Trust monitors or headphones?

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  1. Lorre

    Lorre Active Member

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    Hey guys

    A tune I'm making sounds pretty bad through my headphones, but crisp through my monitors. I'm in a pretty big room though. Which should I trust more, or should I go for something that's so-so on both?

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  2. teenious

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    That depends, is it the lows / mids / highs that sound bad? What exactly does it sound like? :)
     
  3. Lorre

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    Low-mids mostly, 200-500Hz zone mostly.
     
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    Dark Lizardro The Lizard that has a hammer Staff Member

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    You mean the mudiness area? hum, interesting.

    You should trust both. A good mixing sound crisp on as many as systems possible (monitors, car, home stereo, headphones, crappy earbuds...)
     
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  5. Lorre

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    Yeah, mudiness was the word I was gonna use. EQ'd out some of my midrange bass for my snare, which helped a bit on both without losing too much, but there's still a notable difference.
     
  6. SubMix

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    Is your 'big room' acoustically treated in any way? Where are you sat in proximity to your speakers? What headphones are we talking about (nice monitoring ones, or iPhone ear buds?).
     
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    I have AKG K702s which I trust over my Adam A5Xs because my room isnt treated at all and i can hear the ringing and extra reflections caused by the room. Until i've treated my room i'll stick with my headphones.
     
  8. Lorre

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    Not acoustically treated in any way, it's my flat room. Speakers (M-Audio BXA5, I know these aren't really that good) are on ear lvl, they're at aprox 45 degrees angle towards me, about 1,5m between them. Headphones are Pioneer HDJ1500, which I also use for DJ'ing.