Samson SR850 Semi-Open-Back Studio Headphones


89 out of 100. Incorporating 3750+ ratings and reviews.

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Samson SR850 Semi-Open-Back Studio Headphones

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Our rating of 89/100 is based on analysis of 3750+ 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.

Thanks to brands like Samson Tech, you don't have to shell out big bucks to have good quality studio reference headphones. For the price, the Samson SR850 gives you a pair of studio reference headphones with big 50mm drivers in semi-open back cans. This bigger driver allows for a fuller sound, while the semi-open design adds ambience and diffuses some of the extra low-end for more room-like monitoring experience. Both cans come with circumaural pads and are attached to the SR850's self-adjusting headband.


  • Driver Diameter: 50mm
  • Magnet Type: Rare earth magnets
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 30KHz
  • Maximum Input Power: 200 mW
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Weight: 95 oz.
  • Cable and Connector: 1/8" (8.25' length) stereo plug with 1/4” screw-on adapter


Response to the Samson SR850 is mostly positive. Many user reviews are from those who are trying out studio headphone mixing for the first time. As expected those who switched from multimedia headphones experienced a jump in sound quality, but there are also more experienced users who are surprised with SR850's price to performance ratio.


There are a few who feel that the midrange is lacking, along with a few complaints about fit, stating that it is too big.


If you are looking for good budget option, the Samson SR850 is worth checking out. If you'd like to see which options we recommend for mixing then take a look at our guide to The Best Open Back Headphones for Mixing and Mastering.