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  • The Kat percussion headphones isolate well and sound pretty good.I think they're about 70.00$.


    • I use the V-moda LP2. Has the low end I expect when hearing drums but also has very balanced highs and un-neutered mids. Love them.


      • adding to this post as requested.

        I just got these last week and to say Iím impressed using them on edrums is an understatement. I remember someone asking about headphones that could go loud enough without distorting. These ones can.

        My headphones I already have are a set of DT770, AKG Q701 and sennhieser momentum over ear wireless. I have yet to do a big comparison but a quick one as far as edrumming is concerned.

        DT770 these have been my go to headphones for the last few years. Good sound although they started having trouble with SD3 huge bass drum sounds on the Ludwig kits. Also used on adrums well.
        Q701 I only use for mixing which they are really good for. No good for edrums as open back and cant get a decent level without distorting.
        Momentum surprisingly good for edrums and adrums. Suffer the same problem as the DT770 with the bass drums on SD3. I use wired for e and adrums.
        DT1770. Seem to be able to play at ridiculous levels that I wouldnít recommend. Clarity is brilliant. With SD3 I feel like I really am playing adrums. Very revealing and great separation. If I was getting headphone for mixing I would probably go for the open back ones they do as they are not quite as open sounding as the Q701. They do however seem to show how the mix sounds over speakers better than the AKGs so I will probably do a bit of going between them when I canít mix on my speakers. These use the new Tesla drivers which means little to me but they do sound good with drums.
        Roland TD30 module on TD20 kit SD3 with various kits. Pearl Masters Kit, Yamaha 9000RC original natural wood finish. Cymbals from Zildgian Pasite and Sabian. Loads of percussion bits. Cubase and Wavelab always current versions.


        • Just want to share experience with the Sony WH-1000XM2 noise-cancelling phones here: I bought these phones in Summer for a really long flight, and for that use they are great, noise-cancelling works fine also works to dampen acoustic stick noise when used when playing on the E-Drum kit. But from an audio perspective they really sound poor at least compared to my Sennheiser's, and with active noise cancelling on, too much coloring of sounds, emphasizing lows and highs. So thumbs down for this pair!
          TD-30, KT10, PD-105/125, 13" DIY + BT-1, VH-11/CY14/15/5, PM-30, HD-280 Pro


          • I got some jbl Everest around ear phones, model Elete 700. They sound really good when Bluetooth and powered, but as soon as you connect a cable and run them with the power off, they are anemic.

            But with the power on and cabled, they distort when playing drums and and with noise cancelling they must be turned on they distort AND they have too much latency to be usable to me, like playing a VST feels to me. And they were stupid expensive. Should have returned them a year ago when bought.

            Anyway, so now I am looking for a replacement. Ideal case would be some that will sound good, be able to take a decent sound level from then drums, have available (but not required) noise cancelling, and work wired or wireless.

            A plus is all of the above in an in-ear form factor, as I want to be able to use on a vacation, on plane, without the big over the ear look that I prefer the sound of.

            And I am really picky.

            Anyone have something based on a that?

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            • I bought a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro's last month, and am very happy with them so far. I was concerned about the bass response before buying, as BD is not known for pronounced bass. I was worried that the sound would be too flat.

              I checked as many reviews of it as I could find, including ones from:I ended up getting them anyway despite mixed reviews about its bass. When I finally got my hands around them, I was super impressed with the sound. They're also super comfortable to wear due to the thick cushion. Clear, balanced sound and solid noise isolation. Recommended!


              • The DT770s are great headphones. Has anyone else heard the 1770s? I have a pair of these and they are phenomenal. Where the 770 can struggle at higher levels with the bottom end the 1770s breeze through it and have an uncanny natural sound. I have never heard SD3 sound so natural and open. There not cheap but the best headphones Iíve ever heard for drums and Iíve tried quite a few over the years.
                Roland TD30 module on TD20 kit SD3 with various kits. Pearl Masters Kit, Yamaha 9000RC original natural wood finish. Cymbals from Zildgian Pasite and Sabian. Loads of percussion bits. Cubase and Wavelab always current versions.


                • Yamaha HTH-MP8 sound great and can handle the bass of floor Tom 2 panned right LOUD and not distort one iota. Do be careful with those high volumes though.


                  • I've got the Bose Quiet Comfort 2.5 wired noise cancelling. Apart from having a cable they are fantastic. The difference when you switch on noise cancelling is incredible as you get to hear the pure Roland drum sounds and can't hear any of the pad hits including the bass drum. Expensive but highly recommended.
                    Roland TDK17KVX + VExpressions Series 3 Kits
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