With so many headphones on the market, committing to a decision can be tricky. Like I have said to so many customers of mine, it’s hard to advise on headphones. Not only is it a matter of preference, but also comfort and application. Everyone hears something different, meaning one recommendation may not be for everyone. There are, however, some dominant and popular brands that seem to have cracked it with consumers. Let’s take a look.
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The Shure SRH-840 Headphones are designed specifically for critical listening and professional recording. They feature an intricately designed frequency response to deliver warm bass, clarity in the mid-range and sparkling highs.
They offer an ergonomic fit with a collapsible design, ensuring both portability and comfort. These are very un-ear-fatiguing headphones, capable of achieving professional results both in the studio or live.
The notorious HD25 headphones from Sennheiser are a go-to choice for DJ’s in need of live monitoring. Not only are they superb at frequency separation, but they are lightweight and pack a real punch. They are highly efficient at attenuating background noise and are capable of handling super high sound pressure levels. So turn them up and enjoy.
I would not recommend these as the first choice for studio mixing headphones as they are slightly complimentary. Instead, they make a great set of monitoring cans whilst recording or DJing. Used by none other than AIR Studio’s themselves!
I would not hesitate to say that these are easily the comfiest headphones I have ever encountered. Not only do they sit like a dream, they leave a little space and do not press up uncomfortably upon your ears. The result is a 3D space that excels depth, with glistening highs and a smooth bass response. The DT770 Pro’s are capable of being used for hours-on-end without fatiguing your ears. If they can do the job for the BBC, then I’m sure you find a use for them!
They come in two versions; 80 or 250Ohms. If you wish to use the DT 770’s for both mixing and general listening – with your phone for instance – get the 80Ohms as they will be much louder. However, if you already own a nice headphone amp, the 250Ohms will leave some room for the amp to work its magic and propel these headphones even further.
Audio Technica’s ATH Range is one of the most popular series of headphones of all time. They offer a superb flat frequency response, making them ideal for mixing, but also great for listening. They sit flat against your ears without too much pressure, boasting punchiness and crisp detail. Trust me when I say, there’s a reason for their success!
As a headphone capable of performing in most applications, the ATH series is an easy choice for many consumers. Available in models that range from £40 all the way up to £280, there is something for everyone.
The AKG K702 has a comfortable, specially shaped “3D-form” ear pads and a padded genuine-leather headband ensure a perfect fit. They combine an extremely accurate response with yet unseen agility and spaciousness. The result is a professional grade set of studio headphones, reviewed highly by its users.
The K702’s are slightly larger headphones that leave a nice amount of space between the pads and your ear. This additional space makes the audio distribution well-rounded and very depthy. As an open-back set of headphones, these may not be ideal for performance monitoring. Instead, they make a superb mixing tool that will ensure great results in the studio.
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