Status Audio CB-1 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones


88 out of 100. Incorporating 2400+ ratings and reviews.

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Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones

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Our rating of 88/100 is based on analysis of 2400+ 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.

The Status Audio CB-1 is a brand you've probably never heard of unless you crawl forums and online communites. It's a brand being sold directly on Amazon and while relatively affordable, sports several premium-grade features.

It has a cult following by studio engineers who need a big, chunky headphone for tracking and monitoring. Its 50mm Drivers put out big sound; uncommon at this price point.


  • Driver Size: 50 mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 30 kHz
  • Impedance:32 ohm
  • Sensitivity: 97 db +/- 3 db
  • Max Input Power: Not Specified
  • Weight: 13.2 oz
  • Connectivity: 3 meter Cable


The build and sound quality of the CB-1 headphones gets many positive responses from users. Many also praise the comfort offered by the large padding. Some have made comparisons to the Audio Technica ATH-M50x with a flatter midrange. This makes it good not just for tracking but checking your mixes as well.


While overall build quality is excellent, some felt that the materials used feel cheap. Other reports of users who bought multiple pairs say that the build consistency is varied with some pairs breaking down after a few months. The pads are large which also means heat builds faster when worn; something to avoid when wearing them leisurely outside the studio. Midrange bloat/muddiness has been an issue for some.


The CB-1 is a cult favorite for a few reasons: It's affordable, has great sound quality for the price and is quite comfortable. Get it if you plan to stock your studio with headphones (they offer a bulk discount program) or need a good reference headphone that definitely punches above its weight class.

Although these were previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Studio Headphones.

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