In the past, The Gadgets Shiksha website has covered quite a good number of premium noise canceling headphones as well as mid-priced headphones. However, most of the products we’ve covered in the past are mostly gaming headphones and general music listening headsets. In light of this, we decided to shift our focus to solely professional headphones for studio and commercial purposes, in this particular article. So basically what we looked for were the best cans for professional applications. Such applications include Studio production, Newsroom control, Freelance transcription as well as music mixing for Disc Jockeys.
Now, unlike other sorts of ear-audio devices, professional headsets are almost always designed in a circumaural design. Why this design? Because unlike supra-aural headsets, the circumaural design is very effective when it comes to external noise attenuation and noise isolation. Their counterparts (supra-aural headphones) simply rest over the ear, instead of covering the whole ear.
This means that sound clarity with supra-aural on-ear headsets is not usually at its best and therefore they are not ideal for professional use. Also, when looking for Pro headsets, it’s always better to settle for noise canceling headphones. The noise canceling functionality is essential especially for studio direction, and music mixing. This is because it helps you monitor the sound precisely. That said, let’s have a look at some of the best pro headphones in the price range 7000 to 8000 Rupees.
► Audio-Technica ATH-M40X Professional Studio Monitor Over-Ear Headphones
Audio-Technica is one of the most reputable premium headphones brands in India. When it comes to professional audio production, the brand is unchallengeable. We had a chance to review their ATH-M40X Professional Studio Monitoring headsets and to be honest their performance was dazzling. Personally, I have had a chance to test drive and review lots of studio headphones in my career. So, when I was asked to review the ATH-M40X, it did not come as a surprise to me that they were among the best in the price category. Here is what I liked about them.
Unique and Sturdy Design: My experience with Audio-Technica products has always been exceptional even though most of their electronics are reasonably pricey. From a general viewpoint, the ATH-M40X Professional cans have a futuristic and rugged design that makes them stand out from the crowd. In addition, they are really sturdy. As a matter of fact, if you are looking for durable headphones with good bass, this would be the product to go with. The manufacturer built the headset’s outer casing as well as the headband from pro-grade materials for added strength.
→ Lightweight and comfy
To add on to the comfort, Audio-Technica engineered the ATH-M40X cans to use air-cushioned ear cups. This cushioning not only helps in external noise isolation but also helps in delivering a relaxed listening experience. Most studio environments require comfortable headphones for long use such as the Audio-Technica ATH-M40X. This is simply because studio production is often a grueling task that requires hours and hours of listening and editing. Be it in a music studio, a newsroom or a DJ live concert, these headphones are super lightweight and won’t tire your ears even after long hours of use.
Powerful sound and Bass experience: The ATH-M40X over-the-ear headsets use 40-mm neodymium bass drivers. At the very limit, these headphones can run on a 1600-mW power input feed at a 1-kHz frequency range. This allows you to fine-tune the sound detailing and monitor sounds across a wide frequency range with them. If you are looking for the best home recording studio headphones, I would strongly recommend these headsets to you.
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Nevertheless, the ATH-M40X headphones have only one major letdown. They lack a detachable microphone. So, if you want to use them for sound addition, you would require an external mic to mount into your PC.
|Features||Closed-back dynamic Type | 90° swiveling earcups | Professional-grade earpad and headband material | Ideal for DJ Mixing | Ideal for professional studio tracking and mixing|
|Sound||40-mm Speaker driver | Neodymium Magnet | Frequency: 15 – 24,000 Hz | Sensitivity: 98-dB | Impedance: 35-ohm|
|Build||Copper-clad aluminum wire | Weight: 240 grams approx. | 1.2-meter Cable + 3.0-meter Cable | Interchangeable cable|
|Sale Box||Headphone | Protective carrying pouch | 6.3 mm (1/4″) screw-on adapter|