Studio Monitors VS. Headphones: What Is The Best Option?

by Doug

 December 26, 2014
Studio Monitors vs Headphones What is best?

A big question for beginning producers is, “What should I get? Studio Monitors or Headphones?”. I believe that there is not an end-all be-all answer to this question. Ideally, you should have both.

Studio monitors provide a more accurate sound, but headphones don’t have to deal with room acoustics. You should also consider your budget. It is cheaper to get a good pair of studio headphones rather than a good pair or studio monitors. Headphones are also good for producing if you have roommates you don’t want to bother.

To illustrate the differences between studio monitors and headphones, I created a nice info-graphic. Enjoy!

headphones vs studio monitors


If you plan on buying studio monitors, you might want to check out my list of The Best Studio Monitors Under $500

What do you think?

  • Awesome infographic! Thanks!

    I can’t produce with monitors because I live with my sick grandma.

    I’d be willing to pay a little extra for good reliable headphones.

    My budget allows me to buy the Pioneer HRM-7.

    Would you say that’s a smart choice? Cheers!

  • Good stuff man. Nice design, too. I use my headphones to zoom in on sounds. Which is an important part but very different from mixing or even listening to a whole track. Got some more info about soloing here btw:

  • Can’t endorse this enough!!!! You are so right about the headphones making your mix sound good and then it translating flat on monitors. It’s a really delicate balance and one that I’m STILL getting used to even after making beats for awhile. I just got some JBL’s in the spring and they are amazing. I also rock the ATH M50’s and they are pretty incredible as well.

    This is a great post too, as a graphic designer (who loves typography) I really can appreciate the time that went into creating this graphic. Hit me up sometime!


    • Thanks stu!
      The hardest part in creating the graphic was the accuracy. A lot of producers have different opinions on this topic so it was tough to find out who was right and who was wrong.
      And btw, I love ath m50s! I use them regularly:)