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?

The latest Studio Headphones Reviews

Studio by Ulf Kaiser 6 days ago

Sennheiser HD 820

Audiophile closed over-ear headphones

With the HD 820, Sennheiser has followed the outstanding HD 800 S with a top-of-the-range closed model for a particularly demanding clientele.

4.6

Studio by Ulf Kaiser 1 month ago

Sennheiser HD 800 S

Wired, open over-ear reference headphones for audiophile and professional applications

With the exception of the Orpheus HE-1, the HD 800 S is the top model among Sennheiser's open headphones. The successor to the HD 800 from 2009 is available both in the regular version tested here in black and in a technically identical Anniversary Edition...

4.6

In-Ear by Ulf Kaiser 3 months ago

Mu6 Scenes Lifelike 2

In-ear headphones with integrated stereo microphone and USB-C interface

The Scenes Lifelike 2 model from Mu6 is an exciting product at an attractive price. They are wired in-ear headphones with the supplementary option of stereo recording via microphones integrated into the earbuds. This also explains their subtitle "Binaural VR/Dummy Head 3D-Recording Headsets".

4.3

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
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
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
Carsten Kaiser 22. August 2017