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post #16 of 31

Uhh... why revive the dead thread?

post #17 of 31


Please, be careful with your hearing - the vast majority of headphones will be able to permanently damage your hearing out of even very modest amps. Saying that they're very loud when maxed isn't great praise for them.

 

As for necroing the thread, well, at least he searched the forums and posted in an appropriate thread, so what's the problem?

 

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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

I think these are the ONLY cans I own that can litteraly BLOW my ear drums to smitherines .. I cant max out out the volume or seriously it will cause permanent damage... If any of you guys are on the fence on these.. Hop over and see for yourself...



 

post #18 of 31

     Well I didn't intend on making it sound like blowing out your eardrums is a good idea..What I meant by that was the BASS is very ample in the cans. Agreed no one should actively try n max out your volume to see if your ear drums can take it..That would be a retarded thing to do indeed..On a side note

     To my surprise it is strange to me there is not much forum posts on these kickers.. Many will spend countless $100s on headphones that try to sound as good as the kickers.. It seems people will dig into anything that is considered high end but when it comes to anything budget that sounds even better it is vastly ignored...Case in point... Not only these kickers but my Panasonic RP-HT770s.. There was a guy that posted a NON recommendation on em.. TO hell with that.. They sound better than the vaunted AD700s but cost $48 bux or so. With a post like that no one will even bother checking them out..Which is a shame in my opinion..It is what it is I suppose...

post #19 of 31

I have a comparison question actually.

Currently I own a pair of the Shure SRH240. I know people asked to compare the SRH440 to the Kicker HP541.

But I would like to know those Kickers compare in sound quality to Shure SRH240, Audio Technica ATH-M35 or the JVC HAS600 series.

For now those are the only headphones in budget (retail, not online.)  I really like how the SRH240 sound, but since I have the M+ version the wires run a little too thin, and just can't be bothered with being overly careful every single second I am wearing them. I mean one snag and it feels like they might snap.

 

So being truly honest, how are these Kickers?

post #20 of 31

      Read the many reviews on amazon. .I will agree with every positive review on there minus one that says there BASS is lacking..Wow I would like to hear what this guy considers big bass then..I haven't heard the shures but I can tell you this head phone is a hidden gem among hidden gems..Sharp full bodied sounds.. Precise and deep on both ends of the spectrum with dominating mids... POWERFUL well balanced sounds.!.

 

      Again Not too much written about em or even mentioned here on headfi because it is considered a budget CAN. Anything under $50 I suppose..I say get a shure and a kicker from amazon however I already know you will return the shures. In comparison to the HAS600. The JVCs I own. They are fun to listen to on a portable but they don't come even close to the FULL ballz sounds from the kicker.. Not even close..They use a very thick high quality plastic for the materials.. You get a great quality set with the kickers.

 

     The kickers are driven well on an mp3.. Throw in a E5 amp and your good to go.. Even without it they sound great. . There is a review I read online that the guy compares these to phones that cost 6X as much... After owning em for a month or so I can say these don't sound at all like cheaper phones...They don't sound like any thing around the $100 range I have heard..Anyone taking the not too expensive plunge for these will be VERY surprised... I know I was..


Edited by Dsnuts - 7/5/11 at 8:03pm
post #21 of 31

Sounds like a very positive and a promising review.

For now I have returned the Shure SRH240M+   I really didn't mind the sound, which was very bright and sibilant, and emphasis on Mids and Highs. I'd say for $59.00 it's a good deal, but normally they're sold for $99.00 which I feel is slightly overpriced. $59 - $69 Can see it, but not beyond that. However, asides from the phone construction itself, which appears fairly solid, the wires are so thin.. they're actually thinner than the generic ipod earbuds that come with the iphones.. One snag and bam.. In fact, I already noticed that the imaging/staging of the cans seems to be driven towards the left channel as opposed to being balanced. I understand stereo means different sounds in different channels, but overall, it should still sound balanced. Somehow with those this wasn't the case. 

 

So right now I am trying the the Sony MDRV500 DJ for a while and see how it goes. They were selling for $59 so I thought I'd give it a try.

Out of the box they sound slightly less than the Shure, and definitely lower in volume. Maybe those need an amp since they're a DJ monitoring cans.. Who knows.. Or perhaps they need to be burned in before they start to sound better and louder. 

 

For now, I can't afford the Kicker just yet as they're sold for $99 retail. And since I live in Canada, Amazon is no option for me.

But luckily, my Visions Warranty is about to kick in next month, so maybe then I can redeem some of it towards the Kicker.

 

Retails wise, they're not a budget headphones.

 

post #22 of 31


SRH-440 IMO is on a whole other level compared to the HP541. The HP541 when I heard it was very muffled sounding and not clear. The bass was way overkill and made the mids feel severely recessed. Basically as you can tell from my profile, I was pretty disgusted with them. I returned them immediately.

 

If you want a more balanced sounding headphone, the SRH-440 would be a better option. It's certainly far more clear sounding and has better mids.

 

The HP541 is often found online for $50.

 

SRH-240 is also better and more balanced sounding than the Kicker. I have a pair right now. They're not bad for the $30 I paid for them. I'd probably use them over the Audio Technica ATH-M30 I had.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Shotor102 View Post

I have a comparison question actually.

Currently I own a pair of the Shure SRH240. I know people asked to compare the SRH440 to the Kicker HP541.

But I would like to know those Kickers compare in sound quality to Shure SRH240, Audio Technica ATH-M35 or the JVC HAS600 series.

For now those are the only headphones in budget (retail, not online.)  I really like how the SRH240 sound, but since I have the M+ version the wires run a little too thin, and just can't be bothered with being overly careful every single second I am wearing them. I mean one snag and it feels like they might snap.

 

So being truly honest, how are these Kickers?



 

post #23 of 31

Interesting two different extreme reviews of the same product.

Personally I haven't heard either one, but I'm surprised that they're generating such a mix bag of reviews.

Though I did check the reviews on amazon, but there aren't that many, maybe 30 - 31 review altogether. However, they're mostly 5's and 4's.

I don't think I saw a 3 or anything below.   

 

I don't know perhaps it's expectation + personal experience with other headphones + the price factor.

 

After all, let's consider the review for Monster Beats Pro's (the latest ones) - which are selling for $450 and $550 for that Detox edition.

Now, when a professional or an audiophile will pay that much and test them, I can almost guarantee you that he'll claim that they're muddy, sucky and overhyped... However, what if let's say they're price tag was something like $200.00 I can guarantee you that those cans would be raved as brilliant headphones.  I guess that's why I asked for objective reviews.

 

 

Perhaps those kickers are awesome for $30 - $50 buy, but not so much for $99.00

 

However, I still would like to know how they stack up against the Sony MDRV500 DJ, Audio Technica ATHM35 and as-well as the Sony MDRXB500's.

 

 

Also, I was very surprised to hear you claim that even the Shure SRH240 sound better than the Kicker. If that's the case, than Kicker basically sound decent as opposed to great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #24 of 31

hey i've just started gettin into over-ear headphones and was looking for good $50-100 headphones, i heard that this website is good and was wondering if kicker HP541 are good?

post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by JRPOONSTER View Post

hey i've just started gettin into over-ear headphones and was looking for good $50-100 headphones, i heard that this website is good and was wondering if kicker HP541 are good?

Save yourself some money and get these instead. The MP8323.. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=8323&seq=1&format=2 Believe it or not these are the same headphones as the kickers. Exactly the same. But cost half price. Check one out they are great for that price.

post #26 of 31
Just FYI... I am fairly close to the fire and those monoprice units are a similar shell but not the same drivers.
post #27 of 31

I have these headphones and to be honest, I was dissapointed with them, and don't think I just don'tlike kicker or anything, I'm a Kicker fanboy. Kicker's mistake was making these heaphones look like they sounded like L7's and saying all this stuff about the bass, they over advertised them, don't get me wrong, I LOVE my hp541's it's just that the bass isn't that high, and I miyself have to L7's in my car and these heapphones sound NOTHING like them, the bass in my car is suuper deep and can get rediculously loud, these heaphone's bass sound very above average and would surprise anyone but the bass isn't super powerful, super, or legendary as Kicker advertised them, but with a amp, HOLY ****, you can get the bass in these headphones SOOOOO loud and SUPER DEEP, that's why I love these! The best part about them is that the flex the bass causes doesn't affect the highs or mids clarity AT ALL. And in order to make these distort, you have to get a super powerful amp, raise the bass to the maximum, and put it to the loudest it can go and then you MIGHT hear little distortion every once in a while. Another great thing about these heaphones is the clarity, they sound beutiful! The sound stage isn't very big, but it's a perfect mix between big and small, the sound is so natural in these headphones! In my opinion, they are perfect to me! And the best part is they only cost from 40-50 dolllars! I highly recomend these to you. You won't regret it, I didn't.

post #28 of 31

orgasmicman69.  So these kicker headphones bass is only about average before an amp is used is what you're saying?  But when an amp is used they are incredible?  With what I am about to say I do understand there are headphones out there that have amazing bass in them but are usually(USUALLY) way more expensive.  But ever try running a Kicker sub without an amp(I know you really can't but the idea is still the same) you would get ****ty sound if any at all.  Much like you just described about the headphones not being amazing until an amp is used.

Sorry, I couldn't help my self with posting here in an old thread.  I found this when searching around to find information on Kicker Headphones since I just got a Kicker Cush Talk Headphone which according to the technical specifications are just slightly lower then the HP541.  But they sound crystal clear.  The bass is great, especially for just being $60(they are a little bit more then the HP541's but that's because it has some phone functionality to it).  They sound better then then my $50 Plantronics GameCom 380 Headset with music at least.  I use the Plantronics Headset for gaming and the mic on it sounds amazing too.  Sorry, gonna deviate a little off topic, sorry, but the mic on these somehow was better then any $120+ Headset I had ever had.  My friends were shocked to finally hear crystal voices from me...

post #29 of 31
They are Absolute garbage
post #30 of 31

Hey, sorry for the late reply.but anyways, it's been a long time since I've used these headphones, and now I think that these headphones are just average, WITHOUT AN AMP. The clarity is pretty nice on them, the highs sound crisp and never get screechy and painful at loud volumes, the mids are a tiny bit recessed but sound very mild, calm, and really clear and even. the lows (bass) is deep, but not loud (without an amp). But when you amp these, depending on what amp you use, is the sound that you'll get out of them. If you get an amp that does nothing but amplify the bass, then these headphones will start competing in the 100-200 dollar headphone range, but when they are un-amped, they will stay in the 50-100 dollar headphone range. What I mean by this is that if you amplify these headphones, they can be very good, they even beat the 200 dollar V-moda M-80 headphones, the v-moda m80's sounded like absoulute **** compared to these (when amped). The v-modas can't handle an amp, because the drivers on them are super sensitive, they'll just destort. The kickers, will handle as much power that you put on them, and sound great at rediculously high volumes. Back then the m80's costed 200 dollars, I hear they dropped in price since then. But still, even when both are un amped, the m80's will sound a tad bit clearer, but will have a terrible, tiny soundstage, when the hp541's, will have a relativley ampient sound stage, and still sound very clear. So overall, I think these are the best headphones that you can buy for 50-100 dollars. 

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