Well Head-fi, this will be a long read for a non-review. Let the controversy begin (price performance, and sound ratio). “As with all things in life, this is only an impression from one mans point of view, with everyone else ears being different”
I have to say that this Stagg SHP-4500 is the best cheap headphone I have heard to date. And let me tell you, I have heard plenty of headphones over the years. I am scratching my head.
Yes, they look just ok, are cheap cost wise, and are not talked about or even heard by a lot of folk hear. I found only 3 threads here on Head-fi via a search, mentioning Stagg after I bought them, with the oldest thread going back to 2004. However, I have to say that these sound many times better than what their price or their looks suggest. After all, we all in this hobby strive for great sound right?
Many would say TempestX
you are crazy, but I would say, these are like a diamond in a rough that will just amaze you. Like most things in life, you know the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover”
that is where these fall/land. Or you could say in the case of these Stagg, “Don’t judge its sound by its looks or its price”
I personally have the money to buy more expensive phones such as the Edition 9, the $900-1000 Grado GS 1000 etc., but I like looking for interesting things others don’t. Plus there are other things I like putting my money into. Yes, it is a sacrifice (MEH) I put onto myself for my family. Don’t get me wrong though, I will spend money. Example:
I have owned the E500’s 3 times, still prefer the SF5pro. Own the triple.fi 10 pro limited, K701, and had many other phones prior to that.
I preferred the Koss Pro 4AAT over the K701 per one of my reviews because its sound was just right. It got cymbals, vocals, the saxophone, guitars, and snares just right and accurate to my ears. I know I’m crazy because common knowledge says this can’t be so, but I have/had a reference of my son playing his sax, guitar, and his keyboards for me.
These have become my favorite phone so far, for the fraction of the cost of my other phones and equipment, except maybe the Koss KSC75. They sound so life-like and real it is unbelievable. One listen of the Ultrasone CD or any live music for that matter just makes you say, am I hearing this, are the entertainers performing here live in my home. This just puts a big smile on my face it is not even funny.
My Koss Pro 4AAT are now number 2, K701 number 2a, triple.fi is 1a, and the Stagg SHP-4500 are my number 1 phone at this time to my ears.Cost perspective:
K701 = 8 Stagg ($300 when I got them)
Triple.fi 10 pro = 11 Stagg ($400 when I got them)
Koss Pro 4AAT = 2 to 3 Stagg dependant upon on where you buy them
25 Stagg for the price of the Grado GS 1000 at est. $900
31 Stagg for the price of the Edition 9 at $1100, and about 42 if at $1500
The point I am trying to make, is that these phones are better then I could have imagined. I was only looking for a cheap closed phone for work, and decided to give them a try after I saw them at my local Musicians Headquarters. Everyone can say what they will, but I will be picking up a few extra pair should something happen to my current pair. If I had heard these prior to getting/trying more expensive phones, I would be like; I’m spending this much money for what kind of sound again? I am strictly speaking price performance ratio cost justification here. I could live with these as my only headphone. They are that good.
Moral of the writing of this long post is; don’t judge everything by price alone or its looks. Did I just say this? (Yes) Most of the time price justifies quality, sound, but this Stagg just has me scratching my head with its sound for its price. Did I mention the sound of these again?
I have included some pictures of the drivers from the left where the cord attaches and detaches. They are not angled or show any signs of Ultrasone except a similar headband. The Numark PHX-pro mentioned by jant71
in this thread also has a similar headband/look, and I am sure many other phones out there do as well that we hear little about.
I am still pushing for the 200 + hr mark and may do a review, but I think I have given a few of my thoughts within this thread. I will be happy however to see what Sovkiller
thinks of these once he gets more hours on his pair, even if it is just from a price/performance perspective regarding their sound.
In the end as in the beginning of this writing, “As with all things in life, this is only an impression from one mans point of view, with everyone else ears being different”
Happy listening Head-fi! I still have this big smile on my face.