What Are Closed Back Headphones?
Closed back headphones such as the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones are possibly the most common type of headphones coming in wireless and wired varieties. They are designed to cup completely over your ear, sending the sound source directly to your ear. They are often used when recording as they isolate the audio you are listening to, ensuring it does not spill into your tracks.
What Are Open Back Headphones?
Open-back headphones are built with an open structure like the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Headphones with the cups either not attached to the headband or have perforation on the back of the cup. This design allows the build-up associated with closed back headphones to pass through creating a more natural listening experience. They are often used for producing or mastering as they provide a more accurate representation of the audio you are listening to.
What Are Monitor Headphones?
Monitor Headphones can be open, closed or both and are often used in studio applications as they have a flatter frequency response resulting in a brighter sound, closer to the original recording than standard headphones. They are also made with comfort in mind because producers, engineers and musicians often spend hours in the studio.
What are Studio Monitors?
A Studio Monitor is loudspeaker designed for professional audio production. They are built to emit a very flat frequency response so you can hear every detail in a mix as they more accurately reproduce the audio from a sound source.
What are Active Studio Monitors?
Active Studio Monitors have a built-in amplifier like the KRK V6 S4 Studio Monitor and are easier to use than passive speakers as they do not require external power-amps. They can have three amplifier configurations, single amp which is the most common, bi-amp which gives you more control over the frequencies and tri-amp which provide the most flexibility over the optimisation of the audio reproduction.
What are Passive Studio Monitors?
Passive Studio Monitors like the SN10 MkIII Passive Studio Monitors pair by Lambden Audio do not have built-in amplifiers and need an external amplifier to produce sound. They are connected to the amplifier through high quality speaker cables that are used to minimise signal loss and interference. Some of the most common uses for passive studio monitors are surround 5.1 and 7.1 film and TV mixing and immersive 5.1.4 and 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos mixing, commonly used in cinema.