One of the essential tools that a beat maker needs is headphones. Normally, I would say that a studio monitor is mandatory whether you have headphones or not.
However, and because most computers’ sound these days is actually pretty good, I think that just having some solid headphones is fairly sufficient.
Just to make things straight here, when I say headphones, I refer to high quality headphones that are made for music producers and sound engineers.
There’s no place here for cheap earbuds. Those will just hurt your ears to the death.
So, avoid them at any cost.
Let’s get right to it.
Based on my experience, the five headphones below are to some extent the best value-for-money headphones for beat makers in 2017.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Let me just say this. Audio Technica headphones are the best in the market. Their products are high quality with very reasonable prices that can convince anyone to buy them.
Their M-series is one of the most successful series of headphones ever. They have been (and still) insanely popular especially among producers and sound engineers.
The ATH M series contains five different versions. I found that there’s two versions that have been the most praised by professional audio reviewers. I’m talking about the ATH-M30x ad the ATH-M50x (the one I currently use).
I would recommend that you go with any of the two versions depending on your budget. If your budget is tights then you can start by purchasing the M30x. However, if you really want to listen to every single detail of your beats then I definitely recommend the M50x which is twice the price of the M30x.
Also, the M40x is also a good choice. It can deliver almost the same quality as the M50x.
Bottom line, all the M-series headphones are worth every penny. You can choose which model to buy based on your available budget.
AKG K 240 Semi-Open Studio Headphones
My second recommendation is got to be an a AKG product. These guys really know what they are doing when it comes to music instruments. They simply rock.
And their K 240 headphones are a great example to prove the greatness of this company. These semi-opent studio headphones provide a remarkable sound quality and a clear high volume that will help you enjoy the full experience of listening to music and making it.
People seem to like these headphones and they prove to be durable and hard to break from constant use. They are simply a great product.
I won’t get into the technical details because you can find all of them on Amazon. Just follow the link below.
Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone
My third favorite headphones are the Sony MDR7506 that provide great sound experience that makes every penny you pay for them totally worth it.
The Neodymium magnets and 40mm drivers allow you to enjoy a perfectly detailed sound that will blow your mind. They are totally comfortable when wearing them. The materials used in making them is top notch which ensures maximum durability.
Just the fact that 78% of the buyers of these headphones have gave it 5 stars on Amazon is enough to tell you how good these headphones are. I totally recommend them.
Brainwavz HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones
Another great headphones that had to be on this list is the outstanding HM5 from Brainwavz.
They may look a little bit ugly to you.
And the brand name make look a little bit suspicious because you’re probably seeing it for the first time. But, that doesn’t mean they are not worth it. Buyers say so.
The HM5 studio monitor headphones are very powerful and can provide clear sound without any problems.
They over the ear kind of headphones which helps you enjoy an isolated neutral sound away from the noise that might be around you.
In short, these headphones are worth considering them before making your final decision
Edifier H840 Audiophile Over-the-ear Noise-Isolating Head
And I’d love to end my list with these amazing headphones that are really powerful no matter how they might look like. They look like an ordinary headphones made for mass but they can be used in beat making without any problems.
The Edifier H840 comes with a 40 mm driver that provide perfect sound in the enclosed ear cups. Their design is elegant with leather headrests for maximum comfort.
They are extremely durable and flexible. Also, you get a 1-year warranty with the product which is always a good thing.
People seem to love them and they got a lot of positive reviews on Amazon that prove how great value-for-money you get when purchasing these headphones.
Before you decide…
I know that the choice of which headphones to buy can be a true headache especially for beginners who are buying their first ever studio headphones. I understand that it’s a big deal for you.
So, I want to make the decision easier for you.
If you know the technical terms and the meanings behind the specs and functionalities of every headphone mentioned in this post, then you’re probably already know which headphones to buy. You won’t have any problems.
On the other hand, if you don’t know a heck about sound terminology or you don’t want to bother yourself learning it, then I would recommend you to stick with one of the Audio-Technica ATH M-series.
All of them can be a good choice however I would advise you to avoid the M20x because is not that powerful for music production purposes.
To sum things up, an M30x will do fine for your home studio. An M40x or M50x will enable you to catch every detail of your music at every step. So, the decision is up to you.