Open-Back Headphone Reviews
Open-back headphones are very popular for studio use due to their incredible sound quality. The open-back headphone design is well suited to the recreation of a very flat and wide frequency response all the way down to the low frequencies that other designs have difficulty achieving. Additionally, open-back headphones, due to their nature, do not tend to put as much pressure on the ears at bass frequencies, making them less fatiguing during very long mixing sessions.
Individual open-back headphone reviews can be found further down on this page. All of the products reviewed are high-quality products that represent excellent value for money, have lots of happy users, and are well accepted by the industry as suitable for use in the recording studio.
If you just want to know which headphone we found to be the best compromise between performance and price, we have chosen the Sennheiser HD600 Headphones. Offering exceptional sound quality and comfort, they are our number one pick for mixing and critical listening duties. While they are not exactly budget headphones, they represent excellent value for money, and will not leave you wanting to upgrade to a better pair anytime soon. Also, when you compare their price to a pair of the best studio monitoring speakers, then they will seem like an absolute bargain.
If you need headphones with a lot of sound isolation, then we suggest you take a look at some closed-back headphone reviews. These headphones will stop loud instruments from drowning out your monitoring audio (such as drums) as well as prevent sound bleeding from the headphones into microphones (such as when recording acoustic instruments or vocals).
Also, you may be interested in taking a look at our Best Studio Monitoring Headphones Review which includes brief reviews, and has links to detailed closed-back and open-back headphone reviews for our short-list of favourites.