Many new and even experienced music producers want to know what are the best headphones for making beats. Below is a short list of what I think those might be:
This is probably going to be one of the best and most detailed post that we write about. Our goal is to help you find the best headphones for beat making on the market. In order for us to do that we have to make to find out exactly what your needs are. But since we can't do that through a blog post we are going to give an overview of what we believe are the best studio headphones out there for making beats.
When it comes to headphones you may think that it is a simple process but there is more to them than just being a earpiece. if you are thinking about spending over a $100 for a pair than I think you are making a wise decision to research them before you just buy one. So below we will get started with our list and hopefully you can make a choice from there.
The Best Headphones for Beat Making
If you are looking for headphones to make beats you probably mean that you are looking for studio headphones. These were created basically to help you hear the instruments better while you are making music. But also to block out outside noise so it does not interfere if you are recording. So the list below was created to help you find what will work best for you.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
We think that the Audio ATH M50x is the best headphones for studio recording and beat making because that what the reviews say. They are just that much better than the competition out there. You can see comments about these bad boys all over amazon and even places like reddit.
The former version was the Audio ATH-M50 and those are still pretty nice. to be honest with you as for sound quality, there is not much of a difference between the M50 and the newer version M50x, except one thing. The latest model is more comfortable and when you are making music for hours at a time, your comfort matters.
WHAT I LIKE:
These headphones actually break the rules of the typical flat shaped recording style, instead they come as a V-Shaped signature sound. That means the lows and highs are accentuated and this is why the sound quality is a little bit better than others and even the previous version.
Some people believe that these headphones are somewhat overhyped but I don't think so. Because they are priced very well and they simply are a great choice for those that want and over the ear headphones that can be used in the studio and outside as well. I will be the first to mention that they are not the best headphones in the world but for where they are priced and the quality sound that you get, these are perfect.
What I noticed in the studio while making beats is that you don't necessarily need the most technical equipment all the time. These get the job done.
One of the things that we hear that people don't like about these is that the sound space is somewhat tight. But what people need to understand is that these are closed back headphones and that is the norm with that style.
Bottom Line: Unless you’re a veteran producer or already own a good pair of studio headphones in the $100-150 range, it’s difficult to do much better than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. They sound great (despite not being completely flat), they’re comfortable for long producing sessions, and their price tag makes them very attainable - for all these reasons they have become well-regarded by beginners and pros alike.
Most of our readers are either just starting to build a studio or they are looking for quality equipment at the right price. If you already own a top-notch studio tham you might not want these but for most beat makers like myself these are great for the novice to intermediate level producer.
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO-80 Closed Studio Headphones
Ok this is going to sound but most people believe that the Beyerdynamic has a better sound quality than the previous mentioned headphones. I think that they are better equipped for making beats than the ATH-M50x but most importantly they cost a little less.
These headphones have a boost in the low end but this is why they are popular by those who make electronic music because of the boosted bass. Beat makers that create electronic music typically don't mind dealing with the low frequencies.
WHAT I LIKE:
If you are doing long producing sessions you will love these because of its comfort. Some have said that they feel like pillows on your ear and they do not place a large amount of pressure on your head when you put them on.
There are two versions of these studio headphones. You have the 250ohm and the 80ohm. I like the 80ohm because it's simple to use. You don't need an amp to drive it but you do need one for the 250ohm.
Bottom Line: It’s interesting that many head-to-head comparisons tend to favor how the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 Studio Headphones sound as compared to the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, and yet the DT 770 are still lagging behind in terms of overall recommendations.
I think it is very odd that any people prefer the Beyerdynamic headphones over the ATH-M50x. But the DT 770 doesn't have as many sales as the other set of headphones. This does come with boosted bass sound and it is also somewhat bulky so it's not that mobile. So here's the deal if you make electronic music I think that this is a superior set of headphones and the price is just right.
Beyerdynamic Dt 880 Pro Headphones
These are a great neutral sounding set of headphones. As far a quality these headphones are second to none. But I have to mention that they were out voted by their sister products the DT 770 and pro 80 but I think it was only because the price is higher. But there is a reason why the cost is higher and it's because it has a better sound quality.
The Beyerdynamic DT 880 are is a closed back headphones but they really are top of line, even when you compare them to the headphones I mentioned earlier. They are perfect for making beats and music production because they are flat and neutral. I have tested these and i found that they are more of a open back with ear cups. All this means is that if you are recording you will need to make sure your surroundings is quiet so the outside sound won't interfere.
WHAT I LIKE:
These headphones do have a higher cost but I only recommend these for professional studio's because they cost more. But the neutral flat sound is so awesome you will get a really clear sound. You will need a headphone amp if you order this
Sony MDR-7506 Professional Headphones
How could I write a review about headphones and not mention the brand that has survived for decades. Some people love Sony and others can't stand them but their long lasting ability is why i had to put them on this list. I won't waste much time with this one but one thing about sony is they have always been affordable compared to their up and coming competitors.
WHAT I LIKE:
These headphones are great for home studio's and if you are just starting out I would recommend that you go with these. But they can be used by experienced music producers as well because the flat sound is great for mixing. I only would use these in a studio and never for a live event or Dj party.
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones
The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is a popular “starter” headphone for people ready to venture into the world of high-end headphones. Mixed reviews on whether these are good for the long haul, or an upgrade to something like the beyerdynamic cans is warranted (if budget permits). However, just because they’re suitable entry-level headphones does’t mean pros don’t enjoy them - artists like Odesza, Amtrac, and Rob Swire of Knife Party all use them.
This is another headphones that are great for those who are ready to take their beat making career to the next level. This could be your very first high headphone purchase. Now I can't say for certain that they have a very long life ability only because I couldn't find any reviews on that. But why I did find out is that professional music producers like Amtrac and Rob Swire use these bad boys, so why not you as well.
WHAT I LIKE:
Overall, what I tried to do with this article is tell you what I think are the best headphones for making beats and recording in a studio. Basically, you want to look for 2 things; comfort and flat sound. When you are making beats for hours at a time you need to feel comfort because we know that headphones that are super tight can cause ear pain. The flat sound is needed so you can hear all of the instruments and this will help you fin tune your sound. So I hope that the above helped.
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