18 Best Podcast Headphones in 2023

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18 Best Podcast Headphones in 2023

March 4, 2022 • About 15 min. read

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As a hosting platform, and as experienced podcasters ourselves, we often get asked what podcast headphones we recommended. So we thought it we had better make a list!

Of course the answer is whatever headphones fit your exact situation. But to help you figure that out, in this blog post we have put together a detailed list of headphones that we think you should consider if you are creating podcasts.

You’ll see that we’ve given a review for each them based on a blend of price, comfort, quality, etc.

Before we jump into what specific headphones for good podcasting, we’re going to review a few terms that you’ll run into. We will also review some frequently asked questions we get about podcast headphones.

Key Concepts

Wired/Unwired

We’ll start with an easy one. How much do you like to be on the move? If you plan to dance with it, watch out for the wire. 💃

TRRS plug/jack

You can think of a TRRS plug as an old fashioned headphone plug. A kind of straight rod that tapers at the end. The small one that you probably used back in the portable CD player days, is a TRS. See, there is a scale of quality for these kinds of plugs: TS, TRS, TRRS, TRRRS. The more Rs, the better it is. Usually you want podcast headphones to be a TRS or TRRS.

This kind of plug come in different sizes, independent of if they are TRS, TRRS, etc. So just make sure you get a plug that is both the right size and right capability.

Note: Plug refers to the end of a cord that plugs into something. Jack refers to the outlet it plugs in to. They sometimes get used interchangably.

USB plug/jack

For a long time, USB was considered inferior to the TRS, but times have changed. The USB-C, the most advanced USB, can conduct electricity and audio at impressive speeds. Other types of USBs are not as good. Just be sure to check exactly what USB plug the headset has.

Echo

Echos in podcasts aren’t good– not when you are making them and not when you are listening to them. It can be the first indicator of an amateur podcast.

Pop

You don’t want certain annunciations to be hard on the ears. The ‘k’ and ‘p’ sounds can ‘pop’ too much based on certain recording and listening settings.

Audio Bleed

Audio bleed is when a recording microphone picks up sound from a headset. You don’t want any!

Accuracy

Accuracy is the measure of whether headphones accurately play the audio how it is intended. High quality is in this area is important!

Impedence

We won’t get into the technical details here. You just need to know that impedance has to do with whether a headset or earbuds can work well with a battery-powered source (like a smartphone) or if it needs more of an electrical boost. Impedance is measured in ohms (yes, funny word, we know). Anything higher than 32 ohms and it won’t work great with a battery-powered device.

Closed back headphones

Headphone that essentially seals all around your ear. No sound leaks out and no outside sound is let in.

Open back headphones

Headphone that does let air and sound in and out. Allows the audio to sound more natural. However, can cause audio bleed with a mic (see above).

Sound isolation

This term means that the headphones physically block outside noise like fan hums and traffic noise.

Noise-cancellation

This is different than sound isolation. Noise-cancellation does not block out noise. Instead it captures the outside noise and then creates and plays an inverted version of the outside noise at the same time, cancelling it out. While this can be helpful if you are trying to concentrate to what you are listening to in a noisy environment, it is not good if you are working on monitoring or editing audio because it throws off what you are actually hearing.

Ok, now that we have covered the terms that will come up in our list of best headphones for podcasting, let’s go over some frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions we tend to get from folks regarding podcast headphones.

Do you need noise cancelling headphones for podcasting?

No. In fact we recommend that you do NOT use noise cancelling headphones for your podcast. Remember, noise cancellation headphones produce audio waves to counter act outside noise. This distorts what audio you are listening to, whether you are recording or editing. Of course, noise-cancelling headphones shouldn’t be confused with sound isolation headphones that just physically block outside noise.

Can you use any headphones for podcasting?

Basically, yes. It is not great to use noise cancelling headphones for the reason we gave above, but if you absolutely have to, you can use any headphones. Inside ear, outside ear, you name it, you can use it. We just specific about features because comfort and quality are important if you are a serious podcaster.

Do you have to have headphones for podcasting?

Technically no, you do not need headphones for podcasting. You could get by without closely monitoring the audio during recording. You could also edit your podcast without headphones. But we do recommend using headphones when podcasting.

During recording It is really helpful to hear exactly what the mic ‘hears’ so you can know if you need to make changes during recording like adjusting the mic placement or eliminating something that is making background noise. By monitoring through headphones, you can also tell if there is a piece of fuzz or something on the podcast microphone that is messing up the recording.

On flip side, sometimes there is a noise in the room, but the mic is not picking it up. Since you can tell the mic is not picking it up because you are monitoring through headphones, you do not need to take the time to figure out what is making the sound and how to stop in.

For editing, headphones are important because they let you hear all the little nuances without straining too much. When you have to spend hours editing, this makes a huge difference to your comfort and stamina. However, once you finish the edit or finish a key stage in the edit, it is good to listen to the audio without headphones because chances are that’s how listeners are going to be listening to it.

Why did my dog eat my headphones?

For real, protect your headphones! Dogs and love the smell of their owner and like to chew on whatever smells like them. After a few hours of recording and editing, your podcast headphones are going to smell pretty ripe to your animal friends. And who among us can resist chewing on the ear parts or the fun cord?

So also store you headphones in a safe place! It will also protect them from the everyday wear and tear, spills, and losing them.

Can I just use my headphones’ built-in mic as my podcast mic?

If you are stranded on a deserted island and that is only microphone available to record your podcast, then yes. Otherwise, it is really better if you did not. Built-in headphone mics are almost universally worse than any stand alone mic. Advances in technology may eventually get us there, but for now, don’t use built-in headphone mics as your podcast recording microphones.

List of Best Podcast Headphones

Drum roll please… here are some of the best podcast headphones. As you’ll see, each has their own pros and cons based on their features. We have arranged them order of cost, lowest first. You’ll also see that three of them have little trophies- they are the ones we think are the best of the best. Enjoy!

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

We start off our podcast headphones list with an EXTRA budget-friendly option. They are surprisingly sturdy but don’t expect them to stick around forever. Easy and compact for traveling shows and with padded comfort. Simple, straightforward, great basic features. FANTASTIC for beginners or anyone looking to just dip their toe (or ear) into their world of podcasting. 

  • Price: 22.00 on AMAZON
  • Frequency Range: 18Hz – 22KHz
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB 

OneOdio

OneOdio

Most efficient, straightforward headphones you can find. A mixture of being a medium amount comfortable, durable, and sustainable. Some have stated these even compete with the big-budget headphones over the long haul. Matte black pads and glossed headband offer a dynamic duo and is suitable for all recording needs. 

  • Price: 32.00 on AMAZON
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz-40KHz
  • Sensitivity:110dB +- 3dB

SkullCandy Grind Bluetooth Wireless

SkullCandy Grind Bluetooth Wireless

Continuing down our podcast headphones list, these are on the budget side, but they are both sleek and portable. They can be multipurpose into your daily life and were made specifically for those who want high-quality sound experiences. The noise-canceling effects still make for plush ear pads and 12-hour battery life.

  • Price: $59
  • Frequency Range: (14Hz – 18kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB 

Mackie MC-150

These headphones have over-ear, closed-back design and utilize passive sound isolation. They have an adjustable, padded headband and padded ears. They fold nicely which helps with keeping the stored and transported. The plug is 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS straight, but also comes with an 1/4″ adapter. The connectors and the adapter are gold plated.

  • Price: $59.99
  • Frequency Range: (15 Hz to 20 kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB 

Audio Technica ATH-M30x

Audio Technica ATH-M30x

This our go-to for high-quality sound equipment for podcasters who are looking to watch their budget. 

They have several models that vary in price but rack in at around $69.99 USD. Great durability, high value for the price, and median sound quality will definitely be worth the investment. The only cons reported are a semi unimpressive sound frequency pick-up. 

  • Price: 69.99
  • Frequency response: 15- 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB 

Tascam TH-07

Tascam has several different headphone options, starting at ones that cost about $14.00. But this model is the one that has everything a professional podcaster is looking for. These are over the ears, closed-back headphones. They have padded ear earcups and headbands which is super helpful for those of us who wear glasses. The pair of headphones comes with two removable cables of different lengths with gold-plated connectors. The shorter cable has a 1/8″ sized plug and the longer one has 1/8″ and 1/4″ options.

  • Price: 79.99
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz to 30 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB +/-3 dB

Sony MDR7506

Sony MDR7506

This Sony model is in our top three. Fold over, low weight, affordability, and closed back. Highs are high and lows extended. Plus, the reasonable price truly sets them apart. Professionals have reported keeping these bad boys around for up to 25 years!

🏆 Top Three Best Podcast Headphones Pick by Ausha 🏆

  • Price: $95 
  • Frequency Range: (10-20kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB 

Harman Kardon CL Precision or Hardon Kardon FLY

Harman Kardon CL Precision

Known for their sonic boom potential, these headphones bring out an incredibly robust and clear definition in sound that is well-rounded and clean. May be hard to find on Amazon but a STEAL once captured. They’re great if you have been doing this for a couple of years or so or really want to step up your game. 

  • Price: $99
  • Frequency Range: (16Hz – 20kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB 

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro

Truly, when all else fails, don’t discount the trusty Apple Airpods (no cable) and Wired devices. Many celebrities and professional podcast hosts have used these in addition to simplistic pop-up mics that are still able to capture their imaging and voice without breaking the bank or forcing you to pay extra for your carry-on luggage. Comfortable, noise-canceling, immersive sound, and water resistance. It’s a pocket-sized no brainer.

  • Price: $119
  • Frequency Range: (10-100 kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 101 dB 

AKG K 240

AKG K 240

AKG’s are well-known headphones used by iconic artists and sound engineers so that they can be confident in their quality. 

These professional-level, wired, over-ear headphones have a wide dynamic range and impressive audio accuracy. The AKG K 240‘s function well for spoken word, and because of the quality and the detachable cable feature, you’ll likely use this pair for years before needing a new set.

  • Price: $124 
  • Frequency Range: (5 Hz – 25 kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB 

Heil Pro Set 3

Designed by Bob Heil himself, these headphones are super light, weighing only seven ounces. This makes a huge difference after hours of recording or editing.

  • Price: $129.99
  • Frequency Range: (10 to 22,000 Hz) 
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB 

These headphones come with three different, detachable cables:a 5.9′ flexible straight cable with an 3.5mm headphone plug, a 5.9′ straight cable with an iPhone and iPod compatible 3.5mm plug, and a 9.8′ coiled cable with an 3.5mm headphone plug. The flexibility is really nice if you want to enjoy your headphones beyond just podcasting.

Shure SRH840A

Shure SRH840A

Its reputable name is well respected and honored, and is designed primarily for the studio. Aesthetically pleasing, closed back. Great for both producing and editing, and preferred by even top musicians and audio engineers. They’re easy to adjust and boast a long life with a lightweight design. All in all. Classic.

  • Price: $130
  • Frequency Range: (5 Hz – 25 kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB 

V-MODA M-100

V-MODA M-100

Also on out top three list, on the higher end, but much more balanced, and you can personally separate the bass tones for optimal listening. Plus, with vegan leather cushion ear pads and matte black flexible adjustments, this is the Bentley of headphones. Clear, crisp, fantastic sound quality, great for long hours in the studio, or at home. You can even opt in to personally engrave your signature pair. 

🏆 Top Three Best Podcast Headphones Pick by Ausha 🏆

  • Price: $250
  • Frequency Range: (15-2500 kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 101 dB 

Bose SoundLink Wireless

Bose SoundLink Wireless

Bluetooth capabilities, wireless, multifunctional headphones that are designed to go wherever you roam. 20 hours of battery life, not to mention these are some of the most stylish pairs we have found. 

  • Price: $160
  • Frequency Range: (15-2500 kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB 

Audio-Technica BPHS1 

Audio-Technica BPHS1 

With a boom-mounted microphone, it is pretty hard to not feel like a recording professional with this set. Designed specifically for broadcasting, this set puts sound first. Neodymium magnets for high output level & detailed sound reproduction, on the go capabilities, and an excellent seal against unwanted background noise. Ron Swanson approved. 

  • Price: $250 
  • Frequency Range: 600 – 1000 Hz 
  • Sensitivity: 100dB 

Grado Prestige Series SR325e

Grado Prestige Series SR325e Headphones

Rounding out our top three, check out these: Spatially arranged with Vintage Design. Vocals display and respond beautifully, classy look with easy listening. It may be a bit high-priced for podcast beginners, but the effortless packaging and radio-esque inspo will allow you to curate the kind of content you really want. 

🏆 Top Three Best Podcast Headphones Pick by Ausha 🏆

  • Price: $250
  • Frequency Range: (18-24kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB 
Beyerdynamic DT 100

Beyerdynamic DT 100

These win in the most luxurious category. An incredible investment, and a sturdy and amazing approach to stepping into the world of pro podcasting. Great for both video interviews and digital online calls, these headphones are incredible for isolation and sound technique. The clarity, peace, of mind, and recyclability of certain parts make these the most elite and effective headphones. 

  • Price: $338
  • Frequency Range: (3-20 kHz) 
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB 

Sennheiser HD 660S Open Back Professional Studio Headphones 

Sennheiser HD 660S Open Back Professional Studio Headphones 

Experts connect right to mobile and home devices. Sleek, professional, sexy even? An Ausha audio favorite. Open-back, dynamic headphones that capture perfect sound, emotions, and energy exchange, all with expert technology and high-class design. If you want to be the ultimate podcaster and have already been bringing in the big bucks from brand partnerships and deals, this is the best pair of headphones for you. 

  • Price: $594 
  • Frequency Range: 10 – 41,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 104 dB 

Important Note

While these may be some of our favorite picks for best headphones for podcasting, Ausha is in support of all headphones and their endeavors. We keep this list rotating so make sure to check back, ask your friends, and dive into the sound stage with curiosity and zest!

Remember Your Audio Equipment Matters

The wonderful thing about deciding to start your own podcast is the ability to create, show off your talents, and create a community. It’s both mesmerizing, fantastic, and efficient in moving into the next era of entertainment. Not to mention the connection you can create around the world with such a platform. 

Might as well invest in quality production equipment to get your and others’ stories out there. That includes the best headphones for podcasting, but also other tools.

No Matter What..

In the long run, your business will continue to grow and evolve, just like your technology. Don’t feel pressured to buy the biggest and best gear right upfront. Take it slow, make mistakes, be curious, and be bold. Curate a sound that is all your own without ever bending to the status quo. 

If you needs tips about how to budget for your podcast, check out this blog post.

No matter where you are starting in your podcast journey, know that Ausha has your back. With digital efficiency, unlimited hosting, and a straightforward monetization strategy, Ausha takes your sound from simple to success. Building a platform and a community. 

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