There are a lot of great headphones out there that bring the studio home to you, but one of the most asked questions from artists and producers around the world are “What are the best headphones for music production on a budget?“.

Today we have a list of the top 5 that you can get in 2019 for the lowest price and the highest quality possible.

 

 

Before We Start, What Makes A Pair Of Headphones High Quality?

  • Frequency Range – This has got to be the most important feature when it comes to music production. A wider frequency range will give you access to the fullest spectrum of tones within each audio sample generated. In return, you will be able to make a clearer and higher quality project.

 

  • Design – There are two types of headphones in today’s world. The first one is an open ear design that are more common for everyday use. Most people who purchase these headphones aren’t involved in music production. The second are closed ear. These are the types of headphones that a producer should use, as they provide better isolation for more critical listening. The perks of closed ear vs. open ear headphones are undeniable.

 

  • Size and Weight – This is very important when it comes to finding a great pair of headphones. As the size and weight will definitely be a key aspect you should focus on. When you’re in the studio for hours at a time you are gonna need a pair that will provide you with great support and a sense of comfort.

Top 5 Best Headphones For Producers On A Budget

1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Starting off today’s list, are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x’s closed ear headphones. These, in my opinion are the hands down best studio headphones you can get for such an amazing low price.

These headphones feature an immense frequency range from as low as 15 Hz to 28,000 Hz. Not only are the specs for audio listening amazing but with a driver size of 45mm you will be able to hear the clearest and most quality sounds.

Not to mention the design of this sleek black option, a lightweight model of only 10 oz is gonna be great for your posture and level of comfort. These headphones feature a collapsible structure and 90 degree ear cups that swivel both directions, making it the absolute best pair of studio headphones for on the go listening and at home or in the studio.

I would recommend this option above all else. I have had a pair of these for 5 years and with proper care these will last you far beyond a lifetime. The sound quality is amazing and the comfortable ear cups will keep you focused on your work for hours at a time. (I’m not talking 1-2 hours but 10 hours in my personal experience). I have never experienced a better set of headphones for such a low price.

2. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO

The runner-up in terms of quality and price are the Beyerdynamic’s DT 770 Pro. These headphones are an amazing choice second to our number one on the list. These headphones will give you some of the best low and high end frequencies on the market.

For years music producers and sound engineers have flocked toward the 770 PRO as an option for great sound isolation and amazing bass response. This has been a companion for audio editors all over the world, and with a tool such as these by your side you will be able to hear the slightest tweaks in your audio mixing and mastering.

With a strong steel headband and replaceable ear cups you can’t go wrong when purchasing a pair of these. They will leave you with an amazing end result and a comfortable option at a low price.

3. V-MODA Crossfade

Another great option here at number three. We have the V-Moda Crossfade.

These headphones have got to be the ace in their lane considering it can be used with a wired connection but also wireless via Bluetooth. These headphones provide a great option for someone looking for a multi use pair of headphones. With a 12-hour battery life you will be able to use these on the go and in the studio.

With a standard metal and leather design these headphones will go a long way before showing any signs of wear and use. These headphones are great when it comes to separating your bass from mid and high end frequencies giving you a more concrete sound.

The only downside I can see to these great headphones are making sure you keep the chord in a safe place when you need it, for a no latency audio return.

Other than that, these are a great affordable option for music producers on a budget.

4. Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

What did you expect? Audio-Technica’s ATH-M30x is another great option for music producers looking for a great price and also a great set of headphones. Like the ATH-M50x this pair of headphones offers a lot of the same quality design and comfort as its more popular brother in terms of sound and comfort.

Though the M50x offers a lot more when it comes to sound isolation and frequency ranges these come at an astonishing rate of half the price of its successor.

There’s no going wrong when it comes to Audio-Technica with these headphones ranging from 15 Hz to 20,000 Hz you will still get an amazing sound quality.

The only downgrade I see between these and the M50x are the detachable cable and the range in frequency. If you’re just starting off your journey in music production, these are a great alternative at just half the price.

5. Sony MDR7506

As our final item on the list, we have the Sony MDR7506. These headphones are a great option for those of you looking for a simplistic design but also a great set of closed ear headphones. With an amazing frequency range of 10 Hz to 20,000 Hz you can’t go wrong with this lightweight option.

Featuring a nearly 10 foot cable you will be able to have the maneuverability you need to work around your studio. Even though, this pair is the last item on our list you really can’t go wrong with these. With a comfortable design made for extended periods of time you will leave your project not only with the feeling of success but also with a lack of soreness.

These are a great alternative to the options mentioned above, with a sleek black look and a fold up design you will be able to bring these anywhere.

My Overall Opinion

Now that you have the rundown of the best headphones for music production on a budget you will be able to make an informed decision on which pair is right for you.

These are all great choices and many of them are beyond what you need for a great set up but there’s one thing you should remember. When producing music, you are going to have to make some sacrifices. When purchasing a pair of headphones you gotta remember if the price tag is a bit more expensive than there are definitely better benefits and features over those that are a bit cheaper.

Though the cheaper options will save a kick in your wallet, your overall quality of music will take the toll. So you’re going to have to make a decision whether you want to save more money or invest in a great pair of headphones for better end results.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post, and I invite all of you to ask any questions you may have in the comments section below.

Best of Luck,

Sky

6 Replies to “Best Headphones for Music Production on a Budget – Top 5”

  1. This is a great post, I loved V-Moda Crossfade more than others, but others are great choices for sure especially that they are not expensive ones. But I got a question is V-Moda Crossfade comfortable to use?
    Thank you for this amazing post and looking forward to reading more posts 😀

    1. Thanks for taking your time to read it.

      I can say the V-Mod Crossfade’s are one of the most comfortable pair of headphones I ever had the pleasure of using. With the lightweight metal components and ergosoft foam padding over the ear cups, you will be able to relax and listen comfortably.

  2. Your post is wonderful and i learned about different headphones. My question to you is : why do you prefer the V- Moda crossfade and are you not sacrificing music quality over comfort?
    Thank you for the post.

    1. Hey Lawrence,

      First I want to thank you for taking your time to read the post. To answer your question about the V-Mod Crossfade, I’d say that they are a wonderful option for someone who is looking for comfort, mobility, and great sound quality.

      Its all personal preference but when it comes to this list I’m gonna have to go with the Audio Technica ATH M50x due to its amazing range with a wired connection.

      Even though the V-MOD Crossfade comes with bluetooth listening, I will always use a wired input when Im producing. Just because I will always need an output with no latency, to get the best quality sound I can get.

      I hope this answered your question and I invite you to ask any more you may have.

      Thanks,

      Sky

  3. Hi Sky,

    Great post. I really enjoyed reading this as although I know a lot about music, I know very little about the technical side to it, so I learnt a lot from reading this article. I particularly liked how you explained why closed ear headphones provide a much better quality of sound over open ear as I didn’t fully understand the benefits before. Learn something new every day. Very engaging read, thank you 🙂

    1. Hey Natalie,

      Thanks for taking your time to read it, I’m glad I was able to offer some insight in how music production really works and what kind of audio output you will need for a higher quality end result. If you ever have any more questions feel free to send me an email or a reply.

      Thanks,

      Sky

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