bsd512 Posted June 26, 2016 Share Posted June 26, 2016 Dumb question alert ... from non-pro audio noob I see tons of threads on the Helix about folks working to get their tone right through various amp/pa scenarios, and also with headphones, and how to get a faithful reproduction of what is heard through headphones from amp/pa's. Along with these, there's been lots of recommendations for good quality studio headphones and once dialed with those, that usually translates to a good tone through a PA. I personally use a pair of Yamaha HS8 studio monitors when I'm not using headphones and they sound great. I also use a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 25 noise cancelling headphones I've used for many years long before I got the Helix, and they sound really great with the Helix, too. But I was curious and bought a pair of decent studio headphones, thinking maybe I'm missing something important - and what I hear from the Bose QC might not be translating to an accurate non-headphone tone. The first thing I noticed from the studio headphones was they sounded harsh and fizzy. Really pretty bad. So I returned them and bought another pair. Same thing. This is with high gain amp settings. I do use hi/lo cut on the cabs as I've learned to do, and that helps with the harshness, but it still sounds pretty bad even with those recommendations. I go back to my consumer Bose QC headphones (which aren't cheap!, just not billed as studio headphones), and it's like the Helix is a chorus of angels by comparison. All still sounds good through the studio monitors, though. What am I missing? Am I listening for the wrong things from studio headphones? I'm pretty sure the studio phones aren't supposed to sound harsh and fizzy. Are my tones all mess up and I just don't know it because haven't been using studio headphones? Are my ears just not trained to hear the nuances from the higher accuracy of studio headphones? I understand their frequency range and response is supposed to be very accurate. If regular folks listen to your music using regular headphones / speakers, shouldn't that be what you dial in your tone for, at least for recording purposes (not live music, of course)? Thanks for any enlightenment. This question has been bugging me for a while, ever since I tried a couple of pairs of mid-range studio headphones. Which were the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 250 ohms and Sony MDR7520's, btw. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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