15 Best Headphones for Podcasting in 2023

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15 Best Headphones for Podcasting in 2023

March 4, 2022 • About 9 min. read

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As a hosting platform, and as experienced podcasters ourselves, we often get the question: “What are the best headphones for podcasting?”

In this blog post, we’ve 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.

Key Concepts

Before we jump into what specific headphones for good podcasting, we’re going to review a few terms that you’ll run into.

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. 💃

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: 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).

Ok, now that we have covered the terms that will come up in our list of best headphones for podcasting, let’s jump into our review!

List of Best Headphones for Podcasting

Drum roll please… here are some of the best headphones for podcasting. 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

EXTRA Budget-Friendly Option. It’s 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

Also on the budget side, these headphones 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 

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 

Sony MDR7506

Sony MDR7506

This 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 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 ON SALE NOW
  • 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 

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 ON SALE NOW
  • 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 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 Pic 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. 

Make some noise with us.

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by Emma
March 4, 2022

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