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Started by angelico on Oct 9, 2021 11:13:01 AM
Headphones question

I need to get some bluetooth headphones for recording projects at home.

Any recommendations? And is there likely to be a latency issue? (I'll be using them to listen to tracks while adding others live).

Cheers, all!

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angelico - 10 Oct 2021 09:14:12 (#1 of 17)

<fluff>

HouseOfLametta - 10 Oct 2021 09:19:47 (#2 of 17)

You won't be able to hear with all that fluff in there.

Shadrack22 - 10 Oct 2021 09:45:00 (#3 of 17)

I think there have been a couple of MASSIVE CANS threads previously, so it is worth checking those.

angelico - 10 Oct 2021 09:51:25 (#4 of 17)

Ah - thanks, shadrack.

fogger - 10 Oct 2021 09:55:03 (#5 of 17)

The latency will be dependent on your source.

tasselhoff - 10 Oct 2021 10:13:04 (#6 of 17)

I'm guessing Bluetooth latency itself is going to be quite low. If not, the whole idea could be duff.

fogger - 10 Oct 2021 10:18:00 (#7 of 17)

Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it. There's probably latency in the recording process too. But it's all ms.

What's your budget Angelico?

Dementor - 10 Oct 2021 10:23:16 (#8 of 17)

My pair has a 3.5mm jack for wired connection - handy for slightly better quality reproduction, and when the battery's dead.

fogger - 10 Oct 2021 10:38:02 (#9 of 17)

Depends on the DAC in your source, innit.

tasselhoff - 10 Oct 2021 10:49:44 (#10 of 17)

Also return trip latency if you're piping your voice and/or instruments into your ears (with whatever effects you're adding on the computer/device). IIRC that tends to be the worst latency.

angelico - 10 Oct 2021 11:01:02 (#11 of 17)

Thanks, all. Looks like I'll need the option of wired connection. No particular budget - it's a hobby at this time of life, not a living. Sub £100, I guess.

fogger - 10 Oct 2021 12:39:49 (#12 of 17)

Oh. I was gonna suggest this sweet setup.

https://premiumsound.co.uk/product/headphones/over-ear/hifiman-shangri-la-sr-electrostatic-headphones-full-system/

fogger - 10 Oct 2021 12:44:14 (#13 of 17)

I'd be looking at AKG models, particularly if you don't also want them for use out of the house/on the go. Plenty of good, affordable wired models that have been 'voiced' for monitoring rather than overemphasizing bass to make you think they sound good.

Tenesmus - 10 Oct 2021 11:45:20 (#14 of 17)

Bluetooth headphones are just another throwaway thing. Get a set with wires.

fogger - 10 Oct 2021 12:47:37 (#15 of 17)

Not necessarily! Some people want active noise cancelling and digital EQ. I have some lovely Bluetooth noise cancelling cans that I use when I'm mowing the lawn...

angelico - 10 Oct 2021 16:05:03 (#16 of 17)

I want Bluetooth because I’m a klutz around wires. Moving from keyboard to computer to stringed instruments to mikes, I’m certain to knock something down or damage something valuable.

goldfinch - 10 Oct 2021 16:15:17 (#17 of 17)

Some people want active noise cancelling

I bought mine for this reason and it's the best money I ever spent. Also no more accidentally severing the wires when pruning the garden or getting tangled up in my bag. Just love them.

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