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I've been using a Sennheiser HD-200 Pro set since about mid-March. Pretty good overall, but you definitely feel the bass.

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To be honest at the and it was either Neumann NDH 20 or Audeze LCD-1 and i went with the Neumanns mostly because

- they apparently have better build quality

- micro-dynamics (better resolution across complete frequency range)

- better defined bass

- apparently feels more even from bottom to top

- have truer timbre

- great imaging

The LCD-1 are better bc they’re

- open-back (but still the stage of a closed-back)

- have better comfort

- they’re easier to drive

- have a nice bag included

- a bit cheaper

Important to say is that some mastering engineers at gearslutz said that they are using the LCD1s daily bc the bigger Audeze hp are to heavy for them (735 grams!!!) and that these are good enough.

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For me the problem with Audeze is that they build and sell 4.000 dollars hp and then they make a 400 dollars for the rest of us. Apparently they couldn’t get it cheaper and apparently they feel like a 150-200 dollars hp. (Is that true Nil?!)

For Neumann is totally different game bc Sennheiser owns them now and they have much more resources at hand. The NDH 20 headphones cost only 500 euros (many who heard them said “only” bc of the sound but also build quality) bc Neumann used Sennheiser HD630vb headphones as a base for building the NDH 20. All they had to do is to refine them and build a new driver. Otherwise they would probably cost double as much.

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Attached you'll find an SOS review of Audeze LCD-1 headphones...if anyone is interested. I'm sending it here bc it's not yet available for free online reading.

audeze-lcd-1.pdf

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They "feel" nicer than 150€ Beyerdynamics and AKG pairs, or than 300€ Focal Spirit Pro (used to have them), though I don't have any first hand experience with more expensive models. They're made mostly of plastic, but don't feel cheap IMO. They clamp more than my good old K-702... but tbh, K-702 are so light on the head and comfortable, quite unrivaled in that regard.

As I'm completing a new EP, maybe I'll understand them a tad more. Once again, the bass extension is really good IMO, the rest feels recessed in contrast. They do open up quite a bit though. Now, my One15s are so impressive all across the spectrum that it's not a fair comparison I suppose, and I still spend 95% of my time on monitors.

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What i like on the LCD1 is the leather on earpads and headband! Laaamb...meeeheeheee... beautiful!

I don’t mind the plastic with all that nice leather. 

@Nil just is case you haven’t read this on Audeze’s official page...

 

Why does my headphone crinkle when I press on it?

Since air is trapped between your head and the diaphragm it creates a pressure zone, and as the headphones shift with movement you may hear a slight crinkling sound from the diaphragm. This is a normal occurrence with planar magnetic drivers and is nothing to be concerned about, it's the sound of the thin diaphragm moving back and forth with the changes in air pressure.
 

Sometimes as the driver film stretches slightly with age, the sound can become more apparent, and sometimes it may also lessen again. This is mostly influenced by factors in your environment (such as temperature and humidity), and we don't have much control over whether or not this occurs.

One important note is that we strongly recommend exercising certain cautions when handling planar magnetic headphones: trapped air can create high pressure and sudden pressure changes could damage the diaphragms, and this is not covered by warranty. The same is true when you put the headphones on or take them off-- it's not a good idea to press them hard and fast against the head, so we recommend slow and steady movement to allow the air pressure to stabilize

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Hi Boom

It is only recently that I bought my first ever pair of dedicated studio headphones.  I feel a bit embarrassed to admit that in *ahem* years of having a home studio set up, I have only ever used 'normal' hi-fi headphones - shameful!  I think the reason that I have never really looked into it is because I have and never will do a mix using headphones, I have only ever used them for the times I can't use my monitors, like when it is 3am in the morning and I want it loud!  

So I got myself a pair of Shure SRH440 headphones, and obviously I am no expert in this field (!) but I can still confidently say that I am totally happy with them.  Sure, they ain't an expensive, hi-end model, but they do me fine - and they is loud!!  Although I still don't do my mixes using headphones!!  ?

Not sure if I can post links to products, so if this needs to be removed Mr.Moderator please do, and apologies!  
https://www.shure.com/en-GB/products/headphones/srh440

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Product links are fine.

Never a bad idea to use headphones for fine tuning the details of a mix after you've got it sounding solid in the monitors.  It's useful for making things in the stereo field a bit more "3D" sounding, I've found... although I used to do most mixing with headphones, and there was a lot more focus on how WIDE everything was as a result.  What was going on right down the centre suffered a bit for it, but the left/right big/small action sure was interesting at times.  

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Headphone mixing is mostly fine but the price of admission is learning to working around the pitfalls. Left-Center-Right panning and other wise mixing methods are less attractive on headphones. It's easy to go for wide Haas delay and mono-incompatible stuff. I like dealing with dry transients, some really bad drums can have deceptive tails on monitors.

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Am so close on buying Audeze LCD-X... ?

GGGas is killing me!!!!!

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