If you are into music production, you do need some proficient headphones.
But with so many popular brands in the market and between the hype created by them, it has turned out to be very hard to pick the best studio headphones for yourself
The headphones might not be the most vital part of music production, but they are the one of the most important companions as:
It is almost impossible to record tracks or perform mixing without some good headphones
So to enable you to escape this chaos of picking good headset for yourself, here we are with the ultimate buyer’s guide on the Best Studio headphones of 2018.
The list has been created keeping in mind the beginners who generally roll low on budget and Professionals who are very specific on what they want.
But before we head over to detailed reviews lets have a quick look at the featured headphones. In case you are in hurry, this will certainly save some time for you.
Best Studio Headphones 2018 – Quick Look
|Audio Technica ATH-M50x |
|Sennheiser HD 600||Open Back||circular|
|Audio Technica ATH-M40X||Closed Back||40mm|
|Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro||Open Back||45mm|
|V Moda Crossfade M100||Closed Back||50mm|
|Sennheiser HD 598 CS||Open Back||circular|
|Sony MDR V6|
|Audio Technica AD 700X||Open Back||53mm|
|Bluedio Victory Pro||Closed Back||50mm|
|Koss Pro 4S||Closed Back||45mm|
Now after the quick look, we are going to dive in to the detailed reviews for these headphones. If you have came across any audiophile headphones that deserves to be in this list, please do let us know. We value your suggestion!
1. Audio Technica ATH-M50X – The Perfect Headphones
When it comes to creating powerful headphones this brand outperforms every other brand.
ATH-M50X is an expert gem from Audio Technica, which not only works incredibly in terms of function but also comes with great build quality and design.
Critically acclaimed by the best music persons in the industry and audio engineers, this is likely one of the best headphones for music production, plus it is affordable by beginners too, who are trying their hands on in music.
With that said, Let’s have a peek at the complete review of this masterpiece
These headphones have secured the top position, as we trust they can be an ideal pick for anyone. If you are looking for some multi-purpose headphones which you can use at the studio and additionally with your other devices for no particular reason, then this ought to be your decision.
The vast majority of the headphones lack bass as they need to keep the frequency flat for better sound engineering, but manufacturer of these headphones have shown some genuine concern towards it and included Bass functionality which can be used as per the scenario, so for somebody low on a spending seeking excellent headphones with bass would definitely love them.Talking about the sound isolation feature of these monitor headphones, which we believe is something which has to be excellent in any headphones for music production, is exceptional. However you may not think that it’s incredible when you are not in the studio but rather deliberately for what it is made, it does a great job.
Apart from using them as studio purpose, the headphones are good to go with your iPhones and other music devices as well. Yes! they are great, doesn’t matter where you plug them into. The weight of the headphones which is just 260 grams , compliments every part very well.
- Perfect sound quality supported by rare earth magnets under 45mm drivers.
- Rich Bass and Clear Treble supported by Closed back technology
- Fit in perfectly and are compatible with all type of devices to make audio mixing more convenient for you
- Light weight,so that it never becomes a problem carrying them all day around
- No Cons
You won’t get anything such incredible in the mid-spending value tag. Audio Technica has been on the market for quite a while and has just presented some splendid headphones in the past and this one are perfect for any type of musician. Packed with the uttermost technology, these are perfect headphones for any body..
2. Sennheiser HD 600 – Best Open Back Headphones
With regards to headphones, Sennheiser is the King of the market. Professional Headphones,Bluetooth headphones , you name it and Sennheiser has everything in the house.
HD 600 Open back are audio mixing focused headphones, for which you need to spend somewhat more than a decent budget. But believe us, that would, in any case, be a take bargain for you. This can be an ideal fit for the users who do not have any problem of low budget and are looking for the incredible quality Open Back headphones.
Since it is open back it immaculately does the job for audio engineers helping in producing the best quality of music. The open back construction sounds smooth and open unlikely to the punchy sounds of closed back ones
Why do We recommend this?
We recommend this for everyone who is thinking excessively before picking an impeccable piece, as there is almost certainly this is extraordinary compared to other headphones available in the market, plus coming from such a big and popular manufacturer you do get a 2 years warranty period so you don’t confront any after sales issue.
- Go for it if you are planning to use some headphones for a longer period of time.
- They can end up being a little pricey, yet believe us they are totally justified regardless of the price they convey
- They got immense reviews and great ratings over the internet so that you can get answers to your every question.
- High quality metal mesh grilles delivers extremely clear and transparent sound
- Neodyium magnet ensures optimum sensitivity and dynamic response
- Extremely Light weight due to its open back design
- Top rated headphones over Amazon
- No Cons
If you are good on a budget and looking for some excellent open-back headphones then nothing can be better than this for you. These headphones boasts in every feature justifying itself as one of the best headphones for mixing.
3. Audio Technica ATH-M40X – Best seller Under Low-Budget
These are the younger siblings of the MTH 50X from Audio Technica in our list, and the reason we have included is that we have found that certain users are obsessed with M50X but find it little pricey, so for them we have M40X, which is slightly older version as compared to M50X but is no less powerful than it.
Designed with cutting-edge engineering and robust construction , you will get a clean design as similar to its successor. The manufacturers have included 40mm drivers with rare earth magnet and aluminum wire coils as similar to MTH 50X.
The headphones include excellent isolation technology, which makes sure that you do not get disturbed by the external surroundings. Drivers are 90 degrees swiveling, which makes it comfortable to monitor music just with one driver on an ear.
The headphones are made up of premium quality material and the headbands and ear cups provide a moderate level of comfort.
Who is it for?
As mentioned earlier this is the predecessor of MTH-50X and in no many ways weaker than it. It can be an ideal choice for those who are low on budget and want an Audio Technica headphones. As today we do have the young musician who just stepped out on the field but didn’t have a good budget to go for the best accessories, for them, there can not be anything better than this, as with exceptional features you do get a trust factor from the renowned brand.
- Robust Construction for better Durability and life span
- Clear,Balanced and natural Sound quality
- Easy to afford due to its entry level price tag
- Moderate comfort level
- Not Bass Heavy [ Bass is good but it has not been the priority during the construction of features] but still the headphones perform brilliantly.
If you are looking for a branded closed back headphones at entry level price range then these can be good choice. The sound quality is brilliant and the headphones look similar to the very popular Audio Technica ATH-M50X.
4. Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm – Extremely Light Weight
Most of the times when we take the reviews from the people seeking a monitor headphones, the most common problem we get to hear is about the weight of the headphones. Most of the headphones which are used extensively by the people, weigh somewhere close to 800 grams and that’s certainly not for people willing to work for maximum hours a day, but with these headphones you don’t have to worry about the weight at all.
Beyerdynamic has shown a serious concern towards the overall weight and made it perfect both in terms of design and weight. These headphones are designed as open-back which is preferred by most of the music persons.
These headphones are ideal for music mixers who have to work for continuous hours in their studios, as the lightweight and comfortable design makes it easy to use for a longer period of time. It is not much different than the Audio Technica MTH-50X, it’s just both the headphones are of different designs and DT-990 is more focused towards sound engineering and might not be best for using as regular headphones.
- Light weight Diaphgram for extreme impulse performance
- High score in terms of Comfort and quality
- Available as 32 OHM,250 OHM and 250 OHM pro
- They do have bass which performs very well but you should not expect a premium bass quality from them
The price of the headphones should not be an issue for customer in the mid-budget, though you can find headphones with almost similar features at comparatively less price, but it got some features like open ear cup which the other alternatives don’t have.
Monitor headphones packed with such intense feature in a mid-budget segment can be a hot deal for customers, though the size may bother you in spare time when they are not in use just hanging around the neck, but for professional purposes, we don’t see any reason for not considering them.
5. V-Moda Crossfade M100 – Highly Durable
These are one of the best durable headphones we have seen, the sound quality is excellent and is no less than the old brands like Sony and Sennheiser.
V-Moda is known for its unique and hardcore designed headphones, which are solid, stylish and above all are a good listening devices.
With that said let’s have a detailed look at what these headphones have to offer.
Crossfade M-100 is ideal For those who are looking for best in the market and have a decent budget in the hand. It is a power pack headset with all the premium sounds features and also the durability and design factor which is hard to ignore.
- Industry standard sound quality with excellent bass effect
- solid steel frame with best durability in the market
- Unique CLIQFOLD design for compact storage makes it easy to carry
- Supple BLISS cushion cups for extreme comfort
- small chord wire restricts the swelling up to 180 degrees
If you are looking for headphones for long term use then this would end up being a perfect choice for you due to its durable nature and perfect specifications. They have been the top pick for audiophiles and DJ persons and are great to use for the studio purposes.
6. Sennheiser HD 598 CS – Budget Pick from Big Brand
We are not biased, but there is a reason why these headphones are our choice. I think you will agree if we say Sennheiser is best in this business, but what comes surprisingly here is the price of these headphones
Trust us we have reviewed multiple numbers of Sennheiser headphones which were priced very heavily, but this comes as a steal deal for both for the beginners and the professionals.
These audiophile grade headphones are complete premium build with some really smooth and clean finish at the top. What we love most about them is the branding done in it. A small branding plate as you can see in the image looks very well and perfectly matches the design of these audiophile headphones.
It is very well chosen for brand lovers who don’t want to spend much currently, plus from a brand like Sennheiser you are never going to face any of the warranty issues after purchase. If you are a newbie to music mixing then this is for you and if you are a professional then it’s for you too, that’s the beauty of these headphones, they are perfectly designed and perfectly priced with all the top notched features.
- Created with Premium components you will never feel that the manufacturers have compromised even at a single point.
- Noise Isolating technology allows you to just focus on your music and blocking the ambient sounds around you
- Great Bass reproduction with closed back design
- Perfectly priced
- No Cons
A great choice, if you are looking for a closed can with rolled off extreme highs and elevated mids. Solid Bass, premium design, light weight, you name it, this little thing has got everything. For someone dedicated to music production should not have second thoughts about it. Also do not forgot the great price tag it comes along.
7. Sony MDRV6 with CCAW Coil – Cheapest Pair
Sony MDRV6 are one of the most popular headphones in terms of selling, or even if we look at review factor, they seem to be in favor of it.
Sony is one of the popular manufacturers when it comes to sound devices and these monitor headphones can be a great choice for users running low on budget.
We do have some high-end headphones here, but we wanted to offer something that is cost effective, so we picked this one. Great sound, Brilliant comfort, and solid life span, MDRV6 has got some solid reasons to go for it.
These headphones are perfect for users relying on renowned brands, plus have a low budget on hand. At this price range, this is again the best from Sony as compared to other leading manufacturers who do not have some great devices at this price range. Remember this might not be the best in terms of function but when the price is so low, you have to compromise on some aspects.
Pricing and Ratings
Being the best selling product on Amazon there comes so doubt about its popularity. With top rating and positive reviews this is the best studio monitor headphones you get to see under $100, but again if you are willing to spend extra bucks then you have other options on our list as well.
- Powerful and detailed sound reproduction
- Copper-clad aluminum voice coil wire for better power management
- Comes with an incredibly low price tag as compared to its competitors.
- Build quality is not something that we say to be top notched
- The coil is way too long for use
Well, great headphones for sound editing and music production and that is why you are going to buy them for. Everything is very clear and separated, plus the frequencies register very well. The build quality might not be what you call excellent but still, they are comfortable to wear and can be used for longer duration without any issues.
8. Audio Technica ATH-AD700X – Large Open-back Headphones
These are the third featured headphones from Audio Technica in our list, but these is quite a bit different, as they come as as open back monitor headphones, so that you get a perfect balance between the internal sounds and the sounds in the surrounding.
We believe when it comes to producing open back headphones, Sennheiser is the King, but this one from Audio Technica is no less. Specially designed for studio monitoring purpose this will fit well on your needs and budget.
These can be an ideal choice for customers who are having problem with the price tag of M50X and are looking for some more studio oriented headphones, a these too come from the same manufacturers with some great design, comfort quality and high-end features and that too at less price tag, but we have to agree there is a lot of difference between the overall look of the headphone,s as you get metal grill at the top supported by headband and some large drivers for better ear coverings.
Pricing and Ratings
As said the price point is great for the headphones packed with such features, the product is highly rated on Amazon and is certainly the choice of many customers. So if you are a fan of Audio Technica and somewhere lies in entry level budget, then we would advise you to check them out.
- Full open air type with no sense of pressure on ears
- Lightweight aluminium honeycomb body case
- Extreme light weight,just weighing 283 grams
- Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support
- 53mm drivers are little bulgy for normal heads
- Unlike other headphones,cable is not removable
If you can ignore the size factor of the headphone then this could be a perfect pick for just entry level investment on any studioheadphones. Unique design, less price and a trusted brand, this will never let you down for sure.
9. Bluedio Victory Pro PPS 12 – Wireless Professional headphone
These are probably the only wireless headphones in our list of best studio headphones, and they managed to surprise us with the great design and sound performance.
Bluedio is not very popular in the market when it comes to professional headphones, but the great reviews for it by the customers forced us to try these mixing headphones, and that decision worked out very well.
The Bluedio Victory pro are best for users performing mixing over laptops as the wireless connectivity makes it easy to use with them. But In case you don’t care about the wireless connectivity then we would recommend going for other brands which are more studio oriented.
Price and Ratings
Not so popular but one of the top rated product, the rating clearly state the satisfaction from the customer’s end. Though not popular, the pricing is not low and is higher than most of the headphones in our list which are manufactured from the biggest players in the market.
- PPS12 Exclusive acoustic technology for wide sound and rich bass
- Bluetooth APTX fr better battery range and less consumption
- Intutive touch ocntrol,just slide your finger to control the music
- Pricey when compared to similar headphones from other brands
As said if you want to powerful wireless headphones then these can be a great choice, but if wired headphones are your preference then you should give it a second thought when you do have other excellent headphones available at a low price tag. The headphone are overall great and produce detailed and excellent sound and it would be good if you just have a look at them.
10. Koss Pro 4S Dynamic – Best Entry-level Professional Headphones
How about getting headphones that just perfectly covers your ears so that you can focus quite well on your mixing. Well if you seeking some bigger studio monitor headphones then these are for you, from size to comfort to the excellent features and to that eye-catching price tag, everything here is perfect.
Koss is a new brand in the market, but due to its great features and design it has made its way to out list.
Who is it for?
These monitor headphones can be a perfect choice for the users who are beginning from scratch and are low on budget, though with the entry level price tag it’s giving tough competition to the popular monitor headphones in the market and we guess the new brand is making its position in the market.
Pricing and Ratings
As said if you are new and want to explore how it works then go for it, as it would not affect your pocket to an extent, plus the rapid growth in the market is the benchmark for headphones with low price tag. However, if you do not want the large drivers then we would recommend you to check out Audio Technica ATH-M50X which has secured the first position in our list.
- All aluminium light weight construction
- Contour Sealing Cushion for better isolation and bass effect
- price point is very good
- Midrange sound is a bit subdued compared to other listening transducer
Perfect among all the entry level professional headphones but definitely runs out of some extreme features which are must for the users engaged too much in music production. As said good for someone who is just starting out as they come with all the basic features the studio headphones should come with.
Studio Headphones – Buyer’s Guide
When going for professional headphones you should be pretty sure on what one to choose and if you don’t know about the core features a monitor headphones must carry, then there are chances that you may get caught into a bad deal.
Choosing the type of headphones, to the perfect brand, we are going to guide you through every step. We hope you have already read the reviews for top headphones we mentioned above and have shortlisted few of them to finalize.
Now answer to all other questions would be summed up in our next discussion that is the difference between Open Back Headphones and Closed-Back Headphones: Back in time when over ear headphones were pushed into the market users don’t actually care about the various types of headphones available and then with further knowledge users started getting aware with Open back and Closed Back headphones and they are not just different for the sake of names but are completely different in their design and provide different user experience as well.
We have reviewed number of headphones both in the criteria of open and closed, moreover, we have also been asked quite a few times by the customers about where to invest their lump of money, because when it comes to buying headphones you have to actually know what the different types of headphones are. Open Back headphones are designed with open back surface perforated in some fashion with horizontal cuts on top while the closed-back headphones have a solid surface of the back which prevents the passing of any sound waves from inside to outside. Talking about the coverings, ear cups of both the headphones cover the ears well only difference is that the one has a lot of opening at the back while the other comes with the complete solid surface.
Now the question that arises from hereby is that How the design of these headphones affects the User experience? You may think those horizontal cuts or that solid closed surface don’t make up any difference but in reality, they do completely change the game of sound quality you get to hear from them. So now let’s have a brief look at the benefits and drawback of these two designs. Additionally you must checkout this great guide from metal-fi.com, breaks down the difference between closed and open back headphones in an excellent way.
The closed back headphones perform a wonderful job there when you want to completely focus on your music, they remove the noises from the surrounding to an extent and bring just the music waves to your ears. This comes to very helpful features when you are in a crowded room or traffic area and want to focus on music or have sound engineering products to complete out. The other most common problem with the other headphones is audio leaking which leads to disturbance to the people sitting around you and we must say that the closed headphones are extremely helpful when you are looking to avoid a situation like that, Lets say you are sitting in a library and don’t want to disturb the other mates sitting around that’s where the closed back headphones will perform a great job for you.
The main disadvantage of these studio monitor headphones is that you may unknowingly bother other people around you by the sound coming out of the open design but again if you are buying them for sound engineering purpose then they will end up being a great choice.