Categories: Musician

Perfect for musicians – headphones for playing instruments

If you love to play with your digital piano at night, you may have already become acquainted with your neighbor’s rhythmic broomstick beating. As nice as this duet sounds, for the sake of peace in your house you should buy a pair of headphones.

Some e-piano manufacturers offer their own headphones to match their instrument. This is not only “insanely clever” marketing, but has quite its purpose! After all, the manufacturer knows his instrument better than almost anyone else and can tune a headset exactly to this. Most of the time the sounds are played as clearly and balanced as you wish. Above all, the bass does not stand out unpleasantly, as you might hear when listening to your e-piano with your regular studio or hi-fi headphones.

But even drummers should consider a headset that has been specially optimized for this genre: high level stability, no distortions and robustness should be the deciding purchase arguments.

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The latest Musician Headphones Reviews

Bluetooth by Numinos 4 weeks ago

Vic Firth Bluetooth Isolation Headphones VXHP0012

Isolation Headphones with Bluetooth for Musicians

The Vic Firth Bluetooth Isolation Headphones (model name "VXHP0012") are specialists: They attenuate ambient sound by a whopping 20 decibels to protect musicians – especially drummers – from their own sound. They do this extraordinarily well, and these hefty over-ears are also convincing in terms...

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In-Ear by Martin Hirsch 1 month ago

NXEars Sonata

Inexpensive in-ear monitor with BA drivers

Dozens of IEMs compete for your audiophile favour in the 200 euro price range. This includes NXEars Sonata, which is positioned as a specialist device for talkers, podcasters and streamers

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In-Ear by Martin Hirsch 2 months ago

NXEars Basso

Professional in-ear monitoring headphones with four balanced-armature drivers each

After Opera, NXEars' flag-ship model impressed us with precision and bombast, the upper mid-range is being put to the test with the NXEars Basso. For around 500 euros, you get an in-ear monitor aimed at bass heads that is much more than a scaled-down version...

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Editor's recommendations: Musician Headphones

Ultimate Ears haven’t done things by halves here. With the Ultimate Ears 18+ Pro, the music lover can look forward to premier in-ear headphones tailored by audiologists. In addition to the numerous plate and case personalisation options, they guarantee everyday and stage-compatible production values, effortless handling and, last but by no means least, a well-balanced sound experience. In addition, these in-ears are ultra-light, comfortable to wear and provide a huge amount of isolation against external noise. Therefore, not only do they make superb stage monitors, but they also serve recording and mixing sessions well. More simply, they can be utilised by any self-respecting audiophile looking to enjoy their music on the go. Most likely, classical music fans will find a new favourite pair of in-ears with these.

As high as the recommended retail price of approximately 1,785 euros might seem, reviewing the huge benefits of these in-ear headphones quickly shows how much the Ultimate Ears 18+ Pro has to offer. What’s more, as soon as you listen to the tonal abilities of these in-ears, the price-performance ratio suddenly seems very reasonable indeed. If you have the budget enough to stretch and want quality headphones with superior sound, you should not overlook the Ultimate Ears 18+ Pro.

Carsten Kaiser
Carsten Kaiser 19. September 2018

The Shure SE846 makes a big promise of well-appointed in-ears with professional applications, while also ensuring those after everyday audio enjoyment are catered for. First-rate workmanship, not to mention an immense range of accessories, make these earphones a fun and flexible choice, especially for the purchase price. Noise cancellation and wearing comfort are also top of the class, while the adjustment possibilities of the frequency range means these in-ears can cope with almost any playback situation and musical genre. If you want to treat your ears to real sound luxury and have the funds to make the purchase, the Shure SE846 is a worthwhile consideration.

Carsten Kaiser
Carsten Kaiser 27. March 2017

With the IE 900, Sennheiser set a new reference standard for purely dynamic in-ear headphones. The audiophile neutral sound image impresses with balance, the fullness of detail and excellent treble reproduction. The high manufacturing costs and the resulting four-digit price of 1,299 euros were worth it. As an in-ear system, the IE 900 is compact enough for mobile use but particularly shows its full strengths in quiet surroundings and with high-quality (and, if required, balanced) peripherals. The price is high and naturally excludes a number of interested parties. However, the IE 900 are audiophile performers that definitely earn the top prizes.

Ulf Kaiser
Ulf Kaiser 29. November 2021
Sennheiser IE 900
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