The Best Professional Headphones (2020)

The Best Professional Headphones (2020)

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This is a list of the best professional headphones I recommend and use for production and post production.

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Sony MDR-7506

Sony MDR-7506

Top Pick For 2020!

A design older than me and still an industry standard - need I say more?

I personally use these headphones for my shoots and mobile editing and can vouch that they are excellent.

Lightweight, durable, portable, decent output, decent isolation, a fairly neutral sound, and all for a reasonable price.

Type: Closed-back dynamic

Cord: Coiled (3 meters extended)

Plug: Threaded 3.5mm stereo (includes 1/4" stereo screw-on adapter)

My Favorite Feature: Portability

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Sennheiser HD 280

Sennheiser HD 280

Budget-Friendly Pick

A favorite among live audio engineers and musicians.

Compared to the Sony MDR-7506 the sound is not as flat/neutral, but the isolation and sound quality are quite good considering the price.

Type: Closed-back dynamic

Cord: Coiled (3 meters extended)

Plug: Threaded 3.5mm stereo (includes 1/4" stereo screw-on adapter)

My Favorite Feature: Price

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Sennheiser HD 650

Sennheiser HD 650

Best Sounding

If these are in your budget, do it.

A wonderful mix (pun intended) of clarity, fidelity, and comfort.

Type: Open-back dynamic

Cord: Straight (3 meters)

Plug: 1/4" stereo (includes 1/4" to 3.5mm stereo adapter)

My Favorite Feature: Audio quality

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Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (80 ohm version)

Maximum Comfort

When you want the most comfort without lacking audio quality, these are an excellent choice.

The 80 ohm version is a good middle ground that works well on a wide range of devices.

If you need help deciding which ohm version to get, there is a helpful video here.

Type: Closed-back dynamic

Cord: Straight (3 meters)

Plug: Threaded 3.5mm stereo (includes 1/4" stereo screw-on adapter)

My Favorite Feature: Comfort, but the different ohm options are a close second

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Audio-Technica M50x

Audio-Technica M50x

Comfortable And Durability

Quite comfortable and built well - a good investment that will last you a long time.

Not the best sounding, but work well for general reference rather than fidelity.

Type: Closed-back dynamic

Cord: Detachable coiled (3 meters extended), detachable straight (3 meters), and detachable straight (1.2 meters)

Plug: Threaded 3.5mm stereo (includes 1/4" stereo screw-on adapter)

My Favorite Feature: Detachable cables

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