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Just want to show some loving to the Sammies! Had these over a year now and they've gone full circle amongst my collection!

 

My 850's are surrounded by my MS2's, Sennheiser Momentum's (Over-ear), Fostex T50rp's and a few ATH iem's.

 

What I love about these inexpensive headphones compared to the above:

 

- Perceived clarity with a satisfying low end, clear and present midrange super-extended high's. Balanced? No, but...the music is forward and engaging with great prat!

 

I admire the detail these headphones can retrieve given they are the cheapest amongst my collection and how well they are able to perform on many genre's of music! From EDM through to vocals, the 850's are very satisfying.

 

- An amazing first-time headphone for anyone starting out who are on a tight budget! Must be appreciated thou!

 

 

What I like about the 850's:

 

- Sturdy and well built, these can's have held to together very well. I've even ran over the cable with my computer chair without any issues!

 

- I like the comfort, I can just throw them on/off with very minimal adjustment. My ears fit well in the cups and headband rest securely on my noggin. The other night I was having an EDM session and I hardly took them off, just a pleasure to listen to!

 

- I like the sound signature, with it's solid bass to a clear and flat midrange and extending all the way up the treble range. You get a very bright sound but with a warmth thanks to the bass being present.

 

- Gaming, I do a bit of gaming and these can's are up to task...now I'm not saying they can facilitate 7.1 virtual surround sound no no...but they are clear and detailed enough to submerse yourself into whatever game you are playing. So detail that if you're gaming with a buddy and they're using a $2 mic, then you'll hear that $2 mic everytime he's talking to you (LOL).

 

What I didn't like:

 

- When I first bought these, my rig at the time wasn't anything spectular (fiio E17). At the time I thought they just sounded OK, a few amp's/dac's and headphones later, you truly start to appreciate the level of sound that these headphone's are capable of performing to! Currently I'm listening to these with my Halide DevilDac and Schiit Asgard 2 and the combination is fantastic! So my dislike is....errrr the price (thinking, "you get what you paid for!" but instead getting something you won't appreciate until you've heard other headphones and equipment.

 

- Treble?! I will admit when I first heard them, they were incredible bright and detailed....ok maybe harsh! (Buyer's remorse!) But my ears were still virgin at the time and as time goes by as these headphone's come back around in my rotation, you really start to admire the treble as it's just balanced out by the rest of the spectrum.

 

- I would love some thicker plush pads but for the price they are fine!

 

- Sound leakage, as per usual all open/semi headphone's leak sound. I can hear these down the hall! (I believe there is a closed version)

 

Wow, I think that's enough loving for one day, but to conclude, truly an admirable headphone at such a generous price!

 

I'll be receiving a pair of HD600's soon, so I'll be eager to compare the two and see how I go!

 

Thanks!


Edited by volly - 10/17/14 at 6:44pm
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Bumping this thread after starting it nearly 4 years ago.

My SR850s are still going strong.

All these years, there are still few headphones that sound like definite upgrade in the sub-$300 range. Sure, some phones are more detailed, others have tighter bass, but the SR850s are an incredibly solid package. The HD598 are really the only ones that are clearly better, but then I prefer the overall sound sigature on these.

I also want to clarify that these are not the same as the Superlux 668B or 681. They are obviously related however, somewhere in between. The 668 doesn't have the same bass impact and the 681 is noticeably more bassy and harsher.

As another note, long burn-in is definitely a necessity for these. I bought a second pair at some point, tried them side-by-side with my originals, and the sound was very clearly different. After a few weeks of usage, any differences had virtually disappeared. 

They also respond incredibly well to EQ out of a good source, the bass in particular.

 

Still the best value in headphones imo.

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Originally Posted by Napilopez View Post The HD598 are really the only ones that are clearly better, but then I prefer the overall sound sigature on these.
 

Really? Of all things, they are clearly better? They're the ones I ruled out first of all when looking for new headphones quite a while ago. I came from the 595 and wanted somthing different, also I found them clearly inferior to any other sound signature (except for imaging). I settled on Sennheiser 600, but the typical Sennheiser sound is still a problem even with them. Thought I would buy a cheap Superlux clone for clear highs...But that's not actually what I came for here, this just caught my eyes. (I know Sennheiser sound is comforting and sounds like "quality" even if it doesn't sound any good, e.g. in bass or highs or in general, excepting the high end models.)

I'm actually trying to decide between the Samson, the Presonus HD7 and the Superlux HD300, but I haven't listened to any of them yet. I have experience with Beyerdynamic and AKG, and am expecting something along those lines from the descriptions (also with the weaknesses of the Beyerdynamic of grating highs).


Edited by veldt - 11/7/14 at 5:27am
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Originally Posted by veldt View Post
 

Really? Of all things, they are clearly better? They're the ones I ruled out first of all when looking for new headphones quite a while ago. I came from the 595 and wanted somthing different, also I found them clearly inferior to any other sound signature (except for imaging). I settled on Sennheiser 600, but the typical Sennheiser sound is still a problem even with them. Thought I would buy a cheap Superlux clone for clear highs...But that's not actually what I came for here, this just caught my eyes. (I know Sennheiser sound is comforting and sounds like "quality" even if it doesn't sound any good, e.g. in bass or highs or in general, excepting the high end models.)

I'm actually trying to decide between the Samson, the Presonus HD7 and the Superlux HD300, but I haven't listened to any of them yet. I have experience with Beyerdynamic and AKG, and am expecting something along those lines from the descriptions (also with the weaknesses of the Beyerdynamic of grating highs).


Treble on the SR850s is splashy compared to that on the Sennheisers. The amount doesn't bother me at all - I'm rarely hit by treble harshness, but the senns simply have a bit more detail there. The SR850s have more bass impact, but the senns sound a little more textured. That's about it though - I still prefer the overall frequency response on the Samsons

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