Review: Yamaha HPH-MT8

Review: Yamaha HPH-MT8

Yamaha HPH-MT8

If you had enough of the low-end studio headphones and are indeed resolute in starting a career as a music maker and fancy some high-end professional headphones, today’s subject will elate you up. Yamaha HPH-MT8 is the flagship among MT series, with this included it’s also a highly favored professional studio headset for audio engineering. With a neutral, highly balanced sound, these headphones with 45 mm drivers are worth much more than their weight (which by the way, it’s 350g). And have a price of almost half.

For those who don’t know why I am so excited about this product, let me tell you.

Yamaha is a Japanese corporation founded in 1887, a brand of high caliber and vastly known for multiple other instruments, being a manufacturer people rarely complain.

In case you require reliable, professional studio equipment, you can find much more than just headphones for tracking. Their wide array of products range from digital mixers to DAW systems, studio headphones, software, and even pianos.


The Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro are a closed-back studio headphones that won’t take long to convince you of its many strengths. The comfort and build is impeccable, sound is balanced to a high degree with many clear frequencies.

Key Features

  • Good and in my opinion very neutral sound
  • Large frequency spectrum range
  • Valuable processing
  • Very good price / performance ratio

Yamaha HPH-MT8 Review

Due to the closed design, which I had also chosen deliberately, you can concentrate very well on mixing, since the ears are very well shielded and the sound isolation is highly effective. The headphones stay perfectly without being too tight, even with glasses on. The insulation is of excellent quality – these studio headphones isolates much external noise and produces almost no noise. It is therefore perfect both to recording and monitoring if necessary a mix done with monitoring speakers, or to record a singer who uses it in listening.

The rendering seems pretty equal, that’s what we are looking for a studio headset. We agree: it is not a Hi-Fi headphones (which flatters the bass excessively); it is not made for that.

After long usage I do not feel any discomfort or auditory fatigue; I sometimes work for ten hours in a row, but I do take ocassional breaks of 10 minutes every two hours.




Recording and Mixing

3 m Spiral cable / 3.5 mm Plug connector / 6.3 mm Adapter / Drawstring bag

The sound is fantastic, very balanced, truly sensational for a closed headphone. The comfort is very good, the upholstery is not made of faux leather (which becomes sticky over time and causes perspiration) but of a “fabric-like” material, which is very pleasant on the skin, so that the sweating is limited. In winter, virtually no sweating! The ear-enclosing construction does not create any unpleasant pressure on the ears. The weight is relatively low (290 g). You can wear it for hours without getting uncomfortable.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Yamaha HPH-MT8

The only drawback I can find is that the cable can not be replaced. The upholstery of the earpiece and the holder are interchangeable, unfortunately, a cable break in this case would lead directly out. Therefore you have to buy another piece.

For some, it might sound like a lot of money, but I can only highly recommend these headphones. They are more of a purchase for life, as long as you take care of them properly.


I’ve been using the DT-770 both for listening and audio monitoring for almost 3 weeks, all I could say is they are excellent for both! The audio playback is linear and if you get used to the pitfalls of mixing with headphones, you get quite useful results. Because these headphones aren’t truly as linear as a top-tier reference headphpones, they cannot be an alternative to professional monitors, but for a lot of people they are an excellent stand-in for critical listening.

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