Reviewed: Neumann NDH20 Monitor Headphones
Neumann is a leader in top-tier pro audio equipment, and has been pushing the envelope for some time. Since the company’s founding in 1928, the company has produced the famed U47 in the 40s, before progressively releasing the KM series, U67 and U87. More recently, Neumann has branched into studio monitors and headphones that compromise no less than any other product in the range. The NDH20 is the most recent addition to this branch of Neumann, a pair of studio-quality, closed-back dynamic headphones.
Reviewed: Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Headphones
In modern monitoring, the Audio-Technica M50 series has become as synonymous in the professional world as the famous Yamaha NS10 speaker. Similar to the iconic white speaker cone and black box, the sleek, black looks of the M50 have become a staple of professional audio for mixing, monitoring playback and enjoying balanced high-definition sound. Their value for money has brought the range into a special league of headphone that is enjoyed by professionals and audiophiles alike. This is where the ATH-M50xBT, the Bluetooth version of the famed M50, really shines: the same great sound, same stylish looks, but without the inconvenience of a cable.
Reviewed: Adam Audio Studio Pro SP-5 Headphones
Berlin-based studio monitor company Adam Audio sports a fanatical commitment to audio utilitarianism. Their products rely less on aesthetic design, and instead stun with an unimpeachable high fidelity. The Studio-Pro 5 or SP-5, their latest offering in this vein, is a sets a new benchmark for consumer monitor headphones, albeit at an uncomfortably high price.
Reviewed: Blue Microphones Mix-Fi Headphones
Blue Microphones have developed a name for themselves over the years for offering unique designs and outstanding audio quality. If you’re looking for a Blue microphone, chances are you’re after something that is a little bit special. With their first foray into the headphone market, it stands to reason that Blue are going to deliver something that is indeed unique and rather special – and that is exactly what is on offer with their new Mix-Fi Headphones. It’s a bold new direction in headphone design, and it makes sense that Blue are the guys to take the first step.
Reviewed: Audio-Technica ATH-M60x Professional Monitor Headphones
There’s no doubt that Audio-Technica has produced some classic pairs of headphones over the last forty or so years. Many of us have our favourites and have held onto certain models for years. With the success of the ATH-M50X studio headphones, it was always going to be hard for Audio-Technica to deliver a new set of cans that could stand alongside them and shine even brighter. It is for that reason that I was just a little bit excited to be able to unbox a pair of the new ATH-M60X Professional Monitor Headphones this month. I wasted no time in plugging them in and hearing what was on offer.
Reviewed: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC700BT Headphones
Now that certain smartphone makers are moving away from wired headphones, wireless Bluetooth headphones are becoming pretty much the standard, especially as you move upward in the market. Yes, there will always be a place for wired headphones, especially in the recording sphere where latency is an issue, and in the audiophile community where only true analogue will do. But for those of us just listening to music or podcasts on the go, a great-sounding wireless headphone set is pretty much essential. Audio-Technica is no stranger to making great headphones. The ATH-ANC700BT set is among their latest product offerings and it’s packed with features for music nuts on the go.
Reviewed: Audio-Technica ATH-PRO7X Headphones
I’ve used Audio-Technica headphones on and off for the last thirty years and have seen some rather tasteful designs - and some that I would rather not remember, to tell you the truth. That said, no matter how they looked, they always sounded great, even if you did look a little like a 1930’s fighter pilot walking down the street with some of the older models. I’m always keen to try the latest offering from Audio-Technica when it comes to headphones, as I know I am usually in for a good listening experience. This month, it was the turn of the ATH-PRO7X to have a listen through, and I certainly wasn’t going to turn them down.
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.