Choosing the right studio headphones is important—you’ll probably be spending a lot of time listening to them!

Before you dive into the top 25 you need to know what to look for.

Aside from sound quality, the most important things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for headphones arepricecomfortimpedance, and open or closed-back design.

Budget is a big concern when it comes to headphones. Most manufacturers’ headphone lines start at “budget-conscious” and go all the way to “money is no object.”

Find out where you stand with your budget early so that you know you’ll be getting the best value for your money.

Comfort is also a big factor. If you’re planning to do long mixing sessions on your headphones make sure to check in about the fit and feel.

Impedance is the electrical property that tells you how to drive your headphones properly. Will you need an audio interface with a powerful headphone amplifier or will you be fine using your computer’s ⅛” jack?

High impedance headphones require stronger amplifiers to drive them and tend to be associated with more high-end designs.

Open or closed back design is probably the most important factor.

Closed-back headphones are important for tracking since they don’t allow much sound bleed through. Don’t try to track vocals without them!

Open-backed headphones naturally have lots of bleed, but they sound much more transparent. These are the best choice for mixing or critical listening.

You might need to have a pair of both styles available in your studio!