I have mentioned this before. If you are building a home studio then you will need the best studio headphones that you can afford. Regardless of whether you are a professional artist or just someone who’s looking to produce in their spare time, good headphones will be essential. Even if you’re just planning to visit one, you will still need a good quality pair of headphones.
When looking for studio headphones, a good price point to start with is 100 dollars. This is especially important if you are just starting out in recording your own music.
There are a lot of top studio headphones under $100 available these days. But, the biggest problem is that they are just being titled this way to target customers. Most of these wouldn’t be suitable for professional recording at all. This means that you need to buy headphones with great caution.
By far the best headphones that I have ever used is the AKG K240. Just behind the K240s though are the Sony’s MDR7506s and Audio-Technica’s M30x. Audio Technica make top quality headphones with the M50x providing the best value for money. However, this model costs under 200 bucks and might not fit the budget set by a beginner.
Top 3 Picks
The AKG K240s are extremely comfortable over-ear studio headphones that will perfectly satisfy the demand for long hours of use. This model is available in an open-backed style, which would be quite useful in a studio environment. This is because this would allow the producer to determine what the final version of the music will sound like. The cheap/affordable price range is probably biggest advantage as this model will cost less than 100 bucks. This means that you’re looking at a high quality product that is commonly used by famous professionals but at a decent price.
These Sony MDR7506s have a large diaphragm that is directed for professional use. Firstly, the cable is very long and this has an added advantage of carrying the set around easily. The product has awesome sound reproduction with great clarity and good bass. It is actually a well known fact that these Sonys are very popular amongst sound engineers. It has quite a bright sound signature that makes it easy to use. However, in my opinion, these probably won’t be perfect for serious producers.
Audio-Technica M30x is a quality pair that is balanced in all the essential features. The product is extremely comfortable, is foldable for portability and looks great too. The best thing about it is that it costs less than 100 bucks so I would consider the M30x to be one of the most impressive affordable headphones when it comes to the overall quality. With the sound, there is a good distribution of frequency and no particular component has been overemphasized. The M30x would be a good choice if you are planning to mix and master. However, this won’t be perfect if you are doing this professionally.
Looking at the above products, it’s clear that they have great quality in them. However, the AKG K240s are probably the best studio headphones out of all three options.
In general, you will already know that such a limited budget won’t provide you with a perfect product. But, the 3 products above will at least do the job for you!