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These guides are designed to help you find the most highly rated options when you're buying music equipment. Every item presented has a Gearank Rating and the number of owner and user opinions that have been evaluated by the Gearank Algorithm for this purpose.

The Best Open Back Headphones for Mixing and Mastering

Highest Rated Open Back Headphones for Mixing and Mastering

Open-back headphones are commonly identified by their vented or mesh-covered enclosed earcups. This design promotes a more natural sound that minimizes internal reflection and standing waves making them well suited to mixing and mastering.

The Best Studio Headphones: Under $200 -> $500

The Highest Rated Studio Headphones

A great pair of headphones can make all the difference in producing quality studio recordings and overall listening satisfaction. This goes especially for home recording environments where proper acoustically treated rooms are less common, often limiting the accuracy of open air speaker systems.

The Best Bass Guitar Strings - 4 String Sets

The Highest Rated Bass Strings

Finding the best bass guitar strings can be a challenge. With so many different materials and approaches to bass string design, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which is going to work the best for you and your style of playing.

The Best Acoustic Guitar Cases & Gig Bags

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar Cases & Gig Bags

While good guitar cases are not cheap, investing in them will save you more in the long run, especially when considering the cost of repair or replacement. More importantly, you can't put a price on peace of mind, so please heed our advice - do not skimp on your guitar's protection and storage.

The Best Powered Mixers - Consoles & Box/Racks

The Highest Rated Powered Mixing Consoles

Audio engineer Raphael Pulgar presents this rundown on the highest rated powered mixers along with detailed advice to help you select the most appropriate one for your live performances.

The Best Wireless Guitar Systems

The Highest Rated Wireless Guitar Systems

Getting a wireless system for your guitar or bass frees you up from being tethered to your amp or pedalboard and reduces cable clutter on stage. In addition to showing you which systems are the most highly rated by musicians, this guide provides analysis and advice that will help you select the best one to add to your rig.

The Best 500 Series Compressors

The Highest Rated 500 Series Compressors

Audio engineer Raphael Pulgar presents the highest rated compressors for 500 series racks, both single channel and stereo bus compressors, along with detailed advice to help you select the best one for your recording setup.

The Best Drum Practice Pads & Mutes: Single/Snare + Sets

The Highest Rated Drum Practice Pads

If you're serious about improving or maintaining your drumming skills, practice shouldn't end the moment you step away from your drum kit. Training with drum practice pads keeps your skills sharp while helping you notice small things to improve because you're no longer bombarded with high decibel sounds.

The Best Drum Thrones - Round - Saddle - Backrest

The Highest Rated Drum Thrones

Your playing experience is decided just as much by your accessories as it is by your actual instrument, and there’s no better example of this than drum thrones. If you’re looking for the best drum throne, check out our recommendations!

The Best Passive PA Speakers Under $1000

The Highest Rated Passive PA Speakers

Here are the highest rated Passive PA Speakers in both the sub $500 and sub $1000 price brackets. Note that you need a power amplifier or a powered mixing console to drive them as they do not contain their own amplifier.

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