Monitor headphones are primarily used for the following reasons:
Monitoring. For sound engineers and other recording musicians, a reliable source of audio input is essential. In addition to hearing the live performance, studio monitors provide the musician with a recordable version of that performance. Using studio monitor speakers and amps can make the musician more comfortable during long recordings.
Maintaining the Best Qualities of Sound Quality. Over-ear headphones provide more comfort and ease than ear cushions. Musicians find it more comfortable to play with these types of monitor headphones over the head rather than using earbuds. Ears may become dry or even damaged during recording if the earphones are not properly cared for.
Selecting a Good Pair of Studio Monitor Headphones. The right pair should be chosen based on several different aspects. Comfort and convenience should be first on the list. There are many types of headphones, each with its own unique style.
Beyerdynamic studio headphones are known for their durability. The Beyerdynamic line includes the BTE 250 and the HRP 250. Both models have good frequency response and are suitable for use in professional recording studios. They are also renowned for having good sound isolation. This means that one pair does not require multiple speakers to achieve the desired stereo effect.
Headphone interposers help maintain the quality of sound in a recording. Some interposers are better than others when it comes to monitoring. Midsize microphones are usually better at monitoring because the mids are not as large as the speakers so they can handle low levels without causing temporary feedback. A small enclosure will also help maintain the quality of the recording.
Headphones that do not perform well in sound isolation or cardioid environments may not suit your needs. They tend to produce a lot of noise and are not comfortable to wear for long periods of time. There is no point in buying a pair of studio monitors if they are not suitable for your needs. Check out the comfort and fit of each model you are interested in. There should be enough padding to ensure that they stay on your ears but you should not feel a lump in your ear at all.
Headphone amplifiers are another consideration. Different types of headphone amplifiers have different strengths. Headphone amplifiers may cause less bass and increased mids, however, the overall sound quality may be better. Flat frequency response is important for studio monitors to provide a comfortable listening experience.
Headphones with larger drivers will typically produce more bass. However, if you listen to music on a lower volume then you won't notice the difference. On the other hand, if you listen at a high volume then it is possible to hear the difference in the bass. You should be able to reproduce the sound clearly even at high volumes from a pair of monitor headphones. As a rule, the bigger the driver the stronger the bass.
Open Back Headphones are also popular with musicians because they allow the freedom of positioning the speakers at ear level. This is especially useful for practicing. They are comfortable to use and allow free movement of the head while listening. They are also better suited to cardioid environments, although some akgs feature an open cup which allows some sound to escape to the listener. If you have a room with good acoustics you may benefit from closed-back headphones as they tend to be more efficient at reproducing sound.
Headphones with Freq Response are a more advanced style of studio monitor headphones. They provide excellent frequency response but may not reproduce very well the low frequencies. For this reason, they are often used in home theatre applications where there is a lot of bass emphasis. Often, this type of headphone includes a mid-frequency speaker attached to the back. These types of headphones can be used in conjunction with open-back headphones to increase the quality of sound reproduction.
Headphones with a Diaphragm for Recording is another useful addition to your studio monitor headphones set up. These types of headphones offer a lot of advantages over the conventional open-back models. Firstly, they block out external noises meaning that you can listen to and record without disturbing others in your home or other recording studios.
Another added benefit is that the diaphragm in the headphones provides a perfect seal with the ears ensuring that any sound waves that might enter the recording studio are automatically transmitted to the headphone's speaker. This prevents unwanted noise from traveling from the recording source to the headphones which results in a better quality sound reproduction. Headphones with noise-canceling capabilities are ideal for anyone working in an environment where other competing sounds could cause a distraction to the listener. The noise-canceling feature of most studio headphones will eliminate outside noises so you can concentrate on the sounds in front of you. Studio monitor headphones with wireless connections are convenient for people working from home or even in small offices as they can be easily transported from location to location without wires.