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Who Wins in a Fight: Headphones or Monitors?

There’s one thing I didn’t really go into in Recording Strategies(


I think headphones are a poor substitute for even the cheapest studio monitors.

Even the shittiest of monitors are better than headphones because they will always have one thing that headphones will never have.

The Room.

If you mix exclusively with headphones you’re leaving out one part of the equation.

I think you shouldn’t use only mix on headphones you’ll be running your mix through every single hi-fi system you can find just to make sure it sounds ok.

And believe me, you’re going to do that more often if you don’t mix with monitors to begin with.

Sure, they are useful for checking details. Like I’ve said before: headphones are like the zoom tool for audio. When you need to check out your audio up close and personal you solo it and listen to it in headphones.

But for serious mixing? Nope. Don’t do it.

You need the room around to make accurate decisions.

So if I were to put money down on a fight between headphones and monitors, I would choose monitors any day.

What about you?

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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