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Today we will tell you about the best head­phones for high-qual­i­ty sound record­ing — for home stu­dios, pod­casts and mas­ter­ing. They can be found under dif­fer­ent names — stu­dio, mon­i­tor, pro­fes­sion­al, full-size or sound record­ing head­phones.

First of all, they are nec­es­sary for sound mon­i­tor­ing. When record­ing, it is bet­ter to use mod­els of closed acoustic design so that the micro­phone does not pick up the sound com­ing from the head­phones. These mod­els are also suit­able for lis­ten­ing to music. But you need to be pre­pared for the fact that the sound will be as nat­ur­al as pos­si­ble, with­out embell­ish­ments and scream­ing bass­es, such a sound may seem bor­ing to some­one. We present to your atten­tion the top stu­dio head­phones.

How was it evaluated

Each mod­el was eval­u­at­ed rel­a­tive to oth­er head­phones from the rat­ing. For each cri­te­ri­on, the max­i­mum score is 5 points. Briefly about the fre­quen­cy range, imped­ance, sen­si­tiv­i­ty, speak­er diam­e­ter and what they affect, you can read here.

Sound

We ana­lyzed user reviews and got a sub­jec­tive para­me­ter.

Noise isolation

The pro­fes­sion­al head­phones from our selec­tion have a closed acoustic design that pro­vides good pas­sive noise iso­la­tion. None of the head­phones in ques­tion have active noise can­cel­la­tion. The rat­ing is based on user reviews.

Design

If the head­phones are fold­able, they take up less space when trans­port­ing, they are more con­ve­nient to store. Detach­able wire sim­pli­fies replace­ment in case of break­age. Mod­els with a detach­able cable and a fold­ing design will receive the high­est score.

Wear resistance and durability

Mod­els with remov­able ele­ments (head­band attach­ment, ear pads) will receive the max­i­mum rat­ing.

The weight

The lighter the head­phones, the high­er the score.


In addi­tion, for wired head­phones, we indi­cat­ed:

  • max­i­mum pow­er (mW) — affects the vol­ume: the high­er the val­ue, the loud­er they play.
  • har­mon­ic dis­tor­tion fac­tor (%) — the low­er, the bet­ter.

The best wired headphones

None of the mod­els of wired head­phones under con­sid­er­a­tion have a built-in micro­phone, mois­ture pro­tec­tion and the abil­i­ty to adjust the vol­ume from the cable.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 32 ohm

Bey­er­dy­nam­ic DT 770 Pro are avail­able in three ver­sions — 32, 80 and 250 ohms. In our top, there is a vari­ant with a resis­tance of 32 ohms, designed for use with portable equip­ment (smart­phones, MP3 play­ers, lap­tops). Head­phones in the 80 Ohm ver­sion are more demand­ing on the source, you need at least a good portable play­er, and 250 Ohm is for work­ing with pro­fes­sion­al stu­dio equip­ment. Pho­to: pocket-lint.com

Sound:

Smooth, trans­par­ent and detailed, an order of mag­ni­tude high­er than many com­peti­tors. Accord­ing to reviews, at max­i­mum vol­ume, the upper fre­quen­cies cut the ear, and the low ones wheeze.

Noise iso­la­tion:

Suf­fi­cient­ly tight fit of the head­phones pro­vides good pas­sive noise iso­la­tion. Dur­ing lis­ten­ing, ambi­ent noise is almost inaudi­ble, with the excep­tion of loud sounds. For exam­ple, you will not hear the con­ver­sa­tion of oth­ers, but the horn of the car will be heard. At the same time, oth­ers will not hear what music is play­ing in the head­phones.

Design:

Head­phones Bey­er­dy­nam­ic DT 770 Pro do not fold, 1.5‑meter wire is not removed.

Wear resis­tance and dura­bil­i­ty:

The frame is met­al, the head­band is leather, and the ear cush­ions are made of soft arti­fi­cial leather with mem­o­ry effect filler. The head­band pad and ear pads are remov­able, they can be replaced and even washed.

The stroke of the cups is small, to change the posi­tion you need to make an effort. The head­band is adjustable.

The cable is twist­ed, the con­nec­tions are strong.

The weight:

270

Pecu­liar­i­ties:

  • fre­quen­cy range — 5–35,000 Hz;
  • sen­si­tiv­i­ty — 96 dB;
  • imped­ance — 32 Ohm;
  • speak­er diam­e­ter — 40 mm;
  • max­i­mum pow­er — 100 mW;
  • har­mon­ic dis­tor­tion fac­tor — 0.2%;
  • Bass Reflex tech­nol­o­gy for bet­ter bass and tre­ble repro­duc­tion.

Bey­er­dy­nam­ic DT 770 Pro cost from 13,990 rubles. Pro­duced in black.

Pros:

  • smooth and nat­ur­al sound­ing;
  • reli­able design with met­al ele­ments;
  • remov­able ear pads can be cleaned and even washed;
  • com­fort­able even with pro­longed use.

Minus­es:

  • do not add up;
  • non-remov­able cable is dif­fi­cult to change;
  • The 1/4″ adapter is not com­pat­i­ble with oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers’ jacks.

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Due to the high imped­ance, con­nect­ing to a smart­phone will not reveal the full spec­trum of the Sennheis­er HD 280 Pro’s sound. Pho­to: soundguys.com

Sound:

All fre­quen­cies are bal­anced: low and medi­um fre­quen­cies do not fail, high fre­quen­cies are pro­nounced, but do not over­lap all the oth­ers. The sound is nat­ur­al, with­out embell­ish­ment and ampli­fi­ca­tion. It is best to lis­ten to music in uncom­pressed for­mats on this mod­el.

Noise iso­la­tion:

Due to the snug fit of the cups to the head, extra­ne­ous exter­nal sounds are not heard even at medi­um vol­ume. In addi­tion, there is Active Gard tech­nol­o­gy, which blocks sharp and dan­ger­ous nois­es for human hear­ing — with sharp jumps in sig­nals, it soft­ens the pres­sure lev­el. The head­phones can not hear con­ver­sa­tions (even your own voice).

Design:

The Sennheis­er HD 280 Pro head­phones are fold­able. The cable is non-remov­able.

Wear resis­tance and dura­bil­i­ty:

The head­band and ear pads are made of faux leather with a soft fill­ing inside. They can be removed and cleaned or replaced with new ones.

The cable is thick twist­ed. Its length is 1 m (if nec­es­sary, it can be stretched up to 3 m). It is pro­tect­ed from frac­tures by plas­tic at the base. Cor­ro­sion resis­tant gold-plat­ed head­phone plug.

The weight:

220 g (with­out cable)

Pecu­liar­i­ties:

  • fre­quen­cy range — 8–25,000 Hz;
  • sen­si­tiv­i­ty — 113 dB;
  • imped­ance — 64 ohms (con­nec­tion to smart­phones will not reveal the full range of sound);
  • speak­er diam­e­ter — 50 mm;
  • max­i­mum pow­er — 500 mW;
  • har­mon­ic dis­tor­tion fac­tor — 0.1% (clean, no dis­tor­tion sound);
  • a clas­sic 3.5 mm audio jack for portable equip­ment (the kit includes an adapter for 6.3 mm sta­tion­ary equip­ment)

The price of Sennheis­er HD 280 Pro is 6,519 rubles. Avail­able in black.

Pros:

  • fold­ing design;
  • live­ly and clear sound, with­out excess bass;
  • excel­lent sound insu­la­tion;
  • good vol­ume (even 50% is enough to lis­ten to music on the streets);
  • mod­u­lar design with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of replac­ing ear pads and head­band ele­ments.

Minus­es:

  • in sum­mer, with pro­longed use, dis­com­fort appears (head­phones do not let air through, it gets hot);
  • non-remov­able cable often gets tan­gled dur­ing trans­porta­tion;
  • there are reviews that the head­band strong­ly com­press­es the head (espe­cial­ly for those who wear glass­es), it is bet­ter to test before buy­ing;
  • There is no case for stor­age and trans­porta­tion.

Audio Technica ATH-M50X

The Audio-Tech­ni­ca ATH-M50X is peri­od­i­cal­ly released in lim­it­ed col­ors. Pho­to: soundguys.com

Sound:

Bal­anced and detailed stu­dio-qual­i­ty sound with­out extra bass.

Noise iso­la­tion:

Excel­lent sound iso­la­tion — ear cush­ions fit snug­ly to the ears and cut off extra­ne­ous noise.

Design:

Detach­able wire. The cups rotate 90° and fold inwards. Con­ve­nient to store and car­ry — head­phones take up a min­i­mum of space.

Wear resis­tance and dura­bil­i­ty:

The adjustable head­band is made of steel and cov­ered with arti­fi­cial leather. Remov­able ear pads are also made of arti­fi­cial leather, they have ven­ti­la­tion holes.

The weight:

284 g (with­out cable).

Pecu­liar­i­ties:

  • fre­quen­cy range — 15–28,000 Hz;
  • sen­si­tiv­i­ty — 99 dB;
  • imped­ance — 38 Ohm;
  • speak­er diam­e­ter — 45 mm;
  • max­i­mum pow­er — 1600 mW;
  • har­mon­ic dis­tor­tion fac­tor — 0.1%;
  • 3 cables includ­ed (twist­ed, which stretch­es from 1.2 to 3, straight length 1.2 and 3 m);
  • faux leather case includ­ed.

Head­phones Audio-Tech­ni­ca ATH-M50X cost from 11,000 rubles. Avail­able in black, white and pur­ple. In addi­tion, some­times lim­it­ed ver­sions of dif­fer­ent col­ors (for exam­ple, dark green) are released.

Pros:

  • bal­anced sur­round sound with deep bass;
  • com­fort­able fit with soft ear cush­ions;
  • high build qual­i­ty.

Minus­es:

  • the arti­fi­cial leather on the ear pads cracks after a cou­ple of years;
  • heavy;
  • due to the loca­tion of the jack, the cord often gets caught in the col­lar.

Results

The con­sid­ered mod­els of pro­fes­sion­al head­phones received the fol­low­ing rat­ings:

Mod­el / Fea­ture Sound Noise iso­la­tion Design Wear resis­tance and dura­bil­i­ty The weight Aver­age score
Bey­er­dy­nam­ic DT 770 Pro four four 3 5 four four
Sennheis­er HD 280 Pro 3 5 four four 5 4.2
Audio Tech­ni­ca ATH-M50X 5 four 5 four 3 4.2

The Audio-Tech­ni­ca ATH-M50X and Sennheis­er HD 280 Pro have the same aver­age score. How­ev­er, Sennheis­er head­phones will not reveal their full poten­tial in con­junc­tion with a smart­phone due to the rel­a­tive­ly high imped­ance.

ATH-M50X is a more ver­sa­tile mod­el. The Bey­er­dy­nam­ic DT 770 Pro sound decent at medi­um vol­ume, and are also dis­tin­guished by a sol­id build.

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