Finding the right studio headphones at a cheap price can be quite a hassle. To ease the process, we have compiled this list of top 5 headphones. They are not in any particular order. These are the best bang for the buck studio headphones as of now. Studio headphones differ from Hi-fi headphones, because they have a flat frequency response. That makes them great for mixing songs and hearing all the little details. It also makes them very uninteresting to listen to.
Going only for a lowly price of 30$, Samson SR850 is the choice, if you don’t want to or can’t invest much into your headphones. First thing to catch the eye is they’re design, which is very similar to the iconic AKG K240’s. They have a very airy and slightly bass heavy sound. Semi open design means they leak a bit and are not really ideal for use, whilst recording vocals. For that you might want to look at their closed back cousins SR950‘s. 32 ohm impedance means that they’re usable without an amp. Construction feels rather cheap, but for the price, it’s hard to find something sturdier. Overall they’re quite good budget headphones and definitely usable for mixing.
Sony MDR 7506
Even though the MSRP of Sony MDR 7506 is 130$, you can often find these cans for much cheaper. They’re a staple in studios around the world and often preferred by singers for recording vocals. Their closed back design means, these heaphones won’t leaks, so in theory you can even use them on the bus. Bass frequencys are very prominent in them, so they are an excellent choice for live situations. Although they’re made of plastic, the construction is quite sturdy and will last years.Sadly the cable isn’t interchangeable, so that’s a rather massive con, but it seems to outlast the headphones in this case. They respond very well to eq and are very good headphones for mixing if you also are willing to get Sonarworks plugin, which fixes their bass curve.
Headphones with a truly legendary design, that have been in production since 1975. The semi open design of AKG K240 means, you won’t be totally cut off from the environment and there`s some sound leakage, but it isn’t too bad. They have very clear mids and highs, which gives them a revealing and clear sound. The bass leaves a bit to be desired. Even though, they`re rated at only 55 ohms they need a lot of power to really shine. The construction is mostly plastic, but they feel sturdy enough.
They are the little brother of the M50x, sound and build quality wise they are really close. Audio-Technica is famous for their high build quality standards. Compared to M50x, the Audio-Technica M40x only lack a little in the bass area, which is caused the the difference in driver size. These headphones have a very neutral sound, which is great for mixing. The only complaint would be with ear pads, which can be changed out for rather cheap and will eliminate any noisebleed, so you could even use them on the bus. They also have a bluetooth conversion piece purchasable separate.
Sennheiser HD 280PRO
Made by Sennheiser, the company known for creating hands down one of the best studio headphones the HD 600.The Sennheiser HD 280 PRO`s are made with a closed design and have no sound leakage. Visually, they look a bit chunky, but that doesn’t affect the sound quality. They have a rather flat sound, but unlike the M40x, they seem to have a little more bass. Most of the parts on these headphones are easily replacable, with the cable being an exception. Build quality wise, they feel solid and the manufacturer`s 2 year warranty shows, how confident Sennheiser are in the build quality of these headphones.
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