OFFERING A RETRO-SLICK LOOK IN four colors (black/black, red/white, chrome/
black, orange/black), two cables (one curly/
one straight) with locking connectors, two
interchangeable ear cushions (leather for
optimum isolation and increased bass, and
velvet for a more open sound and less low
end), and a leatherette tote bag, the MH510
($99 street) is a massively hip bargain even
before you actually plug it in. You can certainly
rock these eye-catching phones like a celebrity
trotting out of a Beverly Hills Starbucks,
and sneer at the hipsters who paid up to three
times what you plunked down for much the
same cool factor.
But, unlike a purse puppy, the MH510s aren’t
mere fashion accoutrements. These are serious
tracking and mixing headphones with brute-like
construction, serious power-handling capacity,
and an extended frequency range (10Hz-24kHz).
I did several mixing and tracking sessions with
the MH510s, and found sound reproduction to
be clear and precise. Stereo positioning and
minute mix adjustments could be easily discerned,
ear fatigue during lengthy sessions was
minimal, and what I heard in the cans typically
translated accurately to other playback media
(even accounting for the MH510’s ability to track
An added benefit is that the MH510 headband
connects at the dead middle of the ear
cups, which pushes them firmly and evenly
against your ears, and ensures maximum
isolation from environmental sounds. It’s
like you’re in your own “aural solitary confinement,”
safe from distractions that might
skew sonic evaluations. I couldn’t dig these
headphones more. They are awesome. CAD
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