Review: Audio-Technica AT-HPH300 Headphone Hanger
When I wrote the article Making a Headphone Holder back in March 2011, I remember there being very few commercially available holders on the market. Now, six years later, they are easy to come by and a variety to choose from. Although they might still be hard to find on the high street, a quick search online will bring up many sellers.
Some manufacturers prefer the term ‘hanger’ as opposed to ‘holder’, both terms being more favourable than ‘hook’, which is essentially what we are talking about. However, I will continue to use the term ‘holder’.
Sometimes it’s just more convenient to keep your headphones on a holder than on a stand, not least because a stand takes up space on a surface whereas a holder reclaims space for your headphones to dangle in.
Another advantage of using a holder is that although you might still need two hands to put your headphones on, a holder allows you to reach out and take them with just one hand. This is particularly useful in a studio setting where you might need to put on and remove headphones frequently.
Depending on their design, holders are glued, screwed or clamped to a surface; some can even be clamped to cylindrical objects such as a microphone stand. Whatever your requirements, there’s probably a company somewhere selling a product to suit your needs.
Ordering online, the holder I chose was the Audio-Technica AT-HPH300 Headphone Hanger, pictured below.
When it arrived it struck me as being a little chunky and perhaps not quite a robust as I had imagined from the photograph, but I noticed some intersting design features too. First, unlike many headphone holders that use a clamping mechanism, the head of the clamping bolt forms the clamp, with the thread disappearing into a shroud – very nice, and aesthetically pleasing. Second, there is padding on the surface that accepts the headphones. I can’t imagine any headphones being damaged if this padding were not there though, so no points for this feature. Finally, the lower part of the holder swivels, allowing the headphones to hang under a desk or shelf. It would seem that quite a lot of thought has gone into this holder.
An equal amount of thought also went into the packaging, which was clearly designed to look good in a shop, but must have added a pound or two to the £10.50 price tag. A simple bag or box would have sufficed.
In conclusion, all I can say is keeping headphones on a holder or stand not only keeps them safe, but is also a very convenient and low-cost way of storing them.