Status Audio CB-1 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones


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Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones

Gearank Recommendation

The CB-1 appeared on our recommended list for Studio Headphones Under $100 from January 2020 until January 2021 when they had been out-ranked by other headphones.


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.

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.


  • 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
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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