So What Are The Best Headphones For A Studio?

What are the best headphones period?

With so many different types of headphones available, one would want to know their best options right?

Let’s see, you have the regular ones, earbuds, wireless, headphones with mics. So many different variations but which ones are truly idea for you? Which ones would you want to use with your iPod, your computer and of course in your studio? You have Shure, Audio Technica, Skullcandy, Sennheiser and so many more to list. With all of these different manufacturers how are we suppose to choose? It seems as if it’s and endless supply of headphones readily available. But since we are on the subject of all of these different suppliers of headphones, let’s do some research on them. Let’s find out which one(s) are the best for your studio?

The list provided is based on consumer reviews of the different brands listed above. We listed four different brands above which we’ll base our review on. So are you ready to get started? We’ll start with the number four slot.


Skullcandy Hesh Sparkle Motion Over-Ear Headphones

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Fourth on the list is Skullcandy. Although these babies can pump some serious bass and look very flashy, the construction of them is made out of plastic. It’s mentioned that Skullcandy headphones are not durable; the ear cushions are stiff and rather small and comes with a short cord which makes it feel like a toy.
You gotta love the customer reviews, they keep it real. It’s suggested that Skullycandy is more for the younger generation looking for some serious boom and flash but can’t afford to purchase the beatsbydre headphones. Based on some not so kind words about the Skullcandy headphones, it falls short in position four.


Shure SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones (Silver)

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Third on our list is Shure. These are known to be pretty durable at times but not often, with a close to great sound quality. They have good bass but not as authentic as it should be and a lot less distinctive than the mids and highs.
Although the ear cushions are somewhat comfortable it’s said that the head band is not comfortable at all. We also found a complaint about the right side pads and attachments coming lose after 3 months of use. That doesn’t sit to well with us and I’m sure you neither. Based on the fact of the durability and discomfort these cause, Shur falls short at position number three.


Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Studio Headphones Straight Wire and FREE $25 iTunes Card

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Second on our list is the Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Studio Headphones. These are known to be constructed well and great for travel and are very portable. It’s thought that these were made for DJs since the wire comes out of one side and they are closed back.
They don’t fully drown out external noise and seem to have a mediocre sound quality when used on stage. Slightly better than both the Skullcandy and Shure but along the same complaint of sound quality. Of course the durability is a plus with these headphones but sound quality outweighs being durable. Based on that fact the Audio Technica headphones falls short at position number 2.


Sennheiser HD25-1 II Closed-Back Headphones

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Number one on the list are the Sennheiser HD25-1 II Closed-Back Headphones. We could only find a few cons about these headphones. But there sure was a lot of praise about the construction and sound quality of them. With a nearly perfect rating on the clarity of the mids, highs and bass, we’re not surprised that these made the number one position. They’re used by DJs, studio engineers and commentators.
That’s saying something when there are so many different brands to choose from. It appears as if the sound isolation is one of the best features of these headphones. They seemed to ace in a lot of categories such as sound quality, durability, sound isolation and comfort. For that reason we couldn’t find any reason that would suggest the Sennheiser HD25-1 II Closed-Back Headphones being in any other position then number one.

Well there you have it, an overview of what the consumers are saying about the four best sets of headphones within this price range. What we found out is just because they may look fancy and can dish out some serious boom, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best option for your studio or any other use. This is more than likely the reason the Beatsbydre didn’t make the list. They’re not highly superior and are more or less out there for the younger generation following fads.

Fads will get you no where when you are in a professional setting and doing professional sound monitoring either in studio or on stage. It’s nothing wrong with going with the flashy options. I’m sure when the design was discussed this is the one feature that businesses knew would attract sales. Which is fine if that is what you are looking for. But don’t expect anything in quality above that. If you are on the hunt for something quality, read the reviews, and compile a list of the ones you may be interested in purchasing. The whole idea of this review is to give you some comparisons so take the time listening to different sets with your iPod, iPad, etc. streaming the music that you are used to listening to. At the end of the day, it’s all about you knowing what type of sound you are looking for.

Real musicians, studio engineers and also commentators know exactly what they are looking for when it comes to sound and will more than likely go with our number one selection. And this is the exact reason the Sennheiser HD25-1 II Closed-Back Headphones made the top of the list. These are some good headphones that can be used and accepted by many in the music and entertainment business. If you feel that there should be some others on this list, share your comments and suggestions on what you think are the best headphones for your studio.


  1. rudeboybass

    September 6, 2012 (22:12) Reply

    I’ve used both the Audio technica’s and sennheisers in the past – both are really nice for studio or live monitoring; easily two of my favorite brands!

    • bmdubb

      September 7, 2012 (06:20) Reply

      That’s exactly why they are on the list.

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