January 2011 saw the release of HA-MX10-B, studio monitor headphones jointly developed by JVC and Victor Studio.
Victor Studio engineers' uncompromising sound tuning drew on past development and
unmatched technical expertise to bring studio quality to life in headphones with unprecedented sound
reproduction. Sturdy enough to withstand rough handling and high input, the headphones were also designed for durability and easy maintenance.
After earning respect among many studios and music fans with the HA-MX10-B,
we are pleased to announce the next stage in the series's evolution, ready for Hi-Res Audio sources: the HA-MX100-Z.
Building on core elements that already meet strict studio standards, the new headphones offer faithful,
rich reproduction of all the information in Hi-Res Audio.
Amazing resolution, paired with a natural, transparent soundstage.
As more capable monitors, they can be used to check sound production or timbre,
and even in final checks consisting of subtle finishing touches and overall balance.
Next-generation monitors applying studio insight are finally here.
Mention studio monitoring, and people often imagine massive studio speakers. These large speakers are essential for checking ultra-high frequencies and heavy bass, but they are only used in control rooms. In the studio itself, artists and musicians monitor their performances with headphones.
In this way, headphones have played a key role at studios for some time. In fact, recent years have seen a surge in headphone use by engineers and producers, as studios evolve. Recording continues to shift from tape and other analog media to data managed on computer systems. Headphones, which are portable and take up little space, have also become essential in editing and sound production. They will be increasingly important in years to come, as demand grows for higher quality.
To be useful in studios, headphones must produce neutral sound, free from coloration, with images equivalent to those produced by studio speakers. Engineers cannot trust their judgment if the timbre or balance produced by headphones differs from that of speakers. Still, the descriptions "studio headphones" or "studio monitors" give people the wrong impression that they have a dull, clinical sound signature.
What's most important in this studio equipment is extreme musicality. By design, studio monitors must support good judgment about sound quality and withstand rough handling, but they must also allow listeners to directly evaluate—and appreciate—how music is created and produced at the source.
Arranging the acoustic environment at studios involves careful selection of microphones and other equipment. After this, engineers spend much time and effort in music production, as they reveal subtle nuances and strike an exquisite balance in the finished tracks. Precisely for this reason, some insist that music should be heard exactly as those who produced it intended.
Whether or not you're into audio gear, choosing the products with your favorite sound signature is a wonderful way to enjoy music. Still, this may not be how those who made it intended, from the standpoint of sound and balance. For Victor Studio, good sound is defined by the studio master. To us, music sounds good if it sounds like the studio master, which was painstakingly produced. Our guiding mission is to bring listeners this sound, straight and undiluted.
This regard for delivering music exactly as it was intended has guided Victor Studio in development to date, in wood-cone component systems or studio monitor headphones alike. The commitment has elevated our consumer products to the level of professional studio equipment. Meanwhile, we have also earned a solid reputation in production, among studios, engineers, producers, and others in the recording industry.
As Victor Studio products are "studio grade" and used at many studios, they support music playback at the same level studios enjoy. The equipment reveals the polish and touch of studio professionals, presenting music as it was intended to sound.
Sound production designed solely by hardware engineers sometimes tends to emphasize specifications and performance as key criteria in selection. Yet what we want most from the component systems and headphones in our life is not audio quality but music. Studio engineers bring to the mix both insight on audio and good judgment about musicality.
The sum of parts or components with outstanding specs or performance is not always a product that's engaging to hear. It's only with expert tuning by studio engineers that music comes to life.
Four-core wiring runs from the plug to the drivers,
enhancing presence and spatiality.
Amphenol stereo mini-plug
An Amphenol 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug supports
higher sound quality and performance.
Band specifications have been updated.
Now even more durable,
the headphones withstand the rigors of studio production.
Aged to Victor Studio specifications
The headphones are "Burn in" in advance,
applying insight and aging techniques
from years of studio experience. Burn-in with multiple
sources instead of similar tracks and
signals enables solid monitoring
performance straight out of the box.
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