ME­TERS OV-1

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

Me­ters Mu­sic may seem like a new player to the head­phone scene, but it’s ac­tu­ally an off­shoot of Ash­down En­gi­neer­ing, a com­pany that makes bass am­pli­fiers for acts like Lenny Kravitz and U2 amongst oth­ers. Me­ters Mu­sic was estab­lished to bet­ter dif­fer­en­ti­ate their con­sumer prod­ucts from their pro­fes­sional ones, and the OV-1 is one of their first ANC head­phones.

It show­cases a work­ing VU (vol­ume unit) me­ter on ei­ther side, and over­sized ear cups with plush cush­ion­ing that eas­ily en­gulf your ears. De­spite be­ing ac­tual work­ing me­ters that mea­sure the out­put of the mu­sic you’re lis­ten­ing to, the me­ters serve more of an aes­thetic func­tion than a prac­ti­cal one; you can’t look at them with the head­phones on, can you? Still, the OV-1’s steampunk looks are a re­fresh­ing breath of air in a mar­ket flooded with staid de­signs.

Sur­pris­ingly though, the head­phones aren’t as heavy as they look, com­ing in at just 372g (slightly more than a can of drink). They were re­ally com­fort­able on the head, and we thought the ex­tra cush­ion­ing added a level of pas­sive noise can­cel­la­tion to start. No sur­prise then that the head­phone was among the bet­ter ones in terms of iso­la­tion when ANC was ac­ti­vated.

With Me­ters’ her­itage in loud­speak­ers, it’s per­haps not sur­pris­ing that the OV-1 has a more bassy sound sig­na­ture com­pared to the rest, but they do give good de­tail too. With a record­ing of ‘Span­ish Har­lem’ by Re­becca Pid­geon, for ex­am­ple, the head­phone does well to isolate Pid­geon’s vo­cals from the back­ing in­stru­ments. There’s a good sense of sep­a­ra­tion in the track, so you can quite eas­ily pick out where each in­stru­ment is.

The head­phone gives you very full sound in the mids and lows, but per­for­mance un­der­stand­ably suf­fers a lit­tle in the highs. On our for­mal test tracks, for ex­am­ple, the head­phone turns in an en­gag­ing pre­sen­ta­tion of Buck­et­head’s ‘Sail on Sooth­sayer’ with good de­tails from the lower mids down to the bass notes, but the highs seemed to lack that last bit of crisp­ness the Sony and the Bow­ers & Wilkins were able to of­fer.

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