Top Six FOH Headphones

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A few days ago, I asked what types of headphones you use for FOH.
Then, I ran off to study up on the headphones mentioned.  I came upon a similar request in the pro-audio community about the best headphones for mixing.  Many of those folks recommended the same headphones as those here on this site.  With all that being said, here are the top recommended headphones by those both in the church and pro audio fields.
Please note that some headphones cover the ear while others are placed on the ear.  Different strokes for different folks.

Sony MDR-7506 HeadphonesSony MDR-7506 Headphones

  • Frequency : 10 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance : 63 Ohms
  • Sensitivity : 106 dB/W/m
  • Power Handling : 1000mW
  • Weight : 8.1 oz

Sony MDR-7509HD Studio HeadphoneSony MDR-7509HD Studio Headphone

  • Frequency : 5 Hz – 80 kHz <
  • Impedance : 24 Ohms
  • Sensitivity : 107 dB/mW
  • Power Handling : 3000mW
  • Weight : 10.5 oz

Sennheiser HD 25-1 II HeadphonesSennheiser HD 25-1 II Headphones

  • Frequency : 16 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Impedance : 70 Ohms
  • Sensitivity : 120 dB/mW
  • Weight : 4.9 oz

Sennheiser HD280 Pro Closed-Back HeadphonesSennheiser HD280 Pro Closed-Back Headphones

  • Frequency : 8 Hz – 25 kHz
  • Impedance : 64 Ohms
  • Sensitivity : 102 dB/mW
  • Power Handling : 500 mW
  • Weight : 7.8 oz

Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones BlackDirect Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones Black

  • Frequency : 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance : 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity : 114 dB/mW
  • Power Handling : 500mW
  • Weight : 11.5 oz.

Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones

  • Frequency Response : 5 Hz – 25 kHz
  • Impedance : 44 Ohms
  • Sensitivity : 102 dB/mW
  • Power Handling : 1000 mW
  • Weight : 11.2 oz

 

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Comments

  1. Chris says

    Great link, Dave really dug into testing all the headphones thoroughly.  I almost included it in this article but didn’t want to freak out anyone at the depth of information out there concerning headphone differences.  I’ll work on including more details or links for more technical information in future articles.

    There will always be a natural bias on anything, regardless of what "data" might show.  The 7506′s are a great example.  Dave’s top 4 contenders left these out.  However, I must have found 10 pro’s and a few church guys that love them.  Of course with age, our ability to hear certain frequencies changes.  I think it’s due to an increasing amount of ear hair (typically gray and 6 inches long) but that’s just my opinion. :)

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