Headphones monitoring and general

can anyone recommend decent monitoring headphones under £100. Ideally decent enough sound to double as occasional cans for general listening

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  • I’ve got hold of some shure se 215 in ear monitors which cost £70 on eBay...I am hearing things I never heard before, and can hear EQ changes much better than on my old £30 sennheiser iems.
    Single driver, double is better I think but they are over £100.... for £70 the se215’s are pretty good I think.

  • edited January 9

    If you're willing to pay a little bit more look into the in-ear monitors of FLC Technologies: the FLC8n, FLC8d or the predecessor FLC8s. They're not very well known but they have a very respectable status in the "underground" audiophile community. Just look up the reviews and be surprised :)

    I actually have the FLC8s for sale right now (switched to the FLC8n), I'm willing to sell it for a price that matches your budget if you're interested!

  • edited January 9

    Love my se215 iems too! I have a nice Superlux HD681EVO too and plan to buy very soon ATH-M50X which are classics.

  • +1 for the Audio Technicas. Also consider the ATH-M40 which are a little kinder on the wallet and whilst obviously not as good as the 50s they’re still really good and are (well) under £100.

  • @SheffieldBleep said:
    can anyone recommend decent monitoring headphones under £100. Ideally decent enough sound to double as occasional cans for general listening

    I swear by Sony MDR-7506. Typically $80 here and surprisingly True and built to last.

  • Thanks all slightly leaning towards the 50x although was tempted by the SHures but they seem to have really mixed reviews

  • Thanks for that. Bit too fiddly for my likes I’m afraid but appreciate the advice

    @balph said:
    If you're willing to pay a little bit more look into the in-ear monitors of FLC Technologies: the FLC8n, FLC8d or the predecessor FLC8s. They're not very well known but they have a very respectable status in the "underground" audiophile community. Just look up the reviews and be surprised :)

    I actually have the FLC8s for sale right now (switched to the FLC8n), I'm willing to sell it for a price that matches your budget if you're interested!

  • @Proppa said:

    @SheffieldBleep said:
    can anyone recommend decent monitoring headphones under £100. Ideally decent enough sound to double as occasional cans for general listening

    I swear by Sony MDR-7506. Typically $80 here and surprisingly True and built to last.

    +1. Recently got some and they’re fantastic for monitoring, And I like them for music in general. Wirecutter agrees:

    https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-150-over-ear-headphones/

  • Sony MDR-7506 gets my vote.

  • @Proppa said:

    @SheffieldBleep said:
    can anyone recommend decent monitoring headphones under £100. Ideally decent enough sound to double as occasional cans for general listening

    I swear by Sony MDR-7506. Typically $80 here and surprisingly True and built to last.

    +1 had mine forever!

  • 7506, swear by em, could never switch headphones at this point. On my 4th pair now from over the years

  • +1 Sony MDR-7506

  • yep... +1 for Sony MDR-7506's
    on my 2nd pair. Great set of cans for recording and mixing. They don't color the sound while still sounding true and pure. Plus, when creating a final mix they somehow provide the closest thing to a mix that you'd create using monitors.

  • edited January 10

    I’ve got Audiotechnica, sennheiser, and AKG, for the money I would recommend even entry level AKG, you don’t need to spend a lot in all honesty. If you got a pair of AKG 240’s they will last forever and are solid to work with. Just don’t ever trust a headphone mix, always double check your work on speakers you know, they don’t have to be montitors ,
    Just a stereo pair you know very well.

  • KRK KNS-8400. Detailed highs and designed to translate well to the popular Rokit series monitors.

  • I'm all in for the ATH-M50x's...
    ... but it's also good to have a pair of open-back head-phones for more 'airy' sound :)

  • edited January 10

    I found the AKG K501 the closest thing to resemble good monitor speakers.
    They have a precise bass, but no boom at all and a very detailed soundstage.
    (probably not your cup of tea if you enjoy deep club sounds)
    These cans are very durable and I use to buy them 2nd hand plus a set of earpad replacements (all K x01) fit, summing up to 80-100€.

    I'd switch to a 1st generation K701, but these are hard to find because the only difference is the color of the package (it was muddy green/grey versus the current black scheme).
    Tried a 2nd generation K701 (more bass, more entertaining), but since I'm used to the 'classic' soundprint found it hard to mix under them.

    If it's your first AKG K pair this may not matter at all.
    They are very different from Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser, but that's mainly based on how much you're familiar with a certain set - not a question of build quality.
    ps: young folks with good hearing may get annoyed by those AKG models mid/high details, for me they compensate quite well some age based hearing loss.

  • The Sony MDR quality/ratio is awesome, but I get tired replacing earcupssand I bought a pait of ATH-M50. But I use the Sony sometimes.

  • @Telefunky said:
    ps: young folks with good hearing may get annoyed by those AKG models mid/high details, for me they compensate quite well some age based hearing loss.

    Great point

  • edited January 10

    @Proppa said:

    @SheffieldBleep said:
    can anyone recommend decent monitoring headphones under £100. Ideally decent enough sound to double as occasional cans for general listening

    I swear by Sony MDR-7506. Typically $80 here and surprisingly True and built to last.

    When I had asked some years ago on GearSlutz, a few people recommended these. I have a couple sets and they are very good. Very flat response. I mean, it is a whole different experience than open air monitors of course, but I don't ever hear anything I need to mix differently with them versus the good monitors.

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