Updated: Jan 12
Every podcaster needs to have a good pair of headphones for recording. If you aren’t listening to your voice while recording, it’s like recording video without looking at the screen.
When recording with headphones, it enables you to hear any sort of issues that arise during the recording. During some recordings, there can always be some sort of interference, or noise you can’t hear, but your microphone picks it up clear as day. That can be terribly difficult, and time consuming to get rid of in post production.
During a few recordings of my podcast, I noticed that my voice has skipped, and I was able to identify it immediately and restart at the moment rather than let the rest of the podcast be slightly off and have that much extra work in post.
So you probably understand the importance now of wearing headphones during recording, when it comes to what headphones to buy that can be a bit confusing. You don’t want headphones with artificial bass added, because then you are not hearing what most people who will listen to your podcast are hearing. You also might want a pair that is comfortable to wear for long periods of time, but still offer great sound quality.
You might also want a pair for editing your podcast after you’re done recording as well, here are my top 5 pair of headphones to buy for podcasters!
Factors for recording podcasts:
Comfortability - How long can you wear these headphones without getting irritated?
Sound Quality - How does the audio sound coming out of the headphones?
Noise Cancelling - Do the headphones cancel everything else but what you’re listening to?
Price - Depending on what you’re looking for, your price point may vary
Sony MDR 7506
These headphones sit comfortably over most ears, as the pads are nice and wide. They are pretty lightweight, they don’t sit too tightly on your head so during long recording, or editing sessions they won’t get too uncomfortable. If there was anything bad I could say about these it’s that the material might feel a bit abrasive after sitting on your ears for a long time. But that could be different for everyone.
2. Audio Technica ATH-M50x
Often referred to as the best ‘bang for your buck’ headphones you can buy. The sports cloth pads are very comfortable and lightweight. They also fold up to 90 degrees, so they are easily storable and can travel well. These headphones have the ability to listen to frequencies all the way down to 5Hz and up to 28,000Hz, which set them apart from most products around this price point. If you’re looking for great headphones for a great price, look no further.
3. Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphone
These headphones are very comfortable, the ear padding and headband padding are made of high quality material which make them very durable and as ergonomic to wear as any headphone on the market. They provide detailed natural sound, and the pads and cord are replaceable, making these headphones long lasting!
4. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 Ohm Studio Headphone
Great for if you want that extra kick in the bass, very detailed sound quality. Has a very spacious feel to them, they also offer the ability to replace a lot of the parts, which means they will last much longer. The frequency range is incredible for the price on these, it’s about 5Hz - 35,000Hz.
5. Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones
Definitely the most expensive pair of headphones on the list, but if you’re willing to spend the dough, these are completely worth it. These headphones offer some of the best quality of audio you can get in buying studio headphones. Of course these offer replaceable pads and cords, they also give you an extra cord and earpads.
If you made it this far, consider reaching out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat about great and creative ways to improve your podcast, or if you would like some help with your entire podcasting process, including launching your show, consultations, editing, or just a more personal conversation!