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Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)

Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)

Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones with 50mm Drivers - For Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Use (Black & Gold)
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Features

  • STUDIO STANDARD: Praised by top musicians, producers, and audio engineers, the CB-1 headphones are an industry standard in recording studios around the world. The CB-1s have received critical acclaim from the most discerning audiophiles on the web as well as top technology editors.
  • 50MM Drivers: Large 50mm drivers deliver studio quality audio with a wide, expansive soundstage that puts you in the room with your favorite musicians. Hear music the way the artists, producers, mix and mastering engineers intended.
  • DESIGNED FOR COMFORT: The CB-1’s padded headband and overstuffed earpads were designed to be comfortable during multi-hour recording sessions. Its over-the-ear design fully encloses ear, offering passive noise cancelling without putting extra pressure on your head. The CB-1’s adjustable headband ensures a snug fit on your head, and clicking ridges allow for full customizability. .
  • TWO CABLES INCLUDED + ¼ ADAPTOR: The CB-1 comes with two 9-foot audio cables - one coiled, one straight. Both have a custom locking mechanism that keeps them attached to the headphones, eliminating the risk of dislodging the cable. The CB-1 is compatible with any 3.5mm audio cable, but it will lack this locking feature. We also provide a ¼ adaptor plug for use with professional audio equipment.
  • UNDERSTATED STYLE: The CB-1’s minimalist, unbranded aesthetic will never lose its luster or fall out of fashion. A slim frame doesn’t awkwardly protrude sideways, and the CB-1 can be folded to become compact for travel.

Description

The Status Audio CB-1 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones are quickly becoming an industry standard, go-to critical listening headphone. Praised by tech editors and members of the pro audio community alike, the CB-1 sit atop numerous "best of" lists, with consistent high marks from some of the most discerning ears in the industry. The feedback is consistent: The CB-1 headphones are becoming the new standard for recording, mixing, mastering, and any other applications that demand "critical listening". Reviewers and customers alike have further praised the CB-1's ergonomics and long-term comfort, as well as their clean and unbranded aesthetic. But don't take our word for it. Check out the many reviews here and across the web - and take comfort in the renowned service Status Audio extends to its customers. In the studio: Features: Great for tracking vocalists, voice-overs, and podcasting. Over-ear design provides excellent passive noise isolation, ideal for instrumentalists. Pure audiophile enjoyment - you'll hear details in your music you've never noticed before.


Item Weight 8 ounces


Product Dimensions 6.54 x 3.62 x 8 inches


ASIN B01BDX1IVW


Item model number SACB1


Customer Reviews 4.4 out of 5 stars 1,836 ratings 4.4 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #251 in Over-Ear Headphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available February 2, 2016


Color Name Black


Connector Type 3.5mm Jack


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Returns

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Features

  • STUDIO STANDARD: Praised by top musicians, producers, and audio engineers, the CB-1 headphones are an industry standard in recording studios around the world. The CB-1s have received critical acclaim from the most discerning audiophiles on the web as well as top technology editors.
  • 50MM Drivers: Large 50mm drivers deliver studio quality audio with a wide, expansive soundstage that puts you in the room with your favorite musicians. Hear music the way the artists, producers, mix and mastering engineers intended.
  • DESIGNED FOR COMFORT: The CB-1’s padded headband and overstuffed earpads were designed to be comfortable during multi-hour recording sessions. Its over-the-ear design fully encloses ear, offering passive noise cancelling without putting extra pressure on your head. The CB-1’s adjustable headband ensures a snug fit on your head, and clicking ridges allow for full customizability. .
  • TWO CABLES INCLUDED + ¼ ADAPTOR: The CB-1 comes with two 9-foot audio cables - one coiled, one straight. Both have a custom locking mechanism that keeps them attached to the headphones, eliminating the risk of dislodging the cable. The CB-1 is compatible with any 3.5mm audio cable, but it will lack this locking feature. We also provide a ¼ adaptor plug for use with professional audio equipment.
  • UNDERSTATED STYLE: The CB-1’s minimalist, unbranded aesthetic will never lose its luster or fall out of fashion. A slim frame doesn’t awkwardly protrude sideways, and the CB-1 can be folded to become compact for travel.

Description

The Status Audio CB-1 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones are quickly becoming an industry standard, go-to critical listening headphone. Praised by tech editors and members of the pro audio community alike, the CB-1 sit atop numerous "best of" lists, with consistent high marks from some of the most discerning ears in the industry. The feedback is consistent: The CB-1 headphones are becoming the new standard for recording, mixing, mastering, and any other applications that demand "critical listening". Reviewers and customers alike have further praised the CB-1's ergonomics and long-term comfort, as well as their clean and unbranded aesthetic. But don't take our word for it. Check out the many reviews here and across the web - and take comfort in the renowned service Status Audio extends to its customers. In the studio: Features: Great for tracking vocalists, voice-overs, and podcasting. Over-ear design provides excellent passive noise isolation, ideal for instrumentalists. Pure audiophile enjoyment - you'll hear details in your music you've never noticed before.


Item Weight 8 ounces


Product Dimensions 6.54 x 3.62 x 8 inches


ASIN B01BDX1IVW


Item model number SACB1


Customer Reviews 4.4 out of 5 stars 1,836 ratings 4.4 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #251 in Over-Ear Headphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available February 2, 2016


Color Name Black


Connector Type 3.5mm Jack


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


View our full shipping policy here.

Returns

This product can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Please visit our returns center to begin a return.

View our full returns policy here.

Features

  • STUDIO STANDARD: Praised by top musicians, producers, and audio engineers, the CB-1 headphones are an industry standard in recording studios around the world. The CB-1s have received critical acclaim from the most discerning audiophiles on the web as well as top technology editors.
  • 50MM Drivers: Large 50mm drivers deliver studio quality audio with a wide, expansive soundstage that puts you in the room with your favorite musicians. Hear music the way the artists, producers, mix and mastering engineers intended.
  • DESIGNED FOR COMFORT: The CB-1’s padded headband and overstuffed earpads were designed to be comfortable during multi-hour recording sessions. Its over-the-ear design fully encloses ear, offering passive noise cancelling without putting extra pressure on your head. The CB-1’s adjustable headband ensures a snug fit on your head, and clicking ridges allow for full customizability. .
  • TWO CABLES INCLUDED + ¼ ADAPTOR: The CB-1 comes with two 9-foot audio cables - one coiled, one straight. Both have a custom locking mechanism that keeps them attached to the headphones, eliminating the risk of dislodging the cable. The CB-1 is compatible with any 3.5mm audio cable, but it will lack this locking feature. We also provide a ¼ adaptor plug for use with professional audio equipment.
  • UNDERSTATED STYLE: The CB-1’s minimalist, unbranded aesthetic will never lose its luster or fall out of fashion. A slim frame doesn’t awkwardly protrude sideways, and the CB-1 can be folded to become compact for travel.

Description

The Status Audio CB-1 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones are quickly becoming an industry standard, go-to critical listening headphone. Praised by tech editors and members of the pro audio community alike, the CB-1 sit atop numerous "best of" lists, with consistent high marks from some of the most discerning ears in the industry. The feedback is consistent: The CB-1 headphones are becoming the new standard for recording, mixing, mastering, and any other applications that demand "critical listening". Reviewers and customers alike have further praised the CB-1's ergonomics and long-term comfort, as well as their clean and unbranded aesthetic. But don't take our word for it. Check out the many reviews here and across the web - and take comfort in the renowned service Status Audio extends to its customers. In the studio: Features: Great for tracking vocalists, voice-overs, and podcasting. Over-ear design provides excellent passive noise isolation, ideal for instrumentalists. Pure audiophile enjoyment - you'll hear details in your music you've never noticed before.


Item Weight 8 ounces


Product Dimensions 6.54 x 3.62 x 8 inches


ASIN B01BDX1IVW


Item model number SACB1


Customer Reviews 4.4 out of 5 stars 1,836 ratings 4.4 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #251 in Over-Ear Headphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available February 2, 2016


Color Name Black


Connector Type 3.5mm Jack


abunda_amazon_reviews I'm very much satisfied with these headphones and they impressed me. I paid $79.00 for these headphones. Let me give you some more details on these cans. First off, I'm a music producer, a mixing engineer, recording engineer, mastering engineer, and a songwriter myself. I do the whole works in the studio that I built myself, and I work with quite a few different clients. When it comes to hardware and equipment, I don't buy the most expensive gear, only because you don't need to, to achieve the best results. It's all in how you research and review the gear to determine its quality. I don't buy the cheapest gear either. I know better than that. So here's what I like about the headphones: - Durability. The headband can be bent pretty far and show no signs of breaking or cracking. The can padding seems well stitched, and the 3.5mm input jack with the twist lock is a nice feature. You don't have to worry about internal wiring issues inside the headphones. - Very Comfortable! Some headphones become uncomfortable after wearing them for a short period of time. I myself along with my clients love the comfort of these headphones. The cushioning on both the headband and the cans themselves is well padded. You almost forget you're wearing them! - Isolation Factor. This factor was one of the biggest reasons for me considering a good set of closed back headphones. I didn't want any leakage from the headphones bleeding into the microphone during vocal recordings. I was impressed with these! No leakage into the mic, even at high volume levels while the vocalist is doing an intimate, close micing recording! (though with a trained ear, you could hear the song faintly playing through them if you were in the same room sitting close to the person wearing them, but if the mic doesn't pick it up, it doesn't matter.) - Sound quality. These headphones have a flat frequency response, which is exactly what I was looking for! The frequency response matches my JBL studio monitor speakers almost exactly, which is very helpful and desirable. Also, the clarity and detail is very distinct, and the low end sounds crisp, rich and balanced with the mids and highs. I'm impressed with the playback quality. - My buddy has a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M40x headphones (and they do sound good, but don’t have a flat frequency response, and weak low end), and he wishes he had these Status Audio CB-1. We’ve also compared the Status Audio CB-1 to Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones (Which are the best for isolation, but tend to break. Not very durable. Must take special care with them. Ok sound quality) and Sony MDR7506 Pro Large Diaphragm Headphones (Which are ok at isolation with little leakage, better than Vic Firth at sound quality and durability). Overall, the Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back headphones are better. - Cables included. I love the fact Status Audio included a coiled cable, a straight cable, and a 1/4" jack adaptor. The cables appear to be good quality, and none are faulty. The jacks are gold plated, which offers the best signal processing and durability. There are springs behind the jacks to help prevent strain on the cords themselves. The cables were a bonus feature that made me lean towards these. I only have one concern, and that's how well the actual foam/cushioning inside the can padding will hold up. If they start to scrunch up over periodic use, it may become an issue either with the isolation factor or the comfort factor. But so far, they seem like they retain their full shape. I recommended these to a few of my music enthusiasts. Unfortunately, these headphones are temporarily unavailable on Amazon right now. I'm hoping Status Audio will continue to sell these. With as good reviews that it had on Amazon, I would think it would be an unwise business decision to discontinue them. I would definitely like to buy another pair of these headphones! Make it available again!;;Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Compared to other headphones, these Rule!;;Koan Jack;;;If you can afford $79 or whatever special sale price that might be available on this set of headphones, buy them!! Don't listen to the naysayers who say these are made cheaply and that they are not good because they are not made by Audio-Technica, AKG, Sony, Sennheiser or Grado or some other brand which are made from "hand-carved wooden shells," as though being made by one of those companies guarantees a product better. I mentioned these companies in particular because they are in the transducer business and make products which use electro-mechanical devices to reproduce the sounds of live and/or recorded music. They are experts in sound, but they are not alone in knowing how to make a great transducer or driver. I don't know where the drivers in these headphones are sourced but they are of the highest quality and they reproduce sound and recordings which are true to the original source. Buy these and don't worry that you don't have industry standard monitor headphone with overripe bass or ear-splitting treble which allows you to "hear how bad your recording is." I've read those statements in reviews here and elsewhere and they don't make any sense. I'm a musician and I've been a rep in the electronics business for more years than most potential readers of my review have been alive. I'm not a "golden eared audiophile" but I am a music and audio equipment enthusiast. Golden Ears tend to listen to equipment and would not recognize a good recording or live performance if they heard it, but they would strain to find a flaw in a product. If you have a lot of money to spend and you can afford some electrostatic headphones or some high-end Fostex headphones, go for it. The rest of us who appreciate good sound reproduction as our main motivation for buying headphones will be very content listening to hi-res digital, vinyl, tape, CD's or live performance with these Status CB-1 headphones.;;Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;The Many Positive Reviews are Deserved!;;davguitar

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Top Amazon Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Koan Jack - Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2017
Compared to other headphones, these Rule!
I'm very much satisfied with these headphones and they impressed me. I paid $79.00 for these headphones. Let me give you some more details on these cans. First off, I'm a music producer, a mixing engineer, recording engineer, mastering engineer, and a songwriter myself. I do the whole works in the studio that I built myself, and I work with quite a few different clients. When it comes to hardware and equipment, I don't buy the most expensive gear, only because you don't need to, to achieve the best results. It's all in how you research and review the gear to determine its quality. I don't buy the cheapest gear either. I know better than that. So here's what I like about the headphones: - Durability. The headband can be bent pretty far and show no signs of breaking or cracking. The can padding seems well stitched, and the 3.5mm input jack with the twist lock is a nice feature. You don't have to worry about internal wiring issues inside the headphones. - Very Comfortable! Some headphones become uncomfortable after wearing them for a short period of time. I myself along with my clients love the comfort of these headphones. The cushioning on both the headband and the cans themselves is well padded. You almost forget you're wearing them! - Isolation Factor. This factor was one of the biggest reasons for me considering a good set of closed back headphones. I didn't want any leakage from the headphones bleeding into the microphone during vocal recordings. I was impressed with these! No leakage into the mic, even at high volume levels while the vocalist is doing an intimate, close micing recording! (though with a trained ear, you could hear the song faintly playing through them if you were in the same room sitting close to the person wearing them, but if the mic doesn't pick it up, it doesn't matter.) - Sound quality. These headphones have a flat frequency response, which is exactly what I was looking for! The frequency response matches my JBL studio monitor speakers almost exactly, which is very helpful and desirable. Also, the clarity and detail is very distinct, and the low end sounds crisp, rich and balanced with the mids and highs. I'm impressed with the playback quality. - My buddy has a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M40x headphones (and they do sound good, but don’t have a flat frequency response, and weak low end), and he wishes he had these Status Audio CB-1. We’ve also compared the Status Audio CB-1 to Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones (Which are the best for isolation, but tend to break. Not very durable. Must take special care with them. Ok sound quality) and Sony MDR7506 Pro Large Diaphragm Headphones (Which are ok at isolation with little leakage, better than Vic Firth at sound quality and durability). Overall, the Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back headphones are better. - Cables included. I love the fact Status Audio included a coiled cable, a straight cable, and a 1/4" jack adaptor. The cables appear to be good quality, and none are faulty. The jacks are gold plated, which offers the best signal processing and durability. There are springs behind the jacks to help prevent strain on the cords themselves. The cables were a bonus feature that made me lean towards these. I only have one concern, and that's how well the actual foam/cushioning inside the can padding will hold up. If they start to scrunch up over periodic use, it may become an issue either with the isolation factor or the comfort factor. But so far, they seem like they retain their full shape. I recommended these to a few of my music enthusiasts. Unfortunately, these headphones are temporarily unavailable on Amazon right now. I'm hoping Status Audio will continue to sell these. With as good reviews that it had on Amazon, I would think it would be an unwise business decision to discontinue them. I would definitely like to buy another pair of these headphones! Make it available again!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By davguitar - Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
The Many Positive Reviews are Deserved!
If you can afford $79 or whatever special sale price that might be available on this set of headphones, buy them!! Don't listen to the naysayers who say these are made cheaply and that they are not good because they are not made by Audio-Technica, AKG, Sony, Sennheiser or Grado or some other brand which are made from "hand-carved wooden shells," as though being made by one of those companies guarantees a product better. I mentioned these companies in particular because they are in the transducer business and make products which use electro-mechanical devices to reproduce the sounds of live and/or recorded music. They are experts in sound, but they are not alone in knowing how to make a great transducer or driver. I don't know where the drivers in these headphones are sourced but they are of the highest quality and they reproduce sound and recordings which are true to the original source. Buy these and don't worry that you don't have industry standard monitor headphone with overripe bass or ear-splitting treble which allows you to "hear how bad your recording is." I've read those statements in reviews here and elsewhere and they don't make any sense. I'm a musician and I've been a rep in the electronics business for more years than most potential readers of my review have been alive. I'm not a "golden eared audiophile" but I am a music and audio equipment enthusiast. Golden Ears tend to listen to equipment and would not recognize a good recording or live performance if they heard it, but they would strain to find a flaw in a product. If you have a lot of money to spend and you can afford some electrostatic headphones or some high-end Fostex headphones, go for it. The rest of us who appreciate good sound reproduction as our main motivation for buying headphones will be very content listening to hi-res digital, vinyl, tape, CD's or live performance with these Status CB-1 headphones.

Recent Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Koan Jack - Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2017
Compared to other headphones, these Rule!
I'm very much satisfied with these headphones and they impressed me. I paid $79.00 for these headphones. Let me give you some more details on these cans. First off, I'm a music producer, a mixing engineer, recording engineer, mastering engineer, and a songwriter myself. I do the whole works in the studio that I built myself, and I work with quite a few different clients. When it comes to hardware and equipment, I don't buy the most expensive gear, only because you don't need to, to achieve the best results. It's all in how you research and review the gear to determine its quality. I don't buy the cheapest gear either. I know better than that. So here's what I like about the headphones: - Durability. The headband can be bent pretty far and show no signs of breaking or cracking. The can padding seems well stitched, and the 3.5mm input jack with the twist lock is a nice feature. You don't have to worry about internal wiring issues inside the headphones. - Very Comfortable! Some headphones become uncomfortable after wearing them for a short period of time. I myself along with my clients love the comfort of these headphones. The cushioning on both the headband and the cans themselves is well padded. You almost forget you're wearing them! - Isolation Factor. This factor was one of the biggest reasons for me considering a good set of closed back headphones. I didn't want any leakage from the headphones bleeding into the microphone during vocal recordings. I was impressed with these! No leakage into the mic, even at high volume levels while the vocalist is doing an intimate, close micing recording! (though with a trained ear, you could hear the song faintly playing through them if you were in the same room sitting close to the person wearing them, but if the mic doesn't pick it up, it doesn't matter.) - Sound quality. These headphones have a flat frequency response, which is exactly what I was looking for! The frequency response matches my JBL studio monitor speakers almost exactly, which is very helpful and desirable. Also, the clarity and detail is very distinct, and the low end sounds crisp, rich and balanced with the mids and highs. I'm impressed with the playback quality. - My buddy has a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M40x headphones (and they do sound good, but don’t have a flat frequency response, and weak low end), and he wishes he had these Status Audio CB-1. We’ve also compared the Status Audio CB-1 to Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones (Which are the best for isolation, but tend to break. Not very durable. Must take special care with them. Ok sound quality) and Sony MDR7506 Pro Large Diaphragm Headphones (Which are ok at isolation with little leakage, better than Vic Firth at sound quality and durability). Overall, the Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back headphones are better. - Cables included. I love the fact Status Audio included a coiled cable, a straight cable, and a 1/4" jack adaptor. The cables appear to be good quality, and none are faulty. The jacks are gold plated, which offers the best signal processing and durability. There are springs behind the jacks to help prevent strain on the cords themselves. The cables were a bonus feature that made me lean towards these. I only have one concern, and that's how well the actual foam/cushioning inside the can padding will hold up. If they start to scrunch up over periodic use, it may become an issue either with the isolation factor or the comfort factor. But so far, they seem like they retain their full shape. I recommended these to a few of my music enthusiasts. Unfortunately, these headphones are temporarily unavailable on Amazon right now. I'm hoping Status Audio will continue to sell these. With as good reviews that it had on Amazon, I would think it would be an unwise business decision to discontinue them. I would definitely like to buy another pair of these headphones! Make it available again!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By davguitar - Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
The Many Positive Reviews are Deserved!
If you can afford $79 or whatever special sale price that might be available on this set of headphones, buy them!! Don't listen to the naysayers who say these are made cheaply and that they are not good because they are not made by Audio-Technica, AKG, Sony, Sennheiser or Grado or some other brand which are made from "hand-carved wooden shells," as though being made by one of those companies guarantees a product better. I mentioned these companies in particular because they are in the transducer business and make products which use electro-mechanical devices to reproduce the sounds of live and/or recorded music. They are experts in sound, but they are not alone in knowing how to make a great transducer or driver. I don't know where the drivers in these headphones are sourced but they are of the highest quality and they reproduce sound and recordings which are true to the original source. Buy these and don't worry that you don't have industry standard monitor headphone with overripe bass or ear-splitting treble which allows you to "hear how bad your recording is." I've read those statements in reviews here and elsewhere and they don't make any sense. I'm a musician and I've been a rep in the electronics business for more years than most potential readers of my review have been alive. I'm not a "golden eared audiophile" but I am a music and audio equipment enthusiast. Golden Ears tend to listen to equipment and would not recognize a good recording or live performance if they heard it, but they would strain to find a flaw in a product. If you have a lot of money to spend and you can afford some electrostatic headphones or some high-end Fostex headphones, go for it. The rest of us who appreciate good sound reproduction as our main motivation for buying headphones will be very content listening to hi-res digital, vinyl, tape, CD's or live performance with these Status CB-1 headphones.