What are Monitoring Headphones?

What are Monitoring Headphones?


SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphone


The term, “monitoring” is a commonly used term in audio production. It simply refers to listening and analysing of the musical and technical aspects of the sound that is being created. In order for an audio producer to “monitor” effectively, the headphones have to reproduce the sound as accurately as possible.

A good pair of monitoring headphones will be able to pick up and distinguish the sound of each musical instrument clearly. This will then allow necessary adjustments in the sound levels to be made should that be required.


Difference Between Monitoring Headphones and Regular Headphones

Regular headphones tend to be catered more towards casual listeners and usage. Monitoring headphones, on the other hand, are geared more to the professionals such as audio producers, sound engineers and so forth.

For regular headphones, you would find noise cancellation technology to be rather common. However, monitoring headphones usually makes use of sound isolation technology instead. This type of technology can block out the external noises from entering your ears completely.

In terms of purpose, regular headphones are used among everyday users, whereas monitoring earphones are primarily used in recording studios to record or mix sounds.

 

Wide and Flat Frequency Response


SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphone and SM7B Dynamic Vocal Microphone

Frequency response is the range of bass, mids and treble. For most headphones, the frequency response would be in the range of 20 to 20,000Hz as this is the standard audible range that humans are capable of hearing. For more context purposes, 20Hz is the deepest bass frequency while 20,000Hz refers to the highest frequency in the treble range that headphones are capable of reproducing.

Since monitoring headphones have a wide frequency response, they can produce frequencies within and even beyond the indicated range of 20 to 20,000Hz. Whenever there is a wider frequency range, it brings about a better listening experience. This is because a wider range enables the headphones to reproduce the actual frequencies that were being used in recording as well as emit deeper bass and clearer highs.

Should I Buy a Pair of Monitoring Headphones?

Monitoring headphones are definitely suitable for audiophiles who enjoy listening to the intricacies or a recording the way that it was originally produced by the musician. However, if you are the type of listener that enjoys a more lively vibe brought about by enhanced levels of bass, then you would be more suited to the regular headphones.

In terms of price point, a pair of monitoring earphones might require a considerable investment. But if you enjoy genres such as classical, jazz or even rock, then a pair of monitoring headphones would be able to provide you with a better listening experience.

 

Where Can I Buy Monitoring Headphones?

If you are looking for a pair of studio monitoring headphones to empower your audio experience, feel free to take a look at what our Shure Shop has to offer. Trusted by Musicians worldwide, we have a good variety for you to take a look at ranging from the SRH840A Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones to the SRH1840 Professional Open-Back Studio Headphones. With the help of these monitoring headphones, you would be able to enjoy the audio the way it is originally produced.