ROBERT AULD: Interviewed

A look at some popular models...  By Robert Auld

In Part 1 we made the case for using headphones as critical monitors for recordings and suggested some ways of evaluating particular headphones for such a role. Here are my own evaluations of several headphones, using the criteriaoutlined in Part 1

[Editor's note: this article was current in the year 2000, but most of the headphones mentioned here are still current models as of 2009, so we elected to keep this set of evaluations online for your reference.]

This article began as a review of a single pair of headphones, the Alessandro Music Series One by Grado Labs. When it became apparent that we were going to deal with the whole question of headphone monitoring, it seemed appropriate to evaluate a few other headphones as well.

The Sony MDR 7506 is useful as a benchmark for comparison, as most everyone is familiar with them. What has Sony come up with for their new MDR 7509?

Even though it has been around for a few years, I included the Sennheiser HD 580because it has become a de facto standard for a number of engineers and producers of classical music recordings. I also wanted to take a look at the Sennheiser HD 250 Linear II (even though Mike Metlay and Lorenz Rychner had already evaluated it in the 5/99 issue) to compare how Sennheiser handled the challenge of a closed earcup design.

Sony MDR 7506

First, some history. The Sony 7506 began life as a...

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