I’ve had my fair share of extremely low quality headphones to use while in the studio and I know plenty of you have too. There’s nothing worse than trying your hardest to listen to your good quality mix with bad quality headphones. The price is what sometimes allows you to predict the quality of the headphones before purchasing. They keyword there is “sometimes.”
There’s not a music creator or producer I know of that does not care about the quality of their headphones since it directly correlates with the quality of their music. You don’t just want any headphones, you want to be able to depend on those headphones and not give it a second thought other than “this sounds amazing.”
There are 2 different styles of headphones: closed-back headphones and open-back headphones. The differences between the two types are the noise isolation provided by closed-back, and the accuracy and wider sound provided by open-back headphones.
Today we’re covering the top ten studio headphones that are dominating studios across the world.
Sony MDR 7506
What a fantastic pair of headphones these are. These Sony headphones are among the most popular for studio mixing and mastering. In my opinion, Sony technology has always put out great headphones but these specifically deliver a full dynamic range which is super important while producing music.
These are great for canceling noise while in use, as well as its comfortability over the ears for long periods of time. That’s especially beneficial for me since I’m a perfectionist while mixing and mastering my music. It can take hours to finish a specific project so it helps that my ears won’t get soar after an hour of wearing them.
If you’re a big fan of listening to bass and low end frequencies in music, I would look into getting you a pair of these Audio-Technica’s. Being heavily compared to Beats By Dre, the ATH-M50x‘s are sold at a much lower price and provide you with the same high quality sound.
These are an excellent choice for those looking for convenience in a pair of headphones with the interchangeable cables that are included.
Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro
Personally, I would put these headphones to use for a final mix and master of a project of mine. The DT 880 Pro’s are a great option when putting the finishing touches on a detailed song.
Focusing more on the high and low end frequencies, these Beyerdynamic headphones will contribute to the quality of your mix, but not so much in the middle. I would suggest having a second pair of headphones to reference your music with so you don’t come out of the studio with a sound that’s meant for speakers or headphones that function the same way.
Sennheiser HD 800
This particular pair thrives for results and performance. These Sennheiser headphones’ sleek design was built for comfort around your ears, but the open-back style was made to mix and master with quality. This is a favorite of audio pros who wear multiple hats, well in this case, headphones, while in the studio.
Go and pick up these wide-ranged sounding listening devices and give your mix the finishing touches it deserves.
Shure SRH 1840
After creating some music using these phenomenal headphones, you’ll have the freedom to listen to your mix on a wide range of other speakers and devices. The Shure SRH 1840’s were made for a universal sound that converts to other studio monitors without losing any of its quality.
The uniqueness in comfortability is second to none with its substitutable ear cushions and lightweight design, while displaying an outstanding open-back and wide, natural sound.
AKG K 240 MK2
These semi-opened beauties offer the best of both worlds. They favor low, mid, and high frequencies giving you the option the use these for multiple occasions.
These AKG headphones are sitting at a very reasonable price as well.
Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro
This Beyerdynamic model gives absolute accuracy and clarity within your mix. These display the accuracy of your high frequencies in your mix, as well as it’s closed-back and circumaural style, all at a very reasonable price. Easily depict the details in your mix to fix small mistakes that other speakers or headphones wouldn’t pick up.
Using the same ear padding as the Beyerdynamic DT 990, these are also built for comfort and durability. The headband metal is very sturdy making it last longer than the norm. These are a pair I’ll be picking up in the future.
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
This pair of headphones was built for longevity. Here is another outstanding choice for quality listening and production within your home studio sessions, not to mention it’s sold at a great price. This device can handle deep low end bass frequencies without any of the distortion at the safe listening level.
I would personally suggest having a second pair of headphones not for referencing, but for around-the-ear comfortability for those sessions that last a little longer.
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
This pair of Beyerdynamic’s are perfect for a more subtle genre or instrumental mix. Lacking the bass punch that others on this list do not, these headphones shine in other aspects like ear comfort with its memory foam padding underneath velour cover.
I suggest not attempting to travel with these unless you have a carrying case for their protection since they have no means to fold. I know that can get in the way of its durability if they are accidentally folded or stretched the wrong way. Overall, the DT 990 Pro’s are an excellent choice for a comfortable and great sounding pair of headphones.
V-MODA Crossfade LP2
Giving you such lively and vibrant sound waves, the V-MODA Crossfade LP2’s are an excellent choice for traveling producers and musicians. These spectacular devices provide 50mm dual-diaphragm driver technology allowing the bass to not bleed into the mid and high frequencies.
Take your pick! There’s more than enough options to choose from in this list as far as quality headphones go. I have a few favorites to pick from myself, being a perfectionist, I might need to do a few listening tests to know which ones work the best with my music.
I hope you learned a lot throughout this article and have a better idea of which headphones or the style of headphones you desire. Beginner or not, quality headphones are an extremely essential part of building your home studio. If you have any questions or comments, please drop them down below and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as possible.