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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
 
4.2

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (44)
  • Great sound (34)
  • Good value (33)
  • Good audio (28)
  • Durable (27)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (5)

Best Uses

  • Home audio (30)
  • Music (30)
  • Home studio (25)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • With my computer (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Audiophile (13), Gear head (13), Professional musician (10), Novice (8)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An Excelent Choice

I bought these on the deal of the day when I needed extra sets for a metal band & one of my Sony 7506 sets met its maker. I figured, hey, what...Read complete review

I bought these on the deal of the day when I needed extra sets for a metal band & one of my Sony 7506 sets met its maker. I figured, hey, what will a metal band know LOL.
So I bought three, they came and I tested them & gave them a good look over.
These are interesting. The ear cups twist all over which can be a good thing for those that like to pull one come off an ear, however, that is horrible for mic bleed, so watch out for that.
The audio quality & enjoyable eq of these sets are great! If you are buying them to mix with - well you shouldn't be mixing with headphones anyway but these are not the phones you are looking for. Buy the Sony MDR 7506 or a good condition vintage set of AKG K240 Monitor (not the new ones that say studio & look the same - they are not the same)
Durability: No one makes a durable set but these are just slightly below the feel of the Sony. I keep going back to that because those sets are the studio standard for most of us old guys. I could be wrong & these might last years & probably will with care but they like victims with lead guitar players and drummers. Yeah, I said it!
Sound: Fairly flat but still exaggerating. Theys smooth things out.
Clarity: Detail is pretty good through the spectrum, in particular, I think these will be great sets for lead singers. That area of response is very good and this is the type of sound singers feel confident with so they sing better *more below on why*
Bleedthrough: This is where these sets really shine but also where I feel they might fail faster than others. The earcup is extremely comfortable, soft and sounds isolating. That makes for a better vocal performance & little bleed when singers get up close on a mic. For a singer that likes to hear a click track, this is even more important.
Overall: I wouldn't buy unless on sale. Buy the Sony MDR7506 for the same price.

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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 11 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

(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 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible!

    By Bob F.

    from New Mexico

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

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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.

    (5 of 7 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!

    (3 of 4 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

      (3 of 4 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.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Cheap plastic hinges

          By Jetfamily

          from Vancouver BC Canada

          About Me Audiophile

          See all my reviews

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio
          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • Relaxing

          Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

          Overall it is a good sounding cans, maybe a bit bassy for some people, but I'm a bass player so l love it and it is a very easy listening device, I own very expensive hi end audio equipment, and this headphones is good enough for me, now the bad part, the hinges came apart after 3 uses, I thought it was just the screw got loose, no the plastics that hold down the the screw were all shattered into pieces, how can a brand new headphone with the aged plastics, I have to use electrical tape to tape it up, sad, it could be a five star product, now I would not recommend this to anyone.

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

          (2 of 3 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.

              (2 of 2 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.

                (2 of 3 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.

                  (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)

                     
                    2.0

                    Special 3.5mm cable required.. Cable quality is poor

                    By Epifects

                    from Stone Mountain GA

                    About Me Audiophile

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                    • Unattractive Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio

                    Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                    I was disappointed to see that these headphones are designed to require a special 3.5mm cable, and that the cable that came with the headphones was a little faulty after just one day. Mine are already going in and out after day one. Seems like this was designed to suck money from the consumer.
                    Overall sound quality is good however.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • 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 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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.

                      (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

                        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

                        Perfect for rehearsals and recording

                        By Votie

                        from Alabama

                        About Me Audiophile

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Audio
                          • Music
                          • With My Computer

                          Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                          These cans are awesome for recording in the studio. Very comfortable and well made and isolate sound very well. Wish I had bought a second pair for my buddy while they were on sale!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          3.0

                          Sound Good but poor quality control

                          By Kkeyz

                          from Egg Harbor City, NJ

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Compact

                          Cons

                          • Defective plug
                          • Flimsy Construction

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                            I bought a pair on the stupid deal sale and like the sound for the cost, but the plug was defective; one side kept cutting out. I called MF and they shipped back at their cost and sent me a new set. The plug on the new set was intermittent for both sides. MF offered to replace them but wouldn't pay for shipping, so they're sitting in my studio waiting for me to have the time to replace the plug.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Nice Marantz headphones

                            By DroyRider

                            from Sturgis, MI

                            About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Value
                            • Great Sound
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                              Headphone is comfortable and has great sound

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

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              An Excelent Choice

                              By Danny Taddei

                              from Sweet Home Alabama

                              About Me Music Producer/Engineer

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Good Value
                              • Great Sound
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Audio
                                • Music
                                • Recording Studio

                                Comments about Marantz MPH-2 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                I bought these on the deal of the day when I needed extra sets for a metal band & one of my Sony 7506 sets met its maker. I figured, hey, what will a metal band know LOL.
                                So I bought three, they came and I tested them & gave them a good look over.
                                These are interesting. The ear cups twist all over which can be a good thing for those that like to pull one come off an ear, however, that is horrible for mic bleed, so watch out for that.
                                The audio quality & enjoyable eq of these sets are great! If you are buying them to mix with - well you shouldn't be mixing with headphones anyway but these are not the phones you are looking for. Buy the Sony MDR 7506 or a good condition vintage set of AKG K240 Monitor (not the new ones that say studio & look the same - they are not the same)
                                Durability: No one makes a durable set but these are just slightly below the feel of the Sony. I keep going back to that because those sets are the studio standard for most of us old guys. I could be wrong & these might last years & probably will with care but they like victims with lead guitar players and drummers. Yeah, I said it!
                                Sound: Fairly flat but still exaggerating. Theys smooth things out.
                                Clarity: Detail is pretty good through the spectrum, in particular, I think these will be great sets for lead singers. That area of response is very good and this is the type of sound singers feel confident with so they sing better *more below on why*
                                Bleedthrough: This is where these sets really shine but also where I feel they might fail faster than others. The earcup is extremely comfortable, soft and sounds isolating. That makes for a better vocal performance & little bleed when singers get up close on a mic. For a singer that likes to hear a click track, this is even more important.
                                Overall: I wouldn't buy unless on sale. Buy the Sony MDR7506 for the same price.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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