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DJ-Lab test of the SMB-02

Full German text here DJ-LAB

The headphones sound really good: The bass is full and goes deep, but is not overemphasized. Mids and highs are present in a musical way, so more pleasant to hear than analytical. The stereo image adapts to this impression: it is clearly there, but - like most headphones - does not create any real spatiality with a tangible phantom center.


Tom Lord-Alge "I just love the Phonon SMB-02"


"For years I have relied on my Sony MDR-7506 headphones, that is until I was introduced to the Phonon SMB-02.

The Phonon headphone realistically captures the audio that I have been missing from my MDR-7506.

The SMB-02 faithfully reproduce a rich, deep bottom while maintaining just the right amount of top end. I also love the way they fit and feel.

The Phonon's ARE my new reference headphones!

I just love them!"

Tom Lord-Alge

Three-time Grammy Award winner Tom Lord-Alge owns one of the industry’s most prolific discographies, including diverse credits ranging from U2 to The Rolling Stones, Pink, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews Band, Blink-182, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Avril Lavigne, and numerous others.

The Story behind the the SMB-02

Info and Specs here  SMB-02


Tone Audio gives the Phonon SMB-02 their first Exceptional Value Award

Auditioning the Phonon SMB-02 headphones with a wide range of source material and headphone amplifiers, they prove to be one of the finest all around choices we’ve experienced.  While many headphone enthusiasts collect a stable of headphones, with some being better at one aspect of sound reproduction than others, the SMB-02s true strengths are that they perform a wide range of tasks incredibly well.



Bonedo 4400 Test

With their first two headphones, the small Japanese manufacturer Phonon from Kawasaki near Tokyo has also attracted attention in Europe. The SMB-02 is a high quality studio headphone with very good bass resolution and neutral transparency. The Phonon 4000 is a very compact and extremely foldable DJ headphone. With the 4400, the Japanese are now presenting an update that is to combine the sound characteristics of their studio headphones with the form factor of the DJ headphones.



DJ Lab review

For our dear German friends, here is a great review (in german) of our “Studiokopfhorer” SMB-02 on the German online electronic music magazine DJ LAB. Danke Schone! Es gibt ja immer wieder Equipment, das auf den ersten Blick für einen Wow-Effekt...


Mathias Schober


Mathias Schober

 The decay of my bass drum, tails of my reverb, depth and width of my delays all in an affordable package. The Soundstage felt almost like a speaker setup in a well treated room - surprisingly accurate for closed back headphones. 


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