I’ve been watching videos on mixing/mastering using my DAW (I use a Mac and Logic Pro X 10.5) and keep seeing these demos where they tweak an EQ or a compressor, or some other gadget and then toggle the effect on and off saying stuff like, “It’s very clear how this effects the high end …”, or “You can hear how this makes the snare drums stand out” or whatever. My problem is that I can’t hear the difference at all.
There could be a number of reasons for that. One is that I’m old and my hearing is going bad. It might also be that the audio for Youtube videos gets squashed so the differences they want me to hear have been lost. Or, it could be that what I’m using to listen to them is not high-fidelity enough. Regardless, it bothers me that I’m putting music online and have no idea if I’m hearing it the same way everyone else is …
My setup is pretty simple/cheap. I have a USB connected Behringer UCA202 (I think they changed the model number for this to UFO202). Into that I have a pair of Sony MDR CD350 Digital Reference headphones (yes, they’re ancient) and a pair of Yamaha MSP5 monitors (even more ancient). I also have a pair of Sennheiser HD202 headphones but don’t use them because the bass is too heavy with them. I primarily use the Yamaha monitors when I’m using my keyboard as a piano and I use the headphones for everything else.
I’m wondering what others are using. What would be a good audio unit & headphone setup to use if you’re interested in hearing high-fi audio?