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.

The latest Musician Headphones Reviews

Musician by Ulf Kaiser 1 month ago

CTM CE320

In-Ear Monitors for professional use

CTM or Clear Tune Monitors from Orlando, Florida, specialise in professional in-ears and they offer both ready-made products and customised solutions. We took a closer look at the CE320 model, which comes with three balanced armature drivers per side for a list price of 349...

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In-Ear by Chris Reiss 2 months ago

Mackie MP-460

High quality in-ear-monitor headphones with balanced-armature drivers

Mackie has added three more headphones to their MP series: The MP-460 I am testing here is their new top model in this series.

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Bluetooth by Chris Reiss 2 months ago

Mackie MP-360

Balanced armature in-ear monitor with three ways

About two years ago Mackie released their MP series: All three pairs of headphones – the MP-120, the MP-220 and the MP-240 – were aimed at musicians and sound engineers who are looking for monitor headphones for the stage and the FoH/monitor mixing desk. Now...

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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 U18t, 64 Audio constructively explores the limits of what is possible with in-ear monitors. The sound results are completely convincing and meet the highest demands of stage musicians, sound engineers and audiophile music listeners without restrictions. The extra cost compared to the equally outstanding U12t is obvious, with the sonic gain being particularly noticeable in the areas of neutrality and spatiality. Without a doubt, the U18t and the custom-fit model A18t with list prices of 3,299 Euros require a budget that is by no means available to everyone. On the other hand, they demonstrate the upper limits of what is currently feasible in the in-ear monitor sector. The U18t are comparable with an expensive full-range studio monitor but, in this case, they can also be used as a mobile monitor.

Ulf Kaiser
Ulf Kaiser 8. January 2020