blinddrew wrote: ↑
MOF wrote: ↑
No speaker is perfect - it's how you react to what they tell you that matters.
And neither are headphones unfortunately.
True, but you can at least take the room out of the equation.
Well yes and no. For many years I used Sennheiser ‘HD540 Reference’ headphones until one of the drivers started to distort on low bass notes, so I did my research and went for Sennheiser HD600 headphones, also open backed. The trouble is they’re not the same sound.
For recording I use Beyer Dynamic DT770 headphones and they have tons more bass than my DT250 headphones that I use for sound recordist work, they’re both closed back designs for obvious reasons.
I tried the Sonarworks plugin on the HD600 headphones, thinking the slightly veiled top end would open out but it just did something subtle with the upper mids.
I’m getting used to them but occasionally wonder if I shouldn’t have gone with Hugh’s AKG suggestion in another thread, but even he said he’s had to acclimatise to their sound.
It seems that, unlike weights and measures, there’s no absolute reference point for speakers or headphones. You just have to get what by and large translates reasonably well to other playback devices.