Things to Consider While Buying Studio Headphones

Some of the form factors and specifications play a very important role for headphones when serving in a particular area or domain. In the case of studio headphones, here are some of the specifications you need to look into while making your buying decision.

Closed-back vs. Open-back design

This is the most confusing thing most of the studio newbies struggle with. Nevertheless, this is the most crucial part while buying a good pair of studio headphones.

Let me explain them to you one-by-one.

Closed-back headphones: These headphones have their backside of the ear cups closed. They are designed for you to isolate from the outside world. The music or sound you are hearing will not be leaked outside, and also you will not hear the external sounds. The downside is that the sound appears less natural, with low sound staging.
A good pair of closed-back studio headphones are good for recording. Because they tend to not leak the sound outside, and your recording mic would not pick up the leaking sound. If the recording is the most crucial activity you do in your studio, go for closed-back headphones, as sound isolation is the most important requirement for sound recording.

Open-back headphones: Contrary to the closed-back headphones, these headphones have the back of their earcups open. There is no barrier between the drivers and surroundings in case of open-back ones. The sound you are hearing will easily get heard by the surroundings, and you will also hear what the person next to you is talking.
The sound appears more natural, and there will be excellent sound staging experience. Some of the prefer these headphones for mixing purposes if they find using studio monitors not feasible. As I told you earlier these cannot be used for recording purposes, as they leak the sound and mic will pick it up crippling the recording.

Replaceable parts

Buying a good pair of good studio headphones is more or less a one-time deal. You should make sure that the headphone is durable, customizable and parts are replaceable.Most of the good studio headphones come with replaceable parts like earpads, headband, and cords.

You need to take this thing into consideration.

Flat frequency response

Most of the studio headphones cover the entire frequency range that human ear can listen, from 20–20,000Hz and most of the times even beyond.

The frequency response refers to how the headphones reproduce the sound of various frequencies. The flat frequency response refers to the accurate reproduction of sounds in various frequencies. What goes in, should come out without any audio enhancements. This feature in studio headphones are crucial especially while recording and mixing. People tend to miss out this part.


Comfort is the most important thing to consider while buying any headphones. Studio headphones are no exception. The most of the times, you get involved in the recording and mixing process, ending up working hours in the studio.
There are two types of headphones called Circumaural and Supra-aural.

Circumaural headphones have earcups that cover your entire ears, offering you maximum comfort and sound isolation in the case of closed-back headphones.

Supra-aural headphones have earcups that rest on your ears. They are less comfortable than that of the former and offer less sound isolation. They are made specially by taking light-weight and portability in mind.

I hope the aspects I described what you’ve to look while buying good quality studio headphones, helped you. It’s now time for me to review some of the best headphones that you can buy right now for studio use. I’m gonna divide this section into two parts for closed back and open-back headphones.