Rode NTH-100M

Rode NTH-100M

Rode NTH-100M

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BEST RATING
Calls:
4.9
MUSIC: Very Good8.2/10
CALLS: Best in Class9.5/10
GAMING: Very Good8.9/10
TV: Good7.7/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Good7.6/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.2/10
AIR TRAVEL: Fair6.0/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor5.3/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.5/10

If you prioritize high-quality calls and meetings, gaming, and desire a built-in microphone with excellent quality, the Rode NTH-100M headphones would be a strong option due to their removable boom mic rated as best in mic quality. They offer very good overall sound quality, and their comfort level is good, which is beneficial for extended use during gaming sessions or long calls. These headphones don't support wireless usage which might limit mobility, but they come with a detachable 2.45-meter cable, providing some flexibility. While they perform best in scenarios requiring clear vocal communication, they have poorer scores for exercise and air travel use, and they lack features like active noise cancelling, making them less ideal for noisy environments. They also aren’t the best for portability because of their large size. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Midrange price for premium headphones
  • Closed-back design for sound isolation
  • Includes detachable, replaceable boom mic
  • Comfortable for long periods of use
Cons
  • Mic quality subpar for professional use
  • Does not support wireless connectivity
  • May have limited soundstage due to design

Ratings by Category

Calls:
4.9
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
Gaming:
4.7
The Rode NTH-100M is prized for gaming due to its high-quality, detachable boom microphone, ensuring clear in-game communication, and its wired design, which eliminates latency issues that can affect gameplay. Additionally, these over-ear headphones provide a good soundstage and imaging, enhancing the immersive experience in games.
Music:
4.5
The Rode NTH-100M provides a good overall sound quality with a closed enclosure type, which helps in delivering a more intimate sound experience and effective passive noise isolation, enhancing music listening. Furthermore, they have a good soundstage and imaging score which contributes to a realistic and immersive audio experience, although they do not support virtual surround functionality.
TV & Video:
4.3
The Rode NTH-100M headphones are excellent for watching TV and videos due to their wired connection, which ensures low latency, meaning audio and visuals are in sync. Additionally, they provide good overall sound quality, soundstage, and imaging, which enhances the viewing experience, along with a comfortable design that allows for extended wearing during long sessions.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.2
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Air Travel:
3.1
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$179
Brand
Rode
Release Date
January 1, 2023
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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8.2/10
Phone Calls Score
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9.5/10
Gaming Score
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9/10
TV and Video Score
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7.8/10
Exercise Score
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4.2/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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5.3/10
Mic Quality
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10/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.5/10
Comfort score
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7.6/10
Weight
349.2 Grams
Microphone style
Boom
Waterproof Rating
0

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Kizito Katawonga | March 2023
"The NTH-100M is a closed-back headset aimed at professional audiophiles—streamers, podcasters and content creators included—looking for masterful audio and a detachable 'broadcast-grade' microphone."

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