If you’re a listener who favors flat sound and extreme durability over flashy looks, earth-shattering bass, and advanced control mechanisms, when it comes to headphones you’re probably looking for what the industry refers to as the “studio monitor” variety.
Designed for use by professionals in the audio recording world, studio monitor headphones are purpose built for tracking and mixing in the studio, with a design that focuses on good sound and durability over turning heads and taking phone calls.
Yamaha’s HPH-MT8 headphones are a fantastic embodiment of this ethos. With a simple aesthetic, honest sound, and premium build quality, the MT8 are a reliable audio sidekick that never let us down in testing. The headphones seal out the outside world and showcase the nuances of your favorite music with all the comfort of your favorite Lay-Z-Boy recliner, and the durability of your best work boots. They may not be fancy, but they’re a killer choice for those who are serious about sound.
OUT OF THE BOX
The MT8 come in a simple white cardboard box, packed with two detachable 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cables — a 1.5-meter coiled cable, and a 3-meter straight cable — as well as a gold plated quarter-inch adapter, and a faux leather carrying case. An instruction manual is also included, though it’s not really necessary for plug-and-play headphones like these.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
Despite their large, robust over-ear design, the studio-black color scheme keeps the MT8 headphones looking decidedly unassuming up close. The only flashy design elements are a pair of shiny logos on the back of each earcup, and two thick silver brackets that hold them in place. There’s also a glossy black Yamaha logo across the top of the headband, but it’s barely noticeable unless you’re really looking for it.