Does anybody need to be wired for sound?

Verdict

When you recover from the outdated configuration, there’s nothing however optimistic issues to say in regards to the NTH-100 wired headphones. Whether or not you need to use them for informal or vital listening, these Røde headphones are a compelling possibility.

Execs

  • Articulate, convincing sound in all eventualities
  • Constructed to final
  • Handsome (in a purposeful kind of approach)

Cons

  • Sonic even-handedness received’t swimsuit all people
  • Onerous-wired configuration received’t be for all
  • Earpads warmth up over time

  • Locking headbandAbsolutely adjustable match that may be secured in place

  • Alcantara over reminiscence foamCoolTech gel utilized in earpads to chill the ears

Introduction

If you happen to’ve by no means heard of Røde, it will likely be as a result of the NTH-100 is the Australian firm’s first pair of headphones and first foray into the world of client electronics. And when you have heard of Røde you then don’t actually need me to inform you that the Australian firm is an authentically massive deal in professional audio, with its microphones particularly being extraordinarily effectively regarded.

After all, it’s one factor to be an enormous cheese within the professional audio world, however fairly one other to make the same impression for home tools. And, at first look, Røde hasn’t achieved itself any favours with the best way by which it’s specified these NTH-100 headphones. “Throwback” is probably too sort an outline.

Nonetheless, in the event that they carry out past their worth then who is aware of what number of potential clients might be prepared to step again in time, technologically talking.

Availability

  • UKRRP: £149
  • USARRP: $149
  • AustraliaRRP: AU$249

The Røde NTH-100 are on sale now, and within the UK, they’ll set you again £149. They’re a barely extra inexpensive $149 within the US, whereas in Australia they arrive in at AU$249 or so.

So, no – the world isn’t in need of over-ear headphones at this kind of cash. However equally priced over-ear headphones of this antiquated configuration are, predictably, slightly tougher to come back by. Whereas Røde could also be happy on the lack of competitors confronted by the NTH-100, the model may need to spend a second questioning why that’s.

Design

  • Superb normal of construct and end
  • Delicate, comfy contact factors

Little has modified, in design phrases not less than, since Day One in all over-ear headphones coming into the market. And in the event you had been anticipating Røde to be the model to tear up the rulebook and begin once more, you then’re mistaken.

Røde NTH-100 earpad close up

The NTH-100 look precisely as you’d count on a pair of over-ear headphones to look. The closed-back earcups carry a pleasant daring “Ø” emblem and the corporate’s customary gold dot – and so far as design goes, that’s your lot. Alcantara-covered reminiscence foam for the contact factors (augmented by “CoolTech” gel for the earpads) is at all times welcome; however in any other case, the NTH-100 are a “none extra black” metal-and-plastic affair. Fancy jazzing issues up considerably with in another way colored earpads, headband or cable? Go proper forward – however it would value you.

Røde NTH-100 locking mechanism

Construct high quality is skilled – no corners seem to have been reduce, no pennies pinched. The Røde NTH-100 look and, at 350g, really feel correctly constructed and constructed to final. Which, for a product that has pretensions in direction of skilled purposes, can solely be a great factor.

Options

  • 40mm full-range drivers
  • 2.4m cable connects to both earcup

It may be best to begin with just a few of the issues the Røde NTH-100 don’t function. Many customers may assume wi-fi Bluetooth connectivity, contact or voice or app management, or lively noise cancellation are a given when spending this kind of cash. However the NTH-100 go with out all of the above.

Røde NTH-100 cables

What your £149 (or equal) buys is a pair of closed-back, over-ear headphones that include a 2.4m cable that terminates in a 3.5mm jack at one finish and a twist-and-lock plug on the different. The cable can plug into both the left or proper earcup (which is helpful), and a shorter (1.2m) cable is accessible at further value – which is tight within the excessive. There’s a screw-on 6.3mm adapter equipped, too.

Røde NTH-100 headband detail

That sum additionally will get you Røde’s “FitLock” system, which we’re confidently submitting beneath the “genius, and sure to be ripped off” class. The steel headband adjusts for measurement, after all, however slightly twist-lock on both finish allows you to lock the scarf in place, so it stays the right measurement to your head, regardless of what number of occasions you are taking the headphones off or stash them within the comfortable carry-case they arrive in. Generally, it’s the little issues… 

Røde NTH-100 jack connection

Sound is delivered by a few 40mm full-range transducers (one inside every earcup, naturally sufficient). Røde is claiming a frequency response of 5Hz-35kHz – which, ought to this transform the case, is fairly spectacular.

And that’s your lot so far as options are involved. It’s fairly apparent that Røde has designed the NTH-100 to be all enterprise.

Sound High quality

  • Fast, balanced general sound
  • Impressively detailed
  • Adept with music of any sort

There are two methods to contemplate the Røde NTH-100 – both as a pair of headphones for passive listening for no different cause than enjoyment, or as a software to be used when mixing, mastering or in any other case listening with a function. The excellent news is that these headphones are nice in each conditions – so long as you don’t get tangled in that, um, generously lengthy cable.

Given higher-quality stuff to work with (a 24bit/96kHz file of My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, for instance), the NTH-100 are a brilliantly balanced and fully even-handed hear. They don’t ramp up the decrease frequencies in a drive for some superficial pleasure of the sort you see in much less rigorous headphones. As a substitute, bass data is swift, correctly deep, and unwaveringly straight-edged in its management. There’s a stack of tonal and harmonic element revealed, and since its assault and decay is so rigorously handled, this acts as the best basis for the remainder of the frequency vary to experience on.

Røde NTH-100 earcup detail

So the mid-range is completely unmolested by droning or blurring from the bottom-end – as a result of there merely isn’t any. This leaves it free to get on with the job of handing over the small print. And it doesn’t matter in the event that they’re the best, most minor or most transient particulars; the NTH-100 identifies and delivers them. It doesn’t do that on the expense of the larger image, although – all the things the Røde do, they do within the service of the general recording. But when there’s data in a track to be revealed, these headphones will reveal it.

Røde NTH-100 headband

The highest-end is equally informative, eloquent and convincing. Treble sounds shine, however they’re by no means onerous, nor do they substance. They combine easily with all the things that’s happening beneath, with the outcome that music served up by the NTH-100 sounds optimistic, unified and of a single efficiency. And that’s true even in the event you’re listening to an overt cut-and-paste collage reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar’s Backseat Freestyle – the integrity of the general sound isn’t in query.

The Røde are equally completed the place dynamics (each the broad quiet-to-loud-and-back-again stuff, and the extra delicate dynamic variations evident when listening to, say, an unaccompanied piano) are involved. They show no drawback by any means when dealing with even tough rhythms and tempos, expressing them in a pure and unforced method. And although they’re detailed and open sufficient to make the variations between combine “A” and blend “B” of the identical track obvious, they’re before everything an enticing, entertaining hear.

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Do you have to purchase it?

You need to hear a track in its entirety
The Røde are virtually fanatical in regards to the particulars of a recording.

You want being pandered to Røde politely suggests you are taking your need for noise-cancelling elsewhere.

Remaining Ideas

That the Røde NTH-100 are a retrograde product is apparent, and it isn’t unreasonable for some potential clients to take one have a look at that cable and determine to spend their cash elsewhere. But when performance-per-pound is the be-all and end-all of a buying determination, the NTH-100 are nigh-on compelling. Whether or not you need them for informal or for vital listening, it’s troublesome to counsel another product at this kind of cash.

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FAQs

What cables does the Røde NTH-100 include?

The headphones include an ordinary 3.5mm jack plug, in addition to a 1/4-inch to three.5mm adaptor for connecting to skilled audio tools.

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