The two new HPH-MT8 and HPH-MT5 models complete Yamaha’s new line-up of live audio and studio headphones, featuring custom drivers, respectively equipped with 45mm and 40mm CCAW voice coils, along with powerful neodymium magnets to achieve precise definition and control even at the highest output levels. Made from aluminium wire coated in highly conductive copper, the lightweight-yet-powerful drivers deliver a broad frequency response of 15Hz-28kHz in the MT8 and 20Hz-20kHz in the MT5.
Ensuring that the new models have the necessary durability for the rigours of road travel, the rugged design features a comfortably-fitting closed-back, circumaural configuration with solid ABS housing and a sweat-resistant headband. The large ear pads feature smooth synthetic leather and low-resistance cushions which absorb excess vibrations and reduce sound leakage, providing outstanding isolation and stress-free wearability over extended periods.
A three-dimensional arm pivot construction and adjustable slider length ensures the angle of the ear pads fit the wearer’s head perfectly, helping to alleviate fatigue. In addition, the MT8 features die-cast aluminium support arms and steerable earcups for single-ear monitoring.
The HPH-MT8 and HPH-MT5 both include a detachable straight 3m cable, equipped with corrosion-resistant gold-plated stereo mini-plug and 6.3mm stereo adaptor, allowing them to be used with both professional audio equipment and portable audio players. The MT8 is also supplied with a detachable 1.2m coiled cable.
“Ever since the development of the industry standard NS-10M studio monitors, at Yamaha we have maintained a uniform approach in all of our recording and sound reinforcement products. This seeks to achieve the purest sound reproduction possible, giving our users an ideal platform to work from when creating their own signature sound,” says Yoshiyuki Tsugawa, Business Unit Director at Yamaha Commercial Audio.
“In response to the growing trend of headphone monitoring in professional studio and live sound reinforcement environments, the HPH-MT8 and HPH-MT5 models were designed around this core concept of sonic purity. The aim is to provide everyone from sound professionals to casual listeners with headphones that offer superior fidelity, outstanding sound quality, and very high levels of comfort, durability and versatility.”
The HPH-MT8 and HPH-MT5 (available in black and white versions) replace the HPH-MT220 and HPH-MT120 in Yamaha’s headphones range and will be available during 2016.