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MB Quart QP 220 (QP220) Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones

Lightweight Professional Studio Series Headphones with Adjustable Headband and 100 Ohm Impedance

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Product Features:
  • Wired Lightweight Studio Stereo Headphones
  • Full size enclosed-ear design
  • Large speaker driver with impressive performance
  • Unique cable design reduces tangles
  • Adjustable headband with flexible box for comfortable and long-lasting listening sessions
  • Variable height-adjustment fits almost all sizes of heads
  • Ear-surrounding soft earpads are gentle to the skin
  • Axial pivot joint and cardamatic suspension of the housing ensure the highest amount of comfort possible
  • Gold-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack for superior signal transmission
  • Includes a large 1/4" gold plated plug for connection to professional equipment and home receivers
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Acoustic principle: Open
  • Driver principle: Dynamic
  • Design principle: Circumaural
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,100 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 90dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 2 x 100 Ohm
  • Cord Length: 1.3-3.0 M (4.2-9.84 ft.)
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5mm)
  • Plug Adapter Size: 1/4" (6.3mm)
  • Plug Construction: Gold
  • Max Input Power: 100mW
  • Weight: 220g (7.7 oz)

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Design
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Isolation
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
Value
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Clarity/Detail
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Tone/Timbre
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Bass
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Enclosed-Ear
Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
Equalizer/Tunable
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child can’t damage their ears while listening to music.
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Detachable Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone can be detached from the headphones.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
100 ohms
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
90 dB
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 20,100 Hz
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
3 years
Labor Warranty Duration
3 years
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
57%
4 Star
29%
3 Star
14%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.1
Value
4.7
Features
4.0
Design
4.1
Usability
4.9
Corey

Oakland, Ca

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Cars and Headphones

February 20, 2012

These headphones are pretty solid. They are built well (of course, they are made in Germany. They know how to build Cars for sure, and now i guess they know how to build headphones too). They sound best when hooked up to a sufficient analog amp in my opinion, but great clarity all around. There isnt overwhelming Bass, and the mids and highs have a great presence when the bass is hitting. I really Dig these. My music teacher has a pair of German Meistro's, and i swear they are the same headphone, but he paid a hell of a lot more HAHAHAhaha.

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Michael

Lincoln, Nebraska

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Excellent Built in Germany

November 10, 2011

I just bought these headphones and so far have only put about 24 hours into burn in, and i am impressed. They are super comfortable, even when listening for hours at a time, and MADE in GERMANY! You can really tell the difference in a quality built set of cans. They are warm and rich sounding. Very balanced! The highs are crisp, but very present. For the price?! Its a no-brainer, I already recommended it to 3 of my friends who were all impressed when i demo'd them some Pink Floyd - The Wall.

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Sleepy

Los Angeles, California

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Excellent Value

March 22, 2012

For the price, you can't really go wrong with these headphones. Excellent for listening at home, these headphones work particularly well with acoustic, classical, and jazz. Nonetheless, they also push well in the bass making them well balanced and enjoyable (although probably disappointing if hip-hop and bass driven music is your thing).
With proper amplification and quality sound files, these are simply unbeatable at this price range. The construction could be sturdier, but they are among the lightest and most comfortable I have ever used. Over extended periods, you forget you are even wearing them.

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Vadimka

FL

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Excellent

December 12, 2013

Really nice phones, plenty of detail. Bass is nice, sufficient and not over exaggerated. Definitely one of the best HP under $300 price range.

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ED

LEWISVILLE, TX

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MB QUART QP 220

September 17, 2013

Great headphones. best sound for your dollar,
great overall sound for open air headphones.

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milpatte

France

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Excellent Value

July 10, 2013

Headphone for work and studio control, light on head and broad spectrum.

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Jean

Canada

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Mr

September 19, 2013

Je recommande l'achat de ce produit. Je joue de la guitare et ces écouteurs sont à 100 ohms ils sonnent très bien avec le POD 2. De plus, les oreilles chauffent moin parce qu'ils sont ouvert. Il y a sûrement mieux mais pour le prix c'est très bien.

"I recommend the purchase of this product. I play guitar and these headphones are 100 ohms they sound great with the POD 2. In addition, heat moin ears because they are open. There are certainly better but for the price it is very good."

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

QP220

UPC

4013388363311

Weight

3.00lbs

Internal SKU

qp220

Internal Product ID

26689

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

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Product Name: MB Quart QP 220 (QP220) Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones

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