Music can be regarded as the most common hobby that everyone has; therefore, people have developed plenty of way to fulfil their need of listening to music such as going to live concert, listening through mp3 player or phone. Headphones are used not simply to meet the need to listening to music but also to serve as a part of music production in studio. It is not a simple task to find good studio headphones, but you have come to the right places as I will introduce basic knowledge on headphones so that you can make your buying decision for the best studio headphone.
THREE FACTORS AFFECTING YOUR CHOICE OF STUDIO HEADPHONES
Comfort is the prioritized factor for choosing headphone as you will likely to work for long and extended periods with it, so make sure that it is fit and comfortable for you. In order to check this, you need at least 20 minutes to test how it feel on your ears, and whether it causes discomfort or even fatigue if using for more than that amount of time.
However, it can be difficult to do test this issue if you want to buy at stores so my tips for you is to choose one with larger earpiece if you aim to buy a circumaural or a closed headphone, and to choose smaller design with fabric or leather padding if you want to buy the headphone who earpiece does not seal your ear.
The headphone weight is also a determining factor which affect the level of comfort of headphone so the lighter the better as a heavy headphone can really be fatiguing for longer period of using.
Nobody want to buy headphone that cannot last long but it is not entirely the price that decide the durability of the headphone since how you use it matters. Put it in the protective case after using, be careful not to toss it around or you may end up sitting on it and break it.
Another thing is to check and make sure that it is in good quality and condition before making purchase. See and feel whether it has good and sturdy construction, whether it hinges are strong, cables are sustainable. If buying an expensive headphone, see if you can buy replacement part for it in case something breaks so that you don’t have to buy a new one.
Normally people don’t pay much attention to the cable of headphone but this is indeed important. What if the cable of your headphone is too short which can be inconvenient if your situation requires longer cable’s length, what if it is too long which can cause tangle, affect sound quality like lower volume or trigger noise. It is better if you buy a shielded cable since it can minimize noise. In case your cable is short, buy extension cable of the same quality.
SOME HEADPHONE TYPES FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
When mentioning studio headphones, I don’t indicate any specific types but in order to be qualified for using in studio, the headphone needs to meet some requirements such sound isolation, noise prevention, good sound quality, and comfort.
Here is my recommendation for studio headphones: circumaural headphone, supra-aural headphone, closed headphone, air open headphone, semi-open headphone. Among the listed type: circumaural and closed headphone are the two ideal types for recording music as those has the design of closed back earpieces that cup over your ears sealing them so that there is no sound leaking out to the open microphone as well as no sound coming into your headphone. However, the circumaural is more comfortable to wear while the closed headphone can cause fatigue if wearing for long periods of time.
Coming to the circumaural headphone, supra-aural headphone does not encircle your ear but rest on them so it is not as good as the circumaural type in terms of sound isolation. But this type is lighter to use and obviously more comfortable for listeners.
Open air headphone and semi-open headphone share the same weakness in sound leakage so they are unlikely to be used in recording singer’s voice. Nonetheless, open air headphone offers open and airy sound which is ideal for studio application recording while the semi-open headphone allow extended low frequency response, low distortion and good stereo field.