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Best Studio Monitoring Headphones Reviews

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If you’re looking for the best studio monitoring headphones reviews, there’s a few things you should know. When the final track is being mixed, you’re going to want a flat response without any EQ adjustments. That puts most headphones out of the picture and whittles the jury down to a select few.

There is a catch when mixing and mastering because the listener likely will not have as good headphones as you do (or speakers). So don’t forget to get a few pairs of cheaper headphones to get an overall opinion on the final result. It’s a bit like testing a website on different browsers to ensure it works! But, first things first, before you get distracted with this new intel, lets continue.

Hand-picked as the best studio headphones for clarity, prices vary. It really depends on whether you are a professional or not. For beginners, you will not need to go top-end until you have the skills. Although, you can if you want, we’re not stopping you since it’s your money.

Let us know how you get on, we’ll be adding to this list as more decent monitoring headphones come along. You can also see our studio mic reviews which are suited to a variety of different activities.

Top Studio Monitoring Headphones

AKG K240 MKII cable
The AKG K240 MKII headphones offer solid build, useful features and honest sound reproduction. For the price, you won't get much better headphones for use for tracking, mixing and editing.Read full review
92
Negatives
Mids could be more detailed
Positives
Fairly flat response
Full, balanced sound
Solid design
Comfortable during long sessions
A seriously well tuned reference headphone that is near perfect. Eargasm for an audiophile. Read full review
91
Negatives
A little bit too expensive
Proprietary cable jack
Positives
Super comfortable
Good isolation from external noise and also low sound leakage
Unique swivelling design
Extra pair of ear cushions
Material and parts that will last long
Large 3dB bandwidth of the drivers
Excellent sound reproduction with no artificial boosting anywhere
Sennheiser HD 820 headphones header
The Sennheiser HD 820 has a huge amount of clarity and depth, although they are a bit bulky and heavy.Read full review
89
Negatives
Glass transducer covers mean you'll always have to be careful with it
360g is pretty weighty for a headphone
Too bulky for easy use outside of the home
Positives
Stunning clarity
Detailed, full bass response
Well-padded, roomy earcups
Superlux HD668B
For the price you pay, the comfort and build quality are what you'd expect with the HD668B. However, compared to most sub £100 headphones, the sound quality is pretty impressive. Read full review
85
Negatives
Cheap and somewhat tacky design.
Uncomfortable for long periods of wear.
Feel like they could break easily.
Positives
Cheap and cheerful.
Great listening experience for the price.
Clarity within the mix, which is not overpowered by heavy bass.
No distortion at high volumes.
Audio-Technica ATH-M40X headphones review header
The Audio-Technica ATH-M40X provides excellent value at $99, and is a real steal for pro applications. Read full review
82
Negatives
Long sessions can be uncomfortable
Positives
Flat response for pro applications
Tough build
Lightweight
Competitive pricing
Audio Technica ATX-M30X headband
For anyone wanting to experience good quality sound without shelling out hundreds of dollars, ATH-M30X has to be your next purchase. Read full review
79
Negatives
Harmonic distortion at higher frequencies
Sound stage feels a little constricted near the head
Too long cable
Non detachable cable
Positives
Punchy bass
Balanced audio response
Simple and rugged design
Comfortable to wear for long hours
Great passive noise isolation
Low price point
Audio Technica ATH-M50X side 2
The balanced audio over the audible range, punchy bass, crispy mids and sparkly treble along with good quality physical construction is what makes these headphones a personal item for many.Read full review
78
Negatives
Diaphragm break up might occur on high volumes
All plastic construction
Proprietary audio jack
Positives
Good quality construction
Soft plush material on ear cups and head band
Quite flexible body
3 different cables provided
Balanced audio
Punchy bass
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