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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. 



MUSICLIFE is the product I always wanted to have. Portable and convenient with the high-quality resolution of a big speaker system.
A one-unit stereo speaker packed with the complete PHONON sound. It’s my sonic bonsai!”
Isao Kumano


Inside Phonon, the Vinyl Factory Interview

Inside phonon, the boutique Japanese headphone workshop (excerpts)
by Anton Spice, Vinyl Factory

"Isao Kumano: Originally, I had been running my own music studio, maintaining and re-modelling it myself as well as making all the equipment I needed. phonon’s products are an extension of this, and of what we’ve been doing for years in the studio."

More on the SMB-02 or check out the new 4400



Welcome to Phonon's official International Online Store

Today we launch the official e-commerce store for Phonon-inc for the US market.

Through we aim to bring Phonon's high-end quality audio equipment to the US audio professional consumer and audio enthusiast.

Since Phonon is a Japanese company, we've created this separate site that caters specifically to the US market. This is the only official Phonon store online in the US, where you are receiving the products direct from Phonon with all the included warranty and customer satisfaction guarantees.

As we continue to evolve and add new products, please reach out to us with any comments/questions in order to help us continue improving and providing the best quality audio products possible.

We are opening the store with what we think are a revolutionary pair of headphones. The SMB-02 are unequivocally one of the best sounding headphones today. Quite simply, the sound is just so pure - like it was meant to be. This is achieved thanks to the amazing tuning capability of Isao Kumano who set out to create the most authentic listening experience.

Isao (Phonon's CEO and Lead Engineer - also one half of Tokyo Black Star) is an incredible talented and highly respected sound engineer in Japan. Since the early 90s he's been working and tuning an amazing variety of analog equipment with his unique and eclectic style. His achievements range from making sound systems for clubs/underground house/techno parties to recording, producing music (anything from underground dance music to Japanese pop), to running his own mastering studio. Today, lots of studios in Japan have adopted his style and appreciate the quality and purity of sound that Phonon products produce.

The SMB-02 Headphone proposition is quite simple; if you want a pair of headphones that are fashionable and trendy, there are many options for you. Or if you are looking for noise canceling for your plane travels, also plenty of these out there. Or whatever other hundreds of crazy features that are available nowadays in headphones - there are tons of options for you out there. HOWEVER - IF YOU WANT THE ABSOLUTE BEST, clearest and unpolluted sound - at a consumer price - our SMB-02's are right for you. Pro audio at consumer pricing.

We don't compromise sound quality with anything. No noise canceling, no crazy features. Just plain, understated design, with full focus on comfort and the best quality sound you can buy south of $1,000.

But don't take our word for it; see the professional reviews (linked from the homepage), or try them on yourself! take advantage of our 15 day return policy. If you don't like them - send them back.We felt it is very important for you to experience the incredible sound yourself. That's why we created this policy so that you have no risk in purchasing your own pair of SMB-02.

Let us know what you think once you try them ( You might even want to do our Sound Challenge - more about that soon.

For now, we trust you will reach out with any questions and feel confident enough with what you see to try these headphones out. we are confident you won't regret it.


Thank you for your support.


Check out the specs her SMB-02 

The Story behind the Phonon SMB-02, by Isao Kumano, CEO & Master Engine 


"The Amazing full Spectrum Sounds of the Phonon Headphones" Dixon

"I travel a lot and therefore have to work on music while on the road. I am sometimes even forced to do some of my mixdowns when traveling.
The fact that nearly none of these mixdowns have to be edited once I am back home in my studio, is a testament to the amazing full spectrum sound of thePhonon headphones."

Dixon, Innervisions records, Muting the Noise
Info on them Here:   SMB-02
Read the story behind the SMB-02 

The New Phonon 4000 : the mobile version of the SMB-02 


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