Professional Headphones

by Gabby Bloch ·Posted
Despite their pleasing aesthetics, vintage-style headphones rarely offer quality sound or durable build. Music is often muffled and indistinct. The headphones are typically made with cheap plastic and foam pads that either refuse to stay attached or will disintegrate at the first hint of moisture. In other words, most retro headphones are all style, no substance. However, there are exceptions to this style-over-substance rule, many
by Trevor Collins ·Posted
Few names are as synonymous with pro audio as AKG. Originally founded in Austria, AKG has a reputation for producing quality audio products, from speakers and headphones to professional studio microphones, representing 75 years of innovation. In today’s market, however, AKG is perhaps best known for its wide range of quality headphone offerings. From convenient, consumer wireless products to audiophile-centric studio cans, AKG offers a diverse range of headphones with something for just about everyone. In this article, we’ll look at some of
by Gabby Bloch ·Posted
When looking for the best headphones for your mixing needs, there are several factors worth considering before taking the purchasing plunge. Here are some brief guidelines and recommendations when choosing your ideal pair of mixing headphones. Open-Back vs. Closed-Back Headphones For those unfamiliar with open-back headphones, their basic design characteristic is an open earcup (and we’ll talk about the advantages of this below). This means that open-back headphones leak sound as well as let in sound from the surrounding environment. For this
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Andrew Swift inspects the Sennheiser HD490 PRO open-back headphones at this year’s NAMM show. These new headphones are great for music production and mixing. What do you think of Sennheiser’s latest headphones? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
by Trevor Collins ·Posted
NAMM 2024 has barely commenced and yet a plethora of exciting new products have already been announced. From handheld recorders, streaming mixers, and compact audio interfaces to headphones, microphones, and wireless systems, we’ve assembled some of the most interesting new pro audio products coming out of NAMM this year. And without further ado, let’s jump in. Zoom H-essential Series Zoom’s original H Series revolutionized the portable audio recording landscape by providing users with an on-the-go solution featuring high-quality stereo mic
by Trevor Collins ·Posted
Over the years, Sennheiser has become a name ubiquitous with headphones. Historically well regarded by audiophiles and professionals for the sleek, reliable build quality and smooth, balanced sound of its HD series headphones, Sennheiser is trying to up its game even more with a new addition to the lineup: the HD-490 PRO .
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Sony’s MDR-MV1 headphones are designed for musicians, engineers, and producers looking for professional-quality open-back reference headphones that don’t sacrifice comfort! Andrew Swift explains what makes these headphones so great. Are these Sony MDR-MV1 headphones appealing to you? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
by Mos Khan ·Posted
So you've shot your video, finished that shoot, or wrapped up the recording session, and you're probably wondering, now what? Well, it’s time to begin post-production. Regardless of your chosen medium, owning the right gear will make the post-production process significantly faster and more efficient. The purpose of this guide is to help break down some popular and essential peripherals and make them work for you. As we dig into a few recommendations, we'll also look at some of the different categories of equipment that exist, because your
by Robert Rives ·Posted
At some point, every producer/engineer wonders the same thing: is it possible to get an accurate mix on headphones? And if so, what is the magic pair of headphones that makes this possible? Neumann’s new open-back headphone offering, the NDH-30, is designed specifically to be the affirmative answer to this question, providing creators with a finely calibrated studio speaker system housed in the form of a pair of headphones that can
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted
When RØDE built the NTH-100 Headphones, it was guided by the belief that every audio creator deserves to hear their sound in a thoroughly rewarding way. From the custom-matched drivers and modular design to innovative features that make you wish this happened years ago, the RØDE NTH-100 command attention without commandeering your budget. Plus, since they were conjured and constructed in-house at RØDE’s facility in Australia, you
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted
When asked by my best friend what things I’d collect if money wasn’t a concern, I replied, “Not cars, not guitars, not VHS tapes of old movies, and definitely not those weird little Furbies. I’d amass loads of headphones like a fiend. I love headphones, man.” So, my collector spirit animal was thrilled to find out Shure was shipping some new headphones—the SRH440A and
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted
Do you have a budding podcaster in your life? Do you have no idea what to get them this holiday season? Read on! USB Microphone The USB microphone is a perfect gift for anyone curious about getting into podcasting. It collapses several pieces of equipment into one affordable package. We're recommending the RØDE NT-USB Mini, a condenser mic that offers a warm, clear sound. This wallet-friendly mic naturally rejects room tone, which is great
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted
Keep your budget low and get a great setup for podcasting, livestreaming, voice recording, songwriting, conferencing, or producing music at home or on the go with Mackie’s latest line of USB microphones, headphones, and accessories, now at B&H. Thanks to stunningly simple plug-and-play operation and quality components, this gear from Mackie aims you straight for success, no matter your recording experience. For those looking to expend the smallest number of dollars while
by Jason T ·Posted
Mixing in headphones is a somewhat controversial topic in the pro audio world. Some producers and engineers mix primarily in headphones (often out of necessity) and others denounce the practice as entirely useless, preferring to work only on studio monitors. But I think that everyone can agree that a sound mix, whether it’s a song, podcast, video, or other, needs to sound good on headphones and on larger speakers. For me, and many other engineers, that balance is often
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted
For 30+ years, ULTRASONE has been specializing in high-end audiophile, studio, DJ, and music enthusiast headphones. The company’s stated objective is to manufacture advanced headphones with an emphasis on the professional audio sector, while utilizing sustainable materials. All high-end headphones are meticulously handcrafted in Germany. For a complete list of ULTRASONE products, click here.