Yamaha HPH-MT7 – New Studio Monitor Headphones
The Yamaha HPH-MT7 is a brand new professional studio monitor headphone set just announced by the leading tech giant.
The Yamaha HPH-MT7 will ship from January 2016 and is set to retail at $299 (probably around R 5,500 in SA with import duties etc).
They’ve compared the Yamaha HPH-MT7 to provide the same philosophy of ‘sonic purity’ as the legendary NS-10M studio monitors although it must be said, the NS-10M are widely used because they are deemed to be so flat they can be quite taxing on the ears.
This is a challenge with studio headphones – one would strive to have the frequency response as flat as possible but listening fatigue becomes an even bigger issue than with loudspeakers.
Nonetheless this is of course what the Yamaha HPH-MT7 strive to deliver; faithful source signal reproduction with a flat high resolution sound and accurate stereo imaging.
They say the ‘high level of isolation and comfort’ ensures extended listening sessions can be had so it is an important consideration.
Features at a glance
Some of the technical info for the Yamaha HPH-MT7 headphones makes for impressive stats…
- custom drivers with CCAW voice coils
- powerful neodymium magnets
- frequency response of 15 Hz-25 kHz
- Closed-back circumaural configuration for enhanced comfort
- die-cast aluminium support arms
- sweat-resistant headband
- Smooth synthetic leather ear pads with low-resistance cushions
The Yamaha HPH-MT7 also sports a three-dimensional arm pivot construction which makes them highly adjustable so that one can angle the ear pads to best fit one’s head. Anybody who has sat with headphones on for a few hours on end will appreciate how small things can really detract from concentrating properly.
The Sales Pitch
Ken Hiraoka, Yamaha Pro Audio department manager on the new Yamaha HPH-MT7 headphones…
“The HPH-MT7 studio monitor headphones exemplify the sound philosophy that we have pursued consistently since Yamaha first produced the industry standard NS-10M monitor speakers. The recent trend of increasing usage of headphones in a growing variety of recording and live sound environments served as the impetus for the creation of the MT7 models. We set out to make headphones with superior fidelity and sound source reproduction that live audio and studio professionals require, along with a very high level of comfort, durability and versatility to accommodate a wider range of monitoring applications.”