Whether you're brand new to podcasts 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 hear tracks like your audience. They should have a comfortable fit that won't become fatiguing over long periods of use. They should also block out some ambient noise and have a neutral sound profile that ensures the clear and accurate reproduction of dialogue.
Since many creators use a standalone mic to ensure a higher recording quality, we won't focus on the headphones' microphone performance in this article. We also prioritize wired picks on this list as a wireless Bluetooth connection can cause high audio lag.
We've tested over 615 pairs of headphones, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best podcast headphones to buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best studio headphones for mixing and recording, the best DJ headphones, and the best audiophile headphones.
The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are the best headphones for podcasting that we've tested. These over-ears have a premium design with a durable metal frame and coiled audio cable, making them feel very well-built. Thanks to their plush microfiber padding, they're comfortable enough to wear while recording or mixing.
These headphones have a very neutral sound profile. They can reproduce voices clearly and accurately, although sibilants like S and T sounds can be a bit bright. While they have a disappointing overall noise isolation performance, they do a decent job of reducing ambient chatter so you can better hear your audio. Their passive soundstage feels wide and as if sound is coming from speakers placed around you rather than from inside your head, which can help with mixing audio in the studio later.
Unfortunately, you need an amp to get the most out of these headphones as their drivers need more power than what a smartphone or laptop can provide. They also leak a lot of audio at high volumes, which could bleed into your recording. However, this should be less of a problem if you're using them at more moderate volumes, and if you're looking for comfortable, well-built headphones for your podcasts, they're worth considering.
If you're looking to reduce the risk of audio seepage into your streams or recordings, go for the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. While their over-ear fit traps in more heat than the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, the Audio-Technica have a better leakage performance. These headphones have a very neutral mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments are present, clear, and detailed. They're also well-built and have a comfortable, lightweight fit. If you want to connect them to a sound mixer, they come with a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter. They also come with a coiled audio cable, which gives you a bit more room to move around, and a cloth pouch to protect them from dust when you're not using them. However, they have a hard time isolating you from background noise. Still, they're among the best headsets for podcasting that we've tested, thanks to their comfortable, lightweight design and neutral mid-range.
Check out the Beyerdynamic if you prioritize a more neutral overall sound profile from your over-ears. However, if you want to limit audio bleed, try the Audio-Technica instead.
The Sony MDR-7506 are the best headphones for streaming and recording podcasts that we've tested. These retro-styled headphones have a decent build quality with a thin metal frame to help reinforce their design. They also have a comfortable, lightweight fit, and you shouldn't feel too much fatigue if you're wearing them during long recording sessions.
These headphones have a coiled audio cable, which is less prone to tangling and can give you a bit more range if you like to move around. They also come with a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter, which is handy if you want to connect them to an amp or sound mixer. Although their sound profile is slightly bass-heavy, they have a very flat and neutral mid-range. As a result, speech sounds clear, detailed, and accurate.
Unfortunately, even though they have a closed-back design, they struggle to block out background noise like ambient chatter. They also feel a bit plasticky and can creak when you're putting on the headphones. That said, if you're live on set, these headphones can reproduce voices clearly, and allow you to monitor your levels while recording.
If you prefer the lightweight look and feel of in-ear headphones, consider the TIN Audio T3. While their sound profile is more bass-heavy than the Sony MDR-7506 and they aren't as comfortable, the TIN have an in-ear design that's less bulky and more portable. This fit can also help cut down some ambient noise like ambient chatter or the high-pitched hum of an AC unit around you. Thanks to their fairly neutral mid-range, speech is reproduced accurately, although it may sound a bit muddy due to a bump in the low-mid. They're also well-built and use a detachable braided audio cable, making it easy to replace if it gets damaged. Overall, their impressive mid accuracy, high build quality, and breathable design make them one of the best earbuds for podcasting that we've tested.
Check out the Sony if you're looking for more comfortable headphones with an over-ear fit. However, if you prefer in-ear headphones with a more solid and sturdy build quality, try the TIN.
The Superlux HD 681 are the best podcast headphones for mixing that we've tested. Unlike other headphones on this list, these over-ears have a semi-open enclosure. While they leak more audio than their closed-back counterparts, this design helps them create a more natural and spacious passive soundstage, making it easier to mix audio tracks accurately.
These headphones have a lightweight and comfortable fit, so you shouldn't feel too much fatigue when you're in the studio for long periods. They have a neutral sound profile that ensures that dialogue is clear, detailed, and present. Although they're a bit bright, some users may prefer this overemphasis, as it can help bring out imperfections in your tracks.
Unfortunately, they feel pretty cheaply made and don't feel like durable headphones. Their semi-open back design also means that they don't block out much background noise, so they're not ideal for noisier environments. That said, these headphones offer a unique audio experience that's well-suited for mixing.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless is the best headset for streaming and podcasts on a budget that we've tested. While a wireless design can introduce latency issues while you're recording, these headphones can be used via their included 1/8" TRS cable as well as with Bluetooth, allowing you to decide which connection suits your needs. They have over 24 hours of continuous playback time and can connect with up to two devices at once.
They have a very neutral sound profile out of the box, so speech is clear, detailed, and accurate. Unlike other headphones on this list, they also have a companion app that offers a couple of EQ presets to help you adjust the sound. Their padding is decently thick and soft, while the headband shouldn't put too much pressure on the top of your head. Their leakage performance is good, too, and even if you're listening to audio at high volumes, it should be hard for others around you to hear it.
Unfortunately, some users have reported that their unit's headband broke or cracked with continuous use. Although they have active noise cancelling (ANC), they also do a mediocre job blocking ambient noise around you. However, these wallet-friendly headphones offer versatile performance, and you can even use them more casually after you've finished recording or mixing.
Aug 30, 2021: Added the TIN Audio T3 as 'In-Ear Monitor Alternative'.
Aug 10, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best podcast headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of our reviews for headphones that are good for neutral sound. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.