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post #616 of 992
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Originally Posted by krist2an View Post

I'm stuck between the new HD-681 Evo and the HD-330. I think the HD-330 would be a better choice for me, as I listen to rock mostly, but I'm not certain if my laptop is able to drive them properly. I previously had the PortaPro's and I really loved the warm sound they produced. Right now this is what my HD-681 lacks and why I want to upgrade. So I know that the HD-330 needs an amp to be driven properly, but how bad/good is it without one?

From experience conducted with my own HD660 I'd say that without proper amplification they're going to be worse than an 681 unamped. Do you already own a HD-681? Then the evo really wouldn't make much sense as an upgrade.

As an upgrade it could be an alternative to first buy an amp to use with your 681, and when you can afford to upgrade the headphone, do so. But the 330 without an amp probably isn't going to be satisfying at all.

Also remember that some minor equalization could give you a (slightly) warmer sound out of your current headphones.
Edited by Simcon - 3/21/13 at 8:43am
post #617 of 992
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Originally Posted by Simcon View Post

From experience conducted with my own HD660 I'd say that without proper amplification they're going to be worse than an 681 unamped. Do you already own a HD-681? Then the evo really wouldn't make much sense as an upgrade.

As an upgrade it could be an alternative to first buy an amp to use with your 681, and when you can afford to upgrade the headphone, do so. But the 330 without an amp probably isn't going to be satisfying at all.

Also remember that some minor equalization could give you a (slightly) warmer sound out of your current headphones.
Yeah I have the original HD-681. They're great headphones, but slightly tinny and even with an EQ they are a bit too sharp. I guess I'll wait for some more reviews of the Evo, because another issue with the original HD-681 is the fact that they're uncomfortable and I don't see a point in buying leather pads more expensive than the headphones itself. The material is fine, that doesn't bother me, but the pads are too thin and my ears start to hurt after some time.

However, HD-330 + a CMOY would be a good combo, I guess?
post #618 of 992

what would be the best superlux (or budget headphone for that matter) for listening to drum and bass, ambient, trap, and hiphop? 

post #619 of 992
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Originally Posted by skkanduri View Post

what would be the best superlux (or budget headphone for that matter) for listening to drum and bass, ambient, trap, and hiphop? 

Definitely the superlux 681 evo

post #620 of 992

thanks for the quick response! How do these stack up against the gemini hsr 1000 (takstar pro 80), and the superlux 662? Also where could i find the 681 evo for the best price?

post #621 of 992
Are the 681 Evo really that much of an upgrade over the 681 to motivate the higher price? The best price for the evo would be 45$ + shipping from ebay while the regular 681 would be 20 euro (roughly 26 dollars) from thomann + shipping. But I guess that once the larger stores start to stock these headphones and they become readily available the price will drop somewhat and also once the headphone has been out a while longer.
post #622 of 992

hey skkandori I Just ordered the 681 evo in black from audiohipster's store.. if you email him and mention you are from head-fi he might give you a little discount.  Can't wait for these to arrive.  The look and the detachable cable sold me on these instead of the gemini hsr-1000 which also look good.

http://www.audiohipster.com/AudioHipster/Headphones.html

post #623 of 992
Just received these from audiohipster and I'm very happy with them. I only compared them to my sennheiser hd595, but they are just about on the same level with the advantage going to the sennheiser for more impactful base and a little more detail in the highs/female voices. The sound from the 681 evo's is very balanced to me and I can listen to them for a long time without fatigue. They are pretty comfy but you have to kind of pull down on them when they are over your head to get the adjustable band to stretch. The cord is slightly microphonic but not enough to be a con. Build quality feels very good, the pleather ear pads are nice and thick. It uses a stubby 3.5mm male connector single sided cord. You attach female to male 3.5mm cords to it. I think I would have preferred a 4' cord and a 6' extension, the stubby thing just looks so weird. Maybe one day I'll use BTG Audio to recable it. There's a tiny cosmetic flaw in one of my pads but it doesn't affect anything. It's in the last pic. A very good set of headphones for their price range. Also notable is that the manual is well written, has all the specs you'd want in a headphone manual and with no engrish. I took some unboxing pics

I also want to mention my experience with Audiohipster was extremely good. He shipped these super fast to me, they went from california to hawaii in 72 hours. He also let me change my order from white to black headphones without any problems. Here's the url to his store http://www.audiohipster.com/AudioHipster/Pro_Audio_Sales.html












Edited by uncola - 3/28/13 at 11:59pm
post #624 of 992

NICE! Thanks for the shots.  Doyen is great to deal with.

 

Just noticed the sticky there with "Your Name' on it, sneaky, very sneakywink_face.gif

post #625 of 992
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Originally Posted by Simcon View Post


From experience conducted with my own HD660 I'd say that without proper amplification they're going to be worse than an 681 unamped. Do you already own a HD-681? Then the evo really wouldn't make much sense as an upgrade.

As an upgrade it could be an alternative to first buy an amp to use with your 681, and when you can afford to upgrade the headphone, do so. But the 330 without an amp probably isn't going to be satisfying at all.

Also remember that some minor equalization could give you a (slightly) warmer sound out of your current headphones.

I have received the HD330 yesterday and it sounds even louder than 681 from my Samsung Wave. Better sensitivity appears to be the key here.
Highs are VERY recessed on this one, if anyone's wondering :) Bass are tight and deep, and mids are so sweet, almost sennheiser-like.

post #626 of 992

This doesn't make it any easier lol :D My main issue with the original HD-681 is the comfort, the earpads are too thin and my ears start to hurt. One possibility is to buy new leather earpads, but they cost more than the headphones themselves, so I don't see a point in that. My second option is to get the HD-330 which should fit me well as I listen to mostly rock. I'll probably get an amp anyway, so amping is not an issue. But the new Evo looks also quite impressive, so I'm stuck between the two. I guess it's too early to expect a comparison between the HD-330 and the HD-681 Evo?

 

Also, are the pads on the Evo thicker than on the original HD-681?

post #627 of 992
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Originally Posted by krist2an View Post

This doesn't make it any easier lol :D My main issue with the original HD-681 is the comfort, the earpads are too thin and my ears start to hurt. One possibility is to buy new leather earpads, but they cost more than the headphones themselves, so I don't see a point in that. My second option is to get the HD-330 which should fit me well as I listen to mostly rock. I'll probably get an amp anyway, so amping is not an issue. But the new Evo looks also quite impressive, so I'm stuck between the two. I guess it's too early to expect a comparison between the HD-330 and the HD-681 Evo?

 

Also, are the pads on the Evo thicker than on the original HD-681?

I think slightly thicker, the material is also more comfy too.

 

HD-330 with DT770 pads must be god like because I have the DT770 Pro and its pads are perfect

 

 

I think the difference between the old 681 and new 681 are small enough you should get the old 681 with AKG 240 velours.


Edited by Supertoaster - 3/29/13 at 12:59pm
post #628 of 992

Superlux specifically states however that the new 681 evo has reduced treble from the factory. Why go backwards and risk it if it will cost nearly the same in the end ( with AKG pads ) is my thinking.


Edited by nick n - 3/29/13 at 4:36pm
post #629 of 992
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Originally Posted by nick n View Post

Superlux specifically states however that the new 681 evo has reduced treble from the factory. Why go backwards and risk it if it will cost nearly the same in the end ( with AKG pads ) is my thinking.

The third generation 681's (maroon red) actually have toned down the treble a lot since the original 681 (bright red). At least according to audiohipster. But maybe more so with the new 681.

post #630 of 992

 I keep forgetting about all the varying colors/variations and stuff.  Thanks for the reminder.  Hard to keep track of all this sometimes bigsmile_face.gif

 

Nice to see some improvement on the pads that's half the battle with any phones right there. Anyone know how they compare to the Shure or Creative Soundblaster pads ( softness )?


Edited by nick n - 3/29/13 at 11:36pm
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