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This brief guide will assist users of digital pianos to determine the best headphones for their listening pleasure. The guide will help identify different headphones and give you an idea of which are suitable for digital pianos as well as the sound output you’re after.
We will help you decide without you having to buy each one and test them out. So it’s helpful and inexpensive to read this review of all five devices.
A good quality headphone is an indispensable accessory, to enable you to enjoy listening and practicing piano without disturbing anyone. This guide will help determine what is the best quality headphone which suits your pocket as well as your needs.
We identified five headphones on the market and used criteria in making it easier for you to choose:
- Best quality for money
Best Headphones for Digital Pianos Reviews
1. Sony MDRZ X110 X Series Stereo Headphones
- This kit includes 3 items; Sony MDR-ZX110 black headphones, 3.5mm mini plug to 1/4" inch headphone adapter & HeroFiber Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth
- High quality and powerful sound, Closed-Back Design, Thick On-Ear Cushions
This headphone would be considered your starter headphone. It has all the basics that you would need for a nice price. The headphone is a trusted name and with it comes a reputation of quality.
It’s lightweight but there are concerns when it comes to durability and looks. The sound output is entry-level and it wouldn’t be a device used by composers, rather the occasional music lover. It is also very portable and inexpensive.
- It’s lightweight
- The Sony name is synonymous with technology
- Over-the-ear comfort
- The fold function of the ear cups allows for easy storage
- Cheap looking
- Made from flimsy material
- Limited sound output (frequency range 12-22 000hHz)
- Not noise canceling
Who is it best for?
This ideal headphone, while it is cheap, is more for the traveler. It makes best sense in this scenario as it’s easy to store when space is an issue and can connect to your mobile phone for listening to music as well as your piano.
2. Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
- Advanced build quality and engineering
- 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
Audio-Technica recently refreshed their M-series line of professional studio headphones. These wired headphones aren’t difficult to handle and the wire very seldom tangles.
The key feature here is the closed-back. This results in good sound with minimal outside noise, but also, when the music you’re listening to is turned up, the person next to you won’t hear a thing.
Note that it has a low pitched hum in the background, which to the discerning music lover, is very distracting. The sound output is relatively good, but when you listen to the music louder the bass is very average.
- Headphones have a long 3-meter wire
- Closed back over the ear
- It has a snap on 6.3 mm adaptor
- The low pitched hum in the background
- The bass is average, contrary to the advertising
Who is it best for?
The headphone is a good buy if you want to listen to music or play around on your piano in areas with a lot of noise. If you often move around the room while working on your music you’ll appreciate the long cord.
3. LyxPro HAS-10 Closed back Over-Ear Professional Studio
- Pro-Grade Closed Back Over-Ear Headphones for Live Monitoring & Mixing
- Truly Powerful NdFeB Magnet System Offers Instant Dynamic Response
The sound that is projected from this headphone is simply amazing. Unlike other headphones, when you turn up the volume, this device still keeps the sound sharp, deep and rich.
The ear cups rotate 180° so it folds away very easy. The device, although the body is made from stainless steel is lightweight and very durable. The look and feel is simply beautiful and it looks expensive.
The over-the-ear cups make the sound more isolated. The only gripe with this device is the length of the cord and the fact that it’s not very compact. But can you complain when you get the quality of sound you desire in a headphone? Other than that it’s an amazing device for the price and truly a professional set of studio headphones.
- The sound is rich and full
- Great comfort level
- The ear cups can rotate by 180 degrees
- The exoskeleton is made from pure stainless steel
- Very portable
- The cord is very short
- The design is not compact
Who is it best for?
It’s designed and marketed for the sound technician industry and rightly so. This device is for the music lover and composer, so working with your piano in the studio can be taken to the next level.
4. BEHEINGER Slvr/Blk (HPM1000)
- Ultra-wide frequency response
- High dynamic range
The level of comfort is really something to write about. You can spend a few hours with this device on without straining your neck. The long wire is just the right length so it doesn’t get tangled easily.
The 1/4” adaptor and 1/8” connector make this device compatible with almost every electric device. So you’re getting more than you bargained for.
Note that if you’re mixing or recording music this device is not for you. They’re advertised as professional studio devices, but they’re more of a basic nature. All the features it has is very comparable to other basic models but the price suggests it’s more than entry-level.
- Good comfort level
- Oval shaped over the ear cups
- Single corded with great length
- Highly compatible with most electronic devices
- Not for composers as advertised
- There are better headphones for cheaper prices
Who is it best for?
Though the advertising doesn’t give a true reflection of what this headphone can offer, music lovers who simply want a comfortable fit for everyday use will love these. If you enjoy playing piano for your own enjoyment, this will suffice.
5. Tascam TH-03 Studio Headphones
- PROFESSIONAL SOUND: With their crisp highs & rich bass response, these professional grade studio headphones deliver a premium audio experience with quality and comfort.
- NOISE ISOLATION: Closed-back earpiece design eliminates outside noise interference. Tascam TH-03 is the perfect choice for audio engineers and music connoisseurs alike.
This device has proved to produce a clear and balanced sound and it’s relatively cheap for this type of headphone. Both the earbuds are over the ear and rotate 90°, allowing for the headphones to fold away for easy storage.
This device is ideal for casual or studio listening although you may find that they can be a little uncomfortable after wearing them for a while. The 3-meter cable is practical as it allows for more movement and reach. However, we did find that the build looks flimsy and cheap.
- Great sound
- Great for recording vocals and monitoring
- Earbuds rotate 90 degrees
- Easy storage
- The build makes it look and feel flimsy
- The earpads felt uncomfortable after some time
- Small in size
Who is it best for?
They are great for listening to music, but for the composer of music, they are too much of an entry-level design. Travelers will appreciate the easy storage option so if you often travel with your piano gear, this one can work.
This might seem like a daunting task, but it was rather enjoyable. Headphones, apart from your electronic and mobile devices are often the next thing we grab before we head out the door or plan a relaxing evening, so having a quality pair is invaluable.
It’s smart to educate yourself on what devices are out there, and frankly there are a lot. Many do the same thing and then there is one that simply stands out in terms of the quality and features on offer. The question to ask is, what is the purpose of this buy? Do you want a headphone that can give you great sound, is durable, compatible, looks great or do you need a dynamic device for composing or listening to music?
In our view, while the range of headphones was vast, the ideal device for the discerning music lover would be the LyxPro Has-10 Closed Back Over-ear Professional Studio pair. The design, the look and quality you get for the money you spend is unparalleled. It’s also made for people who are in the business of making and enjoying music.
The comfort and isolation these headphones give you is incredible. You could be in a room with a crowd of people and still hear the harmonies and bass of every key stroke. The cons are easy to manage as there are adaptors for extra length as well as the hard body case to protect the device.
A close runner up would be the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones. They don’t perform at the same level as the LyxPro, but they’re a close second, a value for money and designed for the music lover.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best sounding headphones to buy if you’re looking for devices to use with your digital piano. We hope you got a feel for these devices from this guide. Ultimately you decide what suits your tastes and comfort level.