Ok guys, time to break down some of the best studio headphones on the market for 2014. I hope to update this post as time goes on, with new cans that I feel deserve a shout out. So as most of us already know, the studio headphones that were going to be looking at are mostly going to be full size, over-ear style. Some of the things that I’m going to be looking at to determine which headphones are the best for studio use, includes how they fit in the studio, the build, and most importantly the sound they produce. Just like almost all of my posts and reviews, I have personally used and tested all of these models, which I feel is the only fair way to give you my honest opinion on them. You can click the photos to be taken to my full review on each individual pair, I have also added clickable links at the bottom of each breakdown to my full reviews, for your convenience.
Let’s take a look at some of the aspects in which a great pair of studio headphones should shine
Fit: What I like to see in a pair of studio headphones, along with many other DJ’s and audiophiles, is the ability to move around the studio freely. The headphones should have a removable cable, the cable should also be long, or at least coiled. Another area that I like to see in the best pair of studio headphones, would be the ability to wear the cans around your neck freely, or the ability to one ear them (which is very important to gauge sound frequency and mixing). Headphones need to also be very comfortable, especially if they are for the studio, as you will be using them for long periods of time without breaking, so padding and fit design it also extremely important.
Build: The build of any style of headphones goes without saying, it should be durable and strong, and also light weight.
Sound: This goes without saying, that you need the best of the best when it comes to sound reproduction. Its undeniably important that you should be seeking a pair of studio cans that has a very well balanced frequency and sound reproduction.
Audio-Technica ATH-M30x and ATH-M50x
Audio-Technica is one of the most widely known headphone companies out there, and they really perform amazingly in the studio. In my personal opinion, I really like them the best, but I can’t say this for everyone. It’s up to you to find your style that you like the best, which will most likely vary from person to person. But as an overall winner, the ATH M-series really is impressive. They shine in the area of comfort and sound quality, depending on the model you choose the build quality will fluctuate, as the lower end M-series models are made of plastic which may not last as long as some of the higher end models from Audio-Technica.
AKG K 240 MK II Studio Headphones
I’ve highlighted here, the AKG K 240 MK II, but really the entire AKG range is so well tuned for studio use, you can practically close your eyes and blind choose a pair, and come out very happy with your decision. AKG is not a very popular company at the moment, but let me tell you they are on their way up! These headphones really perform well in the sound and build quality departments, and they are also very comfortable, although a little larger in size compared to other studio headphones. The 240 MK II is my personal favourite, which I would consider to be the best studio headphone from them.
These are really sweet headphones, I find they have a very professional super cool look also. These sexy cans are finely tuned, they are rocking 250 Ohm pro drivers, and are equipped with extra lightweight diaphragms for unparalleled sound reproduction. The fit on these Beyerdynamic’s is really quite enjoyable as well, with their hyper soft velour ear-cups. They also have great headband padding and excellent ear-piece movement, I find these are one of the best studio headphones for one ear use while rocking out in a studio environment.