Every type of headphone, whether it be in-ear or over-ear, have their own pros and cons. If we're talking about the ideal headphone for singers, then an over-ear headphone is often the most popular.
Most people use headphones to get down to their favourite song on their way to work or while doing the dishes, but singers can use headphones to hear their vocals on a track.
There are many different designs of headphones out there, and in recent years there's also been an increase in wireless and noise-cancelling headphones.
In this article, we're going to explore which headphones are ideal for singers who want to record, mix and master their own songs.
What is the Ideal Headphone for Singers?
You may have noticed that headphone jacks are on the way out, more and more smartphones are being released with fewer ports. Wireless and Bluetooth technology is on the rise and fast replacing their wired counterparts.
Headphones are beginning to follow a similar trend to port-less smartphones, with more tech heads and the music savvy choosing wireless headphones over their now possibly dated predecessors.
You can now even find headphones that are compatible with an app that lets you play around; adjusting sound quality and equalisation as well as ambience.
If you're keen on a wireless pair, there's some things for you to consider before your purchase:
- Comfortability: comfort is a priority when it comes to headphones, if you plan to create and record your own music then you could be wearing them for more than a few hours at a time. Make sure you find a pair that's comfy and soft to protect your ears and think about whether over-ear or in-ear is most suited to you.
- Sound Quality: another priority when deciding which pair is for you, one con to Bluetooth headphones is that sometimes quality is slightly diminished which may affect the editing process of a track.
- Isolation Design: Possibly a little superficial for some people, but feeling good in your headphones can sometimes make a difference to your performance.
- Noise Cancellation: particularly important if you plan to record a track with other musicians in the room, you want to be able to hear yourself and not Bill on the bass.
Hopefully, you feel more confident in your headphone knowledge, which is an important step during your decision-making process of which pair to buy, so we thought it could also be helpful to include a list of some of the quality pairs you can find.
This pair of wireless headphones are designed to automatically connect with close by Apple devices like; Mac computer, Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone etc., however they are able to connect with any device with Bluetooth compatibility.
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Balanced and clean, the Beats are well known for their decent sound quality and comfort with excellent padding which block outside noise which is handy when singing. Another bonus is that they come with a lithium-ion battery which is rechargeable, you can pick a pair of these up for around $300.
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If you know you're going to get heavy use out of a pair of headphones and use it for a couple of purposes then it's good to think carefully about which pair is right for you, a pair of these can cost you about $400.
These are great value for money as well as having amazing battery life. Some other fancy effects that the Denon AH-GC30 have is Bluetooth connection and two inbuilt microphones!
These microphones allow you to make calls and use voice commands, and to top it all off the noise cancellation is fabulous too.
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With a nuanced 18Ω neodymium transducer, these headphones produce a rich and clear sound, with a reflective cost of around $600. The flexible leather and stainless steel sliders are also a comfort feature, making sure they sit nicely on your head.
With adjustable parts, which will help to make the recording and editing process easier, these are a pair of headphones that can suit nearly anyone. These comfortable headphones are great for singers looking for good audio, with great playback and volume options.
JBL Everest 710
This pair of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones combines both wired and wireless technology, with amazing 96dB sensitivity these are a good choice if you're looking for a foldable pair of over-ear headphones.
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Looking for a pair that won't run out of battery halfway through the recording process? Then look no further, these have a great battery life which makes them perfect if you want to record in a home studio.
When you use the wired mode there is a button for a mic that lets you use the voice commands, in terms of also being wireless they're pretty good value for money priced at approximately $300.
Designed for extended use, a set of these will cost you around $500, the Nura Nuraphone also have both in-ear and over-ear capabilities. With the best of both worlds, they have the ability to measure and adjust user sensitivity to sounds.
Although not foldable, they are still a great pair of headphones which would be handy in the studio if you want to hear your audio clearly while you record.
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II and QuietComfort
These two headphones are essentially the same with a few key differences, priced at around $300 plus respectively.
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What are the differences between them?
With an integrated assistant, the second version is slightly more updated.
The adjustable settings and noise cancellation are in both headphones making them a good choice for singers who want balanced audio. Designed to be solid and shock resistant and with a 2o hour battery life, these are a pair you can plan on having for a few years.
Sony WH-1000XM3 and WH-1000XM2
Similar to the Bose headphones, these two designs are closely related. Experience the wonderful 28 hours of battery life and the added effects of quick recharge if you're pressed for time, as well as Quick Attention which adjusts volume when listening to recorded tracks or new songs.
Great for listening to your own music which will support the recording, editing, mixing process during music production.
A pair of these headphones will cost upwards of $300, so have to think about what your home studio budget is.
Marshall Mid ANC
This pair of headphones is on the higher end of the price range costing about $400, however you can block out the world around you focus on the fantastic audio quality you will get with these headphones.
Comfortable, with a clear sound these wireless headphones offer up to 30 hours of battery life because Marshall knows how much time in the studio it can take to create a hit song through music production.
With extended battery time and made with soft comfortable materials, you can recharge your over-ear headphones in the case provided. An excellent choice if you want to record your singing with other musicians playing instruments.
Choose your Perfect Headphones
Now we've covered some of the best headphones on the market right now it's up to you to decide which ones are most suited for you and your music making goals. Even though you may lose some sound quality with a wireless pair, you now know that there are headphones that are both wired and wireless.
Consider how you plan to record in your home studio, and if you will you have other musicians playing on your tracks and what sort of added effects you're after.
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Consider Singing Classes with an Experienced Tutor
Want to take your singing to the next level? Why not consider contacting one of our many talented and experienced singing teachers here at Superprof to refine your voice and further your learning.
We've got a few different tuition options for you to choose from, if you're on a budget the good news is your first lesson with us is free so you can see if your learning style is suited to your teacher.
Private lessons with a tutor are a great way to fast track your learning and ability to sing. You'll get personalised lessons suited to your learning style, although offered at a higher price they are cost-efficient.
Pretty much the same as face-to-face tutorials, but you're online! Learn via video platforms with your tutor and cut out the travel time, consider asking your singing teacher if they can also help you learn how to improve your songwriting skills.
These tutorials are the least costly as the overall price of the lesson is divided between a number of students. You'll receive less dedicated you time, however if you're looking to connect with other singers and musicians this is the option for you.
Good luck finding a quality pair of headphones, start making music today!
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