Reviewed: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Red
I became absolutely and utterly obsessed with comic books and music at a young age. Countless hours were spent reading through my comic collection while Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young played in the background. Naturally, the idea of a pair of high quality headphones in a colour scheme resembling Iron Man’s armour was something that got me quite excited. Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x headphones have been around since 2012, but every year since the model’s inception they have released a limited colour run. This year’s colourway is a gorgeous dark red with gold trimmings.
REVIEWED: METERS OV-1 HEADPHONES
I’m fairly certain most of you will have heard of Ashdown Engineering, especially those bass players among us. They are very well known for their bass amplifiers, cabinets and preamps, and with a host of the world’s best bass players using Ashdown amps, it’s easy to realise that they make a quality product, even if you haven’t heard one yourself. So, when a new brand of headphones called Meters was being sent to me for review, I had no idea what to expect until I opened the package to find they are in fact made by Ashdown Engineering. Meters represents Ashdown’s first step into the world of personal listening and they’ve not just stepped in, but more so dived head first with this one.
REVIEWED: AUDIO-TECHNICA AR5BT HEADPHONES
When I was a kid there was nothing more uncool than having the kind of bulky, over-ear headphones that came with your parents’ home theatre system. My dad had a pair of Sennheisers that we maligned so much he ended up using them as little more than earmuffs when mowing the lawn. If you wanted to be as close to Luke Perry as the southeastern suburbs could handle, you had to have a set of ear-buds plugged into your Walkman, snaking their way up your school jumper so that you could listen to your Nirvana tapes as your teacher went prattling on unawares.
Reviewed: Yamaha HPH MT5 and MT8 Headphones
Headphones have come a long way. The quality, detail, clarity, weight, comfort factor and portability make them usable and appropriate for a range of functions and work as anything from serious studio reference tools to portable music player add-ons and even fashion items. Whilst small bud sized in ear headphones are great for some applications, the over ear enclosed designs have continued to be a mainstay in the professional music arena and had a huge resurgence with the general music playing public. Yamaha are seemingly always at the forefront of music gear design and research, and they’ve released some new models under the HPH range to suit a range of budgets.
REVIEWED: AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-DSR7BT WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Before you get any preconceived ideas about what you can and cannot expect from Bluetooth wireless headphones, you need to stop and take a listen to the new Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT headphones. What Audio-Technica are striving to achieve with these sleek looking units is to supply a high quality audio signal, just as what you would expect for critical listening and deliver that without the need to be constrained by cables or leads. I was sceptical myself, having always supported the concept of keeping a leash on your audio signal, but with the advancements in wireless audio in recent years, Audio-Technica have taken their technology to make use of a Bluetooth transmitter with a whole new level of quality.
REVIEWED: AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-LS50iS IN-EAR HEADPHONES
The first concern many may have when considering the ATH-LS50is earphones is that they do appear to be somewhat bulky, however they actually weigh very little and sit within the ear without any noticeable exposure.
Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC Headphones
The MSR7NC headphones are Audio-Technica’s new active noise-cancelling variant of their MSR7 set of hi-res over-ear headphones. I’ve never had the opportunity to try headphones with active noise cancelling before – to be honest, the whole idea sounded kind of bogus to me. For those not aware of the marketing spiel, the idea is that the headphones use a microphone embedded in the ear cups to pick-up ambient noise and block it with an audio wave signal that is 180 degrees out of phase with the ambient noise. To me it sounds like one of those ideas that works in theory but in practice... not so much.
Blue Lola Over-Ear Headphones
Blue is a company we have all come to know over the years that is not afraid to step outside of the box when it comes to design elements. This is one aspect that has made Blue microphones stand out amongst so many others. Their unconventional designs not only extend to the looks of their microphones, but in their performance. What you can be sure of is that when you invest in a Blue microphone, it will look like nothing else and it will certainly deal with the task at hand. Now, this month I got to unbox a new pair of Blue headphones, the Lola sealed over-ear headphones that represent a new chapter in Blue designs. What’s not new is Blue’s intention to stay well away from the conventional.