Best Headphones For Electronic Drums

So it is very possible that you when you buy your electronic drum set that you will get a pair of headphones with them. You may try them out and they will seem absolutely fine, that is until you buy a new pair and realize how the default ones paled in comparison. Often with more expensive e-kits, they won’t include a pair at all. In our reviews, we have made sure to include whether or not you should be looking at buying a new pair of these. There is no point spending all that money on a great electronic drum set only to be let down by your headphones. Unfortunately, some of the models may be the best electronic drum kits on the market when it comes to the pads, cymbals and function, but it is clear that the headphones were a bit of an afterthought or a tag on. If that is the case then take a look at our list below with our guide to the best, but mainly affordable, headphones available. If they sound good, then you are more likely to keep practicing!

 

Top 5 Best Headphones for an Electronic Drum Kit

You don’t have to spend a fortune on these to get a really good set. Some are a little pricier but are well worth it if you have the money. We have gone for 3 cheaper sets under $100, 3 sets under $200. There are of course sets that are much more expensive such as the wonderful Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones (Black) but we feel that at $300 this more than you should be spending as a beginner, especially as you have just forked out for an e-drum kit.

 

ModelName/ RatingSummaryCheck Price

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xWH

Score: (4.75 / 5)

Highly acclaimed headphones for studios. 3 cable choices
AMAZON
GUITAR CENTER
 

 

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

Score: (4.60 / 5)

Good noise-cancelling and great bass
AMAZON
GUITAR CENTER
 

 

Sennheiser HD280PRO (new model)

Score: (4.65 / 5)

Clean, full sound. Very comfortable. Great value
AMAZON
GUITAR CENTER
 

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Score: (4.85 / 5)

Slick design. Effective passive noise cancellation. Comfy for long sessions
AMAZON
GUITAR CENTER
 
Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Monitoring

Score: (4.65 / 5)

Lightweight but solid. Balanced sound with good bass
AMAZON
SWEETWATER
 

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xWH

Best  Budget Headphones For Electronic Drums
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Coming in at the top are the unbeatable ATH-M50x, which at under $150 for the black set (you can pay $20 to choose white) represent insane value, being top notch headphones at a budget price. They are perfect for e-drummers both with feedback and recording. These large yet comfortable 45mm driver headphones fit perfectly over your ears, isolating noise effectively. These are serious headphones for recording studios and are critically acclaimed by top audio engineers and represent the top choice for studio mixing. With moderately low impedance at 38 ohms, they take up very little power and build to a good volume, without being too prone to blowouts, assuming they are used with mid-range amps.

These are an upgrade to the previous model the M50s. What this gets you is the freedom to switch between three cables: a curly cable, a 3-meter straight cable, and a new mobile-friendly 1.2-meter cable. Each one is detachable which means you get to choose the cable to fit your situation whether the bus, a studio or a venue. It also means if you are a bit heavy-handed that if the cable or pin goes you can replace it easily. The old model you had to choose a fixed cable, so this is a sensible upgrade. The padding is also nicer, but otherwise, they remained unchanged which is not bad news considering how incredible the M50s sounds quality was.

Whilst quite a bit is made of plastic they look stylish and are very lightweight and durable. The pads themselves are extremely comfortable and feel like they could be memory foam. The bass is impressively deep and punchy, and overall very accurate. The sound is fantastically clean with perfect clarity across quite a lot of frequencies. The only comment we would have is that below 100hz the precision does suffer slightly, but overall they are neutral headphones that pick up on the depth and subtleties required when producing, recording and mixing and as a result, they are also perfect for critical listening. These headphones are high-performance at a low-end cost and worth every penny.

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  • Fantastic neutral sound with great precision.
  • Deep, punchy yet balanced bass.
  • 3 detachable wires for diverse listening
  • Lightweight, well-padded headphones that are easy to wear all day
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  • Precision suffers a little under 100hz frequency
  • A bit bulky so not ideal for travel

 

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

Best Electronic Drum Set Headphones
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This world-renowned set of headphones was designed by the famous headphone makers Beyerdynamic and were crafted to try and achieve precision and clarity across the whole span of frequencies, which they do fairly wonderfully. The 250 ohms had a coiled cable which actually made the headphones feel heavy whereas the 770 pro-80s are straight cabelled. Beyerdynamic have a range of models and whilst the 880s have the most neutral balanced sound, they are around $200. The cheaper 770s have stronger treble and weaker bass and on the whole a more hollow midrange and slightly closed sound. Overall though a really nice balanced sound.

The 80 ohms have the most bass out of all of the 770 range. It is wonderfully pronounced, with incredible depth and impact, although if over or under amped it can feel bloated or wobbly. The treble is where the 80 ohms stand out with the smoothest in the 770 line. It makes these headphones great for rock, rap, metal, in general, any genre that is quite bassy.

Unlike the 880s, the 770s do not have mesh or felt covering the driver, which is a shame as they really give it a great feel, however, the 80 ohms, in particular, has a vented and enclosed magnet area that ultimately reduces soundstage and gives the bass more impact. This model is tuned differently to the other 770 models and overall produces a balanced and neutral sound with good bass and smooth treble if not a bit off at the highs and lows

Pros

  • Incredibly deep, defined bass
  • Smooth treble
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Competent noise canceling
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  • Some noise leakage
  • Bass suffers if over or under amped.
  • Cable is not detachable

Sennheiser HD280PRO (new model)

Sennheiser HD280PRO (new model)
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Sennheiser are a fan favorite when it comes to their headphones, whether for listening to music, recording or producing and with their HD280PROs they have created a fan favorite affordable high-quality set that is perfect for an electronic drum kit. At under $100 you are getting Sennheiser high-end quality at a budget price. Once broken in you will find that this set shines. It does take about 400-500 hours to burn them in but once you have the treble is beautifully smooth and the bass will start to sound much fuller. At first they may sound a little thin but after a good bit of playtime, they will give you a rich, deep sound and precision playback. They give you a clean audio performance across the whole frequency range and they are wonderful at passively isolating noises.

The chord is not detachable and is coiled which makes them a bit bulky and heavier, although ultimately this doesn’t affect their performance and they are still ultimately fairly lightweight. More importantly, they are ergonomic and comfortable which means you won’t fatigue when playing for long sessions. Whilst they are not as plush as other pairs with less padding, they are marvelously comfortable and sit snuggly, molding well to the shape of your head but not tightly.

Pros

  • Incredibly neutral and clean sound
  • Full bass and smooth treble
  • Incredible quality for a low price
  • Supremely comfortable
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  • Take a lot of play hours to break in
  • Undetachable coiled cable

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

AudioTechnica ATH-M30x
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In at under $70 you are getting Audio-Technica’s quality sound production at half the cost as the M50x headphones. As you can see from our top pair they really are a quality pair, so what do you sacrifice with the M30x to get them for such a low price?

For a start, they are actually 60 or so grams lighter than the M50x which quite nice. Unlike the M50x you don’t get 3 detachable cables, just one that can’t be removed however it is a straight cable which is perfect for drum kits and recording although not as practical if using them on say the bus. However, you are here as you need them for your e-kit in which case it is much better to have a straight cable than coiled as they headphones will feel lighter and give you more freedom of movement.

For a start, they are actually 60 or so grams lighter than the M50x which quite nice. Unlike the M50x you don’t get 3 detachable cables, just one that can’t be removed however it is a straight cable which is perfect for drum kits and recording although not as practical if using them on say the bus. However, you are here as you need them for your e-kit in which case it is much better to have a straight cable than coiled as they headphones will feel lighter and give you more freedom of movement.

When it comes to sound the M50x can handle a higher frequency going up to 28,000 Hz whereas the M30s can only handle 22,000. The M50s are slightly more sensitive (99db over 96db), which both result in the M50s being a little easier to drive and a little louder and can handle more power before clipping than the M30x. Overall though the M30x is more than capable and more competent than others in its price range.

Both have good isolation and passive noise cancellation features and whilst the driver on the M30s are only 40mm they don’t suffer much from it as they still produce a big sound and have good bass. They also don’t come with a travel bag.

Overall they pick-up the range of frequencies well and are clean, precise and punchy. With a deep bass and fine treble, they represent wonderful value for money. They are a fantastic yet affordable paid and perfect for a first-time e-drummer!

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  • Great passive noise isolation
  • Straight cable and comfy fit minimize fatigue
  • Incredible value and slick design
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  • Not as high frequency as the M50x
  • A bit bulky

Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Monitoring

Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Monitoring
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For the same cost as the M30Xs, you can get a solid budget pair of headphones from Sennheiser. With a straight non-detachable cable this lightweight well-padded pair fits well on your head and shapes it nicely. You can wear them comfortably for long sessions without them fatiguing. At 32 ohms you can get some good volume from these and punchy bass. The frequency range is slightly less than the M30x reaching only 20,000hz, it does, however, however, reach 108db sound pressure. The bass is pretty deep and punchy but can be slightly overpowering at times. The sound is fairly balanced but the highs are not as pronounced.

They do not fold up so aren’t ideal for travel, but to be kept by your drum kit they are perfect. Overall this is a quality pair at a low-cost price. We would say that they are comfier than the M30x but the M30Xs have a more balanced sound.

Pros

  • Lightweight and shape to fit your head
  • Deep bass and balanced sound
Cons

  • High frequencies are not pronounced
  • Cable not detachable nor are headphones foldable