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my top 3 pick headphones for field recording

Are you in search of the best headphones for field recording? The plethora of options available, ranging from budget to high-end, can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, we are here to help.

What you need is a portable, accurate, and editing-friendly headphone that suits your needs, whether you’re a full-time traveler, into everyday carry (EDC) or go on weekly trips. Keeping it simple with just one pair of headphones is ideal for those on the go.

With so many headphones to choose from, it can be challenging to determine which one is the right fit for you. As someone who has been recording sounds for the past five years, I am pleased to only recommend headphones that I have personally used.

Let’s begin with the first headphones I used when I began recording sounds.

Let’s kick it off with the first headphones I used for field recording back in 2017 – the Sony MDR 7506! To be honest, my very first earphones were just regular iPhone headphones, but as I got more serious, I switched to this brand. These headphones are not only great for use in the field but also for editing. And the best part? They won’t break the bank! I do remember when I purchased them, they were under $100, but prices have definitely changed since then.

If you’re looking for headphones that won’t break the bank but still provide excellent sound quality for field recording and editing, the Audio Technica ATH 30X is a great choice. I had become frustrated with the cord of my Sony MDR 7506 over the years and eventually reached my breaking point during a trip to Croatia. That’s when I went to a music shop and picked up the ATH 30X, which turned out to be perfect for my needs. These headphones have been through a lot, they are foldable, comfortable, and have everything I need at a reasonable price.

Prefer something smaller than over-ear headphones? I totally understand, and I recently discovered these tiny headphones that seem to be the go-to for many creatives out there. It’s amazing how great they sound and how comfortable they are, and they’re also super light – perfect not only for editing, but also for recording sounds. When I have them perfectly placed in my ear, I don’t hear anything else. Check out our video where we feature these headphones in my EDC sling bag kit. You can skip to third minute!

Well, there you have it folks! While there are plenty of other blog posts out there with a plethora of information and endless options for headphones, I’m here to tell you that these are my top picks.

I used them almost every day, and they’ve been my trusty companions on our year long journey of traveling the world and recording sounds. So, if they’ve helped us, why not give them a chance to help you too? And don’t worry, I wouldn’t recommend anything that I haven’t personally used.  If you’re interest in what I carry in my EDC sling bag, check out this article!

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Who would have thought a handy sound recorder in Cambodia would lead us here?

Hi there we’re Marcel and Libby and every sound on this site has been recorded by us. For nearly 7 years, we’ve been traveling around the world recording unique sounds for others to use! 

If you’re curious and want to learn more about our journey traveling full-time as sound recordists you can read on here or on CNN Travel.

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