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Navigate the Site!

  1. Headphone Reviews & Comparisons
  2. Microphone Reviews & Comparisons
  3. Amps, DACs, and Audio Interfaces
  4. The Budget Kings Series
  5. Studio Monitors
  6. Beats, Production, & Turntables
  7. Gaming, Movies, & Pop Culture
  8. Build a Home Studio Guide
  9. Best Of
  10. Resources (You Are Here)

Here you will find all of my helpful articles and how-to guides. I will be frequently adding to this page, so please check back periodically, bookmark, and share if you found any of this information helpful and/or useful!

Table of Contents

Full Guides

  1. The Best Audiophile Headphones
  2. The 15 Most Comfortable Headphones Of All Time (New)


  1. What Is DSD In Audio? (New)
  2. What Is Asynchronous USB? (New)
  3. Passive vs. Active Speakers (New)
  4. Stereo vs. Mono (New)
  5. How To Repair Your Broken Cassette Tape (New)
  6. The Best DAC Chip In Headphone Audio (New)
  7. What is THX AAA Technology In Audio & Video? (New)


  1. My Thought Process
  2. The Origins of the Home Studio Basics Logo!
  3. The Law of Diminishing Returns
  4. Why I Started Home Studio Basics (New)

Genre Series

(Updated 1/2021)

  1. The Best Headphones for Jazz
  2. The Best Headphones for Classical
  3. The Best Headphones for Rock
  4. The Best Headphones for Metal
  5. The Best Headphones for Pop
  6. The Best Headphones for Hip-Hop
  7. The Best Headphones for Gaming

The Budget Kings Series

(Updated 1/2021)

  1. Koss KPH30i Review!
  2. Philips SHP9500 Review!
  3. Sony MDR-7506 Review!
  4. AKG K240 Studio Review!
  5. Creative Aurvana Live! Review
  6. Status Audio CB-1 Review!

Headphones & Their Drivers

(Updated 2/2021)

  1. What is Headphone Impedance?
  2. What is Sensitivity in Headphones?
  3. What is Output Impedance?
  4. What is a Headphone Driver?
  5. What is a Planar Magnetic Driver?


Updated (2/2021)

  1. What is Soundstage? (Popular)
  2. What is Latency?
  3. What is Timbre?
  4. What is MIDI?
  5. What is XLR?
  6. What is SPL?
  7. What is VST in audio?
  8. What does Sibilant mean?
  9. What is the Sennheiser Veil?
  10. Do Headphones Need to be Burned In?
  11. How Do Noise Cancelling Headphones Work?

Equipment Series

(Updated 2/2021)

  1. How to Choose Studio Headphones (Coming Soon!)
  2. How to Choose a Headphone Amp
  3. How to Choose a Microphone
  4. How to Choose a MIDI Keyboard
  5. How to Choose a Turntable (Coming Soon!)
  6. What are Studio Monitors?
  7. What does an Audio Interface Do?
  8. What does an Audio Mixer Do?
  9. What is a Soundcard?
  10. What is a USB DAC?

Microphone Series

(Updated 2/2021)

  1. The Difference Between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone
  2. Large Diaphragm vs. Small Diaphragm
  3. Condenser Mic vs. Dynamic Mic
  4. What is a Cardioid Capsule?
  5. Acoustic Sound Treatment
  6. Home Recording Mic Pop Filters: Why You Need Them
  7. Microphone Stands | Finding the Best Home Studio Recording Equipment

Versus Series

(Updated 2/2021)

  1. The Audio Interface: USB vs. Firewire
  2. Closed back vs. Open back Headphones
  3. Bit depth vs. Sample Rate
  4. Digital vs. Analog Sound
  5. Tube Amp vs. Solid State
  6. Preamp vs. Interface
  7. TRS vs. TS
  8. Tidal vs. Spotify (Popular)

Keyboards & Pianos

(Updated 2/2021)

By Brand

(Updated 2/2021)

  1. The Best Grado Headphones
  2. The Best Sony Headphones
  3. The Best Sennheiser Headphones
  4. The Best Beats Headphones
  5. The Best AKG Headphones
  6. The Best Beyerdynamic Headphones (Coming Soon!)
  7. The Best Audeze Headphones (Coming Soon!)
  8. The Best HiFiMan Headphones [Popular]

By Purpose


  1. The 12 Best Studio Headphones For Mixing, Mastering, And Music Production (New/Popular)


  1. The 9-5 Paradigm (My first post ever on Home Studio Basics)
  3. The Best Version Of Yourself

more to come, stay tuned…

All the best and God bless,





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