The Best Open-Back Studio Headphones

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We recently published a list of the best studio headphones, which included a wide variety of headphones that can be used for everything from tracking and casual listening to more focused mixing and mastering sessions.

Included in this list were two pairs of open-back headphones that are used almost exclusively for mixing: the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PROs and the Sennheiser HD 650s. These headphones, along with virtually every other type of open-back headphone, can be tricky beasts since they serve only one purpose. If your goal is to mix and master tracks with a critical ear in an environment that somewhat resembles a traditional near-field monitor setup, these types of phones are for you.

If, on the other hand, you’re interested in tracking or listening to music on the go (or in public), you’ll be much better off with a more traditional pair of closed-back headphones, which provide far more isolation.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to create a separate list dedicated to the best open-back headphones money can buy.

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