On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 10:38:03PM +0200, Arnold Krille wrote:
> > Never EVER trust that indication. It's _always_ useless. Everybody just
Very true. The one spec that is probably even more useless
is the power rating of amplifiers.
Some manufacturers are (were) honest about FR specs.
The M15 tape recorder from Telefunken was probably one
of the best ever made as regards sound quality, yet the
official FR spec was 50 Hz to 15 kHz...
Returning to headphones, I have a Sennheiser HD600 which
is great, but outside the price range considered by the OP.
I use it often to play the piano (Linuxsampler) at night,
and indeed sometimes you just forget you are using headphones,
in particular if you add some room response to the otherwise
dry sound of most electronic / software instruments.
I'd say the most importand qualities for a headphone used
for intrument playing are
- A decent frequency response, which means no obvious
colorations. All the rest can be corrected by EQ, and
part of it you will get used to.
- NO trace of distortion at the listening level you want
to use. This is really essential. Once you notice any
distortion it takes only a short time before it will be
a permanent irration. ALso means you need the right amp
to drive your headphone.
I also have a Beyer DT100 wich must be around 30 years old
by now. It has survived all abuse that comes with doing
audio work 'in the field', and still sounds very good.
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