Mitchell & Johnson GL2 Self-Powered Hybrid Electrostatic Headphone

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)

$ 299.00

New Mitchell & Johnson Hybrid Electrostatic Headphones Deliver The Highest Performance, No AC Power Required!mitchell-johnson-logo-2

Inspired by the sonic clarity and detail of legendary electrostatic speakers, Essence is proud to introduce the patented “Self-Powered” Mitchell & Johnson Hybrid Electrostatic Model GL2 Headphone. Featuring a patented Nano-Particle infused diaphragm that can hold an electrical charge forever, Mitchell & Johnson electrostatic headphones, unlike all others, require no DC bias power supply, they are first of their kind in this price range.hi-res-logo

  • Self-Biased Diaphragm, No Outboard Power Supply Makes Them Portable!
  • Real wood sealed ear cups deliver deep, powerful bass; 12 Hz to 45 KHz 
  • Capable of 115 dB SPL.
  • Crafted from durable, high quality parts to guarantee years of use.
  • Leatherette Ear cushions designed for maximum comfort and seal, reduces background noise.
  • Closed acoustic design for powerful bass isolation; eliminates room interference.
  • 2 year guarantee.
  • Carrying pouch and 1/4″ adapter jack included.

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Description

Mitchell & Johnson UK Re-Invent The Electrostatic Headphone; No DC Bias Supply Required! Finally. This is a Breakthrough!

gl2-4Most headphones on the market today fall into one of several categories, either an Electro-dynamic, Planar Ribbon, or Electrostatic (ESL). Since the electro-dynamic speakers were first developed, they’ve dominated the market. However, knowledgeable audiophiles consider ESLs to be the Ferrari of all speaker types, with the highest quality of sound. The trick is getting them to operate over the full bandwidth, still produce great bass, and not cost an arm and a leg. To do that required inventing a new diaphragm material that allows for the elimination of the DC Bias Charger / Amp that all electrostatic headphones still require to this day, requiring them to be plugged into an AC wall socket, making them all un-portable.

A Better Way To Do Electrostatics

Except Mitchell & Johnson GL2. They’re less expensive because their diaphragm is permanently charged with nano-particles so no DC Bias Charger / Amp is required. That cuts the price in half or more. “Hybridding” does the rest by combining the best 40mm dynamic woofer set in an acoustically ideal sealed wood chamber for deep, articulate bass, crossing over to the electrostatic diaphragm at about 200 Hz to deliver a perfect blend of both technologies. The result is the finest headphone I’ve heard yet, with clarity and resolution equal to the best Hi Res Audio content.

Driver assembly with 40mm woofer and electrostatic mid/tweet

Driver assembly with 40mm woofer and electrostatic mid/tweet

The extremely thin diaphragm of ESLs has a much lower mass than most other drivers and therefore conducts to velocity of dynamic response, meaning they’re faster because they’re lighter. They have no overhang, meaning they dont store energy. ESLs have the absolute advantage on frequency response, both amplitude and phase, and musical transparency when compared to electro-dynamic and planar ribbon drivers. Note they have a specialized mounting angle for the drivers, they’re cleverly aimed into your ear canal to eliminate HRTF, Head Related Transfer Function. Wow. That’s a nice touch, none of the other brands thought about that.

The diagram below depicts how an electro-dynamic speaker makes sound vs the self-biased Mitchell & Johnson electrostatic diaphragm. Compare the GL2’s specs against those of every other headphone, regardless of its technology. As you will see, there is no comparison really, the Mitchell & Johnson’s GL2 excel in every parameter and sell for an incredible $299.

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 8 x 10 x 6 in

Specs

System Type Hybrid Electrostatz® Technology system
Speaker diameter 4030 e-stat + 40mm hybrid dome-type
Frequency Response 12 Hz to 45 KHz
Sound Pressure Level 115dB
Impedance 32 ohms
Acoustic system Closed
T.H.D ≦ 0.5 %
Audio Input 3.5mm
Cable Length 1.2m (4′)
Weight 276g (9.7 ounces)

8 reviews for Mitchell & Johnson GL2 Self-Powered Hybrid Electrostatic Headphone

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Other people can probably expand on why these sound so great. I’m not an audiophile so can’t explain the soundstage and all that tech stuff. All I can tell you is I’ve been playing all my old songs and picking up little details I’ve never heard before. Tony Bennett, classic dance tracks like PVD’s For An Angel, Ja Rule Living it up, whatever, these cans sond beautiful. I made the mistake of letting my wife listen to them. I haven’t got them back.Hence the request, any spares going?!! Andy Taylor, UK Consumer, Aug 2016

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just got my GL2s! And from the listening I’ve done, they do not disappoint! They are how I remember them from the headphone expo in London a few months back! Very impressed and happy! Robert, UK Consumer, Sept 2016

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Got an excellent looking and sounding product, from some genuine guys, who have love for the product they make. Shahid Malik, Audiophile Consumer, Sept 2016

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    My brother got his GL2s last night thanks to @Kristian’s willingness to sell his pair. His current cans have been B&W P5 series 2 and he loved them. Two things happened quickly – he sent me the following text verbatim “HOLY SHIT! EVERYTHING SOUNDS BETTER” and this morning he put his B&Ws up for sale. We have another convert!!!! Andy Sutherland, high end consumer, Sept 2016

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love my GL2’s so much that we are still in honeymoon. I love the looks, its comfort and lightness but what impresses me most is the sound quality. The clarity, crispness across all frequencies where even the faintest instrument sounds can be picked out in detail and the excellent sound separation are my favorite features. Seems to have a unique ability adapt itself to different sound stages automatically such that all genres of decently recorded music flow very sweetly into my ears. These headphones are an equalizer killer in my opinion. For me it is just perfect and I do like a bit of bass in my music. It’s a bliss to listen to high quality, hi-res recordings with these headphones. For the price I can’t find any faults, truly amazing value we picked up here. In fact it makes me question whether I would ever need a higher-end, higher-priced headphone over the GL2. Having said this I must admit one of its big brothers, the MJ2, sounded superb to me too. Altan, UK Audiophile, Sept 2016

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love my GL2 Electrostatz. Doug Adams, Audiophile Consumer, Sept 2016

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    The GL2 are a top quality product in build and appearance; the overall package itself allows them to stand alongside every other similar product you’d find on the shelves of a well known tech store depicted by a piece of fruit. But the listening experience is something else. The majority of headphones out there sit in the $200-300 range for what people consider to be quite decent and better than they have previously heard. Then some of the more ‘premium’ brands or the higher quality ranges from those brands start to move into the $300-350 range, some even sitting around $379 or $429, especially when wireless comes into it. Then you have the whole world of audiophile kit and it seems the bulk are in the $499-999 region before you start getting into silly territory. It’s clear to me that the GL2 sit above and beyond the $399 range and how close to a $1000 pair they sound is obviously up for debate, but I’m sure plenty of people will accept that they deserve to sit at the same table. All this for a MSRP of $299 is seriously crazy. And I think an added bonus for them is that they don’t look like some weird, space-age, only wear in the safety of your own home, piece of kit. They are solid, robust, have clean lines and no unnecessary overblown design features that would make anyone look at you in any way other than curiosity and desire! All in all, you get all the advantages of great quality sound without the detractions of dodgy design or over-inflated prices. Alex Hardiman, UK Audiophile Consumer, Sept 2016

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    “Beautifully built and very comfortable….They are certainly more involving than the Grados and vocals are far more natural. Excellent!” John Hart, Audiophile Consumer, July 2016

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