The NDH 30 (TEC Award Winner 2023) is a circumaural, open-back headphone with outstanding detail resolution and high-precision stereo imaging with razor-sharp localization. Its linear soundstage and superior transient response recommend it for the most demanding applications such as mixing and mastering.
The NDH 30 was developed with the aim of making the reference sound of a Neumann studio monitor setup, perfectly calibrated via MA-1, available everywhere in the form of an easily transportable headphone. At the same time, the NDH 30 forms its own sound reference in terms of headphone reproduction, which has become a key to success with the consumer. Its superior sound characteristics make the NDH 30 the first choice for mixing and mastering. Thanks to its high long-term comfort, it is just as excellently suited to high-precision editing.
Its high-quality construction of spring steel and aluminum as well as its pleasant handling properties are largely the same as those of the NDH 20. However, the NDH 30 is an open-back headphone, which means that its dynamic 38 mm transducers work as acoustic dipoles. This allows their highly refined sound characteristics to unfold optimally: extremely fast transient response, dry bass, uncolored mids and transparent highs. In other words, the NDH 30 has no sound coloration, but reproduces the signal 1:1.
The NDH 30 owes its superior linearity, among other things, to frequency-selective absorbers that eliminate the overemphasis in the high frequencies that leads to incorrect mixing decisions in many other headphones. For example, the NDH 30 will accurately reveal whether a voice sounds muffled or needs a de-esser.
The spatial resolution is impressive. The NDH 30 allows razor-sharp localization in the stereo panorama and makes the depth of the mix evident. To minimize channel crosstalk, the NDH 30 is supplied with a high-quality, cloth covered cable that is internally balanced.
With its high linearity and detail resolution, the NDH 30 is perfectly compatible with a loudspeaker system that has been optimally calibrated using Neumann Automatic Monitor Alignment. Mixes begun at home or on the road using the NDH 30 can be seamlessly continued in the studio using KH-Line loudspeakers – and vice versa. At the same time, the NDH 30 is recommended as a headphone sound reference; headphones, after all, have long become the dominant playback system among consumers. The NDH 30 is ideal for checking headphone compatibility and creating binaural mixes of immersive content (including VR and gaming). As consistency and reliability are essential in mixing and mastering, the NDH 30 is manufactured to extremely tight tolerances so each headphone sounds exactly the same.
|Frequency Range||12 ... 34,000 Hz|
|Acoustic principle||Dynamic open|
|Transducer diameter||38 mm|
|Transducer protection||Cloth covered grille|
|Nominal Impedance||120 Ohms|
|Sensitivity at 1 kHz/1 Vrms||104 dB SPL|
|Max input power handling||1000 mW|
|Continuous input power handling||200 mW|
|THD at 1 kHz and 100 dB SPL||<0.03%|
|Cable entry||Single sided, right ear cup|
|Connectivity||3.5 mm (1/8") TRS jack plug (straight), adapter for 6.3 mm (1/4")|
|Cable length||3.0 m (10')|
|Ear cup contact pressure||5.5-6.8 N|
|Weight excluding cable||352 g|
|Colours - headband||RAL 9006 White Aluminium / RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey|
|Colours - ear cups||RAL 9006 White Aluminium|
|Materials - headband||Spring steel strip, aluminium and plastic fittings, plastic trimming|
|Materials - ear cups||Aluminium|
|Materials - ear pads||Cloth covered foam|
|Packed dimensions (height x width x depth), mm||245 x 255 x 84 mm|
|Packed weight||0.97 kg|
|Operating Conditions||+5° C to +45° C, <90% RH; non condensing|
|Transport/Storage Conditions||-15° C to +70° C; <90% RH; non condensing|
|Packed cube||0.005 m³|
Studio Report: Neumann NDH30 Headphones
AudioTechnology (Greg Simmons), 03/2023 (English)
Really Neat Sound - NDH 30 review
Professional Audio Review, 07/22, English
Dit is Dufte - NDH 30 review
Professional Audio Review, 07/220, German
Open and honest - NDH 30 review
Sound&Recording, 02/2022, English
Open and honest - NDH 30 review
Sound&Recording, 02/2022, German
https://www.audiotechnique.com, 01/2023, Chinese
Neumann NDH 30 Open-Back Studio Headphones: Review
Ecoustics, 11/2022 (English)
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Aving.net, 12/2022 (Korean)
Neumann NDH 30 - Open‑backed Headphones (https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/neumann-ndh-30)
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