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ADAM Audio SP‑5

Closed‑back Headphones
By Sam Inglis

ADAM Audio SP‑5 headphones.

We put ADAM's debut headphones to the test.

When loudspeaker companies want to diversify, the headphone market is an obvious target. However, the two fields require quite different design expertise and manufacturing capabilities, so it's not a trivial transition by any means. ADAM Audio are the latest loudspeaker manufacturers to make this move, and rather than undertake all this extra work themselves, they've cannily teamed up with established German headphone makers Ultrasone. The result is the Studio Pro SP‑5, a pair of closed-back, moving-coil headphones that are branded ADAM Audio but "Powered By Ultrasone" and which are visually identical to the models in Ultrasone's own Signature range.

Heads Up

Ultrasone are predominantly a consumer brand, but on first inspection, the SP‑5s tick many boxes that will be important to professional users. They come in a smart and robust carry case, albeit one that is rather large and has no handle with which to pick it up. They have replaceable ear cushions and detachable cables, and the earcups rotate along both vertical and horizontal axes, meaning that most...

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Published January 2019