YAMAHA RH2C STEREO HEADPHONES
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There is no shortage of inexpensive headphones on the market today. At first glance, one could easily mistake this to mean that it is very easy to find a good pair of inexpensive headphones because there is such a wide variety of different ones to choose from. Unfortunately that is not the case. Many inexpensive headphones are very poorly built, and are very flimsy, and as a result they do not last very long, and soon need to be replaced. A purchase of an inexpensive pair of headphones that does not hold up to everyday use and wear and tear, and which breaks or needs to soon be replaced, is certainly no bargain, because it represents money that is wasted, and which could otherwise be set aside for the purchase of a more durable and better set of headphones. Also many inexpensive headphones are very limited in their usefulness, and may not be acceptable for use in a variety of different situations. As such, you can see that buying an inexpensive pair of good headphones is not as easy as it might at first sound. In an effort to help the reader in making a wise and informed purchasing decision, I am today going to be reviewing an inexpensive set of headphones, specifically the Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones.
The Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones have a list price of $34.99, but I have seen them recently selling for as low as $16.99 from a large Internet dealer. This is an exceptional price, as most large musical instrument stores and electronics dealers are selling them at a discount for $24.99. Clearly, it pays to do a bit of comparison shopping, before jumping into a purchase, especially if you are going to be buying several sets of these at a time.
I would like to now discuss some of the pros and cons of the Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones. One of the pros is that these headphones carry the Yamaha brand name. Yamaha is a company that has a very good reputation in the music business, and as such, they are not going to be very quick to put their brand name on a piece of musical or electronic equipment that is bad. Do not confuse this with me saying that the Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones are an excellent set of headphones. They may be an excellent relative buy, and provide a great bang for your buck, but they are not an excellent set of headphones. It would be unreasonable to expect that a set of headphones that lists for under $35.00 could be an excellent set of headphones. However, that being said, it would also be hard to find a better set of headphones in this price range.
The Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones are "circumaural" headphones. This means that the padding of the ear cups encircle your ears and form a seal. These headphones also have a "closed back" design, which means that the backs of the ear cups are completely closed. Headphones that have a circumaural closed back design are a good choice in a recording studio, or in a environment where one wants to have sounds isolated. This type of design keeps sounds from leaking in from a loud external environment, and also keeps the sound of the music you are listening to from leaking out. This is an important feature to look for in a set of headphones that is going to be used for studio monitoring or for listening to music in an environment that has loud external sounds going on.
Many inexpensive headphones that have a circumaural closed back design are very tight fitting in order to help further isolate the sound, and as a result, they can feel uncomfortable after a short period of use. That is not the case with the Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones. The ear cups are padded, and the headband is comfortable and very easy to adjust, and the headphones weigh in at just 5.8 ounces. These headphones feel comfortable, and light, and should not cause the listener to experience discomfort or a feeling that their ears are getting crushed, even with extended wear.
The frequency response of the Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones is 25 Hz. to 15,000 Hz. This is a limitation and a weakness in my view. There are many who would say that a frequency response of 25 Hz. to 15,000 Hz. is quite adequate because most of the sound that is on a piece of music is within that range. This may very well be true, but there are a few problems with this that need to be discussed and elaborated upon. For one, the Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones were billed in a musical instrument store that I recently visited as being an excellent choice for studio monitoring purposes. This would seem to imply that these headphones could be used for reference monitoring purposes. That is not the case for several reasons. One reason is that the range of normal human hearing is 20 Hz. to 20,000 Hz., and thus there would be both high and low frequency overtones that would not be revealed to the listener when listening to a mix with these headphones. Another problem is that a set of phones with a frequency range of 25 Hz. to 15,000 Hz. is very apt to experience distortion when a sound signal that exceeds these parameters is sent through the phones. Who could possibly stand to have their headphones distorting when they are trying to use their headphones as reference monitors? Not me, that is for sure.
Another problem is that the Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones seem to unquestionably accentuate the low end or bass frequencies as compared to the mids and highs. This is not a problem for casual listening situations, and might even be desirable in some cases, but it would be a huge problem in situations where one is attempting to get a reference balance of different instruments and sounds in a recording or mixing situation. Ideally, a set of headphones that is used in a studio for mixing purposes should be flat, and not accentuate any frequencies, and it should also have a frequency range that extends beyond 20 Hz. to 20,000 Hz. so as to minimize the likelihood of distortion arising from a signal that is broader in spectrum than the frequency response of the headphones that are being used for monitoring purposes.
Another pro in my opinion is that the Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones come with a mini-plug, that also has a quarter inch adaptor. Thus, the Yamaha RH2C's can readily handle being plugged into portable devices such as an MP3 Player, and can also be used with a home stereo system or other device that takes a quarter inch plug. There are some pros and cons to the cord that comes with the Yamaha RH2C as well. The cord is 8 feet long and is straight. I prefer a straight cord, as it is less prone to getting tangled with other cords that you might be simultaneously using at the same time, such as a guitar jack, while recording a track in the studio. On the other hand, the cord was very thin and flimsy, and I have no doubt that a user will encounter problems with this cord over time.
When who might the Yamaha RH2C Stereo headphones be suited for? These phones would be a reasonable choice for a musician to use who might need a pair of head phones to plug into their amp for late night practicing. Thus, they might be suitable for guitarists, bass players, and keyboard players in situations such as these. Because they are light weight, and can be made to fit into a compact space, they might be suitable for someone to use with a portable music listening device such as an MP3 player or similar device, where the sound of the music is already compressed, and only casual listening is going to be taking place. Playing video games silently might also be another use for these headphones. Another situation that the Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones might be suitable for is to be used in a home studio situation for the visiting recording musicians to use to simply monitor sounds as they are in the process of laying down tracks or recording. The Yamaha RH2C Stereo Headphones would not be a good choice to use for serious music listening, or to use in place of, or to supplement the use of reference monitors in a studio situation such as a home studio for the reasons that I identified earlier in this review.
Well I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, but now if you will excuse me, I must get back to practicing my guitar.
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