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April 6, 2024

All-Star Gear: Headphones

Our customers' favorite pairs

We depend on headphones for all sorts of tasks, from listening to our favorite songs to mixing and mastering our own music. And whether we're on a long recording session with studio monitor headphones, or a long workout session with earbuds, we develop bonds with our favorites.

That's why we've compiled an All-Star list of our customers' favorite models, complete with their own words on why they love these headphones. Check it out to see if your favorite pair made the list!

Looking for in-depth info? Our Headphones Buying Guide breaks things down into categories, you you can find the best pair for your needs -- whether you're a DJ, producer, audiophile, or music fan!

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Sony MDR7506 Large-Diaphragm Foldable Headphones

Sony MDR7506 Large-Diaphragm Foldable Headphones
Our customers say:
"I've owned these Sony headphones for 8 years, and they have survived studio sessions, live gigs and lots of travel. They have a very flat, accurate sound, and are extremely clear (absolutely no distortion)."
- John in St. George, UT

"Excellent quality at a price that makes them available to almost anyone. Part of a rarefied group of equipment that could be considered true pro quality, yet at a price point attainable by amateurs and hobbyists."
- Mike in Kingsport, TN

"These headphones were just what I expected: GREAT! I knew that Sony manufactured good headphones and these are no different. Great sound reproduction, not unrealistic bass, just right."
- Gary in Wilmington, NC

Sennheiser HD25 On-Ear Closed-Back Headphones

Sennheiser HD25 On-Ear Closed-Back Headphones
Our customers say:
"The sound on these are as advertised, amazing!! Comes through as the music is intended to be heard… do yourself a favor and get a pair!!"
- Tim in Atlanta, GA

"I must say, these small cans pack A LOT of punch. The quality is here. The bass, the feel, the overall sound, and the isolation from outside noise. I love these cans for the price."
- Matthew in Hephzibah, GA

"For closed headphones, these are the best cans around. They sound great, they are well constructed, won't fall apart, and wear well to different head (and hair) types. Even if the cord breaks at any point in the path, you can replace it."
- A Happy Owner

Shure SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones

Shure SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones
Our customers say:
"These earphones are GREAT! I have been looking for a in-ear monitor I could use when I play drums and these fit the bill. I can hear everything clearly, they are comfortable and they don't slip out."
- Brian in Caledonia, MS

"I recently started using in-ear monitors (IEM) with my band. We needed to reduce stage noise. These earbuds work great!! I use the rubber inserts and all external noise is muted. My ears no longer ring after a gig! Well worth the price!"
- Greg in Edison, NJ

"What a deal! These $100 ear buds produce far more than I had imagined they would. I have a six-string bass that just was not being reproduced in other in ear products that I had tried. The rep at zZounds told me these would work and they do."
- Don in Athens, TX

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones
Our customers say:
"The M50x is so clear...you can hear everything in your mix. The separation is awesome...the bass response is amazing...stop reading and just go get a pair already. You'll be happy that you did."
- Brim in New York, NY

"Bass like you wouldn't believe and super clear mids and highs. Also they come with 3 different types of cords which are removable. Very comfortable for hours of mixing without fatigue."
- James in Shillington, PA

"Nice, tight bass, open mids and sparkling highs! Perfection!"
- Benson in Springfield, MA

Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones

Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones
Our customers say:
"I basically do all my mixing and music arranging through these headphones -- I've had them now for almost 5 years and they are as strong as the day that I got them."
- John in Las Vegas, NV

"Great sound quality on these headphones. They are lightweight and very comfortable, making them easy to wear for long periods of time."
- Nick in Latrobe, PA

"These headphones are great. They have a great fit and very clean sound. I have no problem using them for long periods at a time and they have a decent sturdy build."
- Tim in Staten Island, NY

Shure SRH940 Headphones

Shure SRH940 Headphones
Our customers say:
"These sound fantastic and are an excellent choice for mixing. Not particularly boosted in any areas that I can hear."
- Don in Columbus, SC

"They are very flat with lots of midrange detail. They sound more balanced than my other headphones that cost twice as much."
- A Happy Owner

"The sound quality is awesome even before burn in. They are extremely well-built. I have worn them for 2 hours straight with no complaints with comfort."
- Arie in High Point, NC

Neumann NDH 30 Open-Back Studio Headphones

Neumann NDH 30 Open-Back Studio Headphones
"Quite worthy of the Neumann name and legacy, these headphones sound amazing, revealing everything I missed in my mixes and masters, so I can deliver a perfect [product] to my clients every time."
- A Happy Owner

"When I first put them on I was impressed with the overall quality of sound and studio monitor-type fidelity that these give out of the box. They are also built extremely well, look fantastic, and are super comfortable!"
- A Happy Owner

"It's uncanny how close these cans are to what I'm used to from my monitors."
- A Happy Owner

AKG K92 Closed-Back Over-Ear Studio Headphones

AKG K92 Closed-Back Over-Ear Studio Headphones
"The highs are clear and airy and the midrange lets you hear instruments that normally get lost in a mix like acoustic guitars and laid back mid tracks. These phones play what was recorded in the mix."
- Mark in Yuma, AZ

"I’m happy with my new headphones. Sound quality and accuracy is superb. They are perhaps the best studio monitors I’ve had."
- A Happy Owner

"I can't believe how great they sound. I think they sound better than the K240s and much more comfortable and private. I have listened to all kinds of music with them: rock, rap, hip-hop, country, you name it they heard it and it just gets better."
- Johnnie in Portland, OR

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Monitor Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Monitor Headphones
"I bought these headphones for mixing as well as casual listening and they are the best headphones I've owned. I prefer the balanced, accurate sound from these over any other headphones."
- Adam in Detroit, MI

"It's actually like taking two top-shelf studio monitors and putting a padded headband on them."
- Daniel in Wilsonville, AL

"By being able to recreate even the inaudible sounds, these headphones reproduce the full richness of all the sound just as it is in nature."
- A Happy Owner

Pioneer DJ HDJ-X10 DJ Headphones

Pioneer DJ HDJ-X10 DJ Headphones
Our customers say:
"Overall sound is really good! Used these headphones at a house party gig and they get the job done. Very clear when it comes to the highs and mids. For the lows (long deep bass sounds) they're well balanced."
- Jerome in Colorado Springs, CO

"These are really comfortable headphones. The ear cups are soft, but form a great barrier on the ear to isolate the music from the outside sounds. The headband has a generous amount of cushioning."
- Douglas in Charlottesville, VA

"The comfort, isolation, sound profile and build quality are excellent and I can recommend them for sure."
- Marley
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