Sometimes you can’t have your monitors blasting through your studio. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 studio headphones out there.

1 Audeze LCD-1

Audeze’s top end LCD-4s will break your bank by nearly four thousand but their more decently priced LCD-1s have been a real thumbs up with pros. Reveal software maps your ear & has mappings for a few famous studios, so you can mimic the listening position of a legendary studio control room.

£399, audeze.com

2 AKG K872/K712 PRO

AKG is one of the most used by various mix and mastering engineers. The K872s sit at the top end with unbelievable specs and build. The K712 PROs are pointed at the mid-price crowd and are loved for their low end by producers spending a lot less.

£825/185, akg.com

3 Sennheiser HD650/HD800S

The newest isn’t always the truest, and as much as HD25s have been said to be industry standards in the DJ booth, Sennheiser’s HD650s have a similar reputation in studios. The HD800S has larger earcups and top-end sound & build quality, with a heavy price to equal. £399.99/

£1399.99, sennheiser.com

4 Focal Listen/Hear Pro

2 price points for 2 different sets of requirements from a company with a reputation for brilliance in monitors and top-end hi-fi. If you’re needing to spend less, the Listen Pros are perfectly good value. If you’re a pro or an engineer the Hear Pro is for you; both are lightweight and comfortable.

£165 /£999, focal.com

5 Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro

Beyerdynamic’s DT 770/880/990 Pro series were studio regulars in the 80s & 90s. All 3 updates feature lovers needed updates. The open-back 1990s are for production but not recording (go for closed-back, bass boosted 1770s) and have DT’s comfortable earcup design.

£369, global.beyerdynamic.com

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