Mixers and mashers there are two new studio headsets looking to make their mark, Pioneer HRM-5 and HRM-6.
Pioneer HRM-5 and HRM-6
These two new headphones are said to deliver the same balanced and accurate sound featured in the Pioneer HRM-7, but housed in a cheaper and more compact frame.
First off, Pioneer ditched the freely adjustable headband for a standard, slimmer look. The velour ear cups have also been swapped out for soft, leather cushions stuffed with memory foam. An additional departure from the HRM-7 is that the Pioneer HRM-5 and HRM-6 are collapsible – making them a bit more portable.
Both studio headphones include a 1.2 m coiled cable and a 3.0 m straight cable for optimal performance during recording and mixing.The HRM-6 also throws in a 1.2 m straight cable for use on the move.
The Pioneer HRM-5 and HRM-6 both feature 40 mm drivers. The HRM-6 driver is of an HD design with a “two-layer damping structure. It is guaranteed to deliver enhanced clarity, reduced resonance, and fast bass response,” reports CDRinfo.
Another character of the HRM-6 is its ability to have a maximum input of 2000 mW to reduce distortion at high volumes.
The Pioneer HRM-5 and HRM-6 hit frequencies up to 30 kHz and 40 kHz on an impedance of 32 and 45 ohms, respectively. Operating with a bass reflex chamber, both cans promise to deliver pristine sound across their individual frequencies, while providing an excellent bass response for precise monitoring. The bass reflex chambers in the housing units improve airflow to deliver an excellent bass response and sound insulation, while a large rare-earth magnet ensures clean low to mid frequencies.
These cheaper alternatives to the HRM-7 are built specifically for all stages of the music production process. Their design ensures an accurate, neutral sound and a comfortable fit even during long recording and mixing sessions, pledges Pioneer.
The Pioneer HRM-5 and HRM-6 studio monitor headphones will be available in June 2016 at price tags of $99.00 and $169.00, respectively.