Studio headphones

Studio monitor headphones are meant for professional use. They have sound signature best suited for recording or mixing, which means they’re supposed to sound as close as possible to real life counterparts of the sounds you hear. They have an uninteresting sound, which can make music less enjoyable to listen to.

Studio headphones have flat frequency response, which makes them great for hearing all the details in a mix. Cheap headphones are often listed as studio headphones, because it sounds cool. Some premium brands might also do it.

Studio monitoring headphones are usually open back to offer better sound quality and get an airier sound. Closed back studio headphones also exist and they’re great for live situations and usage near microphones. True studio monitor headphones would not usually fall into the ‘cheap’ price category, but there are exceptions.

On this page we only list studio headphones, we personally would recommend. All items featured are sold on Amazon.

Studio headphones under $100

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

Ideal for use in broadcast and studio environments.

Samson SR850 Semi-Open-Back Studio Reference Headphones

Outstanding listening solution for musicians, sound engineers and general music enthusiasts alike.

Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphone (new model)

Extended frequency response, warm, natural sound reproduction.

AKG Pro Audio K92 Closed-Back

For mixing and mastering. A comfortable headphone that delivers great sound in the studio and beyond.

Robust construction. Accurate sound for studio, live & DJ use.

Samson SR950 Professional Studio Reference Headphones


Precise monitoring performance for studio applications. Solid bass response, ultra-clear highs.

AKG K240STUDIO Semi-Open Studio Headphones


Professional studio headphones for the home studio. 

Studio headphones $100 – $500

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Professional grade studio monitor headphones. For in the studio and on the road.

Sennheiser HD 700 Headphone (Jack plug ¼” (6.3 mm) stereo)

Outstanding soundstage with a warm and balanced audio reproduction.

Sennheiser HD 600 Open Back Professional Headphone

Professional headphones with clean and crisp stereo sound. Optimized for hi-resolution recordings.

AKG K702 Reference Class Studio Headphones

For precision listening, mixing and mastering.  Comfortable for long work sessions.

Beyerdynamic 459038 DT 990 PRO open Studio Headphone

Ideal for professional mixing, mastering and editing.

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Professional Monitor Headphones

Ideal for studio, live, mastering and audio forensics use.

Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Headphone

Professional headphones with truly unique natural sound.

AKG Pro Audio K712 PRO Over-Ear Open Reference Studio Headphones

For precision listening, mixing and mastering. For long work sessions.

Studio headphones over $ 500

beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO Studio open Reference Headphones

For mixing and mastering. Soft ear pads and headband for long studio sessions.

Sennheiser HD 800 S Reference Headphone System 

Perfect sound. Innovative, ergonomically designed headphones.