Reviewed: Audio-Technica ATH-CKR7TW + SPORT7TW True Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Airpods are a page out of the tried and true Apple publicity playbook -- take an existing technology used primarily by a tech-interested audience, paint it sheer white, simplify and announce it like it’s a bold new step into the future. Despite the initial ridicule they received, Airpods were inevitably a giant hit, leaving premium audio scrambling to respond. Audio-Technica have made their commercial reply with the ATH-CKR7TW and SPORT7TW True Wireless in-ear headphones, marketing a superior Japanese pedigree.
Reviewed: PreSonus HD9 Headphones
We’ve slowly seen the product range from PreSonus grow over the years to include more than just interfaces. The headphone market is one that they have been pushing into, offering a small collection of very modestly priced cans that stand up to the task at hand without breaking the bank. I finally got to give the HD9 studio headphones a test lap this month and found them to be surprisingly good. It could be time to rethink what you need in a pair of home studio headphones and invest in just what you need, rather than pouring money into a frequency or two that you can’t even hear.
Reviewed: PreSonus HD7 headphones
There’s plenty of time in the home studio when you need to work with headphones for any number of reasons. Sometimes you’re overdubbing and can’t risk the chance of spill into other microphones, sometimes you’re doing critical listening, and other times you may just be working well into the night when a lot of noise cannot be made. For whatever reason you need a set of cans, it doesn’t always have to be the most expensive product on the market in order to get the job done. That is why it’s worth having a look at, and a listen to, the Presonus HD7 headphones when you’re next considering another monitoring option for your home recording and mobile monitoring needs.
Reviewed: Audio Technica ATH-M40X headphones
Audio-Technica were established in the hip and tech savvy Shinjuku of Tokyo, Japan, in the early 1960s. From record player cartridges to microphones to turntables and headphones the brand has gone on to become a major force in the music tech industry. Adding to their impressive range of headphones, the ATH-M40x sit somewhere in the middle of their pricing and are marketed as a versatile set of cans for a range of applications.
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.