If you have a music studio, you probably need one or more than one good studio monitoring headphones to keep your workflow going. However, if your budget is under $100, that’s when things get complicated. It is so easy to end up with products that do not fit your needs at all. So, we made a list of the best studio headphones available under $100 & we have selected models for people with different needs.
Best Studio Headphones Under $100
Okay so, we have a few options here. We tried to keep this list short & also versatile. So, depending on what kind of music production you’re into, pick the one that fits best for you.
The ATHAD700X from Audio-Technica is an excellent choice for professionals who want a good pair of headphones for studio monitoring. It has large 53mm drivers & the audio output is excellent for this price segment. It’s an open-backed style headphone & it has great balance in highs, mids & lows. This one, however, focuses on the treble too so, it actually sounds pretty good.
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
Sennheiser has refreshed its HD 280 PRO & it’s pretty good actually. This one is a closed back type so, people looking for that might be interested in this one more. However, the HD 280 PRO does better with EDM. So, if you’re into creating electronic music, this one might be better for you compared to the ATHAD700X. It also has a pretty balanced & clear sound so, that’s in check too.
If you don’t like the Sennheiser HD 280 PRO because it’s more focused on EDM, then the Shure SRH440 is the one for you. It is closed back too & it is focused on home & studio monitoring. It’ll be better for vocals & solo instruments compared to the Sennheiser. It has a pair of 40 mm drivers & the vocals, the highs-mids-lows are pretty balanced too. However, the Audio-Technica ATHAD700X does slightly better than this one in most instances so, go for this one only if you prefer the closed back design.
The Philips SHP9500 is a great pair of headphones. It’s a semi or partially open back type & it has large 50 mm drivers. The sound quality is pretty good we have to say. It’s quite a bit cheaper than the previous two & it the sound feels pretty clear & balanced too. It is also pretty comfortable on the ears. No, it’s not going to blow the Audio-Technica ATHAD700X away, any day but, for the price, it’s definitely amazing.
AKG K240 STUDIO
The AKG K240 STUDIO is the cheapest option we have on the list. It is also a semi-open back type but, it’s opening isn’t as much wide as the Phillips SHP9500. However, these are still excellent sounding headphones for this price. It has clear vocals & even if you want to monitor instruments like guitars & synthesizers, it should do a pretty good job.
Those were our recommendations for the best studio headphones under $100. If you have any specific questions or queries, please let us know in the comments section below.
[Note: Prices as of on 28/06/2019]