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Promoted 06-13-2016 by brisar at 10:28 AM View Original Post
Guitar Center has Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones on sale for $39.99. Shipping is free. Thanks Plat

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Edited June 18, 2016 at 06:03 PM by Plat
Guitar Center has the Marantz MPH-2 headphones for $39.99 with free shipping.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Maran...0006705.gc

Speaking as someone who loves his ATH-M50 headphones, these MPH-2s are an amazing value for the price.The headband looks extremely similar to the ATH-M50 headband, which makes us wonder if Audio Technica helped make these. The cups are a little more circular (less like an oval) than the M50, and the driver is a little wider. To my ear, the bass is a little more pronounced on these compared to the M50, but the sound is still very well defined. Initially I felt a little more ear fatigue from that bass pressure, but it's getting easier as I spend more time with them. The headphone cable is detachable, but both ends are 3.5mm plugs (it doesn't have the weird thinner plug at one end, that the M50x has).

Major props to Cookie21 for posting the May 11 sale. You'll find some reviews toward the end of that thread.


You might be able to make the price sweeter by:
Buying a $50 gift card to get a $10 promo card at https://guitarcenter.cashstar.com/. Both are delivered immediately via email.

So in my case, I bought 2 headphones for $83.98 (incl tax) - $10.00 (promo gift card) = $73.98 (paid with gift card and credit card), which is approx $36.99 each for 2 headphones, tax included.


Per head-fi post at http://www.head-fi.org/t/811252/m...-any-users these headphones look like rebranded ISK MDH9000 headphones, and based on the photos it's hard to disagree. http://www.head-fi.org/t/585356/t...t_12465893. Even if so, AliExpress lists the ISK MDH9000 at ~$56 each. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Ho...58078.html


Specs:
Features Type
Ear coupling: Over-ear
Primary application: Studio monitor
Secondary application: General listening
Operating principle: Closed
Audio
Frequency response: 10Hz - 30kHz
SPL: Info not available
Driver size: 50mm
THD: Info not available
Noise cancelling: No
Other
Weight: Info not available
Cable type: Info not available
Cable length: 10 ft.
Connector: 3.5mm with 1/4" adaptor
Built-in mic: No
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I ordered these the last time they went on sale. I have to say I like them so far. The bass definitely thumps with these headphones. I also feel the bass pressure fatigue as you mentioned. It's not too bad though.

They have a medium clamping force (not too tight and not too loose) but I may stretch them out a tiny bit like I saw suggested with the ATH-M50. I really like the overstuffed pads. I wonder if I can get a set for my M50's? They also fit my small head better than the M50s which are a tad too big. Sound isolation is also pretty good.

Overall I'm glad I spent the $40.
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I also bought a pair the last time they were this price. I've been happy with them. Good sound in my opinion, and pretty comfortable. I have to take the off every hour or so to let my ears breathe.
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Thanks OP! Missed it the first time, I am such a sucker for anything with the Marantz name on it. I hope I am not disappointed.
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As good as the ATH-M50x?
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Picked up a pair to monitor audio through a Tascam when recording video. People say they have pretty good sound isolation and my current set of headphones (not for video) are open-ear so they won't work.

Worth $40 to try them out. Thanks OP!
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Quote from alxshanti View Post :
As good as the ATH-M50x?
I don't have the ATH-M50x, but I do have 2 ATH-M50s (older model) that I've listened to a lot at work and in the studio.

The MPH-2 doesn't sound identical to the ATH-M50, but I think it's "in the ballpark", worthy of attempting a comparison, in terms of form factor and sound quality. My initial reaction was that either the MPH-2s sounded slightly bassier (emphasized more bass, where the ATH-M50s rolled off more), and/or the ATH-M50 had slightly more high-end detail. I haven't compared them since burning them in - perhaps they've opened up.

I've started using the MPH-2s as my main headphones at work (replacing the ATH-M50s), and haven't felt the need to go back. I'll probably stick to the ATH-M50s in the home studio though, because they feel better for long-term use. (They clamp my glasses less, and I get less ear fatigue from the sound, maybe due to the decreased bass.)
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Got these last time, very nice head phones - I like them. Similar (not identical) in performance to the ATH-M50x.
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Quote from Plat View Post :
I don't have the ATH-M50x, but I do have 2 ATH-M50s (older model) that I've listened to a lot at work and in the studio.

The MPH-2 doesn't sound identical to the ATH-M50, but I think it's "in the ballpark", worthy of attempting a comparison, in terms of form factor and sound quality. My initial reaction was that either the MPH-2s sounded slightly bassier (emphasized more bass, where the ATH-M50s rolled off more), and/or the ATH-M50 had slightly more high-end detail. I haven't compared them since burning them in - perhaps they've opened up.

I've started using the MPH-2s as my main headphones at work (replacing the ATH-M50s), and haven't felt the need to go back. I'll probably stick to the ATH-M50s in the home studio though, because they feel better for long-term use. (They clamp my glasses less, and I get less ear fatigue from the sound, maybe due to the decreased bass.)
Thanks for your help! I'll check out headfi.org. Maybe someone there has done a comparison.
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Here you can check out some comments and reviews regarding the headphones.
http://slickdeals.net/f/8734003-marantz-mph-1-professional-studio-headphones-29-99-or-marantz-mph-2-...
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For those of you talking about the bass... if these are studio headphones, shouldn't they be flat response? I don't really research headphones much, but some of the applications I work with are not musical, so having a lot of bass is bad. I would really only be interested if the response is pretty flat.
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Can it be used as a regular daily headphone for movie, music and game? I need a noise isolating headphone
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Can it be used as a regular daily headphone for movie, music and game? I need a noise isolating headphone
yes you can, but the mmarantz is not noise cancelling headphone.
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Quote from jackbauer24 View Post :
yes you can, but the mmarantz is not noise cancelling headphone.
thanks, I don't want noise cancelling, no one knows if it has side effect. I want a noise isolating one, and it says so in the description.
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and ear cups provides a fatigue-free listening experience for even the longest-lasting, most demanding sessions, with outstanding noise isolation
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