Best Headphones for Podcasting

As a podcast is all about the audio, the importance of quality headphones cannot be overemphasized due to their potential assistance to the quality of the audio produced for your listeners. For this reason, we’re going to run you through what we feel are the best headphones for podcasting.

Your headphones can be used during the recording to control the levels and listen out for any blemishes as you’re recording, saving you having to re-record everything down the line. They can also be used whilst your editing to make sure that the sound quality is the best it can be. 

Of course, you could get away with creating a podcast with normal everyday headphones, such as those that come with most mobile phones these days. But, headphones can be exteremely useful to iron out any easy blemishes and can save you hours of rerecording. 

It’s always good to mention here, two main things can affect your audio – your recording environment (preferably in a soundproof room) and the quality of your microphone. Without your headphones, you can’t listen to both these things as you’re recording. That is, listening out for any audio blemishes your microphone (e.g. sound levels to high, or hissing sounds) or to your enviroment (e.g. anoying traffic noises in the background). 

To see what else you will need we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to start a podcast here.

Recommended article: What you need before starting a podcast

So, we really hope our guide to the best headphones for podcasting helps you.

How to choose headphones for podcasting?

Choosing the best headphones for podcasting isn’t always an easy task, given that you may want them for other reasons as well. If you’re only going to use them in the house, then you’ll have different needs to thoe who want to take them out and wear them on their way to work every day. You might want to use them in the studio, meaning that you’ll have some power issues to address when choosing. Hopefully, all will be explained below.

Here are some factors to consider before choosing your podcasting headphones:

Noise cancelling vs Noise insulation

There is a lot of hype around noise canceling headphones these days, and for good reason. Noise canceling headphones electronically cancels out the sound coming in from the outside. It’s really quite remarkable and some pairs can cut it completely in pretty loud enviroments. Noise cancelling headphones are great for people who are out and about on busy trains or work in busy workplaces and so forth. But you don’t really need them if you’re just working from home in a quiet enviroment, unsless you really want them of course.

The other, noise insulation, are heaphones that use a physical barrier to block out sound. These are usually your standard over the ear heaphones, or the little budds that covers the whole inner side of your ear. The noise cancelation is usually decent, but they don’t usually ommit the sound completely like some noise cancelling headphones. For reference, most studio heaphones are usually have very good noise insulation rather than being noise cancelling.

We recommend that whichever you choose would depend on your working enviroment, or if you want the headphones to also double up as everyday (on the go) headphones.

Frequency response

The wider your frequency response, the wider the range of ghigh or low pitch noises you will head through your headphones. 

Your standard headphones will give you 20 to 20,000Hz, so anything with a wider range on paper should be better. Note, this does not neciserraly mean better sound quality in every case.

Impedance

The impedance is simply the amount of power your headphones needs to work, and the higher your OHM of the heaphones the more power you will need to get the higher quality sound. One thing to note, even if you have a 250 ohm headset, if you don’t have a power source powerful enough to run them, they won’t give you 250 ohms worth of sound. 

So, match your OHM headphones with your device. Your day to day headphones operate on lower than about 25 ohms, and the standard is about 32 ohms. As an example, your laptop or mobile will work fine on 32 ohm headphones.

Unless you’re looking to record your podcast in an actual studio with power sources for higher OHM devices (and they usualy have their own headphones for this very reason) you won’t need more than 32 ohms.

You also won’t need more than 32 ohms to hear your podcast in high quiality sound.

Comfort

If you’re recording a podcast we would always recommend a pair of over the ear headphones tha you can wear all day long. Creating a podcast from start to finish could take you all day, or evendays, so you may need to be able to wear them for long durations.

But, this is down to personal preference, and you will need to choose whatever is most comfortable for you personally.

Mobility

Are you always on the go? Wireless heaphones would definitely fit your needs as you wont need to worry about cables and connectors breaking all the time. 

But you might be better off with wired headphones if you’re working in a studio or a static enviroment all day because you won’t have to think about charging your batteries all the time. As well as this, sound quality is usualy better on wired headphones, of course, unless you are getting a top of the range wireless set.

Price

Obviously, the more you pay, the better quality that you will potentially get. 

But, just remmember there are plenty of budget options available that do a fantastic job, esspecially if you’re looking for noise insulating headphones.

Best headphones for podcasting

Here are our recommended best headphones for podcasting.

Pros

  • High quality sound
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Wireless
  • Fantastic battery life (30 hours)

Cons

  • Microphone quality is ok, but not superb
  • Expensive

Features

  • NoiseGard Adaptive Noise Cancelation
  • Controled by touch and voice
  • Has an inbuilt microphone for communicating
  • Battery performance is fantastic and lasts up to 30 hours and can be used while charging
  • The wireless system allows you to move around freely, but they can also be wired
  • Alexa built-in
  • Charging Time: 3 hours
  • Frequency Response: 17-23,000 Hz

What we thought

The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless are some of the most well-known headphones. They boast great noise cancelation, have fantastic sound quality and has an inbuilt microphone. As well as this, they have a very good battery life, and you can use them whilst they’re charging. You may never run out of charge, ever! 

They are sleek and highly recommended.

Pros

  • Super comfortable
  • Superb sound
  • Software updates available

Cons

  • It may disconnect from the phone after a while
  • Irreplaceable battery if damaged
  • Expensive

Features

  • Provides three levels of noise cancellation.
  • Optimized volume EQ gives you balanced audio performance.
  • Noise Cancelling
  • Controlled via an app on your phone
  • Alexa built in
  • Up to 20 hours of battery life.
  • Over-ear fit
  • Wired mode available
  • Comes with music share

What we thought

The  Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones appears to be a bit expensive, though premium quality comes with a price. This fashionable masterpiece comes is three different color variants, midnight, silver, and black respectively. If you need a powerful noise-canceling podcast headphone that will make your listening experience unforgettable, with crystal-clear sound, then the Bose QuietComfort 35 is the best shot at that. 

Due to their great performance they are highly recommended for home and office use.

Pros

  • Well-padded and comfortable
  • Robust and well built
  • Super high-quality sound
  • Value for money

Cons

  • It is not wireless
  • They are not compact or stylish, but are suited for studio and personal use

Features

  • Closed over-ear headphones, suitable for professional recording and monitoring
  • Has a long 3.0 m cable.
  • Frequency response: 5Hz-35 KHz.
  • Great for a recording studio and stage thanks to their pure, high-resolution sound.
  • The comfortable, circumaural and replacement velour-ear pads guarantee a high degree of comfort in wear — as well as reliability.
  • Plenty of different models with various OHM levels to suit a range of uses.

What we thought

Beyerdynamic is well known for producing high-quality audio equipment and are popularly used due to their excellent audio quality.  

They are designed for studio use and are comfortable (even after wearing them for a few hours), so they are perfect for podcasters. The earpads use a closed design, which reduces outdoor noise and stops sound leakage that improves audio quality.

There are a few different models available to suit the needs of individuals or studios. Overall, many podcasts and mass communication professionals around the world are using the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro headphones as a truly versatile and reliable option.

A very popular studio choice, and suitable for home or work use.

Harman Kardon CL Precision

Pros

  • Good and high-quality material
  • Stylish and look great
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Small passive noise leaks
  • Earcups can be mildly uncomfortable during long periods of listening

Features

  • Innovative design
  • Frequency response: 16Hz – 20kHz
  • Premium slow-retention foam in the earpads leads to excellent passive noise reduction and enhanced bass response of the headphones.

What we thought

The Harman Kardon CL Precision is exactly what you need if you’re looking for headphones that offer excellent audio quality, alongside a stylish modernized design. 

Its unusual style not only looks amazing, but the slow retention foam in the earpad makes them comfortable to wear. This also offers a good acoustic seal around the ear for better hearing and canceling more noise. 

The ear cups swivel to fit inside the given travel case, but there is no hinge so they don’t completely fold up. Also, you get two interchangeable headbands, one bigger and one smaller, to make sure they fit on any given head size.

If you’re looking for style coupled with good sound quality, these might be perfect for you.

Pros

  • Excellent noise insulation
  • Budget friendly
  • Perfect for low-volume control

Cons

  • The cable can strain connectors
  • Padding and fit can be too tight for larger head sizes

Features

  • Great sound quality
  • Soft ear pads for comfort
  • Rotating ear cups for space-saving transportation
  • High ambient sound attenuator
  • Wired

What we thought

Sennheiser has proven to be a very viable option when it comes to picking quality podcasting headphones, with newer models like HD380PRO, you are still sure to produce amazing sounds that will always intrigue your audience.  The Sennheiser HD280PRO is an inexpensive pair of headphones, which is also luxury. Although these headphones are only inside the three-digit price range, they provide some of the features you would expect from higher end headphones, such as: a comfortable design that is ideal for long listening, a closed cup and passive noise isolation up to 32db. The individually replaceable parts are also worth noting, which makes these podcast headphones fairly durable.

Suitable for work or home use.

Pros

  • Premium sound quality
  • Very comfortable
  • Long lasting battery

Cons

  • Headphones may crack, due to the plastic heads
  • Expensive
  • The microphone call quality is not that good
  • Comes without on-ear sensor

Features

  • Noise canceling, almost soundproof.
  • Quick Attention Mode: This allows you to turn the music down instantly.
  • Touch controls: The controls allow you to adjust the volume as you like.
  • Quick charging: It charges really quickly and gives you a long battery life; up to 30 hours.

What we thought

If you want your headphones to be classy, and podcast friendly, then these might be an option you should try out. The Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH100XM3 come in very sturdy design and their fast loading features are very comfortable. They provide a crystal clear sound and guarantees high-quality podcasting. 

They can do everything, but comes with the price. For people who prefer sleek, basic designs it is strongly recommended.

 

Pros

  • Very good sound quality
  • Very cofortable
  • Solid build

Cons

  • Bluetooth hiss may occur every 20 seconds.
  • High noise leakage
  • Bulky design

Features

  • Great noise suppression capacity
  • Soft ear cushions ensure full comfort
  • Battery life of 20 hours
  • Impedance: 32 ohm
  • Frequency: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Includes a microphone

What we thought

With a clear noise cancellation level of 30 ± 2db, you wil be left in complete focus wherever you’re working. They’ll provide you with a clean, consistent sound that helps you to track the audio quality. 

Even though they’re quite bulky, we really like how these headphones look with the finish and quality. The bulkyness really is part of their charm. They come in three different colors; black/gold, black/rose, and also black/silver. 

Depending on your take on the bulk, we think they’re as statement to take out and about. They’re super confirtable and would be great for podcasting.

Pros

  • Crystal clear sound for both studio and personal use
  • Very comfortable
  • Detachable cable

Cons

  • Quite heavy
  • Plastic construction

Features

  • Circumoral ear shape contours: this provides excellent sound isolation in high-pitched settings
  • Sonic output critically acclaimed: Several of the leading audio engineers praise this product
  • Comes with a few accessories: This is provided with a loose spindle cable and a loose straight cable
  • Great sound insulation
  • Frequency response: 15-20,000 Hz
  • Impedence: 38 ohms

What we thought

Even top audio engineers admire these high-level technical headphones.  Not only do they have great audio quality, but they also have a great build quality. Although they may not feel it, these headphones have a strong design which makes them very durable and will last you a very long time. They’re very comfortable, and won’t feel uncomfortable when you’re podcasting for long hours. If you’re looking for heavy-duty, professional headphones, then this is what you sure should try.

Anothr good pair for studio, work or home use. Comes with different models with different ohms level to suit any need.

Pros

  • Outstanding sound isolation 
  • Closed ear design is super comfortable
  • This has a coiled cord that avoids headphones tugging by snags

Cons

  • It is relatively heavier than other headphones
  • Long, undetachable cable, which makes it a bit heavy
  • Not stylish

Features

  • Vetran pair of headphones that can do everything well
  • Offers an in-depth and consistent sound
  • Comes with a coiled cable for increased mobility, with swiveling earcups.
  • Over-ear fit
  • The safe case would be handy for you if you are a regular traveler.

What we thought

These headphones are capable of producing a well-balanced, crystal clear sound. They provides an excellent listening experience and also making it ideal for you to track the audio quality while podcasting. The sound is separated by a low impedance and a over-ear style that eliminates outside noise quite well. 

A great, longlsating pair for studio, work or home use.

Pros

  • Budget friendly and value for money
  • Comes with a comfortable closed-ear design
  • Very lightweight
  • Durable

Cons

  • No detachable cord
  • It can’t not be folded, so it would be hard to easily move around with it
  • Bass quality is lacking

Features

  • Pro-grade closed-back over-ears headphones for live monitoring & mixing
  • Very strong NdFeB magnet device offers instant dynamic responding style scope remote tv-scales of ear cups size scale
  • Durable aluminum shells

What we thought

The LyxPro HAS-10 is a decent choice if you’re looking for something a little bit more budget friendly.  Lightweight with rotating leather cups, these might not be as comfortable as some of the more sophisticated headphones, but they’re still pretty confirtable.

Due to the closed-back and over-ear cups, they make perfect studio podcast headphones that seal off any bleeding sound. They can really reduce noise bleeding with closed backs and over-ear pads, and provide good cancelation of external noise.

The only thing you’d need to be aware of is that the bass is not as good as on more advanced models, but what you’re paying for is still really good quality.

Conclusion

Now you have a list of the best headphones for podcasting available today. We hope this article help you choose the best headphones for podcasting that suits your needs.

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