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.
Audiofly AF240 Over-Ear Headphones
For those of you who don’t yet know about Audiofly, now would be the time to have a look into what they are doing. This trendy audio company is producing earbuds and over-ear headphones that deliver in a professional and consumer based market across a range of needs. Having supplied the in ear monitors for X-Factor last year, you can be sure these guys know how to produce a quality product. But, it doesn’t stop there; I am currently wearing a pair of their AF240 over-ear headphones right now as I write this. They were released last year in black, and now are also available in white. Sure, I’ve been listening to Morrissey for the last hour, but he’s sounding pretty good right now.
Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT Hi-Res Bluetooth Headphones
Audio-Technica’s newly released ATH-SR5BT wireless bluetooth headphones are handsome little on-ear headphones, designed for casual listening and convenience. Having never owned wireless headphones before, I was keen to give these a run and see how they square up against my wired daily battlers.
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC40BT Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
I’ve got to hand it to Audio-Technica; they managed to have me completely stumped with this new product, twice. The first instance was in trying the figure out how to get these headphones out of the packaging, the second was in trying to figure out how they were supposed to be worn. That’s the fun part about coming across a completely new concept in a product we all thought could not be redesigned, but Audio-Technica have done just that. The ATH- ANC40BT wireless noise-cancelling headphones might look a little unconventional to start with, but trust me; they make complete sense when you actually try them.