Gear Of The Year: Best monitor headphones of 2021

Monitor headphones can help you hone in on your mix to make improvements where they count – these ones came out on top this year.

Austrian Audio Hi-X15 and Hi-X25BT

WINNER: Austrian Audio Hi-X15 and Hi-X25BT

Price: Hi-X15: £85 / Hi-X25BT: £128
Contact: Austrian Audio

For what they cost, Austrian Audio’s Hi-X15 wired and Hi-X25BT bluetooth headphones really shouldn’t be performing as well as they do – but it’s a surprise we fully welcome.

We found these professional over-ears to offer crisp treble detail with an impressive frequency response of 12Hz to 24kHz – and they’re also really comfortable to boot, thanks to a fitting of soft slow-retention memory foam earpads.

All-in-all, it marks an impressive second year for the new brand, formed out of former AKG staff; We’re already looking forward to what it brings in its third.

Read our full review here.

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