“If they're singing about heartbreak, they've lived it.” - Paula Abdul
For singers, when it comes to over-ear headphones and in-ear headphones, most choose an over-ear headphone. Each different type of headphone has its pros and cons depending on what you plan on using them for. Headphones can be used for listening to music but also for listening to yourself sing.
Almost 2/3 of the population listen to music every, 3 in 10 listen to music most days, and only 6.2% listen to music only 2-3 times a week.
There are plenty of wireless headphones and many of them are designed for everyday use and include noise cancellation and great audio quality, for example.
But are they good for singing?
Let’s have a look at the best headphones for singers.
What Makes Good Headphones for Singers?
As you’ll have seen, headphone jacks are disappearing. Smartphones are coming out with fewer and fewer ports as wireless technology and Bluetooth replaces wired alternatives.
Headphones are following this trend and more and more audiophiles are opting for wireless headphones. They now come with apps that allow you to change the sound quality, equalise the sound, and change the ambient sound.
When it comes to getting wireless headphones, there are a few things you need to think about:
- The sound quality: This is one of the first things you need to think of when buying Bluetooth or wired headphones. When it comes to audio balance, there can be a loss in quality via Bluetooth, which is why you need to pay careful attention to the headphones you get, especially if you’re a singer.
- Comfort: In addition to having a decent battery life (20 hours is a good time frame), headphones need to be comfortable. Some people prefer around-the-ear headphones, others prefer over-ear headphones, but you’ve got to see what you think of them first.
- Isolation: This is a hugely important factor as a lot of headphones offer a lot of noise cancellation. When you put your headphones on, it’s to hear yourself, not the rest of the world.
- Design: While this may seem quite trivial to some, for others, it’ll be a huge advantage for some. In some cases, you’ll want to try them out, see how they feel, what they can do, and how good they are.
So now you should know a bit about what to look for when buying your headphones. We’ve got a few different models that you might want to have a look at.
Available in the “core” and “pop” ranges, these wireless headphones can connect automatically to nearby Apple devices: Apple Watch, iPad, Mac, etc., of course, with Bluetooth technology, you can connect it to almost any modern device.
The sound of the Beats is exceptional, too. It’s clear, balanced, and of great quality overall. In terms of comfort, these headphones are padded and are great for blocking outside noise, which is useful if you’re singing. They come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, too.
Most Brits listen to music every day, which is why you’ve got to carefully choose your headphones. With various accessories (including three cables), these metal and faux-leather headphones are great value-for-money.
They have good battery life and two microphones built-in so that you can make calls and use voice commands. Of course, you can use the Bluetooth to connect them to a variety of different devices. Finally, the noise cancellation is great.
A good all-rounder!
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“Singing is just a feeling set to music.” - Carrie Underwood
In terms of nuance (thanks to its 18Ω neodymium transducer), the sound from these headphones is clear and rich. With its stainless steel sliders and flexible leather, these headphones sit perfectly on your head.
These headphones have adjustable parts meaning that they’ll fit comfortably on anyone’s head. The more comfortable you are, the better you’ll be able to sing. Again, there are plenty of options for volume and playback. In short, these are some comfortable headphones that are useful for when you’re singing.
JBL Everest 710
The JBL Everest 710 is a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that combines wireless and wired technology. With these headphones, almost anything is possible. With 96dB sensitivity, these are some great folding over-ear headphones and the Bluetooth technology provides some great sound.
Thanks to long battery life, they’re great for recording in a home studio. In wired mode, there’s also a microphone button you can use for commands. In Bluetooth mode, they’re among the best in their price range and have great noise cancellation.
These original headphones include both in-ear and over-ear parts. The headphones also measure the user’s sensitivity to sounds and adjust accordingly, producing great sound for every user.
These headphones won’t fold but they do make up for it with their superior build quality. They’re great for extended use.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II and QuietComfort
Both these headphones are essentially brothers.
What’s the difference between them?
The second version has an integrated assistant.
The noise cancellation and adjustable settings make both of these headphones great for singers and the audio balance is great.
With 20 hours of battery life, these Bose headphones have a good build quality and are solid and shock-resistant. They’re made from nylon, stainless steel, and Alcantara, which is used in high-end automobiles.
Not bad, is it?
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Sony WH-1000XM3 and WH-1000XM2
Just like with the Bose headphones, these two models are like cousins. With 28 hours of battery life, they're great for spending all day and all night recording!
Similarly, the sound and noise-reduction are among the best on the market and since they’re wireless, there’s Bluetooth technology involved and a quick-charge mode in case you’ve run out the batteries and need to quickly rehearse.
There’s also Quick Attention, which turns down the volume for when you need to listen. These Sony products are great for listening to music and, more importantly, listening to your music.
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Marshall Mid ANC
With these headphones, you can forget about the outside world and immerse yourself in your audio. With 30 hours of battery (and 20 if you’re using the noise reduction), these wireless headphones are easy to use, have great balance, are clear, comfortable, and a great all-round set of headphones.
They come with a little case, take 3 hours to charge, and are sturdy little headphones. These over-ear headphones are comfortable and with soft materials make them comfortable to carry around. With these headphones, you should be able to find some great headphones to use to listen to yourself when you’re singing and to listen back to your recordings.
In the case of wireless versus wired headphones, the former tends to give you more freedom to move around and while there’s a loss in quality, the headphones we’ve looked at all have a great sound.
So have you made your choice? Ready to start singing?
If you need more help with your singing, consider getting in touch with one of the many talented and experienced tutors on Superprof. There are three main types of singing tutorial available and each has its pros and cons so have a look at what's on offer and see what will work best for you, your learning style, and your budget.
Face-to-face tutorials are between just you and your tutor. Since you're the only student, the tutorials will be planned around you, what you want to learn, and how you like to learn. Of course, this bespoke service comes at a price and face-to-face tutorials tend to be the most costly per hour of tuition. That said, they're also the most cost-effective since every minute in a tutorial is spent teaching you how to sing.
Online tutorials are similar to face-to-face tutorials in that they're between a single tutor and a single student. However, thanks to the marvels of modern technology, you can be taught over the internet thanks to video conferencing software. However, since your tutor won't have to travel to you and can schedule more lessons each week, they can also charge more competitive rates.
Group tutorials tend to be the cheapest per hour because the tutor's time is being paid for by everyone in the class. Unlike the other two types of tutorials, the tutor won't be able to offer bespoke tuition as they have several students to keep happy. However, if you and a few friends all want to learn how to sing, you can share the cost of private tutorials between yourselves in group tutorials.