Best Headphones for Monitoring Audio?

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Comment came in asking about what people think might be a good set of Headphones for Monitoring Audio. I thought it would be interesting to hear the different options out there, so phone lines web lines are open, if you've got a favorite pair, leave your comments about Who, Why, and Where can we find them...

[Update] We got some great feedback in the comments about some great Headphones that are used in the industry.

64 thoughts on “Best Headphones for Monitoring Audio?

  1. BobS

    I know this thread is old but I had to chime in. I recently threw my still working Sony 7506 phones in the trash and never looked back. After years of cussing at the dang coiled cable I had enough. It gets caught on every cable that gets near it and constantly is a tangled mess. If they had a straight cabled version I'd use them again. With the coiled cable ill never buy another pair. Using Shure and Beyerdynamic now.

  2. Katie

    bah. Im torn between the Sony MDR-7506, the Beyerdynamic DT 770s and the Sennheiser HD 280's....

    any audiophiles out there to push me toward one pair of cans over the others??

  3. I also agree with the Sony 7506, I used to use them when I was in radio. Good except they can fall off the head a bit easily and the earpads tend to come off and are not easy to get back on. Also make sure not to wrap the cord around the headphones when storing, but gently drop the cord into the included bag...if you dont, the cord will become a stretched, tangled mess instead of a nice coil.

    One reason the AKG headphones beat out the Sony is the fact that the cord is replaceable on the AKG headsets.

  4. Simon

    Considering sound isolation, comfort over many hours and useful tonal response, there is no match for the Sony 7506
    when recording audio for video.

    About 90% of radio people and location sound mixers wear these in my market and wearing something like Dr Dre's would earn you little respect among pros and clients.

    The Sony 7506's also fold up nicely into the provided bag, the 1/4" adapter screws on and stays put. Pro audio gear uses 1/4" almost exclusively.

    They will last quite a while with metal parts where it counts.

    They do tend to accenuate the low end - this is a plus since any boom handling sounds, fridge, plane or traffic noises will be very obvious so you can deal with it. If you can't it always sounds better in post.

    Since they are a near standard, you can get used to them wherever you work and others who want a quick listen to the last take will be used to them.

    These are also excellent on long flights since they have good isolation but without the tight head clamp feel of way over priced/rated Bose models.
    has them and the replacement parts.

    For super loud environments (NASCAR) mixers use these:

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  6. MDR-7506! Industry standard, every professionnal sound guy know and use them. Good isolation, and wide range. You will heard everything the microphone will pick.

    I am using my set for 10 years now and they are still great. I just had to replace the protective foam one time (available for 10$).

  7. Not sure if most of ya'll are talking about monitoring in studio or in the field. For me, in studio I use a nice big set of open backed AKG K-240, mostly because that's what an audio professor recommended to me when I was in school 6 years ago......but in the field, (and I do mostly live events), I use cheap (around $30) ear buds because the sound quality is certainly good enough to know what you're getting, but it doesn't allow your audio to bleed into the room disturbing guests/audience members, and it doesn't allow outside noise to get in our ear. Nothing isolates like a "marshmallow" earbud, so that's my go-to in the field.

  8. Daniel

    Hey PHugger,

    How about the Etymotic ER6i (Ear Buds) | $99? Are they good enough for sound monitoring?


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