I think one of the best investments in terms of equipment is a good pair of studio headphones, especially if they are your only listening. It is an investment that will surely last a long time and I assure you that you will use a lot more often than you think.
The reasons why it is important to have good listening I’ve listed them in the second episode of the video during home recording , so in this article I will concentrate on more specific aspects of choice and will counsel you 10 excellent headsets Shot.
How do I select studio headphones best suited for me?
How much do you want to spend? This is always the parameter that gives us the initial skimming, you notice immediately that here we will talk about (apart from a few exceptions) of products from 200 dollars up.
The use primarily to record or mix/composing, or both? In the first case, you should choose closed headphones or isolated, in the second case, open headphones. If we need to do a little of both if they can make you comfortable parted.
The problem is the following: In general, open headphones and open seeds are better for mixing because they avoid the resonance of low frequency inside the headset and return a cleaner sound and straightforward.
The closed-ear headphones instead are better for recording because they prevent the sound to come out of your headphones, microphone and reach the soil the recording. You often see professional studio headphones as closed-ear types as they perform better given the acoustic properties of the room. However, studio headphones can be quite expensive, but there are cheaper options available. You just have to spend more time looking. “Many beginners think that the more costly a product is, the better its quality. While this is true, when you’re a beginner it’s best not to blow your entire budget on expensive gear.”, according to the MusicCritic team.
As you can see, the headset that is perfect for all situations do not exist , we must take into account this “covered short” and then if you have to either record that mix, you have to opt for a pair of half-closed , or, since the figures are not then so prohibitive, for 2 pairs, one open and one closed.
I need a headphone amp?
This depends greatly on the source that you’re going to use headphones, in most cases, you can do without, in fact, often you can connect AKG directly into the cell or into the laptop, and I have no problems. And if you want to know which are the best headphones for guitar amp? then, follow the linked guide.
However, there are some high impedance headphones (from 100 Ohm up) that require the power of an amplifier by headphones to give a good listening volume.
However, if you find yourself with little headphone output, you can always put in the middle of a headphone amp to have more room for volume .
Headphones closed: maximum isolation from the outside and the sound pressure is conveyed in whole ear without any dispersion. Low frequencies are emphasized but the sound loses space. Not everyone appreciates this feature, since it always depends on the type of use and the type of music you listen to.
Open headphones: the soundproofing is lower than the closed models and part of the acoustic pressure is dispersed outside. They offer more space to the sound recreating a more natural and spacious sound. For this they are very popular especially in the professional, but also by those research as well as the cleanliness of the sound, even better distinction of frequencies.
Semi-Open Headphones: I am a compromise between the two models. They offer good sound insulation, but not at the level of closed models.
Connection: cable or wireless
The headphones over-ear circumaural can be connected to devices (hi-fi, computers, televisions, smartphones, guitar, amplifier, etc.) with cable or through wireless technology. The cable always offers the best quality of signal transmission because it avoids any interference and disturbances.
Depending on the type of use of over-ear headphones, the cable can be a USB connection (for PC, consoles, PS4), USB Type-C (for smartphones), Mini-Jack 3.5mm (for computers, readers audio, sound cards, etc.) and Jack 6.35 mm (musical instruments, amplifiers). The Mini-Jack 3.5 is the most used.
Wireless technology is divided into three subcategories:
- Infrared: Economic and with a very limited range. It is now rarely used.
- Radio frequency RF: l to RF radio frequency technology is the one that offers greater range, up to 100 meters, but at the same time tends to suffer from interference. Widely used for TV, it requires a base to transmit the signal
- Bluetooth: is the standard used for computer, smartphone, tablet, and many devices that have integrated bluetooth down. The roof is about 10 meters enough for nearly all uses. The audio quality is better than the other technologies. In addition, the pairing (connection) with the devices is fast and easy.
Some of the best headphones offer both Bluetooth connection that the possibility of cable connection, useful if the battery drain.
You can buy these studio headphones in 2019
- Shure SRH1840
Hi ResMDR1000XB Headphones
- Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 Headphones
- Beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition Cuffie Hi-Fi da 600 Ohm
- Grado SR 80th Corded Headsets
- Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80