The Best Studio Headphones for 2018
Choosing the very best studio headphones on the market isn’t always as easy as it sounds. After all, opinions tend to differ significantly on what exactly makes for the best headphones for studio work at all levels. As far as the team here at DJkit is concerned, the kinds of headphones that deserve a place at the top of the table are those that deliver quality, performance and value for money in equal measures. We personally don’t believe it should ever be necessary to pay over the odds, simply to invest in a pair of premium quality studio headphones.
So taking into account our own opinions and those of our customers, what are the best headphones for studio recording money can buy right now?
First up, the iconic Sennheiser HD25 underwent a significant overhaul and upgrade for the 2016 model year. To such an extent that even now, it still represents one of the most outstanding pieces of hardware for this particular price point. Legendary build quality, sound reproduction and new environmentally friendly packaging, the Sennheiser HD25 was designed to be the only studio headphones you’ll ever need. And they are indeed among the best studio quality headphones out there – especially given the rather low £129 price.
To be honest, we really can’t say enough positive things about these Pioneer HDJ-500 headphones. They’ve made it right to the top of the pecking order in any number of our own rankings and those of our customers – perhaps the best studio grade headphones currently available for less than £80. What you get for your money is a generous array of design cues from Pioneer’s flagship model the HDJ-2000, along with a lightweight and comfortable design, flexible headband and rotating arm structure, exceptional comfort and brilliant low and mid-level sound reproduction. Genuine professional quality for an entry-level price, all courtesy of the biggest and best in the business.
Those looking to pick up something a little more high-profile from Pioneer would be wise to check out the extraordinary HDJ-700. Essentially taking everything about the HDJ-500 one or two steps further, the HDJ-700 deals with bass reproduction like you’ve never heard before. Sleek, lightweight and comfortable enough to wear for days on end, the HDJ-700 is bursting at the seams with extraordinary technology and premium materials. The total package of performance and comfort for £115.
If looking for a set that brings more than a few claims to fame to the table, look no further than these large and airy Pioneer DJ HDJ-X10 headphones. Tested to US Military Standard MIL-STD-810G Shock standards, protected by a water-repellent nano-coating and no less than the world’s first DJ headphones to produce high-resolution sound ranging from 5 Hz to 40 kHz, the HDJ-X10 ranks among the best studio headphones for mixing for a pretty obvious reason. All yours for a price of £299.
Last up, the Pioneer HDJ1500 White Headphones represent one of the most recent additions to the brand’s professional headphone catalogue. Exclusive soundproofing technology, lower impedance, crystal clear sound reproduction and looks to die for – a pretty unbeatable package now up for grabs from as little as £127.