In a recent headphone survey, we posed the question, “How important is choosing headphones based off music preferences to you?” One of our top responses included that music lovers & audiophiles want headphones that are versatile enough to enjoy a wide range of music genres. Most people don’t listen to just one music genre anymore and most of our playlists include Jazz, Blues, Rock, Alternative, Metal & EDM too. We created this list of 5 headphones that are versatile for an eclectic mix of music for the enthusiast and they will also please the most discerning of audiophiles, as well.
The Fostex TH900 at is one of our favorite, reference grade headphones and also a favorite among our customers. It is very linear and accurate in the reproduction of sound and we often recommend it to studio engineers looking to get the truest representation of sound. They are closed back, over ear headphones so they provide noise isolation and comfort for extended wear plus they are lightweight, comfortable and suited for detailed listening sessions.
The AKG K712 is an open back, over-ear design created for precise listening, mixing and mastering. These pro reference studio headphones provide a spacious and airy sound that sets instruments in the space around you. The neutrality of the K712 allow these headphones to be a great representation of sound. Since the K712 is an open back design, there is no noise isolation.
The Shure SRH1540 is one of our more affordable headphones for eclectic music tastes. While it has a warm bass for those who enjoy that, the SRH1540 can span a wide range of genres with its clear and large soundstage. Get the detail you want in Classical or Jazz plus the bass rich sound in your Rock or EDM listening sessions. These closed-back, over-ear headphones are very durable yet comfortable and provide good sound isolation.
A neutral IEM or earphone great for multiple genres of music is the JH Audio JH13 Pro. The beauty of a custom in-ear monitor is the molded design that specifically fits your ears which increases sound isolation. This allows you to enjoy and hear even more of the music and specific details during your listening sessions. While earphones do not provide as wide of a soundstage as headphones the JH13’s offer a larger and more dynamic range compared to others on the market. The midrange, bass, and treble are well balanced for an accurate and detailed sound reproduction.
The Noble 6 Universal IEM is a neutral earphone which offers a very balanced design with 6 drivers that level out the mids, lows, and highs. This gives you a considerably larger sound stage for an earphone. Unlike many earphones, the Noble 6 provides a natural, airy sound stage plus you hear detail and clarity with an extended top end which enhances that airy sound quality. What headphones do you think should make this list? Leave us a comment below or tweet us w/ the #musicmovesme We’d love to hear from you!