Best Studio Headphones Under $100

Finding the best studio headphones under $100 becomes more common as prices steadily drop over the years. Nowadays you can find many studio headphones for quite cheap that also sound pretty good for their price. This compilation of reviews from our top choices for the best studio headphones under $100 of 2020 aims to help you carefully choose the perfect one that fits your music production needs without breaking the bank.

Best Studio Headphones Under $100

All of these headphones on this list (except where specifically mentioned otherwise) should be good for monitoring, recording audio, and mixing. However, don’t expect anything at a sound quality level of premium studio headphones.

1. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

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Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphone, Black, With Cutting Edge Engineering, 90...

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The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x, with a price of only about $100, is a closed headphone with many of the same advantages as its big brother, the ATH-M50x. With a padded headband for comfort and large cups, the ATH-M40x displays an impressive ability to suppress noise, while the 40mm drivers provide a well-balanced audio profile for optimum performance. While they’re not the best in noisy locations or outdoors, the closed-back design makes them a great choice for a studio setting.

The ease of 90 degree rotating ear cups is a great feature for DJs and anyone who tends to monitor with one ear. Other useful features include a foldable design and a carrying case that makes them perfect for portability. They also come with two detachable cables – one straight and one coiled.

2. Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

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Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphone (new model)

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$98.49 $129.00

The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro remains one of the best studio headphones under $100 available after so many years since they were offered for sale in 2003, which is an impressive achievement. With dynamic circumaural (closed around the ear) over-ear cups for the best possible sound isolation, the HD 280 Pro is designed for durability with a collapse and swivel feature that makes them ideal for on the go musicians and DJs who prefer to monitor with one ear.

They also offer the ability to blur high ambient noise, so you can enjoy clear, accurate, and linear audio tracks with natural warmly reproduced sound. With its high-frequency range of 8 to 25,000 Hz and impeccable accuracy, the HD 280 Pro makes great studio headphones. I recommend these headphones for use by professional music producers, DJs, and home listeners alike.

3. Yamaha HPH-MT5

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Yamaha HPH-MT5 Monitor Headphones, Black

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The Yamaha HPH-MT5 is a solid choice, whether you only use it for casual listening or plan to use it for final editing on a live mix or for professional studio recording. I recently ordered a pair to use as a backup for my Audio-Technica ATH-M20Xs. Weighing in at a drizzly half pounds, these over-ear headphones are amazingly lightweight, making them amazingly comfortable, and they also have a padded headband for added comfort.

The reliable HPH-MT5 delivers a well-balanced sound profile with tiptop resolution consistent with the source and a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Designed for both closed-back and ambient use, the headphones isolate sound and properly block out background noise. Overall, this is one of the best studio headphones under $100.

4. AKG K240 Studio

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AKG Pro Audio K240 STUDIO Over-Ear, Semi-Open, Professional Studio Headphones

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$49.00 $67.00

As far as headphones with open back are concerned, the AKG K240 Studio is a good quality for the low price you pay for it. In fact, they happen to be the best selling headphones that AKG offers for less than $100. The AKG K240’s performance is reliable for basic mixing, composing, and monitoring, and is sufficient for those who are not so seasoned. However, for simply mastering your audio tracks, the open design helps quite a bit compared to closed-back headphones.

Closed-back headphones tend to sit a little too close to your ears to get an accurate reproduction of the sound of the final mix, and can therefore be detrimental during mixing. These headphones have a self-adjusting padded headband, so you can place them at your maximum comfort level. However, although the headband is padded, the padding is a little thin, which can cause slight discomfort during prolonged use. This design flaw has the advantage that the headphones are also lighter and airier, which helps in hot weather. Overall, this is one of the best studio headphones under $100.

5. PreSonus HD9

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Presonus HD9 Professional Monitoring Headphones, One Size

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$79.95 $129.95

PreSonus HD9 headphones feature a comfortably closed, over-the-ear design with padded ear cups in an acoustic design that allows you to listen to your favorite audio tracks with top-quality insulation and less risk of headphone bleeding. With the included two-way 180-degree swivel ear cups, these headphones are ideal for studio and home DJs who prefer to listen on one ear. The headband is also well padded to reduce prolonged listening fatigue and has a collapse feature, making you portable, too.

Frequency response ranges from 10 Hz to 26 kHz, making these headphones one of the best studio headphones for monitoring and precise mixing thanks to their clean, accurate sound and bass response. These headphones also come with a ten-foot, straight, ankle-sided cable, and a storage pouch. Overall, this is one of the best studio headphones under $100.

6. Koss Pro4S

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Koss Pro4S Full Size Studio Headphones, Black with Silver Trim

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When recommending Koss Pro4S studio headphones, it is important to note that these headphones work well for both sound professionals and casual listeners; however, they are especially recommended with broadcasting and studio use in mind. The design features include a standard setup design that incorporates performance-enhancing technology and gives the excitement of the live performances we all love with every single track.

Made of steel for durability and featuring a generously padded rubber headband with adjustable sliders to give you the optimum fit you want, these headphones are built to last through the wear and provide comfort during extended audio sessions.

7. Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro

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beyerdynamic DT 240 PRO monitoring headphone

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The Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro is designed to meet the needs of both professionals and creatives and is recommended for professionals such as producers, filmmakers, podcasting enthusiasts, etc. who want to get the maximum quality out of their equipment. These impressive studio headphones offer maximum recording precision, defined highs, vibrant midrange, and clean bass to ensure reliable, studio-level playback from a professional. The DT 240’s design is compact and over-ear, including a foldable headband, making it a suitable option for busy producers and musicians on the move, while delivering accurate studio quality in any environment.

These headphones are also designed to endure those long and drawn-out sessions, plus a lightweight and ergonomic headband and comfortable ear cushions, so you too can endure those extended sessions. Designed to be sturdy and extensively abrasion-resistant using a spring-loaded steel headband and reinforced cable, making them ideal for all professional requirements. Overall, this is one of the best studio headphones under $100.

8. Shure SRH440

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Shure SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones

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The Shure SRH440 headphones have a special place in my heart, as it was my headphones for the six years I’ve been mixing in a live environment. My experience with these headphones has shown that they’re very comfortable to wear for a long time, thanks to the padding on the cups and headband and the ability to adjust the size for the best possible fit. They provide crystal clear sound from audio over an extended range, making them ideal for monitoring and accurate listening.

Power and sensitivity are all calibrated for use with professional audio equipment such as mixing desks, DJ mixers, and headphone amplifiers. Its closed-back design makes it ideal for noise isolation in crowded, loud environments. When I got them, they came packaged with replaceable ear cushions and a detachable coiled cable nearly ten feet long. The cable is detachable plus the replacement ear cushions make them long and highly durable, able to withstand the high demands I put them through. Overall, this is one of the best studio headphones under $100.

9. CAD Audio MH510

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CAD Audio Sessions MH510 Closed-Back Headphones, Black

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What impressed me most about CAD Audio MH510 was that they were able to match sound levels that give the audio a live concert experience. They are extremely accurate in terms of audio output. The top-of-the-range passive noise reduction provides excellent audio isolation. They also pick up high notes with a high degree of accuracy, along with the deep bass notes without making the higher frequencies look tinny.

They offer incredibly extensive bass, smooth midrange, and lifelike treble, with frequency ranges from 10 to 24,000 Hz. I strongly recommend these headphones for both studios and live viewing for seasoned artists. These headphones feature a closed-back, over-ear design with a padded, adjustable, and collapsible headband for comfort and portability.

10. Status Audio CB-1

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Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers -...

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$69.00 $79.00

It is no secret that Status Audio does not enjoy the same reputation as many other brands. Yet they are one of the best budget studio headphone models on the market. We are, of course, talking about the CB-1. These are closed headphones that are mainly focused on performance. Their aesthetic is nothing to write home about. With that said, the frame offers a lot of filling and excellent comfort.

These are equipped with swivel cups, making them ideal for both studio and live use. In hardware, you look at a good set of drivers that sound surprisingly flat. In general, these headphones are among the few hidden gems of this market segment. That is why they are one of the best studio headphones under $100.

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