Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 8:42 PM (in response to BigBob369)Re: What is a good sounding headphone for a POD?
I use one that is above your budget (ultrasone 750) but the grado is pretty good just for playing
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to BigBob369)Re: What is a good sounding headphone for a POD?
Here ya go... A link I used through Google search to find and narrow down Great to Good pairs of headphones that I would use myself. My personal favorites are AKG K141 or K250.
I hope this helps,
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2012 5:11 AM (in response to BigBob369)Re: What is a good sounding headphone for a POD?
As typical, Line 6's "spec" sheet for your POD actually has zero technical information, aside from really useful things, like the weight, size of the box the item comes in, etc. Actual engineering data, like input/output impedance, voltage, i.e., "specifications" are absent. (Pardon my annoyance.)
For previous POD devices, Line 6 has said they only support headphones with impedance greater than 150 ohms. If the desktop POD HD is the same (and you have to guess, apparently, because they don't tell you), you will have a hard time finding anything meeting that spec in the price range where you are looking.
However, many HD owners use consumer-grade headphones with mixed success - just be aware that they could be loud if the POD is really looking for a higher impedance load. The other thing to realize is that with *any* headphone, it's going to sound different from what comes out in a PA or amplified system, and even what may be going out the line-out to get recorded, so you have to learn to hear and compensate. How different it sounds can depend on a lot of things, but if you start with something good and relatively "flat" frequency response, i.e., no bass boost, etc., you can work with just about anything.
With my HD400, I used a 20 year old Sony MDR-V6 pair, which just a year ago could be had for as little as $70, but now they have gone up quite a bit (tsunami fallout?). I would search postings here, and look on Amazon.com for reviews of headphones in your price range. Any of the major brands that have pro-lines will be fine. (I also used a pair of "open-air" Sennheisers that sounded fine, until my wife took possession - she likes to be able to hear the phone ring, whereas I'm happy if I don't.)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 3:21 AM (in response to BigBob369)Re: What is a good sounding headphone for a POD?
OK so I bumped up the price a little bit and am now considering these, which get rave reviews:
You can get them in either 250 Ohm, 80 Ohm, or 32 Ohm varieties. So assuming the HD is looking for a better than 150 Ohm load the 250's would be the choice.
BTW, how does a 250 Ohm model work with an average 100 wpc home receiver, without a headphone amp? It's a Yamaha RX-V659 if that matters.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 1:02 PM (in response to BigBob369)Re: What is a good sounding headphone for a POD?
One of those reviews might have been mine. I'm still very happy with my 250 ohm DT-770s. I will say that the more I listen to them, the more I can hear that they do have definite bass hump, but it really depends on the music and your listening preference whether that will bother you. It's not something, IMO, that affects their use as a POD HD monitor. As far as the impedance, they work fine in any use that I would have plugged in other phones/earbuds, but you may have to turn up the volume a bit.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 4:38 PM (in response to still_fiddlin)Re: What is a good sounding headphone for a POD?
Oh okay, that's great news. Thanks.
And if no one has any further objections, I'll be ordering them tonight.
One thing though, are yours the 770-Pro with the closed but ported bass reflex design? Or the regular 770 or 770M that are totally enclosed? There are so many of each model to chose from that I want to be sure to get the right one.
One thing I noticed though is that the company says that the 770 and 990 have "strong bass and treble response" which may not be exactly what you want for mid-range guitar tones, where the 880 says "neutral and linear" which is what you do want. You don't see that in any description unless it has the full factory description...
In the chart here:
It also contains a good description of how impedance relates to headphone drivers in case anyone was unsure
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 4:47 PM (in response to BigBob369)Re: What is a good sounding headphone for a POD?
Don't have the box handy, but mine say DT 770 PRO on the side.
I really only notice the bass on "modern" recordings of popular music. Much of what I listen to doesn't fall into that category. The 880s are supposed to be different, and if I had money to spend, I'd get a pair of those, too!
Really, you can get "regular" headphones and use those (except for the "not supported by Line 6" part) - it's a matter of learning to "hear" what your own monitors output vs what the recorded sound will be played back on, and that covers a wide range, unless it's just you listening back on the same headphones. Not much different than the problem with monitor speakers.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 6:30 PM (in response to still_fiddlin)Re: What is a good sounding headphone for a POD?
Yeah the Pro's are the ones I'm looking at. They're closed but with a baffle or port for better base.
I forgot to mention that I actually did get a pair of regular headphones from Sam Ash when I bought my Pocket Pod a few years ago. Interestingly the salesman said any cheap phones will do because guitar tones don't require very high or very low frequencies, which made sense at the time. But I just today got them working when I returned the defective, only one side working, plug adapter for a good one and tried out those phones on the HD for the first time with both sides working. Even at moderate volumes those $40 Samson headphones distort horribly with chords in the lower registers, and generally sound like tin cans. I never noticed this with the Pocket Pod, although I knew they weren't that great.
So for the last two weeks I've been using the only phones I had with a 1/4" plug... the ones that came with my GF's metal detector. LOL They're built like tanks out of very thick, heavy plastic and are only made to transmit "beeps and boops" from the detector as you move it across the ground. Talk about crappy sound! I think they're waterproof though. LOL
This is them: