After 20 years of composing for Film and TV, I’ve found a pair of headphones that are both inspiring and accurate enough to mix on. They have a transient response like no other. I can hear clearly into mix details - the most microscopic amounts of distortion, the smallest changes of reverb, the most minute details of resolution. If you’ve watch Life Below Zero on NatGeo this year, you’ve heard music mixed on these. They make a portable world class studio truly possible.
I am a recording engineer primarily of classical music. I rely on headphones for monitoring many live recordings and sessions since these often take place in concert halls, churches, and other venues with good acoustics and when monitors are not available. I own and have used a variety of excellent headphones in the past including HiFIMAN HE1000v2, Sennheiser HD800, Audeze LCD-3, Stax, etc. I prefer open back headphones unless background noise is too high. Recently, I have been using the HEDDphone headphone for a number of recordings that are being streamed including Timothy Chooi and Max Levinson (violin and piano) https://rockportmusic.org/concertwindow/ and an arrangement of the Goldberg variations for string orchestra with Emmanuel Music to be streamed in another week or so. HEDDphone is very accurate in the sense that I hear all the details in a natural way. Equally important for me, it also provides the most similar experience to listening over my B&W 802 monitors in my studio of any headphone I have used. It is almost uncanny how predictive these headphones are for what the recording will sound like in the studio and are the first headphones I believe would allow me to confidently master a recording without using monitors.