Professional Monitoring Headphones for Home Recording

23 Jan 2015


Headphones continue to be important tools for accurate audio monitoring. Why do audio professionals rely on them?

Hear the Details

With headphones, you'll hear detail in tracks that you may have missed with normal monitors. This is especially useful to pick out issues in your mix such as: unwanted pops, clicks, mouth noises.

Achieve an Accurate Mix

With monitors, natural room reverb smoothes more aggressive soundwaves and adds ambience, but listening on headphones allows you to experience a sound without room acoustics.

Enjoy Personal Audio Space

With increasing numbers of people producing music at home, space and privacy can became an issue and a pair of good cans is a must. With the isolation it provides, monitoring headphones can take your listening experience to the next level.



How do you select the best model for professional use?


Type of headphones

There are two broad design categories, open‑back and closed‑back. Closed‑back phones are the best options for tracking because it prevents monitoring spill reaching the mics, and external noise affecting the perceived monitor signal.


Open-Back Monitoring Headphones, ATH-R70x



Closed-Back Monitoring Headphones, ATH-M70x




Comfort Level

If you’re going to be wearing headphones for prolonged periods, consider their comfort levels.  Look out for adjustable straps and bands for a better fit, or cushioned pads and longer cables that allow you to move around more freely.


Frequency Response

The frequency response of a pair of cans is important. Apart from having at least 20 – 20,000 Hz frequency response, the pair of cans must be sonically accurate to reproduce the source well.  


The M-series




As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.



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