What Headphones Do You Use, And Why?

What headphones do you use for your radio operation, and WHY do you use that particular make and model?

Old Time Morse Code and Headphones

I use Audio-Technica ATH M30x professional monitor headphones (cans).


Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitoring Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitoring Headphones

I use my rig’s filters to shape the audio.

1. I’ve replaced the over-the-ear pads with Gel pads. Wearing these cans is comfortable enough to use for extended periods of time (such as contests).
2. The mid-range with these cans is superior to other cans I’ve had.
3. They are rugged, so taking them out to the field isn’t a problem.

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8 Responses to “What Headphones Do You Use, And Why?”

  • MEG WO7T:

    I find these the most versatile amongst a host of different radios:

    Koss KTXPRO1 Titanium Portable Headphones with Volume Control – On the air, non-squeezing comfort with nice response for CW as well as SSB. Last an entire contest without a headache.

    Koss UR29 Collapsible Portable Headphones – Over the ear for increased external noise reduction, with a very nice CW and SSB response in these as well.

    Both are available at online retailers for less than $30. I own and use both depending on duration of my usage. The inline volume control can prove useful if using on a HB QRP kit with no AGC, or if different operators may be swapping on and off the radio.
    I have a more expensive pair of Sensheiser HD280 Professional monitor headphones sitting in cabinet, and that is where they continue to sit, as they are not as comfortable or good-sounding as the above.

  • woody ke5yxo:

    I use Koss SB-45 because the mike is a very good condenser one and has good quality audio plus the ear phones are comfortable and of good quality as well.

  • Bob N8QE:

    I use the Heil BM-17Ic which is a perfect match for my Icom IC-7300 Transceiver. My audio reports are always excellent. The Ic element really works well.

  • Richard Hassell-Bennett K0XG:

    I have 3 KOSS headsets. Like all 3.
    Very inexpensive, Great Audio quality. Made in Wisconsin USA.

  • Trevor G4CLE:

    Hi Tomas
    I have had my headphones for positively years – they are Beyer Dynamic DT-220 which were bought for me by friends back in the late 70s.

  • Mike VE9KK:

    I have the AKG K240 headphones and have had them for about 7 years now. There is no fancy noise cancelling with them but they sound great. They are nice and light. CW sounds great with them and I have very much enjoyed them over the years.

  • Bill K8TE:

    I use the RadioSport RS60 headset with a variety of rigs. It is comfortable (24 hours of FD) to wear for long periods of time. It deadens any shack sounds very effectively. TX & RX audio are excellent! It is “expensive” but worth the extra cost, especially relative to the price of rigs and antennas.

    I also use the Koss SB-24 and Yamaha CM-500 headsets, mostly when portable or mobile. They’re OK but don’t hold a candle to the RS60, nor are they as expensive or hold up as well. 73, Bill, K8TE

  • Ted, K4TML:

    I’ve used AKG K-240 studio cans for years, along with a homebrew 3-band equalizer / 2 watt amplifier. My high-frequency hearing isn’t what it used to be, and the extra headroom and EQ really helps in pulling marginal signals out of the noise floor.

    73 de,
    Ted, K4TML

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