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The 6 Best Podcast Headphones - Spring 2022 Reviews

Best Podcast Headphones

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 670 pairs of headphones, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best podcast headphones to buy. Also, check out our picks for the best studio headphones for mixing and recording, the best DJ headphones, and the best audiophile headphones.

  1. Best Podcast Headphones

    The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO are the best headphones for podcasting that we've tested. These over-ears offer a versatile performance as they can be used for both recording and mixing audio, thanks to their analytical sound and comfortable design with plush microfiber padding. They also have a durable metal frame and coiled audio cable, making them feel very well-built.

    These headphones can reproduce voices clearly and accurately, although sibilants like S and T sounds can be a bit bright. You may still prefer this sound if you're looking to spot imperfections in your audio during the mixing process, though. 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 the 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.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Lower Leakage

    If you want to reduce the risk of audio seeping into your recording, you may prefer the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. While they trap more heat against your ears than the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, their much better leakage performance means far less audio escapes from the earcups, even if you're listening at a high volume. They have a well-balanced sound profile with excellent mid accuracy, so voices are present, detailed, and clear. Even though they're closed-back headphones, their passive soundstage still seems natural, and sound seems to be coming from speakers placed in front of you, which can help if you're mixing tracks. They also have a sturdy build with a coiled cable that can help reduce tangles when you're moving around. There's a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter included that you can use to connect them to a mixer. Unfortunately, they have a sub-par noise isolation performance and don't isolate you from noise like traffic outside your window, although they block out a bit of noise like ambient conversation.

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

    See our review

  3. Best Podcast Headphones For Recording

    The Sony MDR-7506 are the best headphones for streaming and recording that we've tested. When you're recording, you'll want to minimize audio bleed coming from your headphones so you don't ruin your take. Luckily, these closed-back over-ears have a decent leakage performance and even leak a bit less audio than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. They also have a decently comfortable fit with a retro design that some users may prefer.

    These headphones have a well-balanced sound that's clear and detailed. Vocals have a bit of extra brightness, which can help make imperfections in your track easier to spot. Thanks to their included 1/8" to 1/4" adapter, you can connect them to your audio equipment. You may also prefer their coiled audio cable design if you like to move around while recording and want to reduce tangles.

    Unfortunately, their more affordable price is reflected in their build quality. Their frame feels plasticky as well as cheap, and it creaks when you put on the headphones, which can be a little annoying. The headphones also struggle to block out background sound like ambient chatter. If you want retro over-ears for recording podcasts, they're worth checking out.

    See our review

  4. In-Ear Monitor Alternative

    If you prefer in-ear monitors (IEMs), check out the MOONDROP KATO. While their mid-range isn't as flat as that of the Sony MDR-7506, the MOONDROP have a more portable design. Thanks to their in-ear design, they leak significantly less sound and can block out more mid-range sound like ambient chatter. Their build quality feels great, and their interchangeable design allows you to adjust them to suit your tastes. Their audio cable is detachable, and they come with two different pairs of nozzles that can slightly adjust their audio reproduction. Using the spring ear tips and steel nozzles, they have a fairly neutral sound profile that ensures vocals sound detailed and clear. Unfortunately, you may find their design a bit heavy since the earbud casing is made from stainless steel.

    Go for the Sony if you prefer over-ears with a more neutral sound profile. However, if you like the fit and feel of in-ears that feel better built, consider the MOONDROP instead.

    See our review

  5. Best Podcast Headphones For Mixing

    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. These headphones offer a unique audio experience that's well-suited for mixing.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Podcast Headphones

    The best headset for streaming at the budget level is the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x. These over-ear headphones have a very accurate mid-range, which ensures the accurate reproduction of vocals. They also have a decently comfortable fit that doesn't apply 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 positioning, you should experience consistent audio delivery each time you use them. They also come with a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter so you can plug them into your mixer. While their passive soundstage is perceived as closed-off, this is normal from closed-back headphones. However, their soundstage still seems natural.

    Unfortunately, they have cheaper build quality, and they feel more prone to wear and tear over time. Their audio cable is integrated into their design, meaning if it gets damaged, you need to replace the entire unit. They also do a mediocre job of blocking out ambient chatter. However, if you're looking for wallet-friendly headphones for podcasting, they're a solid choice at this price point.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sennheiser HD 280 Pro 2016: The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro 2016 are over-ears with a very neutral mid-range and a coiled audio cable design. While they have large, well-padded ear cups, the padding is thin. Since the headband also has a tight fit, some users may find them fatiguing when used during long recording sessions. See our review
  • Beyerdynamic DT 880: The Beyerdynamic DT 880 are semi-open headphones with a neutral sound profile. While they feel better built than the Superlux HD 681, their passive soundstage seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. See our review
  • AKG K371: The AKG K371 are comfortable and decently well-built headphones. However, they're prone to consistencies in audio delivery, so you may need to adjust them on your head each time you wear them to get a more consistent sound. See our review
  • TIN Audio T3: The TIN Audio T3 are IEMs with a great build quality and very low audio leakage. However, their nozzles are a bit large, and some people may find their fit uncomfortable. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 12, 2022: Removed the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless from Notable Mentions as they're no longer available. Also replaced the TIN Audio T3 with the MOONDROP KATO and moved the TIN to Notable Mentions.

  2. Feb 11, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  3. Dec 07, 2021: Replaced the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless with the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x as the Plantronics are mostly out of this price range.

  4. Oct 08, 2021: Checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  5. Sep 20, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to recommendations.

All Reviews

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.

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