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Headphones are a fundamental tool in the studio kit for any creator, from filmmaker to YouTuber to gamer. 

Getting the right pair of headphones can have a dramatic influence on the quality of your audio productions.

Not all headphones are made equal and there are some common features, that if understood, can help you find the best pair of headphones for your productions and user needs.

Pro Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

Prince Range: [$170 – $180]

Why we like it: I don’t just like this pair of headphones, I love them. I have owned a pair of these headphones for over 10 years and I do all my critical listening and audio work on them. They are lightweight, comfortable, a great price and produces high quality audio. For me, these always win hands down.

Compared to the competition:  There are few headphones that compare in this price range. The Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones come close but for me, there is little that competes with the Beyerdynamic DT 990s Open Back Pros in this price range. 

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Pro Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT 9770 Pro

Prince Range: [$170 – $180]

Why we like it: Similar to the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pros, these headphones have a similar construction but are closed back. Closed back headphones have greater sound isolation and prevent sound leakage out, however I find them difficult to wear for long work sessions (2hrs plus) as the closed shell compresses the air too much around my ears which I find uncomfortable. If you want a closed back design however, these are by far one of the best on the market for the money. 

Compared to the competition:  Again, there are few headphones that match Beyerdynamic in this price range. The Sony MDR-7506/1 Professional Stereo Headphones are very nice, and very comfortable, with excellent clarity so also worth checking out. 

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Sennheiser HD 600 studio headphones

Pro Headphones: Sennheiser HD 600

Prince Range: [$370 – $390]

Why we like it: I found the these headphones really good for critical listening and hearing clarity in music. My only complaint about these is the size. If you have a smaller head, these headphones don’t seem to fit well. The headphone cups (or cans) are very large, which produces exceptional sound, but they just felt massive on my head! Otherwise, a great sounding pair of headphones and very comfortable.

Compared to the competition:  These headphones are really state of the art with an exceptional audio range. Sennheiser describe them as “a reference-grade audio for professionals” and I have used them as a reference pair of headphones for a  professional audio critical listening project. They worked great and you are getting a lot of quality sound and design for the price. They are hard to compete with for the price.

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Pro Headphones: Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed Back

Prince Range: [$540 – $560]

Why we like it: These headphones are stunning with exceptional clarity. The sound is warm with rich bass and beautiful top end.  They are expensive, but you are getting premium Shure design for the price. Everything seems to sound good on these but they are also a good tool for mixing and mastering. If you love your headphone sound these are amazing for work and for play. They are one of the most comfortable and best sounding headphones on the market in my opinion. 

Compared to the competition:  It is hard to find a match to compete with these. They are super comfortable, lightweight, and are pure luxury on your ears.

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