Rode, the audio company best known for its microphones, is launching its first headphones, the NTH-100.
The NTH-100s are wired, headphones designed for audio and video applications. Compared to headphones that are designed for listening, this one provides a more accurate frequency response for contact and viewing.
The NTH-100 is expected to carry some of the most popular features used in production, such as Sony’s MDR-7506, Sennheiser’s HD 280 Pro, Beyerdynamic’s DT 770 Pro, and Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x. They have a competition on price, the price is $ 149, and they have a few unique features, showing that Rode knows what producers and audio editors need in their editing. For long periods of time.
I was able to test the NTH100 last month and here are the features that really stood out to me:
- CoolTech gel cushions with Alcantara fabric on the ears and head: These are comfortable headphones to wear – more so than the headphones I’ve mentioned before. After four hours we were constantly editing our podcast By Vergecast, They are small and hassle -free and they don’t get too hot on my head (I’d love to see what they think after fixing my hot house this summer). Those are common problems with headphones like this, and I’m happy with the NTH-100.
- FitLock head lock system: There’s a switch-lock feature on each side of the headphones to adjust, and then lock at the height of where each earpiece rests on your head. I’m amazed at being able to wear these things in and out for a week without having to fix my hair every now and then – and my hair doesn’t get stuck while doing so.
- Two -way cable connectors: The NTH-100 cord is removable, which is helpful for adjusting and changing the length of the headphone cords. But a new feature offered by these devices is the option to attach a cord to each ear canal. I don’t often see this when connecting headphones, and it’s helpful to use these headphones in different settings. Rode has a 2.4 -meter / 7.8 -foot black rope but also sells ropes in a variety of colors (green, orange, red, and blue) that are 7.8 feet or 3.9 feet long to match. color labels on Rode’s other audio products. Like most wired headphones, microphonics (the noise that goes into your ear from the phone itself or your clothing) are very common, and you can see them in this headphones. If that sounds like a problem to you, I suggest you try them before you buy. At first, I knew a lot about using the NTH-100, but I got used to it, and at one point I forgot to write about it here.
- Unique design: The NTH-100s are sleek with a range of in-ear earcups and simple head buttons. While these are used a lot behind the scenes, Rode clearly sees the visual in the headphone room – when I look at the video podcasters on YouTube, a lot of people are using Rode’s microphones and Rode’s voice team joins the Rodecaster Pro, but he. always use Sony, Audio-Technica, or other headphone devices. Rode fills that gap to complain that manufacturers have previously relied on the products for their workmanship or that they are looking for a different look to their headphones on video.
I’ve only been using it for the past few months, but they think it’s been too long. Rode said his long -term attempt to verify “years of use” was surprising, but difficult to test. There were no creaking or rattling pieces that I noticed when using them-something that most other headphones at this price range have (I’ll have to return my Audio-Technica ATH-M70x for the repair many times due to a plastic. piece). NTH-100s have strong heads, which may be a bad thing for some that they don’t bend at all. So you may want to leave a little room in your suitcase, even if you want pairs for podcast recording.
So how do they sound? They’re better than most headphones in the $ 150 price bracket. They’re not the mixing headphones you’ll want to separate from using mixing monitors – but they’re good for mixing. a lot of work. Nothing sonic jumped at me or surprised me when I tried them, and that’s kind of the idea. There is no need to worry about relying on them for podcasts or videos.
Rode said the NTH-100s provide a “very accurate frequency response,” but on the side of Sony’s MDR-7506s (a headphone that is highly regarded for its stable frequency response) and Audio-Technica’s popular ATH- M50x, Rode’s NTH-100s have a lot more to go at low frequencies, and end up making the other headphones sound louder or tinny with a lot of going at high frequencies. As a sound engineer, I have learned that each type of headphone always requires my ears to adjust and check how their sound color blends well with the sound EQ. , and this is no different. And after a while, I started to like their response more often than my other editing headphones.
All in all, this stands out because of their pleasantness and longevity over their sound. Considering ergonomics, the NHT-100s is a thoughtful competitor that has made it to the full-fledged headphone market. They offer small looks, but welcome others at a price of $ 150 no, and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. If you’re struggling with headphone fatigue while you’re working, messed up with soft headphones, or want a better look for your video podcast, the Rode NTH-100s are the perfect complement from your current pair. . Now, they’re my go -to headphones for long -distance podcast editing.