AKAI MPC Headphones
The Akai MPC headphones are another extension to the excellent range of Akai Pro gear aimed squarely at the producer, beat-maker and button pushing performance whiz-kid. As the name suggests the Akai MPC headphones forms part of their formidable MPC series which includes the MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio and MPC Element – these three are controllers for live and studio work; the iMPC apps for iPad and iPhone and the cute little MPC Fly 30, a handy 30-pin MPC for iPad controller. Then there is also the excellent range of MPK keyboard controllers. So why not add a set of branded and very chic looking professional studio quality headphones to the mix?
I’ve never met a DJ, musician or producer who isn’t influenced by aesthetics and the Akai MPC headphones continue the slick, professional image Akai portrays so well. The build quality is as finely finished as they look in the photos. They are not too bulky but are nonetheless extremely well padded. Constructed out of aluminum and steel and despite being reasonably lightweight – weighing in at a manageable 370 grams – they feel solid and robust.
Looks aside, if you’re in the market for a good set of cans, the Akai MPC headphones certainly have the spec sheet to impress all the jargon hunters. Whilst many brands use 40 or 45mm drivers, the MPC headphones are equipped with a meaty 50mm neodymium driver. The aforementioned generous padding effectively creates your own soundproofed booth by blocking out ambient noises. The ideal environment for knocking out your next killer creation without distraction. Although the Akai MPC headphones are designed for studio use they have thoughtfully included a built-in microphone on the cable which kind of gives them a lifestyle edge as well.
Are these for me?
Whilst the Akai MPC headphones are clearly marketed as studio quality they have a definite lifestyle appeal to them, This is both thoughtful and apt since the lines between the two have been blurred for sometime. Being a music producer is a lifestyle choice and with the gear and software available these days, the vibe is to create beats wherever you are; on the bus or train commuting to work, in your hotel room before a gig, on your bed while the wife or girlfriend nods off. This is the new age of music production on the go and the Akai MPC headphones fits the profile perfectly by offering you the sound quality to create anywhere combined with damn good looks!
- Weight: 370 grams
- Drivers: 50mm neodymium
- 12Hz – 24kHz frequency response
- Impedance: 16 Ohms
- Aluminum and steel construction
- Close-back design for outside noise cancellation
- 1/8″ connector audio cable (6.8 ft.)
- 1/4″ adapter included
- Built-in microphone on cable
AKAI Professional gear is available in South Africa through Musical Distributors