Sunday, August 10 2014 19:16

Review: Margaritaville Audio MTX Studio Headphones

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Doing what I do and living the way I live, I've used a lot of headphones over the years. While styles have changed and the type of application can be different (I like studio at home, earbuds at the gym), it all comes down to the perfect match of sound and style to impress me, and when the chance came to check out a pair of Margaritaville Audio's new MTX Headphones, I snagged it. After a box said to contain their "Margarita Lime" headphones arrived here at Rock Father HQ for review, I put them to the ultimate test and took them out on the road... after giving them an in-home test with a bottle of Landshark Lager, which I figured was appropriate. 

Available in six colors, Bahama Blue, Black Sand, Macaw, Conch Pink, Havana Banana, and the Margarita Green, the subdued part of me may have chosen the sleek, Black Sand if given a choice - but having a pair here in-hand, the color really pops and certainly stood out in my travels this past week. Thing is, and it might just be a goof in the press mailings, while my box says "Lime Margarita," I actually received the Havana Banana with Lime cables. But that's ok.

After falling out of fashion for a few years, Studio headphones are back in vogue, and truth be told, I've always preferred them to the earbuds for home use or here in my office. At under two pounds, these are comfortable - and collapsable. The cushions are soft and comfy, and while these aren't entirely "noise-cancelling" (nor are they advertised as such), the large earcups do a fine job of keeping the outside noise toned down and the music in. I've tested these both here at home (crankin' the tunes while the family sleeps), and on the road - where my Margaritaville Headphones recently got some airtime on American Airlines flights to and from Cleveland and back to Chicago.


My Havana Bananas turned heads in the airport, while helping me check out the new albums from WEIRD AL YANKOVIC and ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES, along with the just-recorded but not-yet-released debut album from PRODUCT OF HATE (a band I co-manage), and recent tunes from PRONG, MUSHROOMHEAD, POWERMAN 5000 and some classics, too.

Yes, I may prefer things harder than JIMMY BUFFETT most of the time, but "The Sound of Paradise" is certainly in the ear of the beholder.

From my experience with this model, you can consider these Rock Father- Approved!

Addie rocking out!

Margaritaville Audio MTX Specs:
  • Sensitivity: 113dB (1W/1m)
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-25kHz
  • Width: 5.8in Height: 8.1in 
  • Length: 3.5in 
  • Weight: 1.8lb
  • If you use Apple products (I do not), a separate, iPhone/iPad compatible cable is included with an onboard mic and remote.
  • Includes a padded carrying case.
  • Includes a 30-day money-back guarantee
Margaritaville Audio by MTX are available now direct through www.margaritavilleaudio.com, or via major retailers - including my associate, Amazon.
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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