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

Hi-Fi by Carsten Kaiser 1 month ago

Austrian Audio Hi-X65

Open over-ear headphones with detailed sound

With the Austrian Audio Hi-X65, the successor to AKG in Vienna present their first open headphones. These are aimed not only at demanding professional users from the recording studio sector but also at fans of audiophile listening pleasure.

4.6

Hi-Fi by Ulf Kaiser 2 months ago

Focal Clear Mg Professional

Audiophile open over-ear headphones for professional use

The Clear Mg Professional from Focal is the successor to the Clear Professional. Those come from the French manufacturer's Professional series and are expressly aimed at professional and demanding sound engineers, while Focal offers the Clear Mg to the audiophile music lovers segment of the...

4.5

Studio by Michael Schillings 3 months ago

ESI eXtra 10

Wired over-ear headphones with linearisation software

The German manufacturer ESI offers a wide range of products for use in professional sound and home studios. With attractive prices and practical features, they are aimed at beginners as well as customers in the mid-price bracket. With the eXtra 10 model, the manufacturer makes...

4.5

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