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Best Studio Headphones Under $200

Having the right set of headphones can be the difference between creating a banger and a song coming out sounding like trash. When considering which pair of headphones to get for your studio setup there are a lot more factors to consider than just budget and looks. The same way you can look at GB to see how much space a device has or RAM to see how fast a computer will go you can also use measurements to determine how good your headphones will be without playing a guessing game and having to call Amazon to return them. Most people only think about what their friends have, comfort and price but forget important factors such as impedance, frequency response and sensitivity.

For those of you who just want the good stuff here are my 3 picks. If you would like to know the factors that went into making the decision continue reading.

    • Audio-Tech. ATH-M30x

    • $69

      • Sensitivity 95.5 dB
      • Frequency Response 15-20,000 Hz
      • Impedance 47 Ohms
      • Driver 40 mm
      • Cord 3.0 m
    • See Amazon
    • Sony MDR-7506

    • $99

      • Sensitivity 106 dB
      • Frequency Response 10-20kHz
      • Impedance 63 Ohms
      • Driver 40 mm
      • Cord 9.8 ft
    • See Amazon
    • Sennheiser HD280PRO

    • $99

      • Sensitivity 117.14 dB
      • Frequency Response 8 Hz to 25 kHz
      • Impedance 64 Ohms
      • Driver 40mm
      • Cord 9.8 ft
    • See Amazon
    • Beyerdynamic DT770

    • $159

      • Sensitivity 106.58 dB
      • Frequency Response 5 – 35.000 Hz
      • Impedance 80 Ohms
      • Driver 45mm
      • Cord 3 m
    • See Amazon

When considering which headphones to use for a home studio you should base your decision on sensitivity, frequency response, impedance, type, drivers, cords and comfort.

1. Sensitivity

If you like loud music, sensitivity is the number one thing to look for. This will determine how loud you can listen to your music without blowing out the speakers. To ensure your headphones can go as loud as you can, make sure to look for headphones with at least 100dBm. This will produce about the same sound as a jackhammer without blowing out and the people using jackhammers have noise reducing protection for a reason.

2. Frequency Response

Frequency response is a range that gives your headphones the capability of playing the deep bass sounds while also having the high tones of the hi-hat come through. For great sound quality you want the frequency response in your headphones to be between 20Hz – 20,000Hz. For more bass make sure the range is even bigger.

3. Impedance

Impedance is the amount of power a headphone requires in order to work. The higher this number is the more power it will take to run well however it also usually means the quality of the headphones is also better. You want to look for headphones above 25 Ohms when looking for studio headphones. It will take a little more power but it’s worth it for the sound.

4. Type

Over ears are the type of headphones you will want in your studio. If you disagree call me and we can fight about it, but hear me out. Over ears will be the most comfortable over the long hours it will take to get the sound right. They are also the best at isolation which is what you will want in order to make sure no excess sounds are being recorded or heard that you didn’t want. Above all else, they will have the best sound quality when looking at comparable headphones.

5. Drivers

A driver is the thing in the headphone that will generate the sound. Why more people aren’t talking about this, I am not sure but it’s important. While it’s not always the rule, generally, the bigger the driver the better the sound.

6. Cords

If this seems like a yes or no question there are other things to consider. If you choose a cord, make sure it’s one that will last without needing a lot of repairs along the way. Generally, rubber coated cords aren’t great for phone chargers or headphones. If you go cord-less make sure to check if it connects by bluetooth or radio frequency. Also check the battery life which will definitely come into play when doing longer listening or recording sessions. Last, if you do go cord-less it is a slight over-site but don’t make the same mistake I did. Check that it has the ability to charge and listen at the same time or you may be taking some mandatory breaks.

7. Comfort

While comfort is the last on this list, it is not the least important. If you can only have the perfect sound but for 10 minutes at a time you may not ever finish the song you’re working on. Do your ears a favor when it comes to comfort.

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