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2019 List: Top 10 Best Studio Headphones Under $150

A comfortable, high-quality set of headphones is incredibly important for any musician, producer, or avid music listener. A cheap pair of headphones can cause headaches, ear fatigue, noise bleed, and give you a misrepresentation of sound, resulting in poor mixes.

We’ve compiled a 2019 list of the most popular headphones under $150. Whether you’re looking to buy a pair for yourself or a musically inclined friend, you can’t go wrong with the items on this page!

#10. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 250 OHMS

Amazon Rating: 4 Stars
Pro: Broad Frequency Range
Con: Pass/Fall QC, Warranty is Necessary

With a frequency range of 5 to 35,000 Hz, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 250 OHMS provides a studio sound that will cause everyone to wonder just how loud and crisp the sound can get.

The comfort of the headphones is aimed to please with a heavily-padded headband. In addition, the earcups are also padded and distribute only a very small amount of weight.

Distributing only 9 ounces for each ear, the Beyerdynamic headphones are exceptionally light. As many headphones do not, the Beyerdynamic do have great noise isolation.

#9. Grado SR80e Prestige Series

Amazon Rating: 4 Stars
Pro: Convenient, On-ear Style, Comfortable
Con: No Noise Cancellation Features

The Grado SR80e Prestige Series is an innovative set of headphones that bring a convenient and simple style of on-the-ear headphones. This allows the wearer to experience maximum comfort when compared to headphones that go over the ear.

For listeners who are searching for dependable headphones made within the United States, Grado actually makes many of its products in Brooklyn, NY, where the company calls home.

Grado produces not only a quality pair of headphones but a pair that is balanced even with a high volume. The open back on the headphones helps to create a livelier, enticing, and broader sound.

#8. AKG K 240 MK II Stereo Studio

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Pro: Studio, Comfortable
Con: Lacks Playback Features

Known for being one of the top choices for studio professionals, the AKG K 240 MK II Stereo Studio headphones allow for a solid bass sound with flowing highs.

The over-ear fit is perfect for use over long periods of time. The exceptional comfort may be just as great as the sound with the Varimotion 30 mm XXL transducers making these long-time favorites.

#7. Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II

Amazon Rating: 4 Stars
Pro: Lightweight, Built to Last, Foldable
Con: No Noise Cancellation

The redesigned Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II offer not only convenience to carry but comfort as they slide over your ears with memory foam ear cushions.

These updated headphones come in various new colors to match unique fashions. The lively appearance of these headphones matches a busy and on-the-go lifestyle. Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II allow your music to sound clear and deep.

#6. Sennheiser HD280PRO

Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars
Pro: Comfortable, Fantastic Sound Quality, Cord Design Prevents Tangling
Con: Noise Leaks.

Another great product from Sennheiser, the HD280PRO are closed stereo headphones with impressive sound quality. These around-the-ear closed coupling headphones have a frequency response of 8 to 25,000 Hz.

They are compatible with a number of different devices. With their comfortability and usability, these headphones can be used from something as simple as listening to a favorite tune to doing serious sound-monitoring in a professional studio. The HD280PRO headphones are an affordable option worth checking out.

#5. AKG K 240 Semi-Open Studio

Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars
Pro: Affordable and Boast Excellent High-end Sound
Con: Bulky Design and Poor Low-end Sound

The AKG K 240 Semi-open Studio headphones offer some of the best high-end sound in their price range. With their adapters, the headphones have the ability to be compatible with a variety of professional and consumer devices.

Some users believe the headphones struggle with low-end sound. Overall, the AKG K 240 Semi-open headphones are a great option for anyone looking for quality headphones on a budget.

#4. Audio Technica ATH-M40x

Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars
Pro: Comfortable, Portable, Affordable
Con: Questionable Durability, Problems with Bluetooth Adapter

The Audio Technica ATH-M40x provides excellent sound quality, portability, and comfort at a price that is hard to compete with. At under $100, the headphones feature a 40-mm driver, 95.5 dB sensitivity, and a maximum input power of 95.5 dB.

They are collapsible and lightweight at around 2 pounds. Some users have complained about the Bluetooth Adapter, but with the price tag, these concerns should not deter users from giving these great-sounding, more than affordable headphones a chance.

#3. Sony MDR7506

Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars
Pro: Comfortable, Balanced Sound, Outstanding Frequency Response
Con: Over-priced, Questionable Durability

An industry standard for sound monitoring, the Sony MDR7506 headphones provide professional-quality sound while maintaining the comfort and convenience a casual user demands.

The headphones, with their closed-back ear cups, can be worn for hours without becoming heavy or uncomfortable. With their hundred plus pricing, these headphones are a little more pricey than other headphones with similar specs. However, with design features geared towards convenience, such as their foldability, the Sony MDR7506 offers a more diverse range of uses.

Price complaints aside, these are a great pair of headphones for anyone who wants a professional listening experience without investing in high-end headphones.

#2. Sennheiser HD 598 Closed-back Headphones

Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars  
Pro: Lightweight, Comfortable, Maintain clarity at high frequency
Con: Lack Durability

The Sennheiser HD 598 Closed-back headphones deliver high-end quality in a lightweight, budget-friendly package. These detachable headphones have an impressive frequency response.

Don’t let the lightweight fool you: they can bring a heavy bass with their low-end capabilities as well. Whether you are gaming, listening to music, or editing audio, the Sennheiser HD 598 are a great, price-friendly option.

#1. Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars
Pro: Durability and Comfort
Con: No Noise Reduction Features

The ATH-M50x from Audio Technica delivers relaxing comfortability with their well-cushioned headphones at a more than fair price. Aside from the noticeable comfort, the headphones produce excellent quality at mid and high ranges.

I own this pair of headphones and wear them every day in the studio and outside the studio. While the low-end specs aren’t anything special, they still provide solid bass tones that result in a full experience. The one downside is that the ATH-M50x headphones do not have any noise reduction features.

However, with their durable design, they do a pretty decent job of blocking outside noises. Overall, they are a great pair of headphones for the price.

Written by Bo Weber

Positive energy-seeking Minnesotan who finds joy in songwriting, graphic design, writing, videography, eating plants, and living in a van down by the river.

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