What headphone type is best for Virtual Monitoring?


Hey all,

I have a question about the concept of Virtual Monitoring, and while some of this may be subjective, I wanted to get some insight from the community and/or Sonarworks directly as to what type of headphone would be best for utilizing the Virtual Monitoring add-on?

I know this concept of emulating a studio room, or car speakers, or in-ear buds, through your studio headphones isn't a new concept, but I want to know, is it much more effective in particular kinds of headphones?

I have one pair of closed-back (Audio Technica ATH-M50X), and one pair of open-back (Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 ohm).

Is there a significant reason to use closed-back or open-back more for Virtual Monitoring? Does the build form factor of over-the-ear studio headphones, open or closed, have a big impact on how virtual emulation of earbud vs. car speakers vs. studio room sounds?

I know every headphone has its own frequency curve, but I'm curious if closed or open-back models are objectively more useful for the case use of virtual monitoring, whether it's how it translates stereo field or any other reason.

Am I overthinking this? Is this down to comfort and preferences? Or does anyone have any arguments that would point towards certain over-the-ear headphone models being better at translating the virtual monitoring experience?

Thanks in advance everyone,


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