Closed-back Headphones

Headphones for music production. Popular and affordable headphones that I and many others would recommend are The Audio-Technika M50x and the Beyerdynamic DT 770. If you can`t afford them at the moment I recommend saving up to get them, they are sometimes on sale, or get them used.

Excellent for mixing and mastering, and perfect for use in the vocal booth as they don’t leak any sound out as open back does. Great for “noisy” environments, DJs always use closed backs. Also great to use if you use them in an area with other people and do not want to bother them.

AudioTechnica m50x

Audio-Technika you can fold, and you can swivel the earpads, and the build quality is good, they are more sturdy and feel higher quality than the m40x.
Exlenet for electronic music and DJs love them.  Detachable cable.
These are known for being bass boosted/boomy, but I don’t think so. I started with the m40x and they are lacking bass, in my opinion, so my mix always ended up with too much bass. Mixing with the m50x I get a good bass result.

Beyerdynamic DT 770

Beyerdynamic have good build quality, the headband is made of metal and these feel like high quality. Air pads are made of velour.
Good for most genres.
Some people say that they are too bright, so that is the main reason I went with the Audio-Technika. 
No detachable cable.

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Open back Headphones

Gives a more open sound, and is great for mixing and mastering, I can really recommend open back if you mix and master. But they are not recommended for recording, ex in a vocal booth, or if you are mastering in a “noisy” environment as they leak sound out and the mic can pick it up, and you can hear all that’s going on around you.

Sennheiser 560S

Sennheiser 560s is one of the most neutral headphones on the market, and excellent for mixing and mastering. The price is very acceptable, they feel very light and are comfortable to wear for long periods, and they don’t feel as warm as closed back. The detachable cable is always a great feature.
A bit lacking in the bass, but you get used to it, and this is common with openbacks.

Beyerdynamic DT 990


Beyerdynamic has good build quality, the same as the dt 770. Gives a neutral sound excellent for mixing and mastering. Openback does not get as warm as closedbacks do.
Not as neutral as the Sennheiser 560S. Can be a bit tight on the head for some people. No detachable cable.

Here is a site that compares these two:

Now I could have kept adding headphones and opinions, but it is up to you to make a choice. Others’ opinions can help you on the way, but trying out for yourself is the only way to find out what works for you. 

And remember! What you got is what you know! If you change equipment all the time you have to take time to get to know them, every headphone sounds slightly different.

Still unsure what to choose? Do a Google search and you will see that the M50X and DT 770 is a recommended starting points by many other producers.

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