Debate: Headphones vs. NO Headphones – Podcasting and Live Streaming Tips

When recording a podcast or video, what's better? Using headphones, or not using headphones?

Mike Russell from is in the studio with me today to debate and talk about the pros and cons of using headphones.

Where do you fall on the spectrum? Let us know in the comment section below.

Links and resources mentioned in this video (some of the links below are Amazon affiliate links):

-Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO:

-Beyerdynamic DT 250:

-Apple Airpods (PRO):

-JBL Tune 120TWS:

-Beats Pro:


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    16 Responses to Debate: Headphones vs. NO Headphones – Podcasting and Live Streaming Tips

    1. # December 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

      Of course you need them, come on… How do they do it in the radio? Exactly

      • Pat Flynn December 13, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

        I’m not doing radio, I’m recording a podcast and I can see the levels when I speak.

      • # December 13, 2019 at 6:42 pm #

        @Pat Flynn Of course you can check the levels but the accuracy of just hearing yourself is unbeatable.

    2. Travis Albritton December 13, 2019 at 6:38 pm #

      I default to headphones for podcasting but as soon as I turn on a video camera I typically leave them off (for aesthetic purposes).

      Only exception being when I’m doing a video podcast and then the headphones serve as a “prop” for the video

      • Travis Albritton December 13, 2019 at 6:39 pm #

        Also a big fan of the Audio-Technica M50x headphones (same price range as the ones Mike recommends)

    3. Pete McPherson DYEB December 13, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

      Guests = I wear headphones
      Literally anything else = nope!

    4. TNA2Me December 13, 2019 at 7:01 pm #

      I use shure in-ear monitors. Love them. They hide well and isolate sound very well. I mostly do voice over work. But for podcasting they work well. They aren’t as easy to put on and off but if you’re wearing them for long times you’re not fatigued with the wear.

    5. Nunyu Biznezz December 13, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

      Pat….the Audie Murphy of Internet Marketing !!!

    6. Communication Coach Alex Lyon December 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

      I think it changes the vibe of a video and makes it look more laid back and conversation with the headphones on, like we’re watching a long-form podcast. Whenever I see a couple of people wearing headphones, it sends a signal to me that I can just relax and listen to a thoughtful chat.

    7. 1MasterSystem - Bryan Bennett, #AsanaTips December 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

      As always, great content! Also… I just realized I work like three blocks from you. Hopefully, I’ll bump into my idol sometime soon. 😉 Bigtime fan, Bryan – 1MasterSystem

    8. Junaid Ahmed December 13, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

      Love using the headphones when recording a podcast with a guest. It’s great! great solution using airpods or earbuds.

    9. Flyer777 December 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

      I use the Raycon E25 earbuds. Amazing sound quality!

    10. Ian Antonio Patterson December 13, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

      Cool stuff guys! Thanks to both of you I’m now podcasting – since about 2 weeks. Also have the B.770s 80ohm they are superb. I don’t use them while recording though – for just editing. I give them to my guest maybe. As a teacher I am used to “talking to the room”. If I wear headphones while recording I often end up “talking to the headphones” instead – not throwing my voice naturally as I should. Headphones for me can sometimes lead to a little too much of “something like the proximity effect” – that doesn’t fit to the trainer profile I think…

    11. Aaron Ward December 13, 2019 at 8:42 pm #

      DT 990 Pro 250 ohm are crazy comfy, wouldn’t even think of changing them.

    12. JUST SAMSON December 13, 2019 at 9:28 pm #

      Looks goofy but is functional, maybe a inear monitor style like the ones bands use on stage.

    13. Tara Wagner Coaching December 13, 2019 at 9:39 pm #

      Wow this is actually one of the more detailed, helpful videos I’ve seen on this! Thank you! I need to find something that works as well with my iPhone as my Macbook. Ideas?

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