The word “cheap” conjures up images of fragile, low-quality items with poor design that shatter as soon as you open the box… However, a pair of Behringer HPS3000 studio headphones – which cost around $50 – go a long way toward changing the definition of inexpensive, as these studio headphones provide a strong design, a sturdy build, and outstanding sound for a very reasonable price. Although the brand should go without saying, this inexpensive pair of phones does. Let’s investigate further.
Behringer HPS3000 Headphone Design
When you first open the box, you may notice that this pair of HPS3000s appears to be much more expensive than they are (German designed, naturally). Of course, closer investigation reveals that the materials aren’t high-end, but they do have a more premium appearance than some of the other top sub-$50 studio headphones.
The silver plastic ornamentation, which contrasts with the black Behringer-branded headband and padded oval-shaped ear cups, is largely responsible for this. It is a design that will not appeal to everyone, but we adore it. These ear cups sit comfortably over the ears and, thanks to their lightweight construction and snug but adjustable headband, are quite comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
Behringer HPS3000 Headphone Features
A single-sided 2-meter wire made of oxygen-free copper hangs from one of the ear cups, allowing you to wander away from your mixing desk while still wearing these cans. This cable doesn’t feel as tough as the German manufacturer advertises, but it’s not so fragile that you have to be cautious when using it. With a 1/4″ TRS adaptor and a 1/8″ TRS connector, the HPS3000 can connect to a wide range of devices, from iPads to mixing consoles.
Behringer HPS3000 Headphone Performance
We wouldn’t expect the HPS3000 to have the same power as a more costly pair, but it does feature a wide frequency response (20Hz-20kHz) and a strong dynamic range, as well as clean sound reproduction and plenty of bass punch. Note that, while they provide reasonable noise isolation and cancellation, they are not noise-isolating/cancelling (which we don’t anticipate at this price). Finally, they are adaptable enough to meet a wide range of needs, from studio recording and mixing to listening to music or gaming at home.
This pair of phones has very little flaws in general. Perhaps the padded ear cups will start to flake after a few years of use… But for such a low price, we can overlook that. The HPS3000 will be a great choice for most budget-conscious home and studio users.