Headphone Recommendations – A Quick Look
Which headphones meet your home studio recording equipment requirements?
What to look for in a good set of studio headphones:
- Comfort –How comfortable are these headphones, can you wear it for a long period of time?
- Sound Quality – Some have more treble boost, some have more bass. Find a set that suits the music you like to listen to.
- Price – How much do you want to spend?
- Noise Cancelling – Depending on your preference this might make good sense or it could be a distraction from your work.
- Wireless – Depending on how your studio environment is arranged this may be a good fit.
A good way to test headphones to see which brand or model you may like best is to choose a piece of music that you know well, that you can compare one headphone to the next. To do this, pull one headphone off, putting the other one on while listening to the same track. Listen to how much detail there is – bass push – treble push – warmth in the mid-range etc. This will give you a fair idea of how each headphone delivers what you really want to hear.
There are new technologies available that allow you to adjust the frequencies in the headphone itself. Although this may seem to be a positive attribute, it is important to keep in mind that while we’re in the studio environment the intent is to be looking for the cleanest presentation of our work.
Sennheiser headphones have been our ‘go to’ headset for a number of years and find we get very consistent results with their technologies. We’ve put together a list of the best Sennhieser headphones to help you decide:
Sennheiser HD 200 PRO
Bring your studio sound home. The HD 200 PRO offers powerful and detailed sound for every monitoring task and for every budget. It combines with an efficient ambient noise reduction with a high resolution. Focus on your mix – at home, in your studio or during live events.
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
The HD 280 Pro is Sennheiser’s most significant closed, around-the-ear headphone to be introduced in years. Designed to exceed the demands of the professional environment, the HD 280 Pro boasts extremely robust construction combined with the sound quality, modular design and aggressive noise isolation the necessary in the field. The unique collapsible design, combined with swiveling ear cups, offers maximum flexibility in any application.
Sennheiser HD 300 PROtect
Professional ears require not only crystal-clear, high-resolution sound, but also protection from unexpected peak levels. Here, the Active Gard system of the HD 300 PROtect is on the case. Instead of simply clipping peaks above 110 dB, the system adjusts the overall sound down to the maximum permitted volume – retaining all information and dynamics in the process. The ergonomic design guarantees that, even after hours of work, only one thing ‘carries weight’: the sound.
Sennheiser HD 579
The HD 579 provides high end performance, delivering near audiophile levels of sound at home. With its full sized circumaural design these headphones offer exceptional wearing comfort thanks to the large ear cups and soft replaceable ear pads. Ideal for brass instrument isolated live tracking sessions.
Sennheiser HD 600
These headphones are engineered for the true audiophile. Thanks to an open circumaural design, computer optimized magnets and aluminum voice coils, you won’t find cleaner, crisper stereo sound anywhere. The HD 600 an ideal choice for the professional recording engineer recording classical music.
Sennheiser HD 800 S
The Sennheiser HD 800 S are excellent sounding headphones for critical listening. Excellent audio reproduction. Designed to be used in a well-isolated room. Open-back, circum-aural, reference class dynamic stereo headphones. Unique ear cup design directs sound waves to the ear at a slight angle to create an impressively natural and spatial listening experience.