Sterling Audio S452 studio headphones are designed for comfortable and accurate monitoring during long studio sessions, DJ performances, chilling out while listening to your favorite tunes and more. A transparent and detailed soundstage is produced by 45 mm drivers in ported enclosures for reproduction that’s simultaneously expansive, lush and warm. The S452’s closed-back earcups isolate you from room sounds and other annoyances that hinder critical assessments while recording and mixing, while the padded leather headband and ear cushions are cozy and near imperceptible—even after hours of concentrating on a mix. If you’re a “one ear off” performer while singing or DJing, the S452 accommodates your style with 180° rotatable earcups. These headphones also fold up for easy transport in crowded gig bags, utilize a removeable audio cable with a secure twist lock and offer replaceable ear cushions. The S452 studio headphones are chock full of professional features, and all at a price that will almost make you as happy as winning a Grammy.
Enhanced Low-End Response
The S452 studio headphones rock 45 mm drivers, which produce taut, yet pleasing bass, and serve up a wide 15Hz28kHz frequency range. Accurate low-end response is essential for critical listening—especially when you are trying to craft mixes that translate perfectly to different playback systems. One of the deadly mix miscues can occur when a set of headphones can’t precisely reproduce the low end in your tracks, and you overcompensate by boosting bass frequencies. The result is muddy, indistinct or overly boomy lows, and that can be a mix killer. It’s not just the 45 mm drivers that deliver the goods for evaluating frequency spectrums. The S452 headphones are designed with everything working in tandem to produce clarity, accuracy and transparency—from the copper-clad aluminum-wire voice coils to the ported audio chamber to the closed-back earcups that help focus your ears on the job at hand.
Although sonic isolation is excellent when you wear both of the S452’s closed-back earcups, not everyone wants total isolation all of the time. This is why the earcups of the S452 can rotate 180º to accommodate different monitoring approaches. A DJ will often want to cue up and beat match an upcoming track to the one currently playing to the audience through the house sound system, as well as their own monitor speakers. The one-ear off technique is critical for hearing both signal feeds simultaneously. In addition, many vocalists prefer to hear their performance “in the room,” rather than completely isolated in their headphones. Simply removing one earcup lets singers hear their voices naturally, as they listen to the track they are working on in the other earcup. In both instances, the flexible design of the S452 means you never have to pull-off one side of a headphone to the back of your head—a move that is often unwieldy, uncomfortable and not very secure as you bob your head to the music.
Folds Up for Easy Transport
It may seem like a small thing, but portability is key when you’re packing up for a show or studio session. For example, trying to find space in a case that’s already packed with gear can be frustrating, and it’s not always comfortable wearing headphones around your neck while carrying the rest of your rig. The S452 studio headphones fold up easily into a space-saving shape and can usually be fit into the storage pockets of guitar and bass gig bags, multi-pocket laptop cases, backpacks and even a large coat pocket. Perhaps even more important, the S452 is built tough for the rigors of constant transport and use. Die-cast aluminum frames protect the drivers, machined aluminum hinges ensure the S452 can withstand the thousands of times the headphones will be folded up and if the ear cushions ever tatter and fray from constant use, they can be removed and replaced.
Handy Detachable Cable
Headphones with attached cables often add unnecessary girth, making it difficult to fit them into tight spaces. The longer the cable, the more room you’ll need to pack away the headphones. The S452 studio headphones come with a detachable, braided-nylon cable that can be stored elsewhere—or positioned around other gear—when your gig bag is short on space. When you put everything back together, a twist lock ensures you won’t accidentally detach the cable from the headphones when shifting your listening position or jumping up for some dance moves. Headphone cables are also subject to a lot of wear and tear, and even the most bulletproof cables can eventually succumb to buzzes, hum and erratic signals. The detachable cable on the S452 means that if that day comes, you can simply replace the cable and keep on rocking as if nothing ever happened.
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.