed headphones had loose, rumbling bass. I need to have the low frequency notes heard clearly, and not swallowed into a giant rumble.
To which category correspond the impulse response ? How do you measure reaction of headphones to transients ?
Well from my experience with the hd595 (open) , hd800 (open) , srh940 (closed), hd25 II 1 (closed) , the trick is that you "feel" better the bass when it's closed. What does "feeling" actually involve ?I can only make hypothesis:- I may need some low level of distortion/ noise to realize the presence of bass (from ear cup reflections ).- the "pressure" of bass sound waves on ear drums, is perhaps more efficient when there's closed cups.
Another problem with the HD555s I observed is its inability to produce soundstage because it does not place the sound at the centre of your head. The sound is always to the left and right of my head, just an inch from my ears. This means I am conscious that the "sonic world" is being faked by 2 separate, locatable sources.However, some headphones that aggressively drive the sound into your head do not produce what I call "soundstage" either...