As the Senior Editor at the Livid Lobster Studios, I am always on the lookout for the ‘perfect’ headphones. Sound quality and comfort are paramount.
Munitio may have hit that for me with their Pro40 High Performance Headphones. These beauties have 40mm titanium coated, high efficiency drivers. At higher volumes, the distortion is minimal. They have a frequency range of 12hz on the low end to 20khz on the high end. I tested them with various tones and found that to be true. I also tried a wide range of music styles and found that these headphones really don’t want for much.
They are passive, which means there’s no active noise canceling feature. It also means that you don’t have to charge them or carry batteries. However, the ear cups stay pretty sealed when you’re wearing them thanks to this gimbal they created to cradle the cups. It allows for you to move your head about freely, without losing a seal around your ears.
Another cool feature, literally, is the foam they use on the cups. Many head phone makers are using memory foam in their ear cups, but if you’ve ever used anything memory foam-related, you know that it holds heat. Which leads to sweat… and well, who wants sweaty ears? Not to mention that over time, it’ll damage the leather on the cups.
Munitio uses a foam and leather combination that is more breathable. I’ve been using these for several weeks and have been able to wear them for hours with no sweating issues.
Clean and Even Sound
I use these for editing and I can vouch for their sound. The high end is clean without being ‘sharp’, if I can use that term, while the lows are meaty without being overpowering, and I’ve not really had any issues with ear fatigue. For my tastes, that’s what I’m looking for. I don’t want headphones that are ‘tinny’ or on the other end, rumbly. Even and clean is what I’m looking for.
Just One Complaint
There’s so much that I like about these headphones that I feel a little petty bringing up my one complaint. These are ‘over-the-ear’ style headphones, which means that the cups will completely cover your outer ear and rest on your jaw and cheeks. On-ear headphones by comparison sit on your outer ear. Most people prefer one over the other. I like OVER the ear. These, kind of fall short of being completely over the ear.
My wish is that these cups were just a little bit wider. We’ve all got different ear sizes. My right ear tends to stick out just a little bit more than my left and thus, has to cram a little in the cup, but my left ear seats nicely inside. After a couple of hours of use, my right ear gets a little sore and needs to rest a bit.
In their next version of these, I hope they widen the cups just a little bit more.
The Munitio Pro40’s have an adjustable headband, come with a standard stereo cable as well as a 3-conductor cable for use in your phone. That cable has a mic and controls for your i-device and works great. Everything fits nicely in a hard case that shouldn’t take up too much space in your bag. They do include a carabiner if you want to clip the case to your backpack for easier access.
Great Headphones for Studio Work
These Pro40’s are priced at just under $350. That may seem a little steep for a pair of headphones and it is, if you’re just listening to low end mp3s. You might as well grab a cheap set of ear buds for that. But if you’re listening to high quality digital music, with high bitrates or lossless compression or if you’re listening to music on an amazing stereo system, you’re going to be happy with these.
If you’re an audiophile, no, these aren’t your super high-end Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser or Fostek’s, but they do sound pretty dang good. Keep in mind though, that your headphones are only going to be as good as the source pushing them and the quality of the audio you’re feeding them, but I can tell you, that until something else comes along that “wow’s” me, these are my studio headphones.
Have you tried the Pro40’s? Do you like them? Have you found your “perfect” headphones yet? Be sure to leave a comment below and share your thoughts. Like I said, I’m always on the lookout for the “perfect” set.