Meters headphones combine retro styling and a built-in VU meter and crank out glorious sound

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VU Meter

As I walked in closer I noticed something interesting in the ear cup, it was a VU meter and the damn thing actually worked!

Before starting Techaeris, I didn’t think too much about headphones, like many people I just picked up a pair of cheap buds and went about my day. It wasn’t until I started testing headphones of varying sizes, quality, and prices that I started to understand them more. Having done several reviews on a variety of headphones, I have a better grasp on what sounds good and what doesn’t. Of course, sound is still primarily a subjective thing but reviews, such as mine, can be used as a guideline.

This brings me to Meters headphones. This is a U.K. based company that I happened upon at CES 2017 while I was rushing to another booth to talk to another company about their product. What struck my eye was the graphics they had on display and the retro styling of the headphones. As I walked in closer I noticed something interesting in the ear cup, it was a VU meter and the damn thing actually worked! That totally blew my mind to see inside of a headphone. The VU meter is basically a volume indicator and was used on many analog mixing boards (and other applications) to gauge the volume level your channels were at. Like the digital meters of today, there’s a peak level and a nice balanced area where you want to be.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time to spend at the Meters booth as I was running late and I didn’t have my cameraman with me to take some video. However, the folks over at Mindstream Studio also happened to discover Meters and they did get some video of Mark Gooday going over the Meters headphones and that sweet VU meter.

I did get a chance to listen to the OV-1 headphones and from a short 2-minute listen, I have to give them a thumbs up. Currently, my favorite over-ear headphones are the Master & Dynamic MH40 and MW60. I can’t make a determination about Meters until I actually review them, but they had sound that appeared to be on par with my favorite cans. We have reached out to Meters to see if they’ll send us a review sample so we can check these out and actually see if they can beat my Master & Dynamics. For now, you can check out their website below to see what they have to offer.

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