Mackie MC-100 Review

Mackie MC-100 Review

The American manufacturer Mackie now has a respectable portfolio of studio headphones, the recently tested MC-350 and MC-450 models made a consistently positive impression on our authors. The MC-100 is the newest and, at the same time, by far the cheapest model. Therefore, the test object is poaching in the lowest price segment. You can read in our test report whether these are still usable studio headphones and for which clientele the Mackie MC-100 could be of interest.

PROS:

  • Natural sound
  • Excellent value for money
  • Accurate subbass
  • High frequency boost fixed
  • Detailed sound throughout spectrum

CONS:

  • All plastic build might not last forever
  • Some pairs have unmatched channels

Details & practice

The dynamic 40mm transducers of the MC-100 are housed in closed and circumaural auricles, the oval shape of which is strongly reminiscent of the studio classic ATH-M50 (X)from Audio-Technica reminds me of what I rate as high ambition. Mackie’s entry-level model’s quality and material appearance, which is expected to be made in China, appears – in keeping with the price – more pragmatic and simple than high-quality and luxurious. However, the headphones do not give me any immediate doubts that the construction could not be up to the requirements in the studio. The MC-100 adapts perfectly to the shape of my head and sits sufficiently securely on my head with moderate contact pressure. The earpads (plastic) are quite comfortable, although the headband’s padding can be described as spartan. However, the good adaptation to my skull shape does not dramatically affect the (subjective) comfort.

Sound of Mackie MC-100

The manufacturer advertises the MC-100 as a professional device, where one raises an eyebrow skeptically at the very low price – at least that’s how I did it. The low-budget headphones meet all the sonic requirements that are placed on professional monitoring headphones with unexpected ease! The reproduction is surprisingly transparent, and the individual frequency ranges also appear largely homogeneous. The bass range is potent without sounding too dominant, overall useful coordination for monitoring and creative use. Even with the mids, there is nothing wrong with the quantity or the naturalness of the sound. For example, singing voices and tonalities can be assessed well, which is an important aspect when recording, among other things.

In my opinion, the high frequencies neither sound too sharp nor too musty and round off the playback properties of the MC-100 so that the affordable Mackie headphones can be rated as absolutely all-around. The Mackie MC-100 can also be used for creative purposes and music consumption. I want to point out that a reduced treble reproduction can be advantageous for very loud monitoring (e.g., loud ambient noises). On the other hand, some popular competitors sound significantly “sharper.” The MC-100 hits exactly the middle here. However, the insulation properties are somewhat moderate compared to my other closed studio headphones, so that the MC-100 is not necessarily the first choice in very noisy conditions. Of course, there are some (mostly much more expensive) competing models,

Conclusion

In terms of price, Mackie’s MC-100 studio headphones are a no-brainer and, due to the overall useful product properties, nothing goes wrong with the entry-level model! From my point of view, the MC-100 is a particularly good candidate for recording rooms in which several musicians perform at the same time without investing a fortune. As an inexpensive all-around monitor for bedroom production, the MC-100 can also be checked to see whether it meets the subjective listening requirements. A great entry-level headphone with noticeable professional ambitions!

Mackie MC-100 Review
Mackie MC-100 Review

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