Whether you're new to podcasting or a seasoned veteran, a good pair of headphones can make all the difference when recording or editing your next episode. Headphones allow you to monitor your audio during live sessions and listen to tracks as your audience. They should have a comfortable fit that is not uncomfortable for long-term use. They should also block out some of the ambient noise and have a neutral sound profile that ensures clear and accurate reproduction of dialogue.

Since many manufacturers use a separate microphone to ensure high recording quality, we will not focus on the microphone performance of the headset in this article. We also prefer the wired picks on this list because a wireless Bluetooth connection can cause high audio lag.

We've tested over 65 pairs of headphones, and here are our recommendations for buying the best podcast headphones. Plus, check out our picks for the best studio headphones, the best DJ headphones, and the best audiophile headphones for mixing and recording.

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Best headphones for podcasts: Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro


The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are the best podcasting headphones we've tested. These headphones have a premium design with a durable metal frame and coiled audio cables, making them feel very well built. Thanks to their luxurious microfiber padding, they're comfortable enough to wear while recording or mixing.

These headphones have a very neutral sound profile. They can reproduce vocals clearly and accurately, although sibilances like the s and t sounds can be a bit bright. While they have disappointing overall noise isolation performance, they do a decent job of reducing ambient chatter so you can hear your audio better. Its passive soundstage sounds wide and as if the sound is not coming from inside your head but from speakers located near you, which can help mix the audio later in the studio.

Unfortunately, you need an amp to get the most out of these headphones because their drivers require more power than a smartphone or laptop. They also filter out a lot of high-volume audio, which can leak into your recording. However, this should be less of an issue if you're using them at a more moderate volume, and they're worth considering if you're looking for comfortable, well-built headphones for your podcast.


 

Leak-free Optional: Audio-Technica ATH-M50X


If you want to reduce the risk of audio leaks in your recordings, you may prefer the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. While they trap more heat in the ears than the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro, their better leakage performance means that much less audio comes out of the headphones, even when listening at high volumes. They have a well-balanced sound profile with excellent midrange accuracy, so vocals are present, detailed, and clear. They have an equally sturdy build, with a coiled cord that can help minimize tangles as you walk. It also includes a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter that you can use to connect your mixer. Unfortunately, they have below-average noise isolation performance and don't isolate you from noises like traffic outside your window, though they do block out noises like an ambient conversation.

If you want over-ear headphones with a more neutral sound profile, go for Beyerdynamic, but if you want to reduce audio bleed, try Audio-Technica.


 

Best Podcast Headphones for Recording: Sony MDR-7506


The Sony MDR-7506 is the best streaming and recording headset we've tested. These over-ear headphones have a retro look that is sure to please some listeners. They have a lightweight design with roomy ear cups, so they shouldn't cause too much discomfort during long recording sessions.

They have a slightly bass-rich sound profile, so there's a bit of extra punch to the audio, but mixes don't sound boomy. Its neutral midrange also ensures that vocals and lead instruments are clearly reproduced. They come with 1/8" to 1/4" adapters, meaning you can plug them into an amp or mixer right out of the box, and their coiled cord gives you room to move and reduces tangles. small

Unfortunately, they don't have the best build quality as some parts feel plastic and cheap. They also tend to make a creaking noise when you put them on, which can be annoying for some. They are also not ideal for isolating you from ambient sound. That said, if you're looking for headphones that help you keep track of your delivery while you're recording, they're a good option.




Optional In Ear Monitor: Tin Audio T3

If you don't like wearing over-ear headphones while recording, check out the TIN Audio T3. These aren't as comfortable for most people like the Sony MDR-7506, but they are more portable and some may find them more comfortable to wear because they fit in their ears. They also come with several different-sized ear cushion options, meaning you can find the one that best suits your needs. Their design also helps them passively block out more ambient sound and filter out very little audio, even at high volumes. They also have better build quality and detachable audio cables, so you can replace them if they get damaged. Its sound profile is heavier on the bass and can sound a bit disorganized, but its midrange response is very flat and neutral, so vocals are present and clear in the mix.

If you want over-the-ear headphones or a more neutral sound profile, try the Sonys, but if you want in-ear headphones that block out more noise and lose less audio, consider the TINs instead.

Best Podcast Headphones for Mixing: Superlux HD681


The Superlux HD 681 is the best podcast mixing headset we've tested. Unlike the other headphones on this list, these headphones have a semi-open shell. While they filter more audio than their closed counterparts, this design helps them create a more natural and spacious passive soundstage, making it easier to accurately mix audio tracks.

These headphones have a lightweight, comfortable fit, so you shouldn't feel too tired when you're in the studio for extended periods. They have a neutral sound profile that ensures dialogue is clear, detailed, and current. Although they are a bit bright, some users may prefer this over-emphasis as it can help smooth out imperfections in tracks.

Unfortunately, they feel pretty cheap and don't feel like durable headphones. Their semi-open back design also means they don't block out much background noise, so they're not ideal for noisy environments. That said, these headphones provide a unique audio experience that's perfect for mixing.




Best budget headphones for podcasts: Audio-Technica ATH-M20x


The best budget headphones for streaming are the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x. These over-ear headphones have a very precise midrange, ensuring accurate reproduction of vocals. They also have a decently comfortable fit that doesn't put too much pressure on your head.

They have fairly consistent audio reproduction, so as long as you take the time to ensure a good fit, seal, and position, you should experience consistent audio delivery every time you use them. They also come with a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter so you can connect them to your mixer. While their passive soundstage is touted as closed, that's to be expected from closed headphones. However, its soundstage still sounds natural.

Unfortunately, they have a cheaper build quality and feel more prone to wear and tear over time. Its audio cable is integrated into its design, which means that if it breaks, you will have to replace the entire unit. However, if you're looking for podcast headphones that don't come cheap, they're a solid choice at this price point.



Notable Mention

  • Sennheiser HD 280 Pro 2016: The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro 2016 is very neutral mid-range over-ear headphones with a coiled audio cable design. Since the headband also has a snug fit, some users may find them tiring when worn for long recording sessions.
  • Beyerdynamic DT880: The Beyerdynamic DT880 are semi-open headphones with a neutral sound profile. While they sound better than the Superlux HD681s, their passive soundstage sounds like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed in the room around you.
  • AKG K371: The AKG K371 are comfortable and well-built headphones. However, they are prone to continuity in audio delivery, so to achieve a more consistent sound you may need to adjust them on your head each time you use them.
  • Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless: The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless are Bluetooth headphones with a very neutral sound profile and more than 24 hours of continuous playback. However, despite the active noise cancellation they have, they have a hard time blocking out background noise.

Recent updates

Feb 11, 2022 - Verified Picks represent the best recommendations and products are available.

Dec 07, 2021 - The Plantronics Backbeat Go 810 Wireless has been replaced with the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x, as Plantronics is mostly outside of this price range.

Oct 08, 2021 - Checked our selections for product availability and accuracy.

September 20, 2021: Selections have been verified to represent the best recommendations and products are in stock. No changes were made to the recommendations.

August 30, 2021 - Added Tin Audio T3 as an 'in-ear monitor alternative'