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Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones

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Over-ear design with a 50mm driver that delivers detail and accuracy.

Marantz Professional’s MPH-2 headphones feature powerful 50mm drivers and a comfortable over-ear design, 
perfectly suited for both long hours in the studio monitoring in-field recordings. With their authoritative 10–30kHz frequency response, the MPH-2 delivers the detail and accuracy needed to accurately evaluate every recording. The leather cushioning on the flexible headband and ear cups provides a fatigue-free listening experience for even the longest-lasting, most demanding sessions, with outstanding noise isolation. Their rugged stainless steel telescopic arms easily stand up to heavy-duty use. An impedance of 32Ω and 100dB sensitivity ensures compatibility with the widest range of equipment. The MPH-2 has a 180-degree rotating frame for convenient single ear monitoring and its collapsible design makes for easy portability. It includes a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter and a detachable locking 10-ft cable. The MPH-2 brings Marantz Professional’s industry-leading field recording engineering to professional headphone audio.

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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MarantzMPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones
 
4.3

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (28)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Durable (16)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (25)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (9)
  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (8), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Inexpensive yet extremely capable headphones

These headphones were inexpensive (& not reviewed anywhere), so I didn't expect much..."just another pair of DJ-style closed-back headphones." I was wrong! After ~75 hrs of...Read complete review

These headphones were inexpensive (& not reviewed anywhere), so I didn't expect much..."just another pair of DJ-style closed-back headphones." I was wrong! After ~75 hrs of burn-in, they sound quite good. Unlike many "U-shaped" closed headphones with hyped bass, treble, and receding midrange, these headphones have excellent impact and clarity throughout the frequency range. The midrange is their strong suit: very clear, non-fatiguing, and listenable. The bass is very capable, deep and impactful when present on a recording, and the treble is detailed but not bright. These headphones are a winner!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ok for casual listening. But do not mix with these

You know that saying about Bose? "No highs, no lows must be Bose". Well these are the exact opposite. "No mids must be Marantz". Ok, I...Read complete review

You know that saying about Bose? "No highs, no lows must be Bose". Well these are the exact opposite. "No mids must be Marantz". Ok, I don't think that will catch on.

Anyways, these are super comfortable headphones with nice big pads that fit easily over my ears. Just the right amount of pressure too. Lots of plastic but nothing seems too cheap. Removable chord is really nice.

Soundwise, I can see why people would like these. I wouldn't mind them at all for casual listening. But they are very bassy and the highs are tipped up. This combo lends some excitement and openness that I usually don't associate with closed back headphones, but gets tiresome over long sessions. Real cymbals come out harsh and artificial sounding. The hyped up bass masks out lower mid textures. But worse of all, mixing with these results in dull, mid heavy mixes on other more balanced systems.

These often go on sale for about 40 and at that price these are a good value for casual use headphones. At full price, they are ok. Just don't use them to mix.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Inexpensive yet extremely capable headphones

By Pharmaboy

from Goshen, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Listening to/enjoying music of all kinds
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

    These headphones were inexpensive (& not reviewed anywhere), so I didn't expect much..."just another pair of DJ-style closed-back headphones." I was wrong! After ~75 hrs of burn-in, they sound quite good. Unlike many "U-shaped" closed headphones with hyped bass, treble, and receding midrange, these headphones have excellent impact and clarity throughout the frequency range. The midrange is their strong suit: very clear, non-fatiguing, and listenable. The bass is very capable, deep and impactful when present on a recording, and the treble is detailed but not bright. These headphones are a winner!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible!

    By Bob F.

    from New Mexico

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

    Hands down - these ARE the best cans for under a hundred. Frequency response is phenomenal - 10Hz low end - you only find that rating on high end cans from Bose, Beyerdynamic, etc. Crisp mids and highs - and defined (not muddled in the least) bass.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I took a chance and am glad I did!

    By Rutteger S. Jarlsberg

    from Southern Colorado

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Long, cheapish cable

    Best Uses

    • Home Stereo
    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

    As far as I know, these just came out and I happened to get them on sale before the price went up. These are super comfortable headphones! I use these for private listening of CDs, LPs and other formats played through vintage Sherwood and Harmon Kardon stereos, and they sound fantastic. They're just a bit bassy for my taste, but not in an annoying sense, but hey, that's what EQ is for, right? They sound okay with my iPhone and Fiio X1 high resolution portable player, but the EQ *really* needs to be tweaked on both devices to get a decent sound.

    There are two issues I have with these headphones... First, I might try some DIY cloth earpads to help tweak the sound; the leather pads are nice, but I can imagine the sound would open up just a bit more with cloth pads. Second, the cable is TEN FEET LONG and feels a bit cheap to me. The cable is detachable (bayonet style) and is plastic where it locks into the left ear cup; I'm afraid either the cable end or the cup could eventually wear out with repeated removal of the cable and would have liked if it was threaded metal similar to the 1/4" screw-on adapter. I'd also like the option to use an aftermarket or DIY cable to further tweak the sound... Those issues aside, the MPH-2 are a great buy!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Want Good Value At Half The Cost

    By ms4787

    from Montana

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

      I took a chance on these and I'm glad I did. Every once and awhile a bargain exceeds expectations and this is one of those items. Buy and you won't be disappointed.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best headphones for the money.

      By Wrestling Soup

      from Chicago IL

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

        I am a Professional podcaster/broadcaster and have used these in leiu of more expensive variants for a couple years now. They are amazing through and through and for the price (even retail) you cannot beat its quality on any level.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sound great.

        By Kevin H

        from Maryland

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Noise Blocking

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

          I'm no pro at recording. I record at home primarily as a hobby. I was using studio "style" headphones prior to getting these. They sound great for what I do. I cannot hear any external sound and the clarity of my recordings as well as just casual listening such as I-Tunes, YouTube, etc. it exceptional.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would and have recommended these to friends.

          By Ron

          from undisclosed

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

          Very happy with these headphones. They are a bit on the heavy side, and took a few days to get used to the fit and heft, but now I find them quite comfortable. They do make my ears a bit warm, a price I am willing to pay for the relative isolation they provide. As for sound quality, I am extremely satisfied. I have been known to wear headphones for under ten seconds before rejecting them outright, so be sure that I am particular about sound. These are quite good.

           
          5.0

          Hard to beat for casual listening.

          By Jack

          from Boston, MA

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music
            • Portable Devices
            • Relaxing
            • With My Computer

            Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

            Outstanding pair of phones for the money. Highs seemed harsh at first. But the more I listen to them the overall balance seems to be getting better. I think they will benefit from 50+ hours of break-in before they really hit their stride. (So far I only have about 15 hours on them, but the improvement has been noticeable already).

            • Primary Use:
            • Listening to iPod
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            3.0

            Ok for casual listening. But do not mix with these

            By LightninBoy

            from St Paul, MN

            About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Value

            Cons

            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Relaxing

            Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

            You know that saying about Bose? "No highs, no lows must be Bose". Well these are the exact opposite. "No mids must be Marantz". Ok, I don't think that will catch on.

            Anyways, these are super comfortable headphones with nice big pads that fit easily over my ears. Just the right amount of pressure too. Lots of plastic but nothing seems too cheap. Removable chord is really nice.

            Soundwise, I can see why people would like these. I wouldn't mind them at all for casual listening. But they are very bassy and the highs are tipped up. This combo lends some excitement and openness that I usually don't associate with closed back headphones, but gets tiresome over long sessions. Real cymbals come out harsh and artificial sounding. The hyped up bass masks out lower mid textures. But worse of all, mixing with these results in dull, mid heavy mixes on other more balanced systems.

            These often go on sale for about 40 and at that price these are a good value for casual use headphones. At full price, they are ok. Just don't use them to mix.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great sound; unfortunate breakage

            By Jeff Moore

            from Mount Sidney, VA

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily

            Best Uses

              Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

              I was quite impressed by the sound reproduction of these relatively inexpensive headphones. Unfortunately, they were sitting on my head the second time I used them, and cracked and fell apart solely from the spring pressure of the headband. The part that broke was the plastic mount between the right ear cup and the telescoping arm. I'm rating this product well, at this time, as I have only the one experience, and I'm sure it would be a fine product if not for this immediate breakage

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Bass Heavy

              By Joe Sherman

              from Sardis Arkansas

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                  Highly accentuated bass, and bass drum sound. Muted and unnatural mids and highs. I would not recommend these for mixdown use.

                   
                  4.0

                  Decent sound and quite affordable.

                  By surfercook

                  from Long Beach Island, NJ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                  These seem like decent headphones and for the forty or so USdollars that I paid are more than worth it. I don't know much about headphones but the 50mm drivers sounded like a good feature. The headphones sound really nice when connected to my guitar's effects pedal board or DAW. One thing I did not like was the funky design of the cord connection. It appears to need the dedicated cord that it comes with. There is no 1/8 jack for sound source connectivity so you will need a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter which I already had.
                  The ear coverings are nice and plush w/more than ample comfort. Also the articulating design on the ear coverings is really cool.

                   
                  4.0

                  Good headphones bought at good price

                  By Rberman

                  from Rochester, NY

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                      Sound quality was better than expected. Like everything about them but unless you have a huge head you may have issues with these. I always thought my head as being on the larger side. The headphones do not fit me on the tightest setting. I had to tape on additional padding so they would fit correctly.

                       
                      5.0

                      These are fantastic for what I paid

                      By JimEddie

                      from Midwest

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                        I bought these on SDOD, for home recording. They are solidly built, fit my huge heads and reproduce sound as well as my much more expensive Sennheisers. Highly recommend.

                         
                        4.0

                        Good isolation, comfortable and decent sound quality.

                        By Scott

                        from Indianapolis

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                            The headphones are good - comfortable, and provide good isolation in a recording situation. Not the highest fidelity (I'm not going to mix with them) but they work for what I need.

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent all-around cans

                            By The Muffster

                            from Florida

                            About Me Experienced

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Closed back, awesome sound isolation
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Replaceable cord

                            Cons

                            • Absolutely none I've found yet.

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                            Bought two pair of these during a "Stupid Deal of the Day" to replace some CAD MH300's that were on the way out. They are great sounding and very comfortable to wear, with both over-the-head and thick ear padding.

                            I have a rather large home studio, and while listening to music playback/click tracks during the recording of drums, bleed-through is always a concern. No worries there, because the isolation on these closed-back cans is excellent. I use 7 drum microphones (including two overheads), and can crank my headphone amp with no bleed-through whatsoever.

                            In my experience, the most common point of headphone failure are shorts/opens at the stress reliefs on the cable. As anyone who has attempted to repair this issue will attest, it's darned near impossible since the internal wiring is usually thinner than a human hair. Again, no worries with these headphones, as the cord is totally replaceable. What a great feature!

                            5/5 stars all the way, and Stupid Deal made these an unbelievable value.

                             
                            5.0

                            Very comfortable to wear

                            By T-Bone

                            from Fairfax, VA

                            About Me Experienced

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                              As others have said, these are the not the cans you want to wear all the time to listen to your dance music because they have a flat response that doesn't boost bass and treble, like most headphones for consumers. That being said, these produce a very nicely balanced sound and I got them for a great price as one of the deals of the day. I have worn them for 3+ hours at a stretch and they felt great the whole time. Easy to adjust for comfort.

                               
                              5.0

                              Great value

                              By Guitarjeff

                              from E Wenatchee, Wa

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              See all my reviews

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                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Performances

                                Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                I can't use in ears, they hurt. All of em. These Headphones are great

                                 
                                2.0

                                comfy, but too much bass!

                                By Scott

                                from Oakland, CA

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                • Poor Sound Quality
                                • Pricey / Poor Value

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                  Bought these as a "stupid deal of the day" but still had to return them. Although they are quite comfy, there is WAY too much bass here and I would never use these as studio headphones. I'll stick with Sennheiser 280Hd's any day.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Would recomment using the headphones for home practice.

                                  By Verbatim

                                  from Saint Augustine, Florida

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                    I have been using the headphones for home practice with Korg guitar processors. The long headphone chord is a plus for me so an extension is not needed. I have used a variety of headphones (including Bose Quiet Comfort) and find these headphones comfortable with a nice range (in my opinion) - volume is controlled on the pedal-side so no need for volume control on the headphones.

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