A few weeks ago we promised to find out some of the top recommended headphones, so what we did was we reached out to sound experts in major cities like: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Houston.
Not only did we talk to sound experts, but we interviewed people on the streets.
It doesn’t stop there; we also talked to different artists who have been featured on our site.
I want to make it clear that this article is just feedback from people who deal with headphones on a daily basis.
It’s not an endorsement campaign or a diss to any particular headphone brand, so don’t waste your time writing us on Twitter or Facebook crying, because your brand wasn’t mentioned.
Instead you can always drop a comment below, and tell us if you agree or disagree, more so share with us the brand you currently support.
We broke the survey questioning down to a few simple questions.
When we interviewed the sound engineers we asked them what headphones would they recommend for studio use while mixing. On the flip side, we asked what headphones would they recommend for daily use.
For the everyday music consumers such as hip hop artists, and ordinary music fans we asked them similar questions.
What type of headphones are you using in the studio and what type are you using daily?
The feedback we received was a bit surprising.
Best Recommended Studio Headphones:
The Sennheiser 280 Pro was without question the #1 recommended studio headphones based on our research survey. This answer was given from both sound engineers and artists.
A pair of these headphones will run you about $100 depending on where you buy them from.
In second place was the Sony 7500 series. These will run you about the same price ($100). Online prices may vary …
Best Recommended Headphones for Everyday Use:
Now this category was fun and exciting, because there’s a lot to take into consideration here.
There’s pricing, comfortability, style, and quality.
One thing that was mentioned repeatedly that may shock a lot of people (not really) was the amount of people who said they owned a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre, but they were not worth the price.
One was quoted for saying
“They’re over priced and over hyped.”
This claim was echoed from a good portion of Beats by Dre users. Now that’s not to say they’re not good headphones, because quite frankly no one said they were bad headphones. The overall phrase was “just mainly over hyped”.
There’s a big difference between over hyped and being “Rip offs.” Big difference!
Another pair of headphones that received a big recommendation was the Pioneers HDJ 2000. A pair of these will cost you about $250.
The HDJ 2000s are debatably better then the Beats by Dre depending on whom you’re asking. Beat by Dre wins on style points but sound quality may be a different story.
Now, if you still don’t want to spend the $250+ on the Dre’s or HDJ 2000s, there are lower versions like the 1000s, and 500s Pioneer series, which will run you at least a $100 less.
The same thing goes for the Beats by Dre.
Sony was also a high recommended headphones product. I would strongly agree with assessment.
If you had absolutely no budget to worry about, the best headphones recommended without a budget was the Beats by Dre “Detox” Edition which can run you anywhere from $499- $599.
Additional Headphones Recommended by Our Featured Artists:
- Sony MDR-Ex58
- Skull Candy SK Pro
So there you have it. Remember, prices may vary, so use Google search to find the best price available.
Hopefully this information was helpful to you in your search for a good pair of quality headphones.
At the end of the day, there are several good headphones out there, but the key is to find pair that works best for you …