Studio headphones are one of the best ways to experience high-quality, undistorted audio. But professional audio quality often comes at a high price. The bestselling studio headphone Audio-Technica ATH, for example, has a price tag that makes it too expensive for many people. We've tested 25 alternatives to find a budget studio headphone that offers the same, ultra-high-level audio quality plus a great price. The clear winner is the LyxPro HAS-30. It's an excellent headphone that comes at a great price.
The Audio-Technica ATH is a pro-level studio headphone but is quite expensive. We recommend it for professional audio productions where budget is available. The LyxPro definitely offers better value.
The LyxPro HAS-30 offers the same, excellent audio quality as the expensive Audio-Technica ATH. It's a really smart choice that offers a pro-level studio headphone experience at very low price.
The headphone's driver is just another word for the built-in speaker. A bigger driver offers better sound quality, as long as it's high-quality. The Audio-Technica ATH offers a very good, 45 mm driver. The sound quality is very high, with rich audio reproduction and no noticeable distortions. This is a great studio headphone.
The LyxPro HAS-30 offers absolutely excellent audio quality, especially for its low price. It uses a high-quality 50mm drivers (i.e. the speakers inside the headphone) for a clear and undistorted audio reproduction. Sound quality is great and subjectively identical with the pricey Audio-Technica ATH.
The Audio-Technica ATH studio headphones offer great sound isolation. This should be expected at this price point, but was a pleasure to listen to. Music sounds clear and focused and outside noise was not noticeable.
The LyxPro HAS-30 also offers excellent sound isolation. Subjectively, we felt that the LyxPro (surprisingly) actually has better isolation than the Audio-Technica. It eliminates outside noise effectively prevented sound leakage.
Frequency response is the range of bass, mid tones, and treble. Good studio headphones should reproduce all frequencies equally and the Audio-Technica ATH does this very well. It uses a multi-layered air damping technology for extended mid-to-low frequency response. The frequency range is 5Hz to 40,000Hz.
The LyxPro HAS-30 offers fantastic frequency response, reproducing all frequencies from bass to mid tones to treble very well. Sounds and music are very natural. The LyxPro has a 15Hz to 26,000Hz frequency response range. This is not quite as big as the Audio-Technica ATH but still more than enough for pro-level sound.
The Audio-Technica ATH is an over-ear, closed-back headphone. This means that it has a solid outer shell with no openings of any kind. It's the way to go for studio headphones as it isolates your ears better from outside sounds for better audio quality.
The LyxPro HAS-30 also uses is an over-ear, closed-back headphone technology. It offers excellent sound quality and complete isolation from outside sounds with no openings that could let in noise. The closed-back design is very similar to the Audio-Technica ATH.
The Audio-Technica ATH has a medium weight of about 1.5 pounds.
The LyxPro HAS-30 weighs about 0.9 pounds, lighter than the ATH.
The Audio-Technica ATH is foldable. you can twist in the earphones to store it in a more compact shape.
The LyxPro HAS-30 is also foldable for easy storing and carrying. The folded size is roughly the same as the ATH.