Sennheiser HD280 Pro
The staying power of the Sennheiser HD280 Pro is the first sign that they’re a worthwhile piece of equipment. In fact, they’ve been the industry-standard tracking headphones for years, due mostly to their flat response and exceptional isolation.
- Attenuate a maximum of 32 decibels
- Quite affordable for their accuracy
- Not ideal for everyday listening
The eye-catching wooden design of the Denon AH-D7200 should give you the hint that their studio-quality drivers offer exquisitely accurate reproduction. You can definitely rely on them for crystal-clear monitoring while you’re mixing intricate tracks in any genre.
- Rugged trs to mini-jack cable
- Respond as low as 5 hertz
- Rather expensive
In addition to impressive noise-canceling, the Sony WH1000XM3 have a wide variety of premium-quality features, including multiple high-definition codecs, built-in Google Assistant compatibility, and ultra-quick USB Type-C charging.
- 32-bit signal processing
- In-depth control via smartphone app
- Moderate sound bleeding
Those who are determined to pump the finest possible signal into their ears should consider the Sony MDR-Z1R . The best aren’t cheap, of course, and while this pair is very expensive, you will be hard-pressed to find anything as high-fidelity.
- Huge 70-millimeter drivers
- Extremely rich low-end
- Require several hours to burn in
Designed to facilitate studio monitoring and critical listening, the ergonomic Shure SRH840 are comfortable to wear over extended periods. Their 40-millimeter drivers are finely tuned for excellent sound reproduction, and they are built with longevity in mind.
- Collapse for portability
- Replacement ear pads are included
- May be too small for large ears
Crossfade M-100 Master
The Crossfade M-100 Master is a versatile pair that are favored by DJs, studio musicians, and casual listeners alike. Their dual-diaphragm drivers deliver high-resolution audio with a wide frequency response of between 5 and 40,000 hertz.
- Steel and leather construction
- Built-in microphone on cable
- Reliable headband tension
While many of their products are prohibitively expensive, the Focal Listen is an exceptional pair that outperform models that are several times more expensive. They really shine when driven by a quality amplifier and supplied with a lossless source.
- Perfect amount of bass enhancement
- Comfortable on any size of head
- Impressive sound isolation
The newly designed Bose 700 aim to be the company’s best-sounding and most versatile release yet, boasting 11 noise-canceling modes and a more streamlined construction than their predecessors, in addition to the adoption of a new audio augmented reality system.
- Fast usb-c charging
- Voice assistant integration
- Battery life of over 20 hours
No strangers to studio control rooms, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x have long been a favorite of professional musicians, thanks to their consistent and true-to-life sound profile. They’re relatively inexpensive and built to last for quite a while.
- No upper range distortion
- Minimal bass roll-off
- Excellent passive isolation
Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro
The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro is an iconic, German-engineered pair that costs surprisingly little, yet offers surprisingly good quality. It comes in 32-, 80-, and 250-ohm variants, the largest of which will require a dedicated amp.
- Great for recording
- Ultra-plush velour earcups
- Attractive and robust construction