Top 6 Best Studio headphones for 2017

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Are you a beginner musician?
Are you searching for the perfect headphones but you want to spend a few bucks?

You’re in the right place!

In this guide we’ll help you choose the perfect set of headphones that is appropriate for your budget.   

Before starting, it could be useful to go through a little theory.

Headphones can be divided into 4 macro groups, depending on the earphone’s shape:

  • Circum-aural
  • Supra-aural
  • Earbud
  • In-ear

In-ear and Earbud headphones both have small sizes, but differ in that the first (In-ear) have to be inserted inside the ear, while the second are leaned onto it. They are usually used in live concerts by musicians to monitor other instruments, a click track, a backing track and so on.

In this article we will talk about the first two groups, that include medium and big size headphones which surround (Circum-aural) or lean on (Supra-aural) the ear.

Depending on the type of ear cups, these kind of headphones can be divided in:

  • Closed back headphones
  • Open back headphones
  • Semi-open headphones

Closed back headphones provide musicians with a close-to-perfect acoustic isolation. They are very important during vocal or instrumental recording: the reason is that these headphones prevent sound coming from the headphones themselves to be in turn captured by the microphone while recording instruments or vocals. They also serve to isolate the performer’s hearing from any unwanted ambient noise other than the reference track they’re singing or playing over.

Circum-Aural closed back headphones ensure a better noise isolation and are recommended to perform activities such as mixing, mastering or audio restoration, that require a particular sensibility to low volume frequencies or to digital or analog recording artefacts. They shouldn’t be used for long periods of time because they tend to “tire” the ears, so it’s important to take breaks every hour or so to prevent that ears lose sensibility.

In fact, we actually would suggest to use monitors or speakers during the mixing phase.
However it has become common practice in some cases to carry out mixing operations while using headphones, especially since the introduction of DAWs and audio software for mobile phones and tablets (such as n-Track Studio 8 iOS or Android).

Open back headphones are primarily designed for listening, because they don’t isolate much from the environment and give the listener a less perfect sound, more similar to the one originally created to be “consumed” in the environment.

Semi-open headphones are a compromise between the two types mentioned above.

Supra-aural closed back or semi-open (circum-aural or supra-aural) headphones are the types usually recommended for recording.


Finding the perfect headset is a difficult process and it depends on your budget.
In this special chart we listed the best headphones at the cheapest prices, so that even if you’re on a budget you can get a good deal. 


Here’s the 6 best headphones for novice producers.

CLOSED BACK HEADPHONES

1
Marshall Major II: price (60-95 dollars)

Marshall Major II headphonesCharacteristics:

  • Supra-aural
  • Closed-back
  • Impedance: 64 Ohm
  • Frequency range: 10 – 20 kHz

Review
Click here to read the Cnet review

Where can i buy them?
https://www.amazon.it/Marshall-Major-II-Black

2
Sennheiser HD-280 Pro: price (80-110 dollars)

 

Sennheiser HD280 headphones

Characteristics:

  • Circum-aural
  • Closed-back
  • Impedance: 64 ohms
  • Frequency range: 8-25 kHz

Review
Click here to read the Cnet review 

Where can i buy them?
https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-280-Pro-Headphones

3
AKG K-271 MKII: price (90-130 dollars)

 

AKG K-271 MKII headphones
Characteristics: 

  • Circum-aural
  • Closed-back
  • Impedance: 55 ohms
  • Frequency range: 16Hz-28kHz

Review
Click here to read the head-fi review 

Where can i buy them?
https://www.amazon.com/AKG-Pro-Audio-Channel-Headphones

OPEN/SEMI-OPEN BACK HEADPHONES

1
AKG K-240 Studio: price (50-70 dollars)

 

akg k240 headphones
Characteristics:

  • Circum-aural
  • Semi open
  • Impedance: 55 Ω
  • Frequency range: 15 – 25 kHz

Review
Click here to read the Home Theater review 

Where can I buy?
https://www.amazon.com/AKG-240-Semi-Open-Studio-Headphones

2
Fostex TH-5BB: price (40-80 dollars)

 

Fostex TH-5BB headphones
Characteristics: 

  • Circum-aural
  • Semi-open
  • Impedance: 44 Ω
  • Frequency range: 20 – 22 kHz

Review
Click here to read the soundonsound review

Where i can buy them?
https://www.amazon.com/Fostex-TH-5BB-Semi-Open-Dynamic-Headphones

3

AKG K-121: price (65- 80 dollars)

 

AKG K-121 headphones
Characteristics
:

  • Supra-aural
  • Semi-open
  • Impedance: 55 Ω
  • Frequency range: 18 – 22,5 kHz

Review
Click here to read the headphones specout review

Where can i buy them?
https://www.amazon.com/AKG-Pro-Audio-Channel-Headphones