What are the best headphones for music production?

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    #1Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

    Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

    The ATH-M50x is a pair of closed back headphones that can be used for studio monitoring as well as casual music listening. The sound produced by this headphones can be considered as neutral or balanced but has a slightly aggressive tone.

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    Roy Medina
    Written on May 13, 2019
    "This is one of the best headphones for music production that you can buy in the sub-200 price point. Its sound signature is on the neutral side with a hint of warmth. It has good extension on both sides of the spectrum."
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    #2Sony MDR-7506

    Sony MDR-7506

    Sony MDR7506 is a pair of Large Diaphragm Headphones specially designed for professional use. These headphones feature neodymium magnets for a powerful acoustic experience and provide external sound isolation and sound leakage.

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    John Chang
    Written on May 13, 2019
    "These headphones have been around for over two decades but it still a gold standard and one of the best headphones for production among sound engineers and professionals. With it, you get an uncolored, unfiltered sound that reveals any recording artifacts."
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    #3Sennheiser HD 25

    Sennheiser HD 25

    Sennheiser HD 25 is an on-ear monitoring headphone with a split headband and rotatable ear cups. It has lightweight aluminum voice coils and a 1.5m straight cable which gives it high sensitivity.

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    Jason Ray
    Written on May 13, 2019
    "Despite some minor issues with constructions, these are some of the balanced and great-sound headphones you can try for all-around use. DUe to their somewhat neutral sound, they are also a good choice for sound production. Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase."
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    #4V-MODA Crossfade LP2

    V-MODA Crossfade LP2
    This V-MODA Crossfade LP2 is a top-class headphone with 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers and passive noise isolators. It has Kevlar-reinforced cables and survives up to 60 drops and 10 flat bends.
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    Micky Yu
    Written on May 13, 2019
    "These cans are built like a tank and can withstand some beating. As for sound, I wouldn't call them neutral as they are a bit more forward with their sound, but it is nicely balanced. For just listening, they are great and will even suffice for some light sound work. Otherwise, I would consider other options if you really prioritize sound accuracy."
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    #5Sennheiser HD280PRO

    Sennheiser HD280PRO

    The HD 280 PRO is a high-quality headphone by Sennheiser that features dynamic, closed-ear, lightweight and comfortable build-up. It has a 3.3 - 9.8 feet coiled wire and up to 32 db attenuation of outside sound source.

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    Paul Daniels
    Written on May 13, 2019
    "An affordable option that sounds decent and is a good all-purpose use headphone, even with some sound production work. They don't quite offer the same level of detail and accuracy as other more expensive options but it's enough."
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    #6Sony MDR-1000X

    Sony MDR-1000X

    Sony is one the greatest technology brands in the world. The MDR 1000x headphones are he ultimate sound machine if you are looking for avoiding external noise. They also can work as wired or wireless headphones. 

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    $399.99

    Zheng Hao
    Written on May 13, 2019
    "I wouldn't necessarily recommend these for sound production use as they serve an entirely different purpose. For one, they're wireless, so you won't really get the full sound compared to wired options. Secondly, ANC is going to alter the sound quite a bit and won't accurately represent the sound anymore."
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    #7Sony MDR-V6

    Sony MDR-V6
    The Sony MDR-V6 studio headphones are specially designed for professional use. It allows users you to monitor recordings in high-fidelity. The oval ear pads offer an extra isolation and comfortable listening experience.
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    Xiang Pan
    Written on May 13, 2019
    "The headphones that the 7506 were based on. It's another good option and comes in at a slightly lower price and a slightly warmer sound signature. It's still one of the most balanced cans that I have tried in the sub-100 price bracket and will be suited for sound production just as much as the 7506 does."
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    #8Focal Listen

    Focal Listen

    Focal Listen is a wireless closed-back headphone with a battery capacity capable of up to 20 hours of listening. It has ergonomic controls and an isolation that can preserve acoustic qualities of the headphone even in loud surroundings.

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    Jonathan Berry
    Written on May 13, 2019
    "These headphones are on the expensive side but you do get some really nice, clear, and detailed sound out of them if you can afford the price tag. They are quite neutral and are ideal for sound production work. Go check them out."

Summary

Best What are the best headphones for music production
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Audio-Technica ATH-M50xElectronics 19 Paid
2Sony MDR-7506Electronics 14 Paid
3Sennheiser HD 25Electronics 14 Paid
4V-MODA Crossfade LP2Electronics 9 Paid
5Sennheiser HD280PROElectronics 7 Paid
6Sony MDR-1000XElectronics 4 Paid
7Sony MDR-V6Electronics 2 Paid
8Focal Listen Electronics 1 Paid
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