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HEDD Type 07

HEDD Type 07

4.7 4.7 out of 5, based on 4 Reviews

A very accurate monitor with impressive low end and imaging


6th December 2016

HEDD Type 07 by Transistor

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 3 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
HEDD Type 07

Choosing a monitor for your room is perhaps the most important choice you make in your entire setup. For many, the room more or less presents itself, but what you then use to actually project sound into it, will influence the end result more than any other piece of gear you get. That fancy valve EQ is good for diddly squat if you have to guess what it's actually doing. On the other hand, choosing a monitor is highly subjective, at least in a mixing context. You have to choose a monitor that you actually like to listen to, otherwise working on them will become a chore. Some mixers solve this by using more than one set of monitors, one for most of the work, and one "for checking". I happen to think that this should be unneccessary, there are more than a few monitor speakers that tick both the "accuracy" and "enjoyability" boxes. The HEDD Type 07 most definitely does.


Technical overview

The Hedd Type 07 has an obvious heritage. Given head (ha!) designer Klaus Heinz' history with Adam, it comes as no surprise that the Hedds bear more than a passing resemblance to its biblical ancestor. However, the Hedd speakers are new designs, and the product of Heinz and his son, Frederik Knop. The "tweeter", the ATM, is an updated design, and the internal construction and materials are also new. The speaker is covered in a thin coat of a slightly rubbery substance, which makes it both easy to securely place and more resistant to knocks and scratches. At the back you find the usual suspects; a power switch, an IEC inlet, xlr and RCA balanced and unbalanced inputs, input attenuator, plus hi- and low shelf adjustments. Interestingly, a blanking plate covers a "plugin" hole, where a USB or Dante card can be fitted for direct digital connections. These cards have not been tested.


First impressions

My mixing and mastering room isn't big, but well treated and trapped (and its flaws are well-known). On paper, the T07s should be too big for it, but I decided to give them a go anyway. I'm glad I did. The first couple of hours with the T07s were completely ad-hoc, with them unevenly placed and not properly adjusted. Even so, when playing very familiar material, both my own and reference tracks, I could hear things in a way that made making decisions much easier. This was especially true for the lower regions, where the 07s not only reached almost an octave deeper than the reference, they did so with complete control. However, when listening closer, it became apparent that a somewhat odd artifact around 50hz was present. It turned out to be a fault in the very first specimens, and was very quickly fixed by HEDD, after which the 07s have performed flawlessly. Also, while they were on their short recreational holiday in Germany, a better set of stands had been constructed. Now the real testing could begin.


Working with the T07s

To cut a long story short: I ended up buying the T07s and selling off the old (also German) reference. This means that I have worked on them for approximately three months on a daily basis. The following is based on that experience.

After the initial joy of just going deep without a subwoofer subsided, the Type07s started presenting themselves as monitors that project what you put into them with an effortless manner that combines accuracy with sweetness. Both listening tests and measurements confirms this. The 07s are described as flat (+/- 3db) from 50khz to 38hz, but in my room they measured flat down to 34. The top end is supremely detailed, yet, for lack of a better word, pleasureable to listen to. This is probably a contributor to what after a while appeared as their perhaps strongest pre, the imaging is stunning. You can without any effort close your eyes and point to where individual sounds are, and they are described in a way which significantly helps mixing or mastering decisions.

When a monitor becomes "too nice" one might ask whether this means that accuracy suffers. While it's a pertinent question, I don't really think that one precludes the other. And, I do believe that the T07s show this. They tell you when you've made a mistake, but reward doing something right. If it sounds nice, it IS nice.

From a mastering perspective, the perhaps most crucial question is: how do they translate (ie. will a master made on them sound relatively similar on a range of playback systems)? The answer is pretty simple: they tell you what's going on in the track, so it's up to you to balance it properly. In other words, they DO translate. Using previous systems, there has always been some areas that gave particular problems, but not so with these. They simply work. As they should.


Negatives?


Are there negative aspects with the Type 07s? Yes, of course. First of all, they're quite big and heavy, and need proper placement and support. Using them on the desktop is probably a bad idea (perhaps the T05 may fit there?). More importantly, HEDD have made a couple of mechanical choices that I don't particularly like. The non-locking XLR input has the potential to be the source of frustration, given that it only takes a light tug on the cable to dislodge it. Also, the built-in attenuators are continuous and un-dented. While both of these isses have positive upsides (tripping over the cable simply pulls it out instead of sending the speaker to the floor, and the unaided attenuator both enables precision fine-tuning and pushes you to actually calibrate your speakers), I would have been more happy with them the other way around. But that's also just about it. I can find no other real flaws with these speakers.


To sum up, the Hedd Type 07 is a precision tool, that in addition is a pleasure to use. If you spend some time with placement, measurements and perhaps the built-in tuning controls (hi- and lo shelves + attenuators), it will serve both mixers and small to medium mastering studios very well. And, you might even just use it for playing music. If you are looking for monitors in this (and higher) price range(s), you should definitely audition the T07s. I was contemplating spending quite a lot more on my new monitors, but decided against it when I heard the Hedds.

Last edited by Transistor; 9th February 2017 at 03:09 PM.. Reason: Typo + some it/them cleanup

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16th December 2016

HEDD Type 07 by ology

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
HEDD Type 07

Just got my pair of 07's in my mix room!-- Switching over from Event ASP8 monitors (which did very well for many years of mixing), it was time to get some new monitors. At first I was a bit weary of switching to a smaller monitor in my room which I figured might be better since my room is smaller. My room dimensions are approximately 9 feet by 12 so the room isn't very big thus why I wanted to experiment with a smaller near fields. My room is very well treated with professional treatment. My corners are constructed of permanently built bass resonant traps(helmholtz style) going from floor to ceiling. Additionally, I have pro made acoustimac panels located all around, I have a overhead cloud and rear additional bass trapping my room is fairly idea but that my preference. After setting up my HEDD's Immediately I noticed a tighter low end and more pristine stereo field...and I was completely stunned by sub low end output of these monitors . It almost seems as if these are putting out MORE low end than my ASP8's. The 07's are front ported like the ASP8's , yet produce a much deeper response. The tweeters are natural and enjoyable to listen to for long periods of time and NOT fatiguing in any way. Upon having some questions on the speakers, I sent an Email to HEDD in Germany and literally 20 minutes later Klaus Heinz called my himself!- he was more than happy to assist me with all of my questions regarding these monitors and anytime I emailed him back he would PERSONALLY call me to assist me. I had never seen customer service like this form any company before. After some minor tweaking in my room, I am now accustomed to these monitors and cannot be any happier with them, these monitors sound so much more "high end" than anything I have used before. HEDD's customer service along with their attention to build quality and detail are amazing!-my mixes have transformed over night and Now I am going back in some of my older mixes and re mixing them due to the fact I am hearing more elements that I have ever heard before!- I would suggest these to everyone!-high end monitors at an affordable price and customer service is impeccable! SO HAPPY!

  • 8
31st December 2018

HEDD Type 07 by Bennettpan

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
HEDD Type 07

I am a hobbyist mixer and producer for almost 10 years. I work at my home studio for >90% of my time as this is the place I am familiar most and I don’t need to spend extra time to learn the room acoustic/speakers before I start mixing. In the first 4-5 years, I spent my entire mixing time on my headphone. But after having some serious issue on my mixes, I started looking for studio monitors for critical listening. One of the biggest challenge is that my room is pretty small to work with (that’s why I used to mix on headphone entirely in the first years). You can imagine how poor the room acoustic it will be even it is so-called “treated”. In the past decade, I tried many pairs of studio monitors ranging from $100-10,000/pair. Of course, I was impressed with those giants like ATC/PMC/Barefoot which I couldn’t simply afford either one of those. Putting those giants in my room will be also a kind of waste. However, I was also not much impressed with those monitors with lower price range. At some point, I have to be more realistic and thus I set some selection criteria for myself:

  1. Affordable small nearfield monitors (5 -7” woofer) with the price range not exceed to $2,000/pair
  2. Extended bass to 50Hz without getting the overall sound muddy
  3. Sufficient left-to-right and back-to-front (i.e. 3-dimensional) information to make adjustment (nice stereo width and depth)
  4. Capable to work at low volume level (imagine how exhausted to work on a high volume level in a tiny room)

While I was testing several famous pairs of monitors with their price range $300-1,500/pairs, I found that most of those monitors do not sound balanced enough to my ears. They are either bass-heavy (to me it’s boomy), or lacking bass information. Even those they sound balanced, I feel most of them sound 2D with not much depth. After extensive review, I was narrowing down my choice to APS/Amphion/Adam/Focal (only things available in my town). One of my trustworthy producer friends suddenly told me to give a trial of HEDD and he guaranteed I will be impressed with their speakers.

HEDD is a relatively new company but their experience on studio monitors were gorgeous. Klaus Heinz, a founder of HEDD, was also one of the founders of ADAM Audio. His son Frederick Knop (co-founder of HEDD) is a mastering engineer of modern music. Honestly, I don’t have some good experience with ADAM’s speakers. ADAM A7 and A7X used to be a very popular pair of speakers in my town but I was irritated by their hyped top end. So before the actual test, I asked the distributor of HEDD whether Type 07 sounded similar to A7X (don’t waste our time if that’s the case). He bet for his reputation and said no, and so we arranged a demo session to test the unit.

On the day of my listening, I was impressed by the extended low end revealed by Type 07. One disadvantage of having monitors with insufficient low end is that you generally boost too much bass which makes the mix blurry (especially you worked on only one pair of studio monitors without sub). But Type 07 has extended and well-defined bass. The transient response is quick enough so that the extended low end won’t blur the mix. Eventually I found myself don’t really need a sub for extra low end if I mixed with Type 07. In case you found the speakers sounded boomy/lack of bass, you can simply correct it using the adjustment knob to trim down (or boost) the bass. For me, the amount of bass is just enough to reveal any low frequency in your mix when it was set to zero. The midrange is full but not too forward. The top end is extensive without sounding harsh thus pleasant to work with. In short, it sounds balanced to me. Even though Klaus found ADAM, I don’t find Type 07 is similar to A7X in any extent (oh yes, only the price is similar). I’m pretty sure that Type 07 outcompeted with A7X if they were placed in the same room. If you want me to find a direct competitor of Type 07 in ADAM product line, go and A/B compare it with S2V! They are similar and in the same league. As small nearfield monitors, the stereo image of Type 07 is simply incredible. They separated each instrument in a decent way with great clarity. Within a dense mix, I can even point out the exact location of each instrument. These added up to make your every single move much easier during mixing. I have also tried some monitors from APS/Focal/Adam/Genelec within the same price range of Type 07. Although every pair has its pro and cons, none of them gave information as detailed as Type 07. I also tested PSI A17m in the same room. I know this might not be a fair league but I failed to tell which is which when blinded-testing them (maybe due to my bad pair of ears). Of course, if you seriously listened to both of them, PSI ones gave you much detailed spatial information and more balanced tone than Type 07. But the difference is quite subtle, especially considering the price difference between two speakers. I can even say that Type 07 has much tighter low end than A17m. At this point, you might think Type 07 tends to be a pair of “pleasant-sounding” monitors. I’m sorry that it is only valid if your mix sounded great. I tried to run through some poorly mixed songs, the flaws instantly showed up on my face which can make me easier to resolve those issues if I am the one who mixed those songs. I also put several mixes that I recently mixed on headphones (my old pair of monitors was gone for months). I spotted the flaws in those mixes instantly when listening to Type 07 (wrong reverbation, automation and EQ decisions), as well as A17m. These flaws are much difficult to spot on headphones, and some lower end of monitors that I gave trials in other sessions.

What I was most impressive was that the mix still sounded detailed even you kept the sound level minimal (65-75dB in an extremely tiny room). This is of utmost importance to me since I simply cannot tolerate to work under >90dB within a tiny room for hours. My previous monitors (Solitaire Reference 5A) lost the details quickly if I turned down the volume knob. Therefore, I kept working in such a loud environment for hours which made my ears fatigue easily. I need to constantly take breaks to keep my ears fresh. But I don’t think it will be an issue for Type 07 since I can work under a relatively lower sound level with confidence.

As my main monitors, I can simply mix and produce with 100% confidence using Type 07 only. Ideally, every engineer should keep more than one pair of decent monitors for referencing. But if you are tight with your budget like me, you can’t go wrong with Type 07. Just bring your mixes to your friend’s place if you need an extra pair for reference. To conclude, I was truly amazed with Type 07. Does it mean that this beast is flawless? Surely not. The power supply is placed at the back of the speakers. So, it might not be easily accessed the switch if you are in a tiny space like me. Also, the surface of Type 07 is a little bit sticky, meaning that dust or dirt can be easily attached on their surface. The plastic surface makes it look like less solid (but sonically it’s unbeatable for its price range). The Linearise plugin is a great add-on but it takes me some time to route my signals via the plugin (when playback using iTunes or stuff like that). Try to run several reference tracks to warm up the speakers before you actually work on this workhorse, and you get incredible sound from Type 07.

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