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What is the effect of impedance on headphone sound quality?

Headphones come in various different impedance levels, such as 8, 16 and 32 Ohms. The power supplied by the audio source can be at different levels due to a variety of factors such as being limited ...
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Would you rather use flat headphones for monitoring?

Hey guys, If you cannot afford nearfield monitors yet and will work only using headphones, would you rather look for flat ones or it doesn't matter much? I'm afraid of, let's say, buy a headphone ...
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What are your favorite headphones and why?

I have a number of headphones that I use for different purposes: The obligatory Sony MDR7506s: Love these, they're like the NS-10Ms of headphones. I use them for as much as possible when external SPL ...
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Is it a good idea to use headphones for audio production?

Is it generally a good idea to use headphones in the production/mixing of audio? And what can I do if my speakers are terrible (e.g. laptop speakers), and I'm on a shoestring budget?
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Headphones to block outside noise

In a live recording environment, what "style" of headphones should I use to monitor what I am recording - in other words which block out the outside sound best. Are in-ear headphones completely ...
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How much differnce does a good headphone makes in recording ?

I am using Sennheiser HD201 for monitoring in documentaries.Where does a good headphone like Sony MDR 7506 make the actual difference.Sennheiser HD201 gave me a hard time in my last shoot since it ...
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Stereo imaging with headphones

I've read that recordings with proper stereo imaging cannot appropriately be heard with headphones. (This was a side note listed on this article...) Is this true? If so, what is the reasoning? I ...
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Headphone cables: Coiled v.s Straight

What's the difference between the two? Is it just the convenience of one over the other or does it affect sound quality?
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Proper way to wear Grado headphones?

I recently bought the Grado Prestige Series RS2i after having only used in-ear Shure's. I love the sound, really love them, but find that after about an hour they start to hurt my ears, probably ...
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Does headphone impedance make any difference except for volume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the effect of impedance on headphone sound quality? Does headphone impedance make any difference except for volume?
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General (studio) headphones question; impedance, tonality, mixing

I picked up a pair of beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (250 ohm) headphones a couple of days ago. My reasoning being I don't have a decent pair (I borrow a cheaper pair occasionally, AKG K77s), and my room has ...
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What is the outside volume of open and semi-closed headphones?

I'm trying to decide between some Beyerdynamics 770's (closed), 880's (semi-closed), and 990's (open) headphones. I will use them at home and at work. It appears that the more open the headphones ...
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How do you maintain good ear health?

There was a question here a little bit ago asking about ear protection during mixing. A broader question for us all that use our ears for a living is: What do you do to maintain ear health? Do you ...
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Is there a music genre or type of sound to help drown out background noise for the purpose of concentration?

I would like to be able to play something in a pair of headphones that works to drown out the background chatter of, for instance, sitting in a cafe. Is there a type of sound, or genre of music ...
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Headphone amp sliders are making noise. Worth fixing or not?

I recently replaced my interface (that had two headphone jacks and volume pots) with a new interface that only has one of each. My next move was to pull my 13-year-old Rolls HA-43 headphone amp out of ...
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Is bass boost harmful?

I recently bought a Sony headphone which has "bass boost", and I really love it. I love it so much that I increased the bass (low frequencies) on every device I use it on, with like 7db and decreased ...
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How should I compare headphones?

I'm finding difficulty in selecting one of these products and I thought you guys could help me better finding the best out of these four headphones . http://www.flipkart.com/headphones/compare?ids=...
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Does a Headphone Amp Increase Output Volume?

I just bought an electronic drumkit and it works great when playing it through a drum kit amplifier. But the volume is too soft when I try playing them through headphones (I know it's not the ...
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Turn Mono or Stereo into binaural

Lets say I have a mono recording of my voice. With the user having headphones on, I want the sound to sound like someones talking from different directions in 3D. Is this possible, and if so, how ...
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5.1 surround headphones for mixing?

I'm working on a job where the delivery specs are calling for a non-optional 5.1 surround mix. Unfortunately the space I am working in is pretty asymmetrical and almost the opposite of ideal for a ...
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Tuning a house of worship by referencing through headphones

Actually I have many questions here. I'm quite new to live signs reinforcement and I have no formal training in it and I want to learn more so pardon me if anything sounds stupid. We've recently ...
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Headphone amplifiers

Can a headphone amp help the sound reproduction of even "fairly cheap" (~$100) headphones? What can a headphone amp help with? When do I need one?
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How can I make a sound appear to come from a direction?

I have a mono sound and I want to make it sound like the sound comes from a specific direction. The end-goal is to create a prototype of a game where people should be able to find the source of the ...
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What is the name for an audio splitter that mutes one output if the other is connected?

I am trying to find a device for which I don't know the name. Please help me find the name based on the following function functional description: It should be an audio splitter (e.g. one input I, ...
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I can't hear 18k in Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones. Why?

I've just got ATH-M50x headphones. I've tried them with this 22 kHz >> 8 kHz test (at the top of the page). I can only hear the high frequency clearly after the voiceover says 17kHz. I've tried the ...
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Will audio interfaces power most or all headphones?

I want to buy a pair of headphones with these stats: Sound pressure level (SPL) 97 dB (SPL) at 1 mW, 300 ohms And I have this audio interface but I can't tell by the specs if it can power these ...
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What are the limits of the 3.5mm jack?

I heard that the 3.5mm jack has limits that are being reached by some high-end headphones. I can't exactly recall, but I think it may have had something to do with no power for an external mixer or ...
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Headphones: high versus low impedance?

So I have a Sennheiser HD 280 PRO headphones. These headphones have an impedance of 64 ohms. They sound great. http://en-us.sennheiser.com/professional-dj-headphones-noise-cancelling-hd-280-pro I ...
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Noise Cancelling Headphones

Hey, In June I'm exhibiting a piece of work with a group of sound artists in a gallery in South London. My work relies heavily on the use of headphones but because the space is going to be extremely ...
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How to augment wired headphones with a Bluetooth transmitter / receiver?

I have a set of Sony MDR-5 headphones that sound great, but I'd like to hook them up to my receiver with a wireless audio system. My plan is to connect a Bluetooth receiver to the headphones' jack ...
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What should I look for in good headphones?

I'm in the search of the best headphones to fit my needs. I hope somebody will help me because I try and I try but I haven't found the exact real headphones I want. I want to use them to mostly ...
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Headphones output for Sony Alpha A77

I have AKG D5S super-cardial dinamic XLR microphone. I have 20 meters XLR female->3.5mm angled stereo cable I have Sony A77 camera All this works well recording the sound. There is Sony A99, which ...
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Recording a headphone output using USB sound card microphone input

So the setup that I have is that I have a device that traditionally outputs sound from a speaker but also includes a single headphone output via 1/4" jack that, when plugged in, turns off the speaker. ...
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Windows (freeware) audio plugin framework?

I'm asking this question to help out a user on a sister SE site. I'm Mac-based myself & know this is an easy task in Mac, using CoreAudio, SoundFlower, Rogue Amoeba etc. Is there a comparable ...
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What is the point of a frequency response higher than 20 Hz to 20 kHz?

According to Dr. Mike Hewitt the writer of Music Theory for Computer Musicians: "The general range of human hearing extends from about 20 Hz to 20 kHz, although this can vary depending upon the ...
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Closed headphones, closed, the best for like $ 175 max, which ones?

CLOSED headphones you would use when for example micing a voice.
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ADR Record Room Monitoring

Hey guys, I don't really have an easy set-up way of monitoring in the record room (where the talent and mics are) over speakers. Sometimes in fight scenes, the talent wants to have the headphones ...
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Monitoring headphones

I'm looking into buying some monitoring headphones. I know I'll need monitoring speakers as well but for the moment I can't get them. I'll be doing reference monitoring on a couple of systems to be ...
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First recording/mixing headphones?

I'm studying audio design looking to buy my first pair of headphones for mixing and recording. My budget is around $100-150. My friend has a pair of Creative Aurvana Live! that sound good although a ...
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High impedance headphone for MacBook without an amp?

I planned to compose song with my Macbook Pro and I like Beyerdynamic so I choose DT 990 as I wanted to try open back headphone. The problem is which impedance to choose? I don't plan to buy an amp, ...
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Headphone Burn-in?

So I just received my Ultrasone HFI-450s in the mail today (yay)! I tested them out and they sound a bit tinny on the high-end and bloated on the low-end compared to my reference Sony MDRs. Do any ...
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What's the difference of versions of Sennheiser Headphones HD-25?

What's the difference of versions of Sennheiser Headphones HD-25? HD-25 BE (Basic Edition) HD-25 Sky HD-25-1 HD-25-1 II HD-25 SP HD-25 SP II HD-25 C II HD-25-13 HD-25-13 II I allready ask to ...
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Do I need a studio Headphones from beginning?

I am completely new to electronic music production. But recently started watching some good YouTube videos and reading a lot about it. I am planning to get my hands on some DAW and start making ...
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When Listening to Music, Does It Matter Which Way Round I Wear My Headphones?

Because of where the wire is, I generally wear my headphones with the one marked left over my right ear (and the one marked right over my left). Does that matter? I can see how it would for film or ...
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What's the difference between 3 pin, 4 pin, and 5 pin XLR intercom headsets?

I'm looking for new headsets for an old Clear-com intercom system in a community theatre. All the plugs in the walls for the system are 3-pin XLR, but shopping around I can't find anything but 4 and 5 ...
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Wireless headphone modification?

I'm aware that there are a whole slew of products that serve to transmit the audio from an attached microphone (like a lavalier) wirelessly to a receiver unit. I'm in search of just the opposite: a ...
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Connect a 6.3mm microphone to USB

I bought this microphone. It has a 6.3mm-to-3.5mm adapter, so I can plug it into my Windows XP computer's headphone jack. However, the volume is too low. So, I'd like to try plugging it into a USB ...
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Should my headphones literally be vibrating from bass?

I'm doing some work in Logic, and right now I'm messing around with some bass. I've gotten to a point where my headphones actually vibrate somewhat, like a tiny massage on the sides of my head.. Is ...
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Sending a headphone feed to a director on set?

Do any of you guys send a headphone feed to the director while working on a film set? Is there a way of doing this wirelessly & cheaply? A splitter would have to be 3 way as when im recording on ...
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Headphones don't work in cubase 8

I use Steinberg - UR22 as interface. My headphones are plugged into the front. I have no speakers connected to ur22 The headphones work when I listen to youtube, through the interface, but not with ...