One of the major benefits of getting an electronic drum set is the fact that it allows you achieve silent practice. And to achieve this to the maximum, you need a quality set of headphones. This is why today we will be reviewing the best headphones for electronic drums.
The truth is that every drummer needs a good set of headphones. And normally, this shouldn’t be so difficult except you’re not well experienced in that area. If you aren’t, then there might be a small problem.
But smile though, because today we’ve got you covered. From thorough reviews, to a comprehensive buying guide, we’ve prepared a complete guide to help you end up with the best gadget for you. Come with us!
Sweat-proof silicone headband
40 millimeter full range drivers
10Hz to 30kHz
¼ inch adapter and protective bag
Metal headband covered in leather, with cushioned ear cups
20Hz to 20kHz
40 millimeter drivers
10Hz to 20kHz
¼ inch adapter, soft case
Soft cushion on head strap
10Hz to 22kHz
Velour ear pads
Roland Stereo Headphones (RH-5)
- 1 Alesis DRP100 Extreme Audio-Isolation Electronic Drum Reference-Headphones
- 2 VC Firth Stereo Isolation headphones V2 (SIH2)
- 3 Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphones
- 4 Roland V-Drums Stereo Headphones (RH-300V)
- 5 Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones
- 6 Roland Stereo Headphones (RH-5)
- Best Headphones For Electronic Drums Buying Guide
1 Alesis DRP100 Extreme Audio-Isolation Electronic Drum Reference-Headphones
The Alesis DRP100 is a great set of headphones made for the hobbyist drummer. Loads of customers praise its extreme audio isolation feature and loads of other stuff which we will get to in detail, But, for now, it’s safe to say that this is one of the best headphones for electronic drums currently in the market.
Firstly, we love the fact that these headphones reproduce sound with an impeccable level of accuracy. It really doesn’t matter where you’re gigging at. Whether it’s to a large crowd or you’re just practicing alone, this is a really important feature. And the Alesis DRP100 delivers well on that.
Also, these headphones enable you to pick out every nuance and dynamic of your sound as you play, thanks to its extreme electronics. You’ll find that there’s no flat response here. Plus, with its 40 millimeter full ranged transducers, these headphones bring every frequency straight to your ears.
In addition to all these, we really love the fact these headphones deliver well on the bass! It’s never flat and always tight! You might know how this works. But one thing is sure, when you place this thing over your ears and begin to listen, the magic literally blows you away.
In the end, the Alesis DRP100 is a largely versatile and also a truly impressive gadget. Plus, it works for all kinds of scenarios. Whether you need it for band practice, or for cue mix or just for private practice, these headphones work!
It also doesn’t hurt to know that they are super comfy, lightweight, and also quite durable as well.
2 VC Firth Stereo Isolation headphones V2 (SIH2)
The Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones are up next on our review. This is another excellent gadget for the electronic drummer.
In looks, it comes as two well fitting cups connected to each other with two metal bars. These metal bars are then covered in leather for comfort.
Also, these headphones feature a 6 foot long cable as well as a 1/8 inch jack. This jack works for other gadgets such as your smartphone, iphone or computer. A really admirable feature about these headphones is that they reduce noise outside by up to 24 decibels. Really impressive, right?
Now, the Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones and the Alesis DRP100 look very much alike in their features and benefits. However, we think the Alesis DRP100 look slightly cooler which might be the reason one drummer picks that over the other. Especially since they cost nearly the same thing.
But besides that, we found these headphones to be super comfortable. Plus, they are also adjustable which means that you can even make them to fit children’s heads. This is a huge advantage in our books.
As for sound quality, like we said, it’s nearly the same as the Alesis DRP100. This reproduces sound nicely, although the frequency range is a tad smaller than what the Alesis DRP100 offers.
Altogether though, these are nice headphones and we highly recommend them.
3 Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphones
We are so in love with the Sony MDR7506 for so many reasons. These are headphones for the professional, the hobbyist, really any kind of drummer that can afford these!
These headphones are extremely unobtrusive which means that they deliver high quality sound reference always from your electronic drum kit.
Also, because the driver is high quality, it also works to ensure that you get only a detailed sound at all times. You’ll feel every single stroke on your drum set when you play we can assure you.
Plus, with its large diaphragm, not forgetting the entered closure of the earbuds here, these headphones are easily one of the best you can get for studio use.
The transducers here measure at 40 millimeters. If you’re familiar with headphones for electronic drums, you might that this is a little beneath the standard. Especially for the Sony MDR7506. However, if your aim isn’t to get something to produce your next album with, then you’re totally safe. This works!
Furthermore, we find the enclosed contours of the earbuds really amazing as they don’t let external sounds in. For this reason, therefore, we think the Sony MDR7506 does excellently on noise cancellation.
Now, these headphones are quite easy to carry around as they come foldable and there’s also a carrying bag to further help facilitate the process. All the same, we still advise you to be careful while carrying these. You know, better safe than sorry.
Lastly, one common problem most headphones have is the quality of their connector. However, from what customers have been saying so far, that’s not something you should be worried about if you’re getting the MDR7506.
Truly fantastic gadget!
4 Roland V-Drums Stereo Headphones (RH-300V)
We are always excited to review a Roland anything because we’ve come to expect a certain level of quality from the brand. And Roland has hardly failed to deliver. No wonder it’s a customer favorite. The Roland V-Drums Stereo Headphones has a number of features which sets it apart from the rest. Let’s see them!
Firstly, these headphones come with 50 millimeter drivers which is 10 millimeters higher than what most of our headphones have. Most came with 40 millimeters as you saw, but this is 50 millimeter which of course means better response.
Also, the frequency range here extends from 10 Hz to 22kHz which is really wide, only beaten by the Alesis DRP100. However, you can rest assured that these headphones will deliver on every aspect of the frequency spectrum nicely, from the highs to the lows.
Furthermore, the headphones are super comfy for the user. The head strap features a soft cushion which makes it comfortable whether on the neck or over the ears. Plus, the cups come with closed backs which is great for noise isolation.
The one thing that we don’t especially love about the Roland RH-300V is the fact that it is a bit pricey. However, we can’t lie. The price is really worth it. They are great all-round headphones and you’ll find them really useful.
5 Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones
The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones are what we’d like to call studio-ready headphones. These guys are ready to deliver when it comes to studio recording at any time of the day. So, if you’re mainly out for headphones that deliver in the studio, you have them in the Beyerdynamic DT770.
So, why do we call these studio-ready headphones? Well, hang on, we have all the gist right here.
In the first place, these headphones deliver on high resolution sound that’s so pure, you hear everything. And by everything we mean everything.
You’ll be able to hear and feel every single frequency here because the headphones make sure to isolate them separately so they are loud and clear.
You can rest assured that syncing and playing your part with your electronic drum kit would be a piece of cake here. And, of course, we won’t forget the professional mixing here which is another perk of getting the Beyerdynamic DT 770.
As for the design of these headphones, Beyerdynamic scores high points. The design here makes the headphones really comfortable to wear. Plus, did you know that you can actually change out the earbuds so it suits your individual preferences and comfort? Well, yes you can.
Now, as you know, most headphones have one challenge or the other with their cables. Fortunately, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones isn’t one of them. It features a single-sided cable which makes it super flexible and even more practicable for all kinds of use.
Now, the cable does come a little short at just 3 meters. But since we called these studio-ready headphones, we can’t complain too much. These headphones do what they say.
6 Roland Stereo Headphones (RH-5)
Lastly, we have the Roland Stereo Headphones (RH-5) on review. It’s a variant of the Roland V-Drums Stereo Headphones (RH-300V) only more affordable and with, understandably, fewer features. Let’s check them out.
First of all, these come with 40 millimeter drivers which is different from what we had in the RH-300V. That one features 50 millimeter drivers. Nonetheless, these headphones (RH-5) still function excellently regardless.
They produce high quality sound that’s punchy, crisp, and clear.
We also love the fact that these headphones respond really naturally too. This perk makes it stand out from its competition very easily. Plus, with a lightweight profile, this is convenient to use and convenient to carry around too.
And besides its lightweight profile, these give a snug fit too. So, even if you have to use these for long sessions at a time, you can trust they will always remain snug.
Lastly, with these headphones, you also get a conversion plug. This plug helps you accommodate standard, as well as mini, headphone connectors.
Best Headphones For Electronic Drums Buying Guide
Here are some factors you want to consider when picking out headphones for your electronic drum set.
This is basically the first thing you want to know when getting headphones. The price does matter. So, essentially, you get what you pay for.
Fortunately, when getting headphones, value isn’t a problem area as these gadgets don’t lose their value over time. This is quite unlike other gadgets like laptops or smartphones which you have to change with the times.
Moreover, sound technology hasn’t evolved much over the years. So, this is why you still find products from across centuries still sold in the market.
Besides, investing a premium in good headphones always pays off as they are always durable. Many of them even last years as long as you’re good to them.
In all, avoid cheap products like a plague.
Drum And Bits (D&B)
What is Drum and Bits? Well, this is a form of music famous among many musicians around the world. It’s simply known as D&B. For professional drummers, D&B hardly get better than an electric drum kit.
Now, for that to happen, it’s super important that you know the frequency range of the headphones you’re getting. Most headphones you find will come within the frequency range of 10Hz to 20kHz. This is because you find nearly all the sound that comes from an electronic drum within this range.
So, in summary, check out for the frequency range of your headphones and ensure it’s 10Hz to 20kHz at least.
Full Size Or Earbud?
When thinking of headphones for your electronic drum sets, you shouldn’t really be thinking of earbuds.
Before even talking about the sound, impedance is one challenge with earbuds as they offer less impedance as compared to headphones. This is why earbuds are better for smartphones or laptops.
Now, in comparison, headphones have a much better impedance so they are better able to deliver accurate sounds from your drum kit.
So, if you’re thinking of something for your electronic drum kit, earbuds might be cheaper but headphones are way better.
You’re going to be using your headphones a lot both for recording and for practice. So, you want something that feels comfortable to your ears else it’s going to make using the headphones super annoying.
In addition, ensure that the headphones have good breathability too. It will also serve to ensure comfort especially on your ears.
Plus, you don’t want headphones are too heavy on your neck. As you can guess, this will cause pain and stress on your neck with prolonged use.
And lastly, if you can, avoid getting headphones with double cables. Headphones with double cables tend to be more restricting than those with just a single cable. So, we always advise drummers to choose headphones with just one cable for that reason.
Durability And Portability
Ensure you check out the housing of your headphones before you get them. It’s normal for you to get carried away from time to time as you make your music. Inadvertently, you might handle your gadget carelessly or even sit on them. When that happens, you’ll need a decent housing to protect your babies.
As for portability, it is important but definitely not as important as durability. In our opinion, it’s better to go for a pair of headphones with heavy duty housing. Picking portability over durability means that you might end up losing your investment earlier than planned. So, watch out for that.
Our best headphones for electronic drum sets today are definitely the Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphones. Though it’s a bit pricey, its features are the best we’ve seen so far among all our choices today.
The Roland RH-300V is also great but then it’s a lot pricier. And we also love the Alesis DRP100 too also for the price/feature balance.