Thursday, May 9, 2013

TDK MP-100 Headphones Review

So I got my hands on these new headphones the TDK MP-100 "Around-Ear Headphones". Unlike the PR person who was explaining the TDK brand, I am actually old enough to remember using TDK cassette tapes. These were the tapes you wanted if you had the money for them. They were the bomb! So I was a little curious to see if their old school high quality audio translated to quality headphones.

Here's my little mini review:

  • I like how the jack is turned at an angle. This is immensely helpful.
  • The cable is a little thin, but doesn't affect the sound. I'm just used to more insulation/fatter cables.
  • The foam earpads are comfortable and the leather (faux leather?) that wraps them is pretty luxurious at this price point. They didn't fit my large, weird-shaped ears, so if you have large, weird-shaped ears too, beware!
  • On the plus side, the size is nice and compact.

  • They're called "Around-Ear" headphones, but I believe they're open back headphones that are made to look like closed back ones. The literature is scant, so I can't confirm this. 
  • Of course, sound is what matters most and what you get here is a mixed bag. It was okay for some stuff, disappointing in others. 
  • It's ideal for stuff like gaming and movies. A little less ideal for pop and rock music. 
  • Bassheads should know that you won't get driving bass.
  • All in all, good performance given the price tag. It's only around a thousand bucks!
  • That makes it a steal for people who don't have around-ear headphones. Sort of a no-brainer. Just buy them. Don't think too much about it. It's just a thousand bucks! 
  • As with any pair of headphones with larger drivers, they will clobber your el cheapo earbud-style headphones. Just don't compare them to Grados or Audio Technicas. I only mention this unfair comparison because the box says the MP-100s are "enthusiast" level, which is a stretch, if you ask me.
  • The performance you'll get is similar to Philips headphones that are maybe even a little more expensive. And I prefer the sound pumped out by these TDKs over the generic Philips ones. So a decent pair of headphones, pound for pound.

Third World Nerd Verdict: Better than other budget headphones out there. Fights above its weight class.


karlo gallo said...

I own one of these and I'd have to say it's pretty disappointing that the bass just isn't there. Of course it is a good pair and it actually sounds nice for classical music, games, and movies, but with rock, reggae, hiphop, and jazz everything just sounds so compressed. I have an on-ear pair that i got from CD-R King three years ago and it's surprisingly bass-driven and sturdy. I would say that the mp-100 might have been designed to be finely balanced accoustically and so the bass enhancement had to be sacrificed for a more accurate rendering of sound; but IMO the cd-r king one sounds far superior to the mp-100 because of the range it can accomodate. I use both alternately in my job as a voice transcript editor, so that's actually an 8-hour six-day routine not to mention sound-tripping on commute and while working. Great review by the way. This is a good start because very few people review the mp-100. Just please try not to use the word "buck" to refer to our peso. It was actually quite a shock for me to read that you got one for a "thousand bucks" because what popped in my mind was a thousand dollars US. Until I figured that I indeed got my mp-100 at Ansons beside Landmark for around Php1100. So yeah.

The Third World Nerd said...

I use "bucks" to mean pesos all the time! Oh no! I like your review too