Microphones are the same as headphones, just backwards. Both have moving diaphragms, but whereas a mic’s diaphragm is moved by the air and generates voltage, a headphone receives voltage and then its diaphragm moves the air – simple!
Well, it’s obviously not quite as simple as that – I wouldn’t recommend strapping two mics to your head during the morning commute, however this transferrable knowledge is the reason that many microphone manufactures also develop headphones. You could also think of it this way; a company that makes exemplary microphones will more than likely make exemplary headphones. Austrian Audio certainly fit that bill.
In the same way as their ground-breaking OC18 and O818 microphones, Austrian Audio tasked themselves with resolving all the typical challenges that building a great pair of headphones means mechanically, ergonomically, and acoustically.
The range consists of two models’ the ON-ear Hi-X50's and the OVER-ear Hi-X55. Both models feature the same custom 44mm high-excursion driver; rugged metal hinges and foldable construction; as well as the same slow-retention memory foam ear pads. They also both look pretty similar. But depending on your use case, selecting the right model could be crucial for you.
In this blog, we are going to look at both models in the Hi-X range and compare them to one another.