Yamaha HPH-MT7 Studio Headphones music gear review

Music Gear Review: Yamaha HPH-MT7 Studio Headphones

The Yamaha MT Series of professional headphones includes the HPH-MT7 ($299 MSRP reviewed here), the top-of-the-line HPH-MT220 ($399) and MPH-MT120 ($299). The MT7 headphones are a closed-back, circumaural design with 40-mm drivers featuring CCAW voice coils in neodymium magnet structures. I liked the aluminum pivot arms that, along with the movable ABS plastic ear cups, adjust in any way needed including single ear monitoring for DJs. The MT7s are lightweight—just 360-grams and comfortable for long hours of use. The sweat-resistant headband fits well on my head while the smooth synthetic rubber ear pads seal around my ears without having to “clamp” my head.

The MT7s have a neutral sound—this makes them “honest” and reproduce exactly as my mix sounds without embellishment. It makes them a valuable tool that I highly recommend.

The Yamaha HPH-MT7 professional headphones come with a large, padded leatherette carrying bag, a permanently attached straight three-meter cord and gold-plated stereo mini-plug and a gold-plated 6.3 mm stereo adaptor.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com