Best Headphones for Guitar Amps in 2017
There are plenty of “Best Headphone” lists out there. But every headphone is unique and excels at different things. That’s why we put together this list of the best headphones for guitar amps. You’re a guitarist and you want to practice in a quiet environment. We understand. Over the year we’ve listened through more headphones than we can count. But a few have left their mark on us and today we’ve written a summary for each of our favorite to use with your guitar amp.
Because music is important to you, and because you’ll be spending a large amount of time using and practicing with your headphone of choice it’s critical you get the right advice. So take some time to digest the information below.
Type: Closed, 44mm Driver
These are fantastic headphones. They are everything we want in a moderately priced pair of closed, over the ear headphones. They’re also the successor to the best-selling ATH-M50(which was the most recommended headphone in the $150 price range) and the smart updates that Audio Technica added rectified some old flaws.
Great sound that made for music production, but also works well for critical listening. If you’re seated, they’re comfortable enough to wear for hours. Highly recommended.
Sennheiser HD 598
Type: Closed, 40mm Driver
The HD 598s provide audiophile level sound for the price of a mid level headphone. The sound is remarkable. The mid-range is very smooth and silky. There’s a wide “open back” sound signature with well-measured bass. With guitar sonics, it’s a match made in heaven.
The only noticeable con here is the open headphone design, which some may not prefer. The sound produced by the headphones can leak into your environment. If you’re truly wanting to work in a quiet setting, this isn’t ideal. That’s why this is our second favorite pair.
Cons: Can’t detach the cable but it’s 10ft long
Type: Open, ~40mm Driver
The MDRV6 has been around for what almost seems like forever. Despite its age, the headphone does very little wrong. It’s well constructed, comfortable, and isolates very well. It’s a little less portable than the ATH-M50x but it has a 10ft cord that’s handier than you’re likely to realize.
The sound signature never fails to impress, helping explain why these headphones have been around for so long. They’re accurate without appearing too cold or sterile. We found them to be a perfect match to use with guitar sonics as the treble response is terrific. We’d personally opt for the M50X(slightly better sound quality), but these are more affordable and are an excellent budget friendly choice as a result.
AKG K 240
Type: Semi-Open, ~40mm Driver
Head into enough studios and radio stations and you’re bound to spot more than one K-240 laying around. They have long been the studio standard for recording artists. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day long and they produce a reference grade sound quality at a budget price.
The frequency response is flat and there’s very little sound distortion to be found. This mean you can keep the volume low and not miss out on sound details. The price is what’s most alluring – about $60. We’d wager that these headphones provide you with the biggest bang for you buck.
What’s the benefit of spending $150 over $60?
Well, in general, more expensive sets just sound better. That’s why headphones are always categorized around their price point i.e. best headphones under $100.
The good news is you don’t have to spend hundreds. As the price goes up, the sound quality benefit becomes more and more marginal. We think the sweet spot for a pair of headphones is around $150. If you’re truly budget tight stick around the $60-$100 price point. Anything under comes with sacrifices and will have you wanting a better set before you know it.