Sennheiser HD 25 Series Professional DJ & Studio Headphones
Few – if any – headphones have stood the test of time in both DJ booths and studios like the infamous Sennheiser HD 25 closed dynamic headphones. Over the years, they have become an industry standard for DJs, producers and engineers who require lightweight, comfortable headphones that offer an excellence in sound and the ability to operate at extremely high SPLs. A slight shift from Sennheiser recently has seen the range adjusted slightly and renamed for a more consistent understanding of what each product offers. Plus some newly designed packaging never goes astray either, so now the three-piece line-up in the HD 25 range is easy to understand and extremely affordable given what each option offers.
Audio-Technica ATH-A550Z ART Monitor Headphones
Audio-Technica’s ATH-A550Z is the no frills entry-level headset in the Z series of their ART Monitor range – aimed at the audiophile market. But I tell you what, for a sub $250 buy, they pack a punch. With a frequency response range of 5Hz-35kHz you aren’t going to be missing anything on a hi-def audio file, no matter how super human your hearing is.
Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Open-Back Reference Headphones
The ATH-R70x is Audio-Technica’s first foray into open back reference monitor headphones territory, and stands as their flagship professional headphone model — and what an entrance it is. Designed in partnership with Parisian product design specialist studio Arro, upon whipping them out of the box you’re greeted with a gorgeous balance of aesthetics and function, with distinctly premium materials.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Monitor Headphones
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 model has long been a staple of the low price bracket monitor headphones, known for their no nonsense aesthetic, excellent sound and durability. The updated ATH-M50x hasn’t dared mess with the successful formula too much but there are some notable improvements.
YAMAHA HPH-MT7 STUDIO MONITOR HEADPHONES
There are plenty of headphones and earbuds out there made for regular listening with your portable music device, and these are mostly designed with a fashion angle in mind rather than audio quality as the driving force of the design process. So when I received the Yamaha HPH-MT7 studio monitor headphones I knew I was not in for more of the same old rubbish and I was going to hear high quality audio reproduction.
Sennheiser HD6 Mix Headphones
There are plenty of headphones on the market designed specifically for listening to your portable device when travelling from one place to another. Most of them do a good job for their intended purpose, but very few of them will stand up to the test when it comes to delivering quality audio reproduction in the studio. That is where the Sennheiser HD6 Mix studio monitor headphones come into play. For those of you that are serious about your sound and want to hear everything in the studio when both overdubbing and listening back to mixes, these headphones need to be heard.
SENNHEISER HD BLUE STAGE HEADPHONES
Sennheiser have been responsible for some of the best studio and DJ headphones over the years, so I was excited to take three of the new HD series of Blue Stage headphones for a test drive. This flagship range of studio and DJ headphones draws from the legendary HD25 headphones and shares their attributes across three models in the HD6 MIX, HD7 DJ and HD8 DJ.
NOCS NS900 PROFESSIONAL DJ HEADPHONES
Every now and then a new contender makes their mark in the fight for headphone supremacy. This battle is usually fought in the DJ realm, where the weak are usually quickly separated from the strong and those that remain do so for a reason, and not because they bear the name of some rap star or come in a range of fancy colours. So, I am always willing to entertain the idea of a new contender, introducing NOCS with their NS900 headphones.