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Sennheiser unveils the HD 400 PRO studio headphones

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

Sennheiser has today announced the HD 400 PRO, a new pair of professional headphones for mixing, editing and mastering.

The HD 400 PRO is the German audio specialist’s first open-back studio headphones in its PRO line. In addition, it is the first headphone release from the Professional Systems Division since the release of HD 300 PRO in 2018.

Featuring a comprehensive frequency response of 6 to 38,000-hertz, the reference-grade studio headphones aims to accurately reproduce audio beyond the audible frequency range via its in-house developed 120-ohm transducers, which features a diaphragm made from a unique polymer blend. Coupled with powerful driver magnets, the HD 400 PRO yields well-defined low-end with clarity and depth, complimenting the nuanced harmonics of the mid to high frequencies with a distortion level of less than 0.05% (measured at 1 kHz, 90 dB SPL).

Design-wise, to ease long sessions, high comfort is of the utmost consideration. The headphones sport a carefully engineered ultra-light frame that positions the earcup in place, gently hugging the ears with minimal pressure, soft velour chosen as the contact material for the earpads. In addition, the open-back design caters for a natural propagation of sound. The transducers sit at a slight angle to recreate the optimum triangular listening position one would be placed in when listening to monitor loudspeakers in a recording studio.

Integrated into the Spatial Headphone Compensation feature in dearVR MIX, the headphones are compatible with Dear Reality’s headphone monitoring plugins, allowing one to create a virtual mix room with carefully designed acoustics using advanced spatial audio technology. dearVR MONITOR integration will be released by the end of 2021.

The headphones come with a 3-meter coiled cable and a 1.8-meter straight cable, both fitted with a 3.5 mm (1/8″) jack plug for portable sources. A 6.3 mm (1/4″) adapter is included, ensuring that the HD 400 PRO connects to one’s mixing desk or audio interface.

The HD 400 PRO is available now and retails at EUR 249, SGD 459.

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