Pro Quality Headphones for $80?
I’ve been writing so many articles lately that I’ve decided to write one just for fun.
So, I’m going to tell you about my favorite headphones, the Sony MDR7506. (Yes, it may be sad, but gear is big fun for media geeks like me).
I’ve owned a pair of these headphones for over 15 years, and I swear by them. When I first got them, I was so excited to listen to my music collection because I heard so many things that I’d never heard before.
I now own a 2nd pair for backup and for my daily carry bag. The old pair now lives in my studio permanently.
At a price this low, and quality this high, why not buy more than one pair?
What’s So Important About Good Audio?
Nothing is worse than putting a lot of work into a piece, then having problems show up. This happens with audio a lot if the piece is not editing with good gear.
For example, I’ve been in large venues and the video that was played had loud annoying noises at the low frequencies. I could tell that the editor had used a laptop or a tablet to edit the piece and never knew the noise was there.
The small speakers the editor must have used for a reference could not reproduce the low sounds. The noise was never noticed in the edit and it was therefore never edited out. Ouch!
To get good audio with high production values, you need good audio reproduction. That means you need good speakers or headphones.
What Makes a Headphone Good?
When you are editing audio, you need to hear what’s called a flat response, meaning the speaker delivers the sound as accurately as possible. The highs are not too high, the lows are not too low and the mids are right in the middle where they are supposed to be.
Beside accuracy, you need something rugged (so it can stand the abuse of the set or your daily carry bag) something compact (they fold) and something reliable (that won’t easily break).
Enter The Sony MDR7506
Read the details here.
Headphones Vs. Speakers
If you had to pick between speakers or headphones to monitor audio, without a doubt, I’d recommend that you get a great pair of headphones.
They are portable, and overall more accurate. They might not sound as good as hearing your audio edit in a live room, but you have to spend a lot more money to get a great reference.
For the money, there are very few industry standard, pro-level pieces of gear that you can buy for less than $80.
So go get a pair!