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The Best Studio Headphones for Mixing & Recording

Bottom Line
Pros
Cons
Best of the Best
Shure
SRH 1540
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Bottom
Line
These are as good as it gets. Unlike most others, these can really pump out the bass. Performs well without an amplifier or interface at normal levels.
Pros
Built with airplane-grade aluminum alloy. Detachable straight & coiled cables. Replaceable components. Comes with a hard travel case & extra ear pads.
Cons
When away from your studio, you may decide you want a standalone headphone amplifier to accompany these, such as with a smart phone, which is par for the course.
Best Bang for the Buck
Beyerdynamic
DT770 Pro
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Bottom
Line
This is your middle ground between entry-level & top of the line options. They're transparent & comfortable, perfect for long precision mixing sessions.
Pros
Can choose the impedance level you want when purchasing, although 80 Ω or 250 Ω is recommended for mixing. These will require an amplifier.
Cons
Although they're extremely comfortable, they aren't as rugged as other options, so be careful when traveling with them.
Best Budget Pick
Sennheiser
HD280 Pro
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Bottom
Line
These transparently cover the full frequency spectrum all the way down to sub-bass while reducing outside noise by 32 dB, all at an affordable price.
Pros
Although nearly indestructible, every piece but the drivers and woofers can be replaced individually. My decade old pair has needed no repairs.
Cons
The soft fabric around the ear foam will begin to tear slightly after years of daily usage, but isn't obvious visually and doesn't impact comfort.

The best studio headphones are the best for every task from mixing and recording to tracking and critical listening. While you may be on the hunt for a set of cans for a specific purpose, you'll undoubtedly use them across the board. That's why we're going to have a quick look at some things you should consider and then we'll jump straight into the reviews by budget and class.

TL;DR - Best Budget Pick: Sennheiser HD280 Pro - Best Overall: Shure SRH 1540