Best Headphone Brands
For Mixing And Recording In Your Home Studio
When I started recording bigger group projects I learned quickly that studio headphones really fell into two categories. Great sounding but easily broken and really expensive. Or, Sounds like garbage but easily disposed of. And to be honest I normally invested in cheaper headphones because I knew someone would leave them on the ground and then step on them.
There are a lot of headphone brands on the market, many of them are over priced and don’t sound that much better than the cheaper headphones on the market. However, I think with the introduction to beats, many if not all studio headphone brands have really started to up their game.
There are a few headphone brands and models that aren’t hard on the wallet and will give you great audio to reference on.
I’ve always been a big Sennheiser fan. I would take a pair of Sennheisers over beats any day not just for monitoring but for my day-to-day use. I first came across the HD280’s a few years back and fell in love with them. They sound amazing for starters. I personally think they are probably some of the best headphones for mixing on the market and over the years they became my go to tracking headphones. The best part is they are $100 so you can buy a couple of pairs for the prices of a Beats Studio.
My only issue was for some reason the left driver use to blow but I think they fixed this issue on the newer models. Sennheiser quickly sent me replacement drivers and I haven’t had the problem since.
I was turned on to editing with Sony headphones years ago when I worked with producer Rob Szabo. You can hear any clicks or bad crossfades. Sony has always put a lot of though in the design and sound of their headphones. Even the cheap models. The Sony MDR7506 is no exception to that. These are great headphones if you are recording bass heavy productions like EDM. They boast these headphones have a frequency range 10Hz-20kHz and the ear padding is amazing at cancelling out outside noise when you’re working. I don’t want to make this a Sony mdr 7506 vs Sennheiser HD 280 Pro article but I think both these headphones have their purpose.
My only complaint with the MDR7506 is that I found them kind of uncomfortable when using them for a long period of time. To be honest I find that’s the case with most over the ear headphones.
Audio-Technica did a great job on the design of the ATH-M50’s. I think out of the 3 these are the best feeling headphones and not only are they great for studio use, they are awesome for your day-to-day use as well. They do a great job blocking outside noise so if you’re listening to music on the street or recording drums they are fantastic. In fact you can crack the audio and not have to worry about the mics picking it up which is always an issues with cheaper headphones.
I think all in all any one of these choices won’t let you down in the headphone department. All of these models are well-built, sturdy and sound amazing. If you’re looking for other monitoring options feel free to check out my review on some affordable studio monitors.