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 625 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.
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 want to reduce the risk of audio seeping into your recording, try the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x instead. These over-ears aren't as breathable as the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, but they have a better leakage performance, so much less sound escapes from the headphones, even if you're listening at a high volume. Their mid-range is also very neutral, so voices in the mix are present, detailed, and clear. They're similarly well-built, with a coiled audio cable to reduce tangles and give you a bit more room to move around. You can use the included 1/8" to 1/4" adapter to connect them to a sound mixer too. Unfortunately, they don't isolate you from very much ambient sound, and while they aren't as tight as the Beyerdynamic, their ear cup padding can feel a bit stiff and squeaky.
If you're looking for over-ears with a more neutral sound profile, go for the Beyerdynamic, but consider the Audio-Technica instead if you want to limit audio bleed.
The Sony MDR-7506 are the best headphones for streaming and recording that we've tested. They have a sleek retro look that's sure to please some users and feel decently well-built. They also have a lightweight design with spacious ear cups that don't clamp too tightly on your ears, so you can wear them for long recording sessions without feeling too much fatigue.
Although these over-ears have a bit of extra bass in their sound profile, they can reproduce vocals and lead instruments quite clearly, thanks to their neutral range. Their coiled audio cable is quite long and allows you to move around without worrying too much about it getting tangled. 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.
Unfortunately, parts of their build feel plasticky and cheap. The headphones are also prone to creaking when you're putting them on your head, which can be a little annoying. They struggle to block out background noise like background voices too. However, if you're looking for headphones to help monitor your audio while you're recording, they're a suitable choice.
If you're looking for more lightweight headphones, try the TIN Audio Audio T3. While their fit isn't as comfortable as the Sony MDR-7506, and their sound profile is more bass-heavy, some users may prefer the TIN's more portable and breathable in-ear design. Thanks to their fit, they can also block out a good amount of ambient noise around you, and they barely leak audio at high volumes. They have a great build quality too, and their audio cable is detachable, so you can easily replace it should it get damaged. Even though they deliver extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes, their mid-range is still very neutral, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and detailed. However, some users may still find them a bit muddy.
Check out the Sony if you're looking for over-ear headphones that are more comfortable and have a neutral sound profile. If you prefer the fit and feel of in-ears, or if you're looking for better-built headphones, take a look at the TIN instead.
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.
Oct 08, 2021: Checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Sep 20, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to recommendations.
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.