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February 18, 2012

Best Studio Headphones

A question that often comes up for guitarists recording at home is "which headphones are the best for recording and mixing?". A valid question, and not that easy to answer. There are a few factors that need to be looked before going studio headphone shopping.

First of all, there are two broad design categories for head phones, open-back and closed-back. Because of their design, each has advantages and disadvantages. When you need to keep external sounds away at all costs, closed-back headphones are the ones to get. This could be when recording an amp, because in such situations, we need to prevent monitoring spill reaching the microphones.

When mixing, most people prefer open-back headphones. The reason is because they tend to sound far more open and natural, especially at the high end. Even though closed-back headphones can work really well for mixing, it has long been the standard, so to speak, to go with open back headphones because of the way they sound.

What to buy?

There are many brands out there selling great headphones. My recommendation is to go with names such as Beyerdynamic, AKG, Audio Technica, Shure and Ultrasone. Consider spending $100 to $300 on solid and great sounding heaphones. After all, if you spend all this time on creating music, why shouldn't you make sure you have the best way to monitor sounds accurately?

I have been using the Sennheiser HD280 for years now. They are good, but if I were to buy closed-back headphones again, I would go for the Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones because they are a great improvement over the 280 model.

Best Bang for the Buck!

The list on the left in this widget includes the middle of the range in terms of quality, but also the best bang for the buck. Yes, $199 will sound MUCH better than the $79.99 headphones you may find at first. Don't skimp out on quality when it comes to headphones.

Buy from this list - support my website and family

Please know that if you buy from my links, you also support my website and family - a small commission will go to me. Why not support what I do, while you order your quality headphones? Thanks for the support.

Order from B&H Photo Video

Please take a look at this list of headphones on B&H Photo Video. Read the reviews and feel free to ask me for advice if you are not sure what is best for you. This list has the names I recommend, Shure, AKG, AT, Beyerdynamic, Ultrasone. Free shipping is included!

You can also click the arrows below to preview the recommend headphones.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on February 18, 2012

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