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What kind of headphones do you use/like the most? Any manufacturers in particular that have your constant nod of approval? What tends to bother you about headphones on the market nowadays? I've searched but (surprisingly) failed to find any discussion here dedicated to headphones. Been needing to pick up a new pair soon, and push has come to shove since my Denon headphones (would not recommend) are literally falling to pieces. Especially unsure which ones i want next since my uses have broadened (monitoring many machines at once, EQing, listening to records, general music listening-to). Only thing i know is that they must be over-the-ear
I've only ever used closed back cans, but I keep reading about how open backs are the way forward for mixing and production work. I've been thinking I could get something better than my Sennheiser HD280's to work with, so I'm inclined to invest in a pair of good open backs in the near future. The thing is, I share a room with my brother and I'm often making music while he's sleeping, working or listening to something else (which is the main reason why I use headphones and not speakers). The HD280's were great at isolation when they were brand new, but wear and tear over the years have made them somewhat noisy at times. The main reason I'm looking into open backs however, is that I'm looking for a definitive improvement in sound quality for producing and mixing. So my question is this: how noisy are open back headphones for people standing around you? Are they only marginally worse at isolating than closed backs, or is it more like having small speakers in the room with you? I can't think of any stores around here with open back headphones for me to try before I buy; if I'm disturbing my brother it'll defeat the purpose of me using headphones. PS: sorry for starting yet another headphones thread; if someone talked about this specific issue before, I couldn't find it with the search function.