Help me Buy - Best Budget Closed Back Headphones for EDM Production

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  1. Ankit

    Ankit Rock Star

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    After going through many forums, I am confused.

    I used to have Audio Technica ATH M50X, which I loved. One driver is dead and sadly, I am stuck with zero support from Audio Technica in my country.

    I recently bought ATH M20X which are below my expectation. Probably because I am used to ATH M50X. My budget allows me to buy one of these (These are available in my country):

    1. Presonus HD9

    2. Sennheiser Hd-280 Pro

    3. Sony MDR-7506
    I don't use any Audio Interface. I am planning to buy one later. I struggled with mixing bass with ATH M50X.
     
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    I just bought one for my self, and a tip is, to not go to cheap. I don't know what those listed headphones cost, but you best spend at least, 100 or better 150 bugs for something decent!
    At the end, my choice fall on the AKG K-371, they very comfy, and have a nice frequency range (The Low-End might Be Too Much For Some People).
    They come with 3 cable and a back, and they very light. I am happy with the purchase!:)

    Link With Specs And Pictures:
    https://www.thomann.de/gb/akg_k_371.htm?ref=intl&shp=eyJjb3VudHJ5IjoiZ2IiLCJjdXJyZW5jeSI6IjQiLCJsYW5ndWFnZSI6ImVuIn0=

    I also have the AKG K-702 open back that I use for 10 years now, and the K-371 are the perfect complementary closed-back headphone to my K-702....!

    K-702 Link:
    https://www.thomann.de/gb/akg_k702.htm
    Edit:
    If those headphones are something for you, but you are unsure about the bass response, then there is always the possibility to change the ear-pads, which is what I'm going to do with these:
    https://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-Up...ainwavz+oval+microsuede&qid=1583864224&sr=8-1

    So I get a little closer to my K-702!
     
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    I use Sony MDR-7506. You can't go wrong with these. Great headphones for the money.
     
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    Yes, I understood this after buying ATH M20x. I saw somewhere, people mentioning these are better than their bigger brothers. Which was totally wrong.
    Thanks for mentioning these. These are of lower cost than 3 headphones I mentioned. Have you heard the ones I mentioned above?
    Yes, I know they are well appreciated by the industry. I have only one issue, are they good for EDM? I mean Bass music production?
     
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    Of the three you post, I've never used the Presonus cans, but I have an HD280 and a Sony MDR-7506. I'd go for the Sony's. They are great all rounders and very comfortable. Mine must be over 20 years old and they still go strong. I have the sound of the 280s, but they are great for tracking drums. They offer great isolation, sound loud, and they are mid-rangey enough to help a drummer focus on their playing. Not good for mixing for my taste. Other people swear by them.

    In my opinion, go for the Sony headphones. .
     
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    you could get which are better than the atx m50s for the price of the senhiser 280 pros as there older the senhiser hd 25s
     
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    I have listened to quite a number of different headphones in different stores whenever I had the chance to and my current closed headphones top choices are these (in the "budget" class around $100):
    MDR-7506 for its clear and revealing yet not aggressive sound
    Beyer DT770 Pro (80 Ohms) for its wearing comfort and rather acceptable sound.
    The DT770 is available in 32, 80 and 250 Ohms versions and while the 250 version is simply not loud enough with some headphone outputs, the 32 and 80 versions have quite a noticeable bass boost.
    I like the bass boost especially when working in noisy environments or live but it can be too much for serious mixing.
    My preferred headphones have been the AKG K-7xx models for years, they're much more neutral and sound great but their open design can be annoying if you're working in a room with other people, both for them and for yourself.

    Thanks @albert001 for the K-371 tipp, might try that one (and I hope the DT770 ear cushions would fit )
     
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    Just the Sennheiser Hd-280 Pro and 300, but, I don't think that those(HD-280) are suitable in your case. The HD-300 are better if you go sennheiser!
    If You want to have very nice bass, the K-371 do not disappoint in that regards. For me, it's a little too much(Bud Not In A Bad Way, like muddy or something), but as I said, you can always change the ear pads to even the base response a little.
    I can post some picture's wen I get the new ear pads?!

    Yeah, same for me, the AKG K-7xx are my best friends, and after 10+ years, I am just accustom to that sound! That's why I opted for the K-371. I waited so long for some closed-back headphone from AKG in this price and quality range(Like The K-702), that my hopes were almost too non.
    And then BAM, finally, AKG released the K-371 last summer and now they are under 120 bugs.:disco:


    I also heard the DT770, all 3 of them, but I would go for the 250ohm version, they have a better stereo field. I don't bought them because, they were for my taste a little to sharp in the high-end.

    (...and I hope the DT770 ear cushions would fit)

    I don't think that they will fit, the cups on the K-371 are oval, and the DT770 are round, but, just try it out if you want to test them.
    If they don't fit, then go for a third party one like from Brainwavez. The Brainwavez pads are universal pads, that can fit on dozens of headphones. And they are not that expensive like those from Dekoni(90 Bugs, And They Are Not Universal)

    Brainwavez Link:
    https://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-Up...ainwavz+oval+microsuede&qid=1583864224&sr=8-1
     
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