5 Best Studio Headphones for Home-Studios, in India.

Editorial | June 01. 2023.

Headphones are possibly the most important piece of gear, when it comes to music production, especially in home-studios. In a post-pandemic world, where a series of lockdowns have suddenly made home-studios an integral part of a musician's life, to maintain an uninterrupted flow of artistic expression, studio headphones have become all the more important.

 

Some of the advantages of studio headphones over regular headphones, are:

 

  • Acoustic isolation: Studio headphones are designed to block out external noise, which allows you to focus on your recording without distractions. This is especially important for vocalists, who need to be able to hear themselves clearly without being drowned out by the sound of their own voice.
  • Accuracy: Studio headphones are designed to reproduce sound accurately, which is essential for mixing and mastering. This means that you can be confident that your recordings will sound good on any playback system.
  • Comfort: Studio headphones are designed to be worn for long periods of time, which is important for any recording session. They should be lightweight and have soft ear cups that won't cause any discomfort.

 

If you're serious about home recording, then you should invest in a good pair of studio headphones. They will make a big difference in the quality of your recordings.

 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing studio headphones:

 

  • Closed-back or open-back: Closed-back headphones block out external noise, while open-back headphones allow some sound to pass through. Closed-back headphones are a better choice for recording, while open-back headphones are a better choice for listening to music.
  • Driver size: The driver size is the size of the speaker inside the headphones. Larger drivers produce better sound quality.
  • Frequency response: The frequency response is the range of frequencies that the headphones can reproduce. A flat frequency response is ideal for mixing and mastering.
  • Sensitivity: The sensitivity is how loud the headphones are. Higher sensitivity headphones are louder at lower volumes.
  • Comfort: Make sure the headphones are comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

 

With so many different studio headphones on the market, it can be tough to choose the right pair. Here are our selection of the 5 best studio headphones that are available in the Indian market:

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO

Pros:

  • Well-balanced sound quality with great detail of bass, mid and treble.
  • Comfortable design with a well-padded headband.
  • Durable construction.
  • Closed-back design provides good noise isolation.
  • Detachable cable.

Cons:

  • Weighs around 285 grams, which can be a bit heavy for some users.
  • High impedance, of around 250 ohms, which can make them difficult to drive with some devices, especially portable ones.
  • Some users may find the treble to be too sharp.

Overall, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are a great choice for studio headphones. They offer excellent sound quality, comfort, and durability. However, they can be a bit heavy for some users and the high impedance can make them difficult to drive with some devices.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Pros:

  • Excellent sound quality with great detail in all three ranges.
  • Comfortable design with a well-padded headband.
  • Durable construction.
  • Closed-back design provides good noise isolation.
  • Detachable cable.
  • Available in different colours.

Cons:

  • Weighs around 300 grams and can be a bit heavy for some users.
  • Some users may find the treble to be too sharp.
  • They are foldable but yet are quite large and as portable as some other headphones.

With great sound quality, comfort and durability, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are a great choice for studio headphones. However, they can be a bit heavy for some users and the treble may be too sharp for some people.

AKG K240

Pros:

  • Flat frequency response and with a nice all round detail.
  • Comfortable design.
  • Durable construction.
  • Semi-open design provides good soundstage.
  • Detachable cable.

Cons:

  • Leaks sound and people around you can have a hint of what you are listening to.
  • Not as portable as closed-back headphones.
  • Some users may find the treble to be too sharp.

Given the price-point, which is almost a half of the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO or the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, it is quite a good buy, though one of its drawback is that it leaks sound and is not really portable.

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Pros:

  • Flat frequency response.
  • Very good noise isolation.
  • Durable construction.
  • The soft ear-pads and the padded headband makes it quite comfortable.

Cons:

  • Its closed-back design can make them sound a bit "boxy".
  • Some users may find the treble to be too sharp
  • Though they have soft ear-pads, which can be comfortable for short usage, the overall built has a tight clamping force, which can be a bit annoying for long-hours usage.

Overall it is a good studio headphone with a flat frequency response with good noise isolation. Given the price of the headphone, it is not a bad buy, but for usage over long-hours, it is not really recommended.

Sony MDR-7506

Pros:

  • Flat frequency response with good sound isolation.
  • Lightweight and comfortable.
  • Durable construction.

Cons:

  • Ear-pads require occasional replacement. But that is an issue with all Sony headphones.
  • Padding is not really plush for long-hours of usage.
  • Some users may find the treble to be harsh, especially in high-volumes.

Given the price of the headphone, it is not a bad buy, especially for beginners. But for usage over long-hours, it is not really recommended.

Concluding Remarks

All of the headphones listed above are good choices for studio use. The best choice for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you are looking for the best possible sound quality, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO is a good choice. If you are looking for a more versatile sound signature, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is a good choice. If your priorities are flat frequency response and noise isolation, the Sennheiser HD 280 PRO is a good choice. If you are on a budget, the AKG K240 or the Sony MDR-7506 are good choices.

 

Ultimately, the best way to decide which headphones are right for you is to try them out yourself. Go to a local store and listen to a few different pairs to see which ones you like the best.

 

Here is table of comparison of the 5 Studio Headphones:

Headphone

Audio Quality

Sound Isolation

Comfort

Durability

Price (in INR)*

Rating

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO

Excellent

Good

Very Good

Very Good

11,990.00

4.5 / 5

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Excellent

Good

Very Good

Very Good

11,900.00

4.8 / 5

AKG K240

Good

Fair

Very Good

Very Good

5,959.00

4.0 / 5

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Good

Excellent

Very Good

Very Good

7,490.00

4.0 / 5

Sony MDR-7506

Good

Good

Very Good

Very Good

7,150.00

3.7 / 5

* Prices are of 01.06.2023 and according to amazon.in

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