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Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones

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Marantz Professional’s MPH-2 headphones feature powerful 50mm drivers and a comfortable over-ear design, perfectly suited for both long hours in...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (28)
  • Comfortable (20)
  • Durable (19)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Easy to use (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (25)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Home audio (13)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Music (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (9), Novice (8), Gear head (7), Audiophile (5)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

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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(8 of 8 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 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible!

    By Bob F.

    from New Mexico

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Ask me a question

    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)

       
      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

      (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 2 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

          (1 of 2 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.

              (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)

                 
                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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Poorly Made

                  By Christian

                  from Riverside, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Breaks Easily
                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                      I was super excited to get this from the Stupid Deal of the Day because I had been needing a new pair of studio headphones for home recording. Bad decision. Literally the second time I put the headphones on, they fell apart and broke into pieces. Sent it back, I'm going with a different pair of headphones.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Dull and Bassie

                      By Alex

                      from NY

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound Quality

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                        I bought a pair of the MPH-2's in a SDoD to have as extra closed back headphones for my studio. I find the sound is heavy on bass and dull throughout compared to my hi end Sennheisers. Usable for studio monitoring for performers but not for close listening. Also, they are quite large so may not fit well on some performers.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I would and have recommended these to friends.

                        By Ron

                        from undisclosed

                        See all my reviews

                        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

                        Great Value- I bought a second pair

                        By Rich

                        from NorCal

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Good Value
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                            My son does some live recording with a little home studio set up and he needed a second pair of headphones. Got a pair on SDOTD and I have used them as monitors while playing/recording guitar tracks (sometimes listening to prior tracks and sometimes just metronome) and my daughter has used them for recording vocal tracks and they have worked great. I am very amateur, but the sound seems reasonably flat and the recording made using them have presented well on my highish end home and car stereo.
                            They are comfortable, seems durable and seal well- no sound is making it out of them into the mic. At full price they seem like they would be a good deal; as a SDOTD they seems like a steal. My son has some higher end Audio-Technicas. These sound is a bit less sparkly(?)... bright(?).. than his, and his phones are lighter (so maybe a bit more comfortable, but not much). These compare well to them. I like them so much I bought a second pair to have in the closet just in case. He likes them enough that now when he is mixing he compares the sound out of both his and these to get the sound he wants. Good stuff- shoot, I might even buy a third pair.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Best for me!

                            By Ken

                            from Mn

                            About Me Old guy who wants cheap good quality

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                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Bass
                            • Good Value
                            • Great Sound
                            • Great sound isolation
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Audio
                              • Music
                              • Practicing with my drum kit

                              Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                              I found these on stupid deal here and for the price offered I figured why not. What really sold me is the detachable cord. I checked with Marantz for replacement cord should one ever be needed and the part number is MPH-2-9, at a reasonable price. This is great new as I have several sets of earphones with broken cords laying around.
                              The sound to me is great, but I'm not an audiophile. I use these to listen to music and drum along. They block out the drums to just the right volume as to balance the drums and music. When just listening to music they block out all extra sounds. These are great for the price I paid for them. I don't buy expensive audio equipment so I don't know if they would have attracted me at full retail. As it is, I am extremely pleased with these. But of course I got Musician's Friend's stupid deal price. Always Musician's Friend for me.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes
                               
                              4.0

                              Works fine

                              By george

                              from florida

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Good Value
                              • Great Sound
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Audio
                                • With My Computer

                                Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                works fine. Price was right.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                5.0

                                Fantastic headphones!

                                By TopperZ

                                from Springfield, IL

                                About Me Audiophile

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Durable
                                • Good Bass
                                • Good Value
                                • Great Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Audio
                                  • Music
                                  • Portable Devices
                                  • Traveling
                                  • With My Computer
                                  • Working

                                  Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                  When you are told for years that Mp3 recordings lose a great amount of quality, the you hear it through these headphones you realise it's not the music that lacks quality, it's what you're listening with. Marantz brings back all the sound you've been missing. YES. Studio quality from Mp3s!!

                                  • Primary Use:
                                  • Listening to iPod
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Better than expected

                                  By Toneman52

                                  from Lee's Summit Mo

                                  See all my reviews

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Good Bass
                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Audio
                                    • Music

                                    Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                    Used for practicing drums

                                    • Primary Use:
                                    • Listening to iPod
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Excellent headphones

                                    By Gary W

                                    from Texas

                                    About Me Audiophile

                                    See all my reviews

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Good Bass
                                    • Good Value
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Audio
                                      • Music
                                      • Portable Devices
                                      • Relaxing
                                      • Traveling

                                      Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                      Excellent headphones with great bass response. Maybe too much. You may want to cut or high pass the bass on your device. I like the bass response. They are crystal clear. I bought 2. One for home recording and it is excellent. One in my car because I hate the sound of earbuds. They're great in the car too.

                                      • Primary Use:
                                      • Listening to iPod
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No
                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Get these

                                      By Erf

                                      from Boston, MA

                                      About Me Gear Head, Professional Musician

                                      See all my reviews

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Good Bass
                                      • Good Value
                                      • Great Sound
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Audio
                                        • Music
                                        • Tracking in Studio

                                        Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                        These things were Stupid Deal of the Day. Very inexpensive and they work great. I use them for tracking in my studio.

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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