Music Recording Equipment – Benefits of High End Headphones
When a person is buying headphones they all tend to make the same mistake at least once, though admittedly some people make it hundreds of times over the course of their life. We’re speaking, of course, of purchasing the cheapest headphones that money can buy which might work well on your Walkman or MP3 player (we’re kidding of course, it’s not going to work well at all) but it’s definitely not going to work well in the studio.
There could be a bit of an argument here that some music recording equipment needs to be consumer grade so as to see how the end result is going to sound, but honestly, you don’t need to go so far as to buy a $20 pair of headphones for recording. Seriously, that’s what a monitor is for.
Is There a Difference?
The most common thing we hear is “I won’t notice a difference”. We’d like to point out that there is a significant difference between not hearing and not caring. Yes, you will be able to hear a difference and that just leaves the question of whether or not more expensive headphones are worth the investment. Are they really better? It’s not a matter of opinion: they are. Let’s take a look at a few reasons that high end headphones are worth your money:
Extended Frequency Response – It goes deeper toward the bass and higher toward the treble
Greater Range – A good pair of headphones can produce both 30Hz and 200Hz square wave responses without changing waveforms.
Higher Volume Capability – While inexpensive headphones tend to distort at higher volumes, better quality ones will be able to support between 65 and 75 dB
Flow Balance – Your hardware will be able to produce higher frequencies without sound odd.
Comfort – What can we say? When you buy home recording studio equipment, especially headphones, you need it to be comfortable. This is especially true if you’re going to be wearing it for ten to fifteen hours per day. Oftentimes expensive headphones are going to be more comfortable and are a great investment for you.
Price and Quality
We don’t’ mean to retract what we said above but we would like to point out that there is a significant difference between price and quality. Naturally more expensive headphones are going to be higher quality but you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg, so to speak, to get the quality that you want. We strongly recommend that you try a few in person before you commit to a specific type or brand just to get a feel for what you want.
Remember there are subtle differences at any price level; some people prefer more bass than others and you should always read all of the available specifications before you make a decision on any sort of headphones. There are a ton of choices out there, and not all of them are for you. Remember that stepping up a bit in price is of course going to increase the features you receive when you buy sound recording equipment, which means you’ll want to closely examine each and every one of your options as you’re preparing to buy your pair of headphones.
In the End
In the end it’s all about your preferences. You can purchase whatever you want, but it’s all about getting that crisp clear sound that The best way for you to get the headphones you need will be to make sure that you are reading through extensive customer testimonials, testing them out, and most importantly, knowing what you want – we really cannot stress that part enough.
When it comes to headphones, make sure that you do not settle for less than the best. You know what you need, and you know it’s probably going to cost a bit. The best studio recording equipment always requires a bit of a monetary commitment but once you’ve made it, you’re going to have an utterly amazing auditory experience – don’t miss it for the world!