There is a great guide over at SonicScoop about popular studio headphones. Justin Colletti breaks down the standards like the MDR-7056’s and Sennheiser HD-280 Pro’s. This is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for a new, inexpensive pair:
The average cost of headphones has been rising as well. In the US, sales of headphones priced over $100 has more than doubled, adding over $200 million in new revenue to the market. Unfortunately, some of us audio geeks may think our listeners’ priorities can be misplaced at times. 54% of consumers said that the “brand” of headphones was “very important” in their choice, while only 48% said the same for “sound quality.”
But before we get all high and mighty, let’s take a look at what headphones we’ve been listening on in the studio, and then evaluate where they serve us well – and where they don’t.