Best studio headphones for mixing | SOLID OPTIONS!

Hi friend and Welcome!

Also check out this other post on the absolute best studio headphones for mixing! It goes into some higher end models that are specifically made to deliver the flattest and most neutral sound.

As for today..

I’ll be coming at you with a quick and dirty list of 2 of my favorite low-budget mixing cans, specifically the Audio Technica ATH M50’s and the Sony MDR 7506’s! These are some of the best studio headphones for mixing at an affordable price!

Sony MDR 7506 vs. ATH M50

Sony MDR 7506 vs. ATH M50

1) The Audio Technica ATH M50x’s

Audio Technica ATH M50

Audio Technica ATH M50

One thing to note: Audio Technica has since come out with the M50x’s, which are basically the same exact model with a few upgrades

  1. A choice of different colors
  2. Detachable cable
  3. contoured ear cups that seal tighter for improved isolation

I’ve talked so much about these that I almost have ran out of words to say. They are in my opinion (and the opinions of many) the best headphones you can buy for around $150. They take the best of both worlds (mixing and casual listening) and combine it into a great package. The headphones are extremely comfortable, durable, and can withstand a ton of abuse. I’ve had mine for almost 3 years now and they have withstood my computer chair running over the cable at least a couple hundred times. The straight cable ends with a gold plated 3.5 mm jack that can be fitted with a 1/4″ adapter. To prevent damage, the end of the cable also has a spring attached.

Check out my official Audio Technica ATH M50 Review!

The bottom line is that I could mix on these until I die. I’m really spoiled by them though. After listening with them for this long, the wow factor has died off, but the headphones remain truly remarkable at their price point.


2) The SONY MDR 7506’s

Sony MDR 7506

Sony MDR 7506

Check out my official Sony MDR 7506 Review!

These are monsters in the industry as well. Everyone from Dan Patrick to your effing grandma wears them. They are an industry standard, and perform as true workhorses.

They will also blow you away and then some. I wasn’t too fond of the coiled cable when I owned them, but the sound really impresses, especially upon first listen if you’ve never heard anything better than cheap headphones and earbuds.

When I was first starting out, these really helped improve my mixes, and sounded like nothing I had ever heard before. They will really impress you and open up a whole world of possibilities in regards to better sound. You will know what you’ve been missing..


Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on the best studio headphones for mixing!!

Which of these do you feel is the better purchase?

Please let me know down below! I look forward to hearing from you!

All the best and God bless,

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  1. Thanks for your article on best studio headphones for mixing. It really woke me up to better quality headphones available.

    • Thanks Gary and no problem!! There are some really affordable options out there.. we don’t have to be stuck with the cheapie options anymore.. Even 5-10 years ago, I think most people (including myself) just kinda bought what was readily available and didn’t really think twice about higher quality.. It took me getting into hip-hip to realize that there is a world of difference between the crappy pair vs. the entry level model.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. VERY GOOD article on headphones for mixing. I always prefer to mix using speakers since that is how I normally listen to music, and my mix comes out more natural, but if you can get a good set of headphones then go for it!

    Thanks for this article!

    • I find that headphones allow you to hear the intricacies more.. but I’m using my monitors a lot more lately.. and I really like them.. Also sometimes the loudness of the mix gets kind of condensed when you’re mixing on cans, so it needs to be tweaked to be louder on the monitors is what i’ve found.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hey Stu
    Watch it with the word “Awesome”.
    You use more than once, it can send your readers running.
    Got guitars as my website but my expertise level is Couch Potato level at best.
    So look forward to learning more from ya .

  4. Found you article on best studio headphones for mixing — solid options highly informative. Although I am not currently looking for a new pair of headphones, information like this is always useful.

    You never know when your current pair cans are going to meet with an untimely demise!

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