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Top 10 Best Studio Monitor Headphones

If you really want to get serious about your music production, then you need to invest in a good pair of studio monitor headphones or studio monitors. Having a set of these will allow you to hear all the subtle elements that occur when a song is being played. Here are 10 of the best studio monitor headphones for you to make or listen to great music.


Audio-Technica
ATH-M50X

Sony
MDR7506

Audio-Technica
ATH-M50

AKG
K240

Audio-Technica
ATH-M30X





Our User Rating
4.7 Stars
4.6 Stars
4.7 Stars
4.4 Stars
4.5 Stars
Avail. ColorsBlack / Tan on Blue / WhiteBlackBlack / WhiteGold on BlackBlack
Collapsible
CableDetachable cables (inc. 1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled cable, 3.0 m straight cable and 1.2 m straight cable)9.8ft Coiled, OFC (oxygen free copper)1.2 - 3.0m (3.9' - 9.8') Coiled, OFC litz wire3m OFC with gold plated plugs on both ends3m (9.8'), straight, left-side exit
ConnectionGold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and pro screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapterGold, Stereo Unimatch plug 1/4" and 1/8"Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and pro screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapterScrew-on Jack Combo (1/4" and 1/8") 6.3 mm (1/4") screw-on adapter
MagnetNeodymiumNeodymiumNeodymiumNeodymiumNeodymium
Driver Size45mm40mm45mmN/A40mm
Frequency Range15Hz - 28kHz10Hz - 20kHz15Hz - 28kHz15Hz - 25kHz15Hz - 22kHz
Sensitivity (dB)99 dB106 dB99 dB104 dB96 dB
Max. Power Input1,600mW at 1 kHz1000mW1,600mW at 1 kHz200 mW1,300 mW at 1 kHz
Impedance38 ohms63 ohms38 ohms55 ohms47 ohms
Additional Features
  • 90° swivel earcups for one-ear monitoring
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material provides more durability and comfort
  • Closed-back cushioned earcup design for max. isolation
  • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
  • Durable rugged design
  • High quality sound reproduction
  • Closed ear design for comfort and reduction of external noise interference
  • Reliable and stable signal connection and transmission
  • Closed-back cushioned earcup design for max. isolation
  • Adjustable padded headband for extra comfort
  • Very high SPL capabilities while maintaining sound clarity
  • Deep, accurate bass and high-frequency extension
  • Neodymium magnet systems for ultra-efficient signal transfer
  • Self-adjusting headband for optimum fit
  • Integrated semi-open air design
  • Highly accurate dynamic transducer for naturally open sound quality
  • Tuned for enhanced detail, with excellent mid-range definition
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • Designed to excel for studio tracking, mixing and field recording
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    Audio Techniqa
    ATH-M40X

    Sennheiser
    HD-380

    Audio-Technica
    ATH-M30

    Sony
    MDRV6

    AKG
    Q701





    Our User Rating
    4.7 Stars
    4.4 Stars
    4.4 Stars
    4.6 Stars
    4.5 Stars
    Avail. ColorsBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack / White / Green
    Collapsible
    Cable3.9' coiled & 9.8' straight1m coiled, extendable up to 3m11' (3.4m), OFC litz wire, left-side exit10' oxygen free copper3m oxygen free copper
    Connection2.5mm Jack, 6.3 mm (1/4") screw-on adapter3.5 mm Jack, straight Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and pro screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter3.5mm Jack, 1/4-inch adapterHard gold-plated jack plug and contacts
    MagnetNeodymiumNeodymiumNeodymiumNeodymiumNeodymium
    Driver Size40mmN/A40mm40mmN/A
    Frequency Range15Hz - 24 kHz8Hz - 27 kHz20Hz - 20 kHz5Hz - 30 kHz10Hz - 39.8kHz
    Sensitivity (dB)98dB110 dB100 dB106 dB105 dB
    Max. Power Input1600 mW500 mW 1,600mW at 1 kHzN/A200 mW
    Impedance35 ohms54 ohms65 ohms63 ohms62 ohms
    Additional Features
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring
  • Detachable cables
  • Circumaural design for excellent passive attenuation of ambient noise (up to 32 dB)
  • Reduced comb filter effects and distortion due to E.A.R. (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement) and Duofol diaphragms
  • Increased sound pressure level (110dB) to handle demanding use
  • High power handling for tracking sessions
  • Circumaural design ensures superior isolation
  • Adjustable cushioned headband and lightweight design for maximum comfort
  • Circum-Aural design reduces noise from the outside world
  • Oval ear-pads for extra isolation
  • Oxygen-free copper litz cord for maximum conductivity and minimum noise
  • Evolutionary flat-wire voice-coil technology for extremely accurate sound and transient response
  • Patented varimotion two layer diaphragm for sparkling highs and accurate bass response
  • Comfortable, specially shaped "3-d-form" ear pads for perfect fit
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    Table Info

    • Our User Rating – This is our own opinion based on our product research on our own and other user’s testing and feedback. Click on one of the featured products and you’ll be brought to Amazon’s product page, where you’ll find genuine customer reviews which we recommend you to read.
    • Best Value / Top Rated – Products that we feel  stands out in a specific area such as value for money or reputation have been given one of our awards.
    • Collapsible – Most earpieces on studio headphones are able to collapse inwards to make itself more compact, although not all of them have this feature.
    • Cable – They will either come straight or coiled depending on the model you choose (certain models have both). OFC stands for Oxygen Free Copper, which has enhanced conductivity for better audio signal transmission.
    • Connection – Most studio monitor headphones include two types of connectors/adapters, a 1/8″ (3.5 mm) which is a standard headphone jack and a 1/4″ (6.3 mm) used for instruments and other studio audio sources.
    • Magnet – One of the most commonly used type of rare-earth magnets in headphone drivers (and many other devices) is neodymium which allows high-fidelity listening in portable devices.
    • Driver Size – The headphone driver is the unit within the earpiece that help produce sound. In terms of sound quality, in most cases a bigger driver size indicates a bigger diaphragm (an element within the driver) which is better, but there are also many other factors that contribute to sound quality.
    • Frequency Range – This is the range of frequencies the headphones can produce from low bass to high pitch frequencies.
    • Sensitivity – The effectiveness of the conversion of an incoming electrical signal into an audible sound depends on the sensitivity. So the higher the value, the louder the sound can be produced at a specific input volume.
    • Maximum Power Input – The studio headphone’s maximum supported power supply is measured in mW. It’s not considered better for headphones to have a higher max. power input.
    • Impedance – This measures the degree of headphone electrical resistance. Audio Technica states that “Choosing low-impedance headphones for low-voltage portable audio players ensures better efficiency.
    • Price – To find out the price of any of the studio monitor headphones, just click on the Buy Now button or Check Price and you’ll be directed to the official product page on Amazon.com. I didn’t put up prices because they constantly change and there are so many sellers offering different prices.

    What The Expert Say About Studio Monitor Headphones

    More often than not, aspiring and upcoming producers use standard headphones to produce and playback their beats. Once their beats are completed, the finished article never sounds as good as it should, simply because of details that have been missed out in the production process due to the lack of quality studio headphones.

    They make a big difference to the quality of your music production, and here are what some of the leading music producers and engineers have to say about it.

    Stephen MarchStephen March (Mastering Engineer) – “I’ve been in this business a while, and I’ve ostensibly have only seen 3 pairs of headphones ever in the studio…Most of them are either uncomfortable, they bleed like the dickens or they don’t stand up to the rigors of studio use…

    A (great) pair of headphones gives you a really honest representation of what’s going on. They can be invaluable. They’re not headphones, they’re monitors that you strap on your head. It’s a different animal.

     

     

    michael-donaldsonMichael Donaldson (Head Mix Engineer at Darkchild Records) – “I feel like a lot of the headphone choices that are out there are pretty much glitz and glamor so to speak. They’re not really for the performance…At the end of the day, headphones should be your monitors to your ears.

     

     

     

    rodney-jenkinsRodney Jenkins (Producer/CEO of Darkchild Records) – “Of course you want acoustics first, but you want to be comfortable. There’s been times when I put headphones on and I’m taking them off cos that little thing hurts your ear (the earpiece)…

    Headphones need to almost sound as if you’re listening inside the studio. It has to give you the same feel like “Wow! I just left the booth, and it feels like I’m still in there.

     

     

    jim-roachJim Roach (Record Producer) – “One of the main problems that I’ve run into even with some of the more higher end ones is click bleed…With KRK headphones, the low end was unexpectedly round and robust, and the tops were high…It was a really flat sound, they had depth…it felt musical and for me, that’s really important.

    If you want to read more in-depth information about all the different elements that make up a pair of headphones, then I recommend that you check this article out.