Reviews

>My Studio & Headphone Collection

Gear I’ve owned, still own or have demoed

I will be frequently adding to this page as I review the stuff I haven’t already, as well as acquire more gear! Check back periodically!


AKG

  1. AKG K550 Review
  2. AKG K553 Review (Demoed)
  3. AKG K52 Review (Coming soon!) (Demoed)
  4. AKG K240 Studio Headphones Review (Owned)

Antlion

  1. Antlion Audio Mod Mic 5 Review (Demoed)

Audeze

  1. Audeze LCD 3 Review (Demoed)
  2. Audeze LCD-X Review (Demoed)
  3. Audeze LCD-XC Review (Demoed)
  4. Audeze EL8 Open Review (Demoed)
  5. Audeze EL8 Closed Review (Coming Soon!) (Demoed)
  6. Audeze Sine Review (Demoed)

Audio Interfaces, Amps & DACS

  1. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Review (Own)
  2. M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio Interface (Owned)
  3. Schiit Magni 2 Review (Own)
  4. Audioquest DragonFly Red Review (Demoed)
  5. Oppo HA-2 Review (Own)
  6. Bryston BHA-1 Review (Coming Soon!) (Demoed)
  7. NAIM DAC V-1 Review (Coming Soon!) (Demoed)

Audio Technica

  1. Audio Technica ATH M50 Review (Own)
  2. Audio Technica ATH M40x Review (Own)
  3. Audio Technica AT LP60 Review (Own)
  4. Audio Technica AT2020 Review (Own)
  5. Audio Technica ATH AD900x (Demoed)

Audioquest

  1. Audioquest NightOwl Review (Demoed)
  2. Audioquest NightHawk Review (Demoed)

Beats

  1. Beats Solo 2 Review (Demoed)
  2. Beats Solo 3 Review (Demoed)
  3. Beats Studio 2.0 Wireless Review (Demoed)
  4. Beats Studio 3.0 Wireless Review (Coming Soon!) (Demoed)
  5. Beats Pro Review (Demoed)
  6. Beats EP Review (Coming Soon!) (Demoed)

Beyerdynamic

  1. Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm (Coming soon!) (Demoed)
  2. Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium 600 Ohm headphones
  3. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Review (Demoed)

Blue

  1. Blue Microphones Yeti Review! (Own)

Bose

  1. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Review (Demoed)
  2. Bose Sound True Around Ear II Review (Demoed)

Bowers & Wilkins

  1. Bowers & Wilkins P7 Review (Demoed)
  2. Bowers & Wilkins P9 Review (Demoed)

Focal

  1. Focal Elear Review (Demoed)
  2. Focal Listen Review (Demoed)
  3. Focal Utopia Review (Demoed)

Grado

Original

  1. Grado RS2i Review (Demoed)

e series line

  1. Grado SR60e Review (Demoed)
  2. Grado SR80e Review (Demoed)
  3. Grado SR125e Review (Demoed)
  4. Grado SR225e Review (Demoed)
  5. Grado SR325e Review (Demoed)
  6. Grado RS1e Review (Demoed)
  7. Grado PS500e Review (Demoed)
  8. Grado GS1000e Review (Demoed)

HIFIMAN

  1. HIFIMAN HE400i Review (Demoed)
  2. HIFIMAN HE400S Review (Demoed)
  3. HIFIMAN Edition X Review (Demoed)

JBL

  1. JBL LSR 305 Review (Own)

Oppo

  1. Oppo PM3 Review (Demoed)

PADS

  1. The KORG padKONTROL (Own)
  2. Akai MPD18 Compact Pad Controller (Owned)

Philips

  1. Philips SHP9500 Review (Own)

PSB

  1. PSB M4U Review (Demoed)
  2. PSB M4U 2 Review (Coming soon!) (Demoed)

Samson

  1. Samson CO1 studio condenser review (Own)
  2. Samson Go Mic compact USB microphone review (Demoed)
  3. Samson Meteor mic review (Owned)
  4. Samson Meteorite USB condenser mic review (Owned)
  5. Samson SR850 Review (Own)

Sennheiser

  1. Sennheiser HD 280 Review (Owned)
  2. Sennheiser HD 201 Review (Owned)
  3. Sennheiser HD 202 Review (Owned)
  4. Sennheiser HD 25 Review (Own)
  5. Sennheiser HD 558 Review (Own)
  6. Sennheiser HD 600 Review (Own)
  7. Sennheiser HD6 Review (Coming soon!) (Demoed)
  8. Sennheiser HD 200 Review (Coming soon!) (Demoed)

Shure

  1. Shure SE215 Review (Demoed)
  2. Shure SRH440 Review (Demoed)

Sony

  1. Sony MDR 7506 Review (Owned)
  2. Sony MDR V6 Review (Own)
  3. Sony MDR V150 Monitor Series Headphones (Owned)
  4. Sony MDRZX100 Review (Demoed)
  5. Sony MDR Z1R Review (Demoed)
  6. Sony MDR 1A Review (Demoed)
  7. Sony MDR XB950N1 (Demoed)
  8. Sony WH1000X M2 Headphone Review (Demoed)

Skull Candy

  1. Skull Candy Uproar Wireless (Own)

Status

  1. Status Audio CB 1 Review! (Own)

V-Moda

  1. V-Moda Crossfade M100 Review (Own)
  2. V-Moda Crossfade LP Review (Demoed)

Headphone Reviews involving extensive research and first hand experience

Please keep in mind there is no substitute for trying this stuff out for yourself. My goal here at Home Studio Basics is to come up with a precise and accurate consensus for each and every one of my reviews. As a consumer of gear myself, I take great pride in researching a product until I come to a point where I feel like everything has been covered, good or bad. Contact me if you have any requests! Also check out my About Stu page!

Sennheiser

  1. Sennheiser HD 650 Review
  2. Sennheiser HD 800 Review
  3. Should you buy the Sennheiser HD 598?

Sony

  1. Sony MDR V700 Review

Beyerdynamic

  1. Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro headphones, 250 Ohm
  2. Beyerdynamic T1 Review

Numark

  1. Numark Red Wave DJ mixing headphones

Headphone Comparison Reviews

A

  1. AKG K240 vs. K240 MK II
  2. AKG K92 vs. K240
  3. AKG K550 vs. K551
  4. AKG K550 vs. Q701
  5. AKG K701 vs. AKG K702
  6. AKG K701 vs. DT880
  7. AKG K701 vs. K240
  8. AKG Q701 vs. K701
  9. AKG Q701 vs. K712
  10. AKG Q701 vs. Beats
  11. AKG K702 vs. K712
  12. AKG K612 vs. K712
  13. AKG K612 vs. K701
  14. AKG K451 vs. K452
  15. AKG Q460 vs. Beats Solo
  16. Audio Technica ATH M50 vs. Pioneer HDJ 2000
  17. Audio Technica ATH M50 vs. Shure SRH 840
  18. Audio Technica ATH M50 vs. Grado SR80i headphones
  19. Audio Technica ATH M50 vs. Bose AE2
  20. Audio Technica ATH M50 vs. Audio Technica ATH M50S
  21. Audio Technica ATH M50 vs. Beats
  22. Audio Technica ATH M50S vs. Sennheiser Momentum
  23. Audio Technica ATH M50x vs. M50
  24. Audio Technica ATH M50x vs. Sony MDR V6
  25. Audio Technica ATH M40x vs. M50x
  26. ATH M50 vs. HD 598
  27. ATH M50 vs. HD 558
  28. ATH M50 vs. Beats Studio
  29. ATH M50 vs. Beats Pro
  30. ATH AD 900x vs. M50x
  31. ATH AD900x vs. HD598
  32. AD900x vs. AD700x
  33. Audeze LCD2 vs. LCD3
  34. Audeze Sine vs. Oppo PM3
  35. Audeze Sine vs. EL8

B

  1. Beyerdynamic T90 vs. T1
  2. Beyerdynamic T1 vs. T5P
  3. Beyerdynamic DT 770 vs. 880
  4. Beyerdynamic DT770 vs. ATH M50x
  5. Beyerdynamic DT 990 vs. DT880
  6. Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro vs. Premium
  7. Beyerdynamic DT990 vs. Sennheiser HD600
  8. Beyerdynamic DT880 vs. Sennheiser HD600
  9. Bowers & Wilkins P7 vs. Sennheiser Momentum
  10. Bowers & Wilkins P7 vs. Bose QC15
  11. Bowers and Wilkins P7 vs. ATH M50
  12. Bowers and Wilkins P7 vs. HD650
  13. Bowers & Wilkins P5 vs. P7
  14. Beoplay H6 vs. Sennheiser Momentum

Beats & Bose

  1. Beats Solo vs. Studio
  2. Beats Solo 2 vs. Studio
  3. Beats Solo 3 vs. Studio
  4. Beats Solo vs. Solo 2
  5. Beats Solo 2 vs. Solo 3
  6. Beats Solo vs. Solo HD
  7. Beats Studio vs. Studio Wireless
  8. Beats Studio Wireless vs. Beats Solo 3
  9. Beats Studio 2.0 vs. 3.0
  10. Beats Studio 3 vs. Bose QC35
  11. Beats Studio 3 vs. Solo 3
  12. Beats Studio vs. Bose AE2i
  13. Beats Executive vs. Beats Studio
  14. Bose QC15 vs. Beats Studio
  15. Bose AE2 vs. Beats Studio
  16. Bose AE2 vs. Bose OE2
  17. Bose Quiet Comfort 3 vs. 15
  18. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 vs. Beats Studio Wireless
  19. Bose QuietComfort 25 vs. 35
  20. Bose Quietcomfort 15 vs. 25
  21. Bose QC35 vs. QC35 II

D

  1. DT770 vs. Q701

F

  1. FA 011 vs. ATH M50

G

  1. Grado PS1000 vs Sennheiser HD800
  2. Grado SR60e vs. SR80e
  3. Grado SR60e vs. SR125e
  4. Grado SR60i vs. SR80i
  5. Grado SR80e vs. SR125e
  6. Grado GS1000 vs. PS1000
  7. Grado GS1000e vs. PS500e
  8. Grado GS1000e vs. Sennheiser HD800

H

  1. HIFIMAN HE400S vs. HE400i

M

  1. Monster Inspiration vs. Beats Studio
  2. Monster DNA vs. Beats Solo
  3. Monster DNA vs. Beats Solo HD

O

  1. Oppo PM3 vs. B&W P7
  2. Oppo PM3 vs. Sennheiser Momentum
  3. Oppo PM3 vs. PM2

P

  1. Philips SHP9500 vs. X2
  2. Philips Fidelio X2 vs. HD650
  3. Pioneer HDJ 2000 vs. Beats Pro

S

  1. Samson SR850 vs. Superlux668B
  2. Samson SR850 vs. SR950
  3. Sennheiser HD 419 vs. HD 429
  4. Sennheiser HD 518 vs. ATH M50
  5. Sennheiser HD 380 vs. HD 558
  6. Sennheiser HD 598 vs. Momentum
  7. Sennheiser HD1 vs. Momentum
  8. Sennheiser HD1 vs. Momentum 2.0
  9. Sennheiser HD 598 vs. Beats
  10. Sennheiser Momentum vs. Beats
  11. Sennheiser Momentum vs. Beats Studio
  12. Sennheiser Momentum vs. Momentum 2.0
  13. Sennheiser Momentum vs. Amperior
  14. Sennheiser Momentum vs. KEF M500
  15. Sennheiser HD 518 vs. HD 558
  16. Sennheiser HD 201 vs. 202
  17. Sennheiser HD 202 vs. 203
  18. Sennheiser HD 595 vs. 598
  19. Sennheiser HD 600 vs. 650
  20. Sennheiser HD 600 vs. HD 700
  21. Sennheiser HD 600 vs. HIFIMAN HE400i
  22. Sennheiser HD 650 vs. HIFIMAN HE400i
  23. Sennheiser HD 650 vs. 700
  24. Sennheiser HD 650 vs. AKG K701
  25. Sennheiser HD 280 pro vs. ATH M50
  26. Sennheiser HD 800 vs. HD 650
  27. Sennheiser HD 598 vs. HD 599
  28. Sennheiser HD 598 vs HD 600
  29. Sennheiser HD 558 vs. 598
  30. Sennheiser HD 800 vs. Beyerdynamic T1
  31. Sennheiser HD 600 vs. ATH M50
  32. Sennheiser HD 25 vs. Momentum
  33. Sennheiser HD 600 vs. Oppo PM3
  34. Sennheiser HD 600 vs. AKG K701
  35. Sony MDR V6 vs. Audio Technica ATH M50
  36. Sony MDR V6 vs. MDR 7506
  37. Sony MDR 7506 vs. Audio Technica ATH M50
  38. Sony MDR 7506 vs. Beats
  39. Sony MDR 7506 vs. Senal SMH 1000
  40. Sony MDR 7510 vs. 7506
  41. Sony MDR 7510 vs. 7520
  42. Sony MDR V55 vs. 7506
  43. Shure SRH840 vs. ATH M50
  44. Shure SRH440 vs. M40x
  45. Shure SRH440 vs. Sony MDR7506

V

  1. V Moda Crossfade M100 vs. Sennheiser Momentum
  2. V Moda M100 vs. LP2
  3. V Moda Crossfade LP vs. LP2

In-ear monitor comparisons

S

  1. Sennheiser IE80 vs. Shure SE535
  2. Shure SE425 vs. SE535
  3. Shure SE530 vs. SE535
  4. Shure SE846 vs. SE535
  5. Shure SE846 vs. Sennheiser HD 800
  6. Shure SE215 vs. SE315
  7. Shure SE215 vs. Sennheiser Momentum (In-ear)
  8. Bose IE2 vs. Shure SE 215

“The Bests”

Keep in mind, some of my opinions have changed slightly from when these were posted. For example: In my first “best studio headphones for mixing” I had the ATH M50 as an option. I still think it’s a phenomenal headphone, and it does well studio, but it’s more for the average consumer looking for audiophile type quality at an affordable price. My writing style has also evolved since Spring of 2015. Regardless, these will still serve as a nice starting point, as they are all still relevant.

Older

  1. The best studio headphones for mixing (Version 1)
  2. The best studio headphones for under $200 (Old)
  3. The best headphones under $100 (Old)

Updated

  1. The best studio headphones for mixing (Definitively the 3 best mid-fi offerings)

By Brand:

  1. The best audiophile headphones
  2. The Best Sony Headphones
  3. The Best Grado Headphones
  4. The best Sennheiser headphones

By Genre:

  1. The best headphones for Jazz
  2. The best headphones for Classical
  3. The best headphones for Rock music
  4. The best headphones for Hip-Hop

For Mixing:

  1. The best headphones for mixing under $100
  2. The best headphones for mixing (Top Recommendation Overall)
  3. The best headphones for mixing hip-hop
  4. The best headphones for mixing beats
  5. The best open back headphones for mixing
  6. The best headphones for music production

Closed back

  1. The best closed back studio headphones

Top 10’s

  1. The Top 10 best headphones under $100
  2. Top 10 USB Microphones

Microphones

  1. The best mics for podcasting
  2. The best USB microphone for podcasting
  3. The best dynamic microphone for vocals
  4. The best condenser microphone under $500
  5. The best recording microphone for rap
  6. The best cheap USB microphone
  7. The best USB microphone for voiceover

Monitors

  1. The best affordable studio monitors
  2. The best studio monitors under $300
  3. The best studio monitors for mixing
  4. Adam A7 vs. A7X
  5. Adam A7X Review

Monitor Comparisons

  1. Yamaha HS5 vs. KRK Rokit 5
  2. Yamaha HS80M vs. HS8
  3. Yamaha HS5 vs. HS7
  4. Yamaha HS8 vs. HS7
  5. JBL LSR 305 vs. Yamaha HS5
  6. JBL LSR 308 vs. Yamaha HS8
  7. Presonus Eris E5 vs. JBL LSR 305
  8. Adam A7X vs. KRK VXT8

Audio Interfaces

  1. The best budget audio interface

Headphone Amps & DAC

  1. Magni 2 vs. Magni 2 Uber
  2. Audioquest Dragonfly Black vs. Red

Microphone Reviews

A

  1. AKG perception 420 condenser microphone
  2. AKG C214 condenser microphone
  3. Audio Technica AT4040 cardioid condenser microphone
  4. Audio Technica AT2035 large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone

M

  1. MXL 990 USB powered condenser microphone
  2. MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
  3. MXL V250 Condenser Microphone Review
  4. MXL 770 cardioid condenser microphone review
  5. MXL V63M Condenser studio microphone

R

  1. Rode NTK Tube Condenser Microphone

S

  1. Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone

Microphone Comparison Reviews

A

  1. AT2020 vs. Blue Yeti
  2. AT2020 vs. Rode NT1A
  3. AT2020 vs. AT2035
  4. AT2020 vs. Blue Snowball
  5. AT2020 vs. MXL990
  6. AT2020 vs. 4040
  7. ATR2500 vs. Blue Snowball
  8. ATR2500 vs. AT2020
  9. AKG C214 vs. AT4040
  10. AKG C214 vs. C414
  11. AKG C214 vs. Shure SM7B
  12. AKG C214 vs. Bluebird
  13. AKG C214 vs. Blue Baby Bottle
  14. AKG C214 vs. Rode NT2A
  15. AKG C414 XLS vs. XL II
  16. AKG P220 vs. AT2020
  17. AKG P220 vs. P420
  18. AKG P220 vs. AT2035
  19. Audix i5 vs. SM57
  20. Audix OM2 vs. Shure SM58
  21. Audix OM5 vs. OM6
  22. Audix OM5 vs. Shure Beta 58A
  23. Apogee Mic vs. Blue Yeti

B

  1. Blue Snowball vs. Yeti
  2. Blue Snowball vs. Samson Meteor
  3. Blue Snowball iCE vs. Normal
  4. Blue Yeti vs. Blue Spark
  5. Blue Yeti vs. Nessie
  6. Blue Yeti vs. Blue Yeti Pro
  7. Blue Yeti vs. Razer Seiren
  8. Bluebird vs. Blue Spark
  9. Blue Nessie vs. Snowball

C

  1. CAD U37 vs. Snowball
  2. CAD U37 vs. Samson Go Mic

E

  1. Electrovoice RE20 vs. RE27

H

  1. Heil PR40 vs. Shure SM7B
  2. Heil PR20 vs. PR22

M

  1. MXL 770 vs. Blue Yeti
  2. MXL v67g vs MXL 770
  3. MXL V63M vs. V67G
  4. MXL 990 vs. 770
  5. MXL 770 vs. AT2020
  6. MXL 990 vs. V67G

R

  1. Rode NT1A vs. NT2A
  2. Rode NT2 vs. NT2A
  3. Rode NT1 vs. NT2
  4. Rode NT1 vs. NT1A
  5. Rode NT1A vs. AKG C214
  6. Rode Podcaster vs. Heil PR40
  7. Rode NT5 vs. M5
  8. Rode NT5 vs. KM184
  9. Rode NT USB vs. AT2020
  10. Rode NT USB vs. Apogee MiC
  11. Rode NT USB vs. Blue Yeti

S

  1. Samson C01U vs. Blue Yeti
  2. Samson Meteor vs. Blue Yeti
  3. Samson C01 vs. Behringer C1
  4. Samson Go Mic vs. Blue Snowball
  5. Samson Go Mic vs. Blue Snowflake
  6. Samson Meteor vs. Meteorite
  7. Samson Meteor vs. C01U
  8. Studio Projects B1 vs. AT2020

Shure & Sennheiser

  1. Beta 87a vs. Beta 58
  2. SM58 vs. Beta 58
  3. Shure SM48 vs. SM58
  4. Shure SM57 vs. SM58
  5. Shure SM58 vs. SM58S
  6. Shure SM58 vs. SM58 LC
  7. Shure PG58 vs. SM58
  8. Shure SM7 vs. SM7B
  9. Shure SM7B vs. SM57
  10. Shure SM7B vs. SM58
  11. Shure SM57 vs. Sennheiser e609
  12. Shure SM87A vs. Beta 87A
  13. Shure SM87A vs. 87C
  14. Shure SM86 vs. Beta 87A
  15. Sennheiser e835 vs. Shure SM58
  16. Sennheiser e935 vs. e835
  17. Sennheiser e935 vs. Shure Beta 58A
  18. Sennheiser e945 vs. Shure Beta 58A
  19. Sennheiser e945 vs. e935
  20. Sennheiser e845 vs. e835
  21. Sennheiser e835 vs. Shure Beta 58A
  22. Sennheiser e906 vs. e609

Old Posts

Take these with a grain of salt, as they were from when I first started here at Home Studio Basics. Most of the information is still relevant, but my opinions on certain things have changed a little.

Home studio & Recording

  1. How to build a home studio on a budget
  2. Professional home recording studio equipment list
  3. Music studio recording equipment
  4. Cheap music production equipment
  5. Best home studio microphone
  6. The best audio interface for home recording
  7. Best studio headphones for mixing
  8. The best recording microphone for vocals
  9. The best recording microphone for rap
  10. The best cheap condenser microphone
  11. The best cheap USB microphone
  12. Cheap Good Headphones
  13. Good Cheap Studio Monitors

Beats

Drumpad and Vinyl

More to come, stay tuned..

All the best and God bless,

 

 

-Stu

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