You’ve spent time and money putting your home-recording rig together, so don’t skimp on the critical component for listening.

It’s not just about avoiding angering your neighbors (or significant other) with late-night tracking, mastering, or mixing. Quality headphones for your studio efforts are a must-have. Here are 10 solid options between $100 and $300.

ATH-M50x

These headphones have contoured earcups for superior sound isolation and minimal bleed, and feature durable yet comfortable materials for long sessions in the studio.

AUDIO-TECHNICA
$129

HD 300 PROtect

Featuring highly sensitive transducers and precision diaphragms, these headphones also offer Active Gard technology to protect hearing from sound pressure levels above 110 dB.

SENNHEISER
$229

DT 770 Pro

Intended for critical sound monitoring, these headphones were designed to provide a neutral listening environment with excellent isolation and impulse response.

BEYERDYNAMIC
$179

SRH1440

Designed for mastering and critical listening, these professional open-back headphones are reported to provide full-range audio with detailed highs and rich bass.

SHURE
$299

K702

These reference studio headphones boast accurate response and spaciousness, which is achieved through their flat-wire voice coils and a patented Varimotion two-layer diaphragm.

AKG
$199

MDR-7510

Offering high power handling capability, neodymium magnets, and oxygen-free-copper voice coils, these headphones utilize polyethylene terephthalate diaphragms for their 50 mm drivers.

SONY
$109

Listen Professional

The design goal of these music-production headphones is to keep all the dynamics from an original track, while accurately reproducing every detail on the entire audio spectrum.

FOCAL
$269

MPH-4

These monitoring headphones provide an over-ear, noise-isolating design, and feature 50 mm drivers with extended frequency response as well as plush ear cushions for extended comfort.

MARANTZ
$119

T60RP

Featuring Fostex’s proprietary Regular Phase technology diaphragms for high accuracy in monitoring, these headphones also offer mahogany housings and low-repulsion ear pads.

FOSTEX
$299

PRO 580i

Armed with S-Logic Plus technology, these headphones are reported to provide excellent depth graduation and offer interchangeable velour or artificial-leather ear cushions.

ULTRASONE
$149

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