Reviewed: PreSonus HD7 headphones

Link Audio | linkaudio.com.au | Expect To Pay: $70.80

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.

It doesn’t need to be over-complicated when it comes to a good set of cans. Ultimately, what most of us want is headphones that are lightweight, comfortable and offer a good low frequency response and a crisp top end. Well, believe it or not, the HD7 headphones from PreSonus offer all these things and they do it all for under a hundred dollars. Yes, it is possible to listen on a budget and be comfortable doing so. The easily adjustable headband fits comfortably on any sized head, even my overly large noggin’. A quick shuffle on top and it slides right into place, allowing your ears to be totally covered by the soft over-ear pads. These are not the most complex of designs; they’re pretty simple, really. But they’re comfortable enough and don’t create fatigue with extended periods of use, so they certainly do the job in the comfort department.

 

These are not intended to be critical listening, professional grade studio reference headphones. But, the price tag doesn’t reflect this either. They do, however, sound pretty good for the money. There is a decent amount of low end from the neodymium drivers, and they’re not too muffled in the top end either. You can certainly get away with using them for editing audio projects, listening to music, and for recording overdubs and quiet practise.

 

What all this amounts to is a good pair of home studio headphones for a realistic price. There is no need to spend money on cans that are indestructible if you are going to use them at home and look after them. Also, if you’re just using them for overdubbing or editing, you don’t need to invest in precise reference quality audio. At the same time, if you need several pairs of cans for working with groups, this is a budget alternative that will get the job done.

Hits and Misses

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Lightweight, comfortable design

Budget monitoring option

Plenty of low frequency response

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You do get what you pay for

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