Behringer HPS3000 Headphones | John R.
Behringer’s High-Performance Studio Headphones are a low-cost option for anyone in the market for a solid pair of dynamic headphones for home or studio use. With a purchase price under $20, the Behringer HPS3000s offer 40mm drivers, a wide frequency response of 20 Hz – 20kHz, high-efficiency cobalt capsule, 64 ohm impedance, 110dB at 1kHz sensitivity, and a max power handling of 100 mW.
The padded headband is both rugged and adjustable for durability and comfort and the full-sized, oval-shaped ear cups cover the entire ear to reduce the sound of ambient noise and sound leakage from your headphones. The Behringer HPS3000s come with a single-sided, oxygen-free copper cord – tangle-resistant, extends a little more than six-feet long and terminates at a 1/8th-inch gold-plated TRS stereo connector. For more flexibility, the Behringer HPS3000s come with a screw-on 1/4-inch adapter as well.
As far as quality goes, it’s what you would expect from headphones competing at that particular price point. They are marketed as studio headphones, suitable for monitoring while tracking or mixing, but I think the fine folks at Behringer may have fudged on that a bit. They are by no means studio quality headphones, despite the name Behringer gave them. Yes, they are comfortable and offer a relatively solid audio experience, but my expectation is that you’ll find them more useful for catching up on Family Guy episodes on Hulu than for use in your home or project studio. And for $20, that’s what you would expect, I’m sure. Unless you’re on a really tight budget and you just need something for your project studio, I would recommend upgrading just a touch – maybe checking out Audio Technica’s M20s, which are just a step up in quality, or even the M40fs headphones for just a bit more.
If we consider them as inexpensive headphones, they hold their own. They certainly out-perform some of the other headphones in their price class. The Behringer HPS3000s are well worth the investment and there’s no need to worry about damaging them as you can likely pick up a replacement pair on Musicians Freind without having to spend very much money at all. The sound quality is good, very balanced and they serve as a decent pair of headphones for casual listening, gaming and other media.
But again, not studio quality just yet. For around $20, Behringer’s HPS3000 headphones are a reasonable option for just about any budget.