Following the success of the NDH 20, released in 2019, Neumann.Berlin has announced the NDH 30 open-back reference-class studio headphone.

Neumann NDH 30 headphoneIntended for demanding mixing and mastering applications in both stereo and immersive formats, the NDH 30 mimics the linear sound image of a Neumann loudspeaker set-up, calibrated via MA 1 Automatic Monitor Alignment, in a portable format.

While the NDH 30 retains the high-quality metal construction of the closed-back NDH 20, it is more than just an open-back version. The acoustic system is a new design, including optimised and perfectly positioned dynamic drivers that rival the sonic resolution of planar magnetic transducers. Harmonic distortion is extremely low and frequency selective absorbers create an even response across the entire audio spectrum.

‘We wanted to create a headphone that is totally reliable and gives you the confidence you need to make the right decisions,’ explains Portfolio Manager, Sebastian Schmitz. ‘The NDH 30 will tell you exactly if your bass is too loud or your vocal needs de-essing. The spatial resolution, too, is outstanding because the drivers are made to extremely low tolerances. And because the NDH 30 comes with an internally balanced cable, which improves channel separation.’

Long-term wearing comfort is ensured by large, soft earpads. For easy transportation, the NDH 30 is foldable. The NDH 30 is a portable alternative to a Neumann KH loudspeaker set-up, offering sound and mix compatibility.

At the same time, the NDH 30 is a reference in its own right for headphone compatibility, which is paramount for commercial success, given today’s listening habits. Its extraordinary spatial resolution also recommends the NDH 30 for creating binaural mixes of immersive content, including gaming and VR – rapidly growing markets.

‘Neumann is quickly becoming the global reference in high-quality monitoring – from Oscar-awarded blockbuster film scores to the most recent Grammy-winning Best Immersive Audio Album – all mixed on Neumann monitors,’ says Neumann CEO, Ralf Oehl. ‘Our customers have been asking for a similar reference when mixing on headphones. After all, headphones are becoming the dominant playback system among consumers – in particular for immersive sound. The NDH 30 is our answer to those demands.’


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