You get a fantastic set of useful features, along with durability and reliability. The sound and build quality are great for the price, and chances are you won’t get tired of using them as they are very comfortable indeed.
The NTH-100 features an incredible frequency range that goes from 5 Hz to 35 kHz. This is an unusually bold claim considering human hearing ranges from 20 Hz to 20 kHz but it’s good to know the extra range is there all the same.
Although this set of headphones does a good job on the low end, there is no escaping the laws of physics, and all headphones are inherently limited in this area (particularly closed back headphones).
Having said that, these headphones sound balanced and can be quite useful once you “learn them.” To do this, simply take some tracks or mixes that you know really well and play them through the NTH-100 headphones.
I found the response to be mostly flat from the high to the mids, but I did notice a bump around 100 Hz that may raise some eyebrows. However, I actually felt that it aids the overall sound of these cans, plus having a bump here helps reduce muddy mixes which are more common with headphones.
That said, even though these headphones sound good, they are not a replacement for models that cost two or three times the price, not to mention audiophile models.
In other words, headphones on the higher end will still help you distinguish specific frequencies better than the NTH-100, so there’s still merit to buying more expensive models if you have the money.
They feel sturdy from the moment you pick them up, but without adding unnecessary weight and feeling cumbersome.
The engineers at RØDE took care not only of producing good-sounding headphones, but also comfortable ones that can handle some mishaps. For instance, the 7.87 feet cable locks in once connected, but the locking connection is softer than the connector on the headphones.
What this means in practical terms is that if you trip or someone steps on the cable, the cable will disconnect to avoid headphone damage. In short, it’s a fantastic design feature.
This is accomplished via the CoolTech technology that absorbs and dissipates heat. Yes, you read that right.
You may not notice it at first, but the ear cups gently cool the area around your ears. This is more noticeable if you’re already a bit hot and sweaty, and I don’t think people living in cooler environments will get the same effect (and this is probably a good thing).
Comfort is paramount when it comes to headphones. After all, you are likely to have them on for extended periods and perhaps on a daily basis. Well, the folks at RØDE definitely took this matter very seriously.
The NTH-100 headphones sound fantastic and offer superior design and build quality, especially in this price range. Additionally, you can use these headphones for a long time as their comfort level is nothing short of stellar.
Are the RØDE NTH-100 headphones good value?
Yes – the RØDE NTH-100 headphones are worth every cent. They sound good, are very comfortable, and are affordable.
Are there other RØDE headphones?
No. The NTH-100 is the first set of headphones ever made by RØDE.
Are the RØDE NTH-100 headphones wireless?
No. The NTH-100 uses a 3.5mm cable that you can plug into either ear cup for stereo sound.