It's getting close to shopping season and we want to help you find the perfect gift for the engineer in your life. In this article, we'll go over the best-sounding, and best-selling studio headphones of 2018.
The ATH-M30X is one of the most popular models by Audio-Technica. It comes at a very attractive price point for the budget studio, but also has a place in any pro studio. These are some of our favorite headphones for tracking for a few reasons.
Audio-Technica makes all of their headphones to be very comfortable and easy to wear for hours on end. Giving comfort to the musician tracking is half of an engineers job and there is no easier way than great headphones. The drivers in the M30X have 47ohms of impedance which means they will sound great on any system, even budget audio interfaces. The closed back design really helps cut down, or even eliminate bleed from the metronome. Click bleed in drum and vocal tracks is a nightmare to remove, so these alone could save you hours of editing time.
A pair of SRH1840 has one job, and that is to be incredibly accurate studio headphones. Their open back build allows air to flow freely and naturally instead of trapping it behind the drivers. This allows for a more accurate reproduction and gives a response similar to studio monitors. For that reason, these headphones are great for mixing and mastering with accurate results.
ATH-E50 IEM - $199.00
When talking about headphones, it's important to include in-ear monitors. Good monitoring can make or break a performance. Audio-Technica makes these IEM's to isolate the sound from the stage from the the sound of the in-ears. In addition to the great isolation, these IEM's have incredible sound reproduction that clearly defines the elements of the mix. With a frequency response of 15Hz-18,000Hz, there is nothing you will miss.
If you are in search for some comfortable and versatile headphones, look no further than the CAD MH510. These are the SM57 of headphones. They can work well for tracking, mixing and anything in between. Quite honestly, these cans are just fun to listen to. The smooth sound of these headphones make them a worthy investment for any engineer or hobbyist.
Sometimes, the best headphones are the ones you can travel with seamlessly or go to gym without the hassle of excessive feet of wiring. Shure created the Bluetooth Enabled SE112 to be easy to use anywhere. Onboard is a inline remote and microphone that gives you control of phone calls voice commands and volume options. This is a perfect options for people who need less cables in their life and more music.
For the ultimate in a hi-fi listening experience, turn to a pair of Fostex TH-900 MKII. Pictured above is the B-stock limited edition green model (there's only one left at the time of writing this!). However, we also carry the more common red model for the same price. Everything played out of these headphones is crisp, clear and unlike any other headphone. For the audiophile searching for the ultimate listening experience, the TH-900 MKII is the perfect solution.
The perfect partner for a great set of phone like this is an equally incredible headphone amp. The HP-A4 by Fostex produces an unbelievably detailed, 3-dimensional sound field that wipes the floor with any other headphone DAC you've ever heard. For only $399, the HP-A4 makes the perfect companion for a high-end set of headphones.
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