Samson SR850 Semi-Open-Back Studio Headphones


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Samson SR850 Semi-Open-Back Studio Headphones

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Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 5900+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

At publication time these were on our recommended list for Studio Headphones Under $100.

Neutrality is the name of the game when it comes to mixing. Many headphones at the Samson SR850's price point are anything but neutral.

The Samson SR850 is an affordable set of open back headphones designed for critical listening. It does so thanks to a large 50mm Neodymium driver for fast transients and a flat midrange.

The SR850's treble is slightly accentuated in a way that exposes overly sibilant mixes. This guides you to be more conservative with upper frequency excitement.


  • Driver Diameter: 50mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 30 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Weight: 9.73 oz
  • Cable and Connector: Straight cable, Gold-plated 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo mini connector with gold-plated 1/8” (3.5 mm) to 1/4” (6.3 mm) adapter


In a price point dominated by "v" shaped sound signatures, boosted bass and other cheap headphone tropes, the SR850 gets praise from users for its revealing and relatively neutral sound. It is good enough for critical listening and mixing as a few have noted that own the pair and use them for reference.


Cable is not detachable. Users also disliked the cheap feeling plastic parts.


If you need a cheap pair of reference headphones to make critical mixing decisions, the Samson SR850 is a great choice that wont break the bank.

At publication time these were on our recommended list for The Best Studio Headphones Under $100.

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