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Categories: Studio

If you are looking for a suitable studio headphone, you should have at least some idea of what exactly you want to do with it, as the application possibilities in the studio can be very diverse and the required characteristics can therefore be very different.

Among the studio headphones so-called monitor headphones need to be real work horses, as you wear them for hours as a musician, singer or speaker during a recording session. If this is your type of application you’re after please choose headphones with a closed design to minimize crosstalk when using a microphone. Although a professional headphone should sound neutral, a certain sound character can be quite advantageous here. Thus, some singers prefer models with more present mid-range to better judge their own vocals. Drummers should use headphones, which reproduce the full frequency spectrum distortion-free even at high volumes. Since in professional studios headphones often change its user, it is important to have the possibility to clean the earpads with an ease and, if necessary, to change them.

If you are more into editing, mixing and mastering look out for headphones whose accurately reproduce a full frequency range, transients, spatiality, and dynamics. Here a lot of producers tend to use open or semi-open headphones.

But exceptions prove the rule! In addition to various all-purpose models there are also DJ and hi-fi headphones models whose are also perfect for studio use.

For a final purchase decision please consider the following bullet points:

Does the design reflect the desired application?
Do the headphones fit well and comfortably?
Does the equipment (interchangeable parts, cable length, etc.) meet my requirements?
Does the sound match my expectations and preferences?

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The latest Studio Headphones Reviews

In-Ear by Ulf Kaiser 3 weeks ago

Sennheiser IE 600

In-ear headphones for high demands

The Sennheiser IE 600 impress with an extraordinarily honest sound that scores points with musicality and richness of detail. The design is sophisticated, the wearing comfort high, and the workmanship excellent. The result: an audiophile in-ear monitor with an exceptionally good price-performance ratio that earns...

4.9

In-Ear by Carsten Kaiser 1 month ago

Shure SE846 Gen 2

High-end in-ears with customisable sound

With the Shure SE846 Gen 2, the new generation of the successful high-end in-ear model is waiting in the wings. With a customisable sound image, finely resolved sound thanks to Balanced Armature technology and powerful passive noise cancellation, these high-priced in-ears will impress even the...

4.9

Studio by Carsten Kaiser 2 months ago

Audeze MM-500

Planar-magnetic signature headphones by Manny Marroquin

For the MM-500, Audeze have collaborated with renowned mixer Manny Marroquin to create planar-magnetic open studio headphones that impressed us with high-quality materials, great workmanship and flawless sound.

3.9
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Editor's recommendations: Studio Headphones

In addition to the quality levels of workmanship and eye-catching aesthetics, the AKG K702 really convinces with its wearing comfort and pleasant handling properties. Last but not least, the crystal-clear sound will make it hard for studio users and hi-fi fans to switch to another model once they’ve added the K702 to their audiophile assortment..

Carsten Kaiser 23. April 2016

The Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro leaves absolutely nothing to be desired when it comes to superior sound, handling and designer detail. If you’re looking for a premium level swap for your existing hardware, give these silky sounding studio headphones a try and take your listening enjoyment to a whole new level.

Carsten Kaiser 6. September 2016

These headphones come with high recommendation thanks to their superior sound. Apart from the impressive bass range, the sound in general is exemplary. With a premium purchase price to consider, the SRH1540 is no casual investment, but those seeking something that will deliver the results in sound production they’re after will find plenty to enjoy here.

Carsten Kaiser 22. August 2017
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